The largest city in Kyushu

Capital of the eponymous prefecture, Fukuoka is also the main large city of Kyushu, the fourth main island of Japan in the south. More than 1.5 million people live here.

Before 1889 there were two nearby towns: Hakata and Fukuoka. When merged, the latter ultimately took it administratively. However, the name of Hakata is still widely known and used, for example at the JR Shinkansen station or for its local specialty: Hakata ramen (pork flavored).

Fukuoka plays an interesting role of gateway to Kyushu thanks to its advantageous geographical location. Since March 2011, the JR Hakata Station is the starting point of the Shinkansen train lines on the island.

There is also a very pleasant climate, great accessibility by public transportation and living and well-defined neighborhoods, with a beach.

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How to get to Fukuoka

By train -- direct JR Sanyo Shinkansen (to "Hakata" station) 5 hours from Tokyo or 2h30 from Shin-Osaka

By plane -- FUK Airport: 2 hours from Tokyo, 1h from Osaka

Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 281)

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Weather in Fukuoka

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