Getting to Fukuoka by Air
Fukuoka is connected to many of its Asian neighbors via direct flights including most East Asian major cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei, Seoul, Busan and Jeju etc.) and Manila, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and as far out as Guam). Sometimes chartered flights are arranged for Honolulu and Guam.
It is likewise connected to the rest of the world through connecting flights from other Japanese Cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Kansai, Sapporo, Okinawa etc.) through All Nippon Air (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL), and Japanese budget airline Skymark.
Getting to Town from Fukuoka Airport:
Fukuoka’s airport is conveniently located in the heart of the city (think the exact opposite of Tokyo) so it is easy to get to town from here.
- If you arrive at the International Terminal, take the free shuttle bus heading towards the Domestic Terminal. It is located just outside the Arrival Hall.
- At the domestic terminal, you will find the Subway a few meters to your right. There is no need to enter the Domestic Terminal to get to the station.
- A trip to Hakata Station and Tenjin Station, the busiest stations takes only 5 minutes and 11 minutes respectively.
The Nishitetsu bus departs from the Domestic Terminal every 20 to 30 minutes to various locations in Fukuoka. The Bus Stop is located at the right most portion (facing the Terminal) of the Domestic Terminal
You can hail a cab directly outside the Arrivals Hall of the International Terminal. Please note that Taxis are very expensive in Japanthough they are relatively cheaper in Fukuoka compared to Tokyo.
Getting to Fukuoka By Train
Tokyo to Fukuoka
You can take the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo to Fukuoka. The train ride is approximately 5 hours. Hakata Station is the last stop on the Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo. Remember that Fukuoka’s main station is Hakata Station (there is no Fukuoka Station).
Another option from Tokyo is to take a sleeper train (eg. Sunrise Izumo or Sunrise Seto), leaving Tokyo around 10PM which connects to the Shinkansen at Okayama early in the morning. It arrives in Fukuoka around 9AM. While this takes much longer and costs slightly more than the Shinkansen it may save you one night’s lodging.
If you are using a Japan Rail Pass please note that it does not cover the Nozomi trains. You will have to take the Hikari Shinkansen heading towards Osaka or Okayama and change trains from there to Hakata Station. The trip takes approximately 6 hours excluding transfer time.
Kyoto to Fukuoka
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Kyoto (2:45 hrs by Nozomi)
Nagasaki to Fukuoka
The limited express Kamome runs hourly, and sometimes every 30 mins. (2 hours / ¥4,710 one way).
Getting to Fukuoka by Bus
Buses depart from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station nightly at 9pm, arriving at Tenjin Station in the heart of the city at 11:20am the next morning. Click here for more information. Buses from all other cities in Japan are also available.
The Moonlight overnight bus runs from Osaka Umeda to Fukuoka (9 1/2 hours / ¥10000 one way)
The Kyoto overnight bus runs from Kyoto to Fukuoka (9 1/2 hours / ¥10500 one way)
The Dontaku runs from Nagoya to Fukuoka ( 11 hours / ¥10500 one way).
Getting to Fukuoka by Sea
Due to its proximity to Korea, ferry rides between Fukuoka and Busan are a popular options for locals of these two bustling cities with 3-5 trips a day each way. On the Fukuoka Side, the ferry docks at the Fukuoka Port International Terminal. On the Busan side, it docks at the Busan Ferry Terminal. One of the companies servicing the route is the JR Kyushu Jet Ferry Beetle. The ferry from Busan to Fukuoka can be as long as 3 hours for the fast craft or 13 hours for the overnight ferry.