Destination guide

Thrilling futurism meets beguiling tradition in Fukuoka

Located on the north shore of sprawling, subtropical Kyushu, Fukuoka is this vibrant Japanese island's largest city. It's a mesmerisingly modern metropolis, replete with glass-and-steel office buildings, vertigo-inducing skyscrapers, sleek shopping centres and a state-of-the-art public transport network. But with a trading history thought to stretch back around 2,000 years, this prosperous port city is also proud of its ancient heritage, as evinced by the beautifully preserved shrines, temples and monuments you'll find scattered all over town. Fukuoka holiday rentals range from clean and simple private rooms to luxurious beachfront family houses, so you're sure to find one that ticks all the right boxes.

Things to do

Aquatic adventures and panoramic vistas

Get the lie of the land in memorable fashion by taking a trip to the top of the space-age Fukuoka Tower. Reaching a height of 234 metres, it offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the city, as well as the surrounding soaring mountains and glistering ocean. Whether you're travelling with kids, or are simply a kid-at-heart yourself, Marine World Uminonakamichi is another must-see. In this watery wonderland you can marvel at sleek sharks, or feed playful dolphins and waddling sea lions. The Asahi Hakata Brewery is less likely to enchant youngsters, but anyone of drinking age will enjoy learning all about the production of Japan's world-renowned Super Dry beer, before sampling a fresh batch for themselves.

Activities

Shop ‘til you drop or sing your heart out in Fukuoka

Shopaholics of all stripes will be in their element in Fukuoka. The city is home to ostentatious mega-malls, where you can browse boutiques packed with dazzling designer fashion. If high-end luxury isn't your bag, there are also bargain-packed outlet centres, achingly hip lifestyle stores and mouth-watering food markets, where you can feast on succulent chicken skewers, hearty ramen noodle soups and other Japanese staples. Fukuoka remains thrillingly lively after dark, with a wealth of laid-back izakaya bars, chic cocktail lounges and buzzing nightclubs to check out. And, of course, no trip to Japan is complete until you've sung at the top of your lungs in a raucous karaoke joint.

Weather

Sublime springs and scorching summers in Fukuoka

Like much of Japan, Fukuoka enjoys a subtropical climate. The weather is typically at its most pleasant in spring and autumn, when temperatures are often gloriously warm, and rainfall is moderate. Summers can by sizzlingly hot, with intense humidity and heavy downpours. June and July are usually the wettest months, while there's a risk of typhoons in August and September. Winters are drier, with temperatures ranging from fresh to chilly. With fewer visitors at this time of year, you may find it easier to land a great deal on a sought-after Fukuoka holiday rental.

Natural features

Life's a beach in Fukuoka

While Fukuoka is, first and foremost, an urban destination, the city offers easy access to a wealth of blissful beaches. Keya Beach – a soft, golden-sand cove overlooked by verdant hills – is a particular local favourite. For a walk on the wild side in the heart of the city, head to the Fukuoka City Zoological Garden. Here you can get up close and personal with everything from fluffy red pandas to majestic Siberian tigers. There's also a blissful botanical garden, awash with multi-hued plants and flowers.

How to get there

Transport to and around Fukuoka

Fly into Fukuoka (FUK), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Saga (HSG-Ariake Saga), which is 30.9 mi (49.8 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Fukuoka Hakata Train Station, Gofukumachi station and Fukuoka Yoshizuka Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Fukuoka by catching a ride on the metro at Gion Station, Higashi-hie Station or Nakasu-kawabata Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Fukuoka?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 120 holiday lettings around Fukuoka. From 14 Houses to 100 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Fukuoka?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Fukuoka. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Fukuhaku Deai Bridge: 93 holiday lettings
  • Solaria Plaza: 93 holiday lettings
  • Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center: 93 holiday lettings
  • Suzaki Park: 93 holiday lettings
  • Higashi Koen: 106 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Fukuoka listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fukuoka?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 14 Houses in Fukuoka. Our other popular types of Fukuoka holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 100 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 100 self catering accommodations
  • Hotels: 3 self catering accommodations

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Fukuoka?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 101 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Fukuoka. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.