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  1. Henry LAX
    Henry LAX at |

    For starters, both of the those food pictures clearly illustrated what’s you’ve missed out —

    Fukuoka, specifically Hakata, is THE home of ramen.

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  2. David Huberman
    David Huberman at |

    We had an industry conference there and one of the attendees nailed it when he described Fukuoka as the Baltimore of Japan.

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    1. James K.
      James K. at |

      Baltimore is a nice city for a day or two though. Seems like Fukuoaka could have been as well

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  3. David Huberman
    David Huberman at |

    We had an industry conference there and one of the attendees nailed it when he described Fukuoka as the Baltimore of Japan.

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  4. Alvin
    Alvin at |

    Welcome to Japan.
    Its a very automated, self-service country, and for most foreign tourists, its not obvious what to see minus Tokyo and Kyoto (where the beaten path exists). Add in a reserved culture and language barrier, and its hard to find local sights.
    In many parts, cities aren’t the attraction, or at least major ones (looking at you, Nagoya). Fukuoka is close to Nagasaki, known for its Portuguese influences as an early trading port. Hakata Ramen, from just east of Fukuoka, is one of the most popular types. The city of Shimonoseki, east of that, is known for blowfish. Japan is easy to get around on a short layover, but harder to feel fully immersed.

    Also, Jetstar Japan and Spring Airlines Japan are some new players in Japan’s LCC field. Theres also Starflyer, a budget premier airline linked with ANA.

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  5. Jon
    Jon at |

    You go to get the FUK luggage tag ! I have seen them for sale at airline memorabilia shows for $5.00 !

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  6. Tim Murphy
    Tim Murphy at |

    I stayed a night there when I was studying in Japan. The nightlife was pretty good, tho nothing like Tokyo. There’s an interesting old town to check out—Hakata. But I sandwiched my visit between Nagasaki (very sobering) and Karatsu (relaxing on the beach).

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  7. Charles M. Kunz
    Charles M. Kunz at |

    I had a day there last year. I enjoyed some temples I found downtown, lunch in the underground mall and then nearby Nokonoshima Island which is an enjoyable ferry ride away

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  8. Raymond Kwan
    Raymond Kwan at |

    No one I know sees Fukuoka as a tourist destination. So much to see in Kyushu, it’s always just a gateway. Having said that, the foodstall (yatai) scene in the evening along the river is great.

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  9. Bruce Schobel
    Bruce Schobel at |

    Oh, FUK.

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    1. Tim Murphy
      Tim Murphy at |

      I told Seth that he should fly FUK—>SIN 😉

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  10. CYP
    CYP at |

    You missed out on the Yatai’s: https://blog.gaijinpot.com/yatai-fukuoka-street-food/

    It’s especially unique to Fukuoka – it’s one of the top ten street food cities in Asia and has the best street food in Japan. Definitely not a touristy thing – my wife did all the ordering (she’s Japanese), something more locals. do.

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    1. Ron Mexico
      Ron Mexico at |

      Rent a bike. Ride around.

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  11. Raymond Kwan
    Raymond Kwan at |

    Just want to add that it’s standard in Japan now to have letters for Subway lines, followed by a number for each station. Very useful and consistent.

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  12. Alastair Majury
    Alastair Majury at |

    Thanks for sharing and the tips about the subway, regards Alastair Majury

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