“I love Fukuoka. It has been my home for two years now. I can’t imagine living anywhere else in Japan” – Trevor Lawless, Australia, English Teacher. Have you ever heard of Fukuoka? Perhaps not. However, it is regarded by many Japanese as the best city in Japan to live in. The magazine “Monocle” has recently ranked Fukuoka as the 14th most liveable city in the world and the number one city in the world for shopping and dining (see the article by Associated Press)!
Fukuoka is the biggest city on the southern main island called “Kyushu”, the eighth largest city in Japan and is situated about 1,500km southwest of Tokyo. Various parks, green areas and waterways give the city a friendly atmosphere. Nearby beaches and islands also add to this coastal town feel. During summer, those beaches and islands come alive with music festivals and beach lovers. Located on Hakata Bay, Fukuoka was, and still is, the northern gate of Kyushu in terms of cultural and economic innovations. Due to its favorable geographic location as Japan’s gateway to China and South Korea as well as the friendly, open-minded people, Fukuoka is experiencing a period of dynamic growth. It has an international airport, a Shinkansen (bullet train) station and a port that is just a short trip away from South Korea and China. It is easy to get here, so please come and see it for yourself! The city is big enough to offer you all the best of Japan, while at the same time being small and compact enough to make your stay cheaper, safer and easier than Japan’s larger cities. Transportation within and around the city is very convenient and most attractions can be reached on foot or by bicycle. In addition, its four distinctive seasons and similar climatic conditions to Southern Europe make this area a nice place to travel to all year round.
The city itself has a modern flair with lots of shopping facilities, a young, vibrant and fashionable population as well as a safe, fun and exciting restaurant and bar scene. This city is a food lover’s dream! The pork soup ramen sold at street vendors is famous all over Japan and Fukuoka can offer you a huge variety of the best food in Japan. Fukuoka is also a sporting city and home to one of the most exciting baseball stadiums in Japan. In contrast to its modernity, you can get a glimpse of old Japan within Fukuoka’s castle walls, at shrines as well as temples. People flock to the castle and the surrounding parks during the cherry blossom season. Fukuoka is also the host of some of Japan’s biggest traditional festivals. Come have the most unique and exciting experience of your life in Fukuoka!