Destination guide

Fukuoka fizzes with life

Move over Tokyo, make way Kyoto – Fukuoka beckons. This 2,000-year-old port city acts as the gateway to the island of Kyushu, and fuses gritty charm with creative edge. In just one day, you could find yourself gazing up at serene Buddha effigies in the Gion area and lazing on powdery sands along Momochi Beach. Nighttime is the cue for the yatai – food stalls selling tasty ramen and more – to enter the stage. They're bursting with bubbling chili and fragrant soy broths in the red-light district along the bends of the Naka River. Shinto shrines and surfing, tea plantations and even baseball showdowns also await, making Fukuoka vacation rentals something to seriously consider.

Things to do

Fukuoka's Gion is the place to go

No trip to Fukuoka could possibly be complete without at least half a day's wandering in the culture-rich Gion area. You could even bag Fukuoka vacation rentals in Gion. That will put you right next to eye-watering sights like the Kushida Shrine. It's more than 1,000 years old, its incense-wreathed icons hidden behind a flowering gingko tree. You can also see the amazing Tochoji Temple, there. That's got one of the largest wood-carved Buddha statues in all of Japan, plus a stupa painted in all colors that looms 5 levels high.


Fukuoka's ancient festivals

First comes the Hakata Dontaku, in May. The streets of Fukuoka fill with eye-catching parades of elaborately decorated buses that gleam with vivid neon lights. There are twirling entertainers clad in traditional Kyushu costume and sleepless get-togethers in the heart of the ancient Hakata area. Then comes the Hakata Gion Yamakasa, in July. Its near 800-year history makes it one of Japan's oldest festivals. It sees giant floats, called Kakiyama, race through the streets, carried by locals in loincloths representing the 7 neighborhoods of the city. Book your Fukuoka vacation rentals early if you're planning on coming for those.


Finding Fukuoka at its best

Like much of the rest of Japan, Fukuoka follows a 4-season routine that includes hot summers and cold winters. Coming in months like June, July and August might mean it's better to seek a Fukuoka vacation rental near the lapping waves of Momochi Beach – just to cool down. Winter trips, from November to February, will require a coat and a scarf. For the best sightseeing conditions, spring – in March, April and May – or fall – in September and October – are generally considered perfect.

Natural features

Tea fields and sands converge on Fukuoka

Fukuoka is smaller than Osaka and Tokyo, and perhaps better-suited to travelers who like to escape to nature now and then. Pack the spades and swimming costumes because you can hit the beach in the city itself – lively Keya, secluded Niginohama and wave-washed Momochi are all on the menu. For something totally different, you can break away to the mountains. They rise in the south-west with Yame, a cascading patchwork of verdant tea fields and wooded ridges, and home to blooming wisteria shrubs and many kilometers of hiking paths.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Fukuoka

Fly into Fukuoka (FUK), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from the city center. 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 traveling 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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Fukuoka?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 121 vacation rentals near Fukuoka. From 15 Houses to 100 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fukuoka for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fukuoka?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fukuoka. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fukuoka Hakata Train Station: 120 vacation rentals
  • Canal City Hakata: 120 vacation rentals
  • Fukuoka Tenjin Station: 121 vacation rentals
  • Hakata Port Tower: 121 vacation rentals
  • Fukuoka City Sogo Library: 120 vacation rentals

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 vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fukuoka?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 15 Houses in Fukuoka. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fukuoka include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 100 rentals available
  • Studios: 100 rentals available
  • Hotels: 3 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Fukuoka?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 102 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Fukuoka. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.