Maybe you’re not quite ready to leave Tokyo over the weekend just yet—we do recommend to keep staying at home. But, while daydreaming about your future endeavors, why not consider a weekend getaway to Fukuoka City? You are sure to find lots of fun for the whole family in Kyushu’s largest urban center with unbeatable cuisine and a rich and unique history and culture.
If you need reasons for a weekend getaway in Fukuoka…
Besides its renowned tonkotsu (“pork bone”) ramen, did you know that Fukuoka also has incredible meats for yakitori and yakiniku (grilled meat)? What’s more, it is the undisputed home base of other great and underappreciated Japanese soul foods, such as Mizutaki—a light chicken hot pot—and Motsu Nabe—an offal hot pot?
History buffs should also give Fukuoka a second look. Northern Kyushu was the historical point of contact between Japan and the Asian mainland as is evidenced by the many firsts which Fukuoka is famous for, like Japan’s first Zen Buddhist temple and first bowls of both udon and soba noodles!
Fukuoka City is a bustling metropolis in its own right with convenient shopping, delicious local coffee shops, and lots of kid-friendly eateries. If you want a little bit of everything that makes city life here so great, while still beating the summer heat and humidity, look no further than a weekend divided between Hakata and Tenjin, the two downtown districts.
Oh, and by the way, I love Fukuoka so much that after many many summers spent studying Japanese in its cafes and sustaining myself on late-night ramen, I decided to relocate here with my family. So, ready for a weekend getaway to Fukuoka?
Fukuoka is very do-able as a weekend trip, even with children in tow. The easiest way to get here is to hop on a flight from Haneda to Fukuoka Airport. The flight will last a little under two hours and discount fares are usually available between ¥10 000-20 000 one way. The airport—located inside the city—is only a 5-minute subway ride to Hakata Station, Kyushu’s main travel artery.
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