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What you need to know about Fukuoka! - Fukuoka Visitor Guide -

What you need to know about Fukuoka! - Fukuoka Visitor Guide -
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FUKUOKA ― an amazing place where you should visit at least once!

Fukuoka has been attracting lots of visitors not only from all over Japan, but also from overseas. Ever wonder why is Fukuoka so popular? Is it because of the nice food? Or the convenient transportation as the airport is close to the city centre? Well, actually there are more than these! Here, we would like to share some of the interesting facts about Fukuoka!

☆ Travel conveniently from neighboring Asian cities!

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The "gateway to Asia" - Fukuoka is located in the northern part of Kyushu, an island located in the southwestern part of Japan. It has been carrying out frequent international contacts, mainly through Fukuoka Airport which operates many domestic and international flights, Kitakyushu Airport, as well as Hakata Port which is an important place for logistics. In fact, the number of stopover cruise ships in Fukuoka is one of the highest in Japan! Majority of the tourists who visit Fukuoka are from nearby Asian countries and regions.

★ POINT!
It is no exaggeration to say that Fukuoka is "the most convenient airport in Japan", as it can be proven by the easy access from Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Station (in the center of Fukuoka City), which takes about 5 minutes by subway! Since Hakata Station has a well-developed transportation network that helps access to various places, it is recommended to start your trip from Fukuoka!

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☆Comfortable Climate!

Climate
With an annual mean temperature of 17.9℃ (in 2019), spring and autumn months are the most comfortable seasons. Lightweight clothing such as T-shirts are advisable for summer when the sunlight is strong and the temperature exceeds 30 degrees almost everyday; while thick coats are necessary to protect yourself from the cold winter! The Tsuyu / rainy season in Fukuoka is usually from June to mid-July. It could be nice to go out on a rainy day but if you are travelling actively, it is recommended that you plan your itinerary with the weather in mind! From January to February, there are days when it snows. It is a place where you can appreciate the changes of nature depending on the season.

★POINT!
Cherry blossoms in spring, matsuri festivals / celebrations and outdoor festivals in summer, fruit picking in autumn, onsen bath and fancy illuminations in winter... Fukuoka is blessed with warm climate and beautiful nature that make it attractive regardless of the season! You will be able to enjoy foods such as strawberries, tea and fresh fish, as well as events and scenery in different seasons♪

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☆ Thriving pop culture!

Kitakyushu Manga Museum
Kitakyushu Manga Museum

Fashion, music, anime, games... There are many places that attract people who are interested in those genre, notably in Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City (major cities of Fukuoka Prefecture) where you can find shops and facilities carrying Japanese pop culture elements. Both Kita-Tenjin area (northern Tenjin) and Kokura Ekimae area (in front of Kokura Station) are among the most popular subculture spots of Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City! Furthermore, many anime and game related companies can be found in Fukuoka as there are many space and opportunities for the government and private companies to work together on cultivating great creators♪

★ POINT!
Kitakyushu City is also known as a "The City of Movies", as many local and international movies had been filming here! In addition, there is a beautiful Kokura Castle located in the city centre, and many places remain a cyberpunk-like landscape due to the thriving iron industry in the past, making it an interesting place where the present and the past intersect!

★ EDITORS' PICKS ▼
Fukuoka Otaku Map
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☆ Many international students!

Fukuoka International Student Support Center
*Photo provided by Fukuoka International Student Support Center (FiSSC)

Fukuoka has a good reputation of "fun to visit" and "comfortable to live in" among Japanese people! Worth mentioning, the number of international students is the third largest in Japan after Tokyo and Osaka. It is said that one-ninth of the students in the prefecture are international students, which explains why the city is full of vitality from young people with a sense of international flair. Furthermore, there are plenty of opportunities for them to carry out advanced researches or pursue studies in different fields, such as IT, medical care, fashion, etc.

★ POINT!
One of the most attractive parts of Fukuoka is that despite being one of the largest cities in Kyushu, living expenses here is about 60% of that of Tokyo. Hence, many international students enjoy their student life in this livable land with easy access to cities and nature. The presence of the International Student Association and Fukuoka International Student Support Center are also reassuring to them as they provide opportunities to make friends, interact with local people, as well as offering consultation services.

★ EDITORS' PICKS ▼
This is Fukuoka Chikugo Area Guide by Int'l student reporter Xiangyu
This is Fukuoka Munakata / Fukutsu Area Guide by Int'l student reporter Jing
This is Fukuoka Fukuoka Area (Higashi-ku, Tenjin) Guide by Int'l student reporter Ulan and Aril

☆ Impressive traditions!

Hakata Gion Yamakasa
Hakata Gion Yamakasa

Besides all these, what we should not overlook are the impressive traditions that has been passed down through the long history and has taken root in the region. The traditional crafts such as Hakata dolls and Kurume Kasuri allow us to feel the good old culture that is made up of exquisite talents and skills. Whereas from festivals representing customs and culture that remain in various areas of Fukuoka, such as Hakata Gion Yamakasa and Kawawatari Jinkosai, we are able to feel the spirit of the Fukuoka people♪

★ POINT!
Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a festival celebrated in early July. A number of events will be carried out for about 2 weeks before the climax of "Oi-Yamakasa". If you visit Hakata (Fukuoka City) during this period, you may see people in happi coats all over the city, including on the bus and in the subway!

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa 2021
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More and more about Fukuoka! - Useful Information - (External Links)

Fukuoka travel guide!
- Fukuoka Prefecture Tourist Association VISIT FUKUOKA: https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/
└ CYCLE & TRAIL FUKUOKA: https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/cycletrail/
└ Traditional Crafts of Fukuoka, Japan: https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/traditionalcrafts/
└ HOT SPRING GUIDE THE ONSEN FUKUOKA: https://fukuoka-onsen.com/english/

Study in Fukuoka!
- Fukuoka International Student Support Center (FiSSC): https://www.fissc.net/
- Fukuoka International Exchange Foudation: https://kokusaihiroba.or.jp/

Live in Fukuoka!
- Fukuoka Prefecture Official Website: https://www.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/site/english/

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