Transportation to Fukuoka

Fukuoka Airport (FUK) is the main airport serving the city of Fukuoka; delegates are advised to fly into this airport. 

Fukuoka Airport is an international/domestic airport located a 15-minute drive from Hakata Station. There are several domestic flights a day flying into the airport from Haneda and Narita airports.

More information on Fukuoka Airport: https://www.fukuoka-airport.jp/english/

Note: Delegates must arrive at the designated hotels by the night of July 2 to be ready to attend the first official program of the Academy on the morning of July 3.

From Fukuoka Airport to the center of the city of Fukuoka

Recommended transportation (subway): https://subway.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/eng/

To Hakata Station

Travel time: About six minutes

Fare: ¥260

To Tenjin Station

Travel time: About 12 minutes

Fare: ¥260

Health

There are no vaccination requirements to enter Japan.

  • Bring any usual medications you require
  • Check your personal insurance plan

Electricity

100 volts AC / 60 Hz cycle

Outlet type: U.S. (2 pin outlet)

Currency

Japanese Yen (¥)

Delegates are requested to bring some cash and exchange their currency for Japanese yen at major international airports BEFORE they arrive in Fukuoka.

It is possible to exchange U.S. dollars for Japanese yen at some branches of major banks, post offices and a few major hotels in Fukuoka city, however chances for doing so will be rare. 

Currency exchange counters or bank branches are found at Haneda, Narita, Kansai, Fukuoka, and other international airports.

Credit cards

Credit cards are accepted at most hotels/restaurants. It is highly recommended you bring a credit card.

Tipping

Tipping is not required in Japan.

Telephone

To dial a number outside Japan, from within Japan, first dial 010, followed by the code for the country you are calling, then the area or city code, and phone number.

For example, if you are trying to call someone in the US (country code 1), in the city of New York (city code 212), you would dial 010-1-212-XXX-XXXX.

Pre-paid SIM cards for mobile phones with internet options are offered by Japanese cell phone companies and are available for purchase at major international airports upon your arrival but it is the personal responsibility of the delegates to look for, reserve and purchase any available plans.

Free public Wi-Fi access is available only in central areas of the city of Fukuoka.

Free Wi-Fi access is also available at the Hilton Fukuoka.

Cultural Notes

Local Cuisine

Hakata Ramen

Hakata ramen is a dish primarily served in Fukuoka with pork bone broth and thin straight noodles as a base. It is a local delicacy from the region and is available mainly from ramen shops, Chinese restaurants and street stalls in Fukuoka. There is a unique system of serving and eating the noodles known as Kaedama. Once one has finished their bowl of ramen, but there is still some soup left over, a new serving of noodles is added. There are a lot of shops in Fukuoka offering this, meaning that you can eat as many noodles as you can, to your heart’s content.

Udon

Udon is a local dish made from kneaded wheat flour cut into long, thick noodles, which are then added to a soup. The soup is made from bonito and soy sauce, with different flavors particular to each shop. There are a wide variety of toppings available to enjoy too. This is a particularly Japanese noodle dish, like ramen, and Fukuoka is often said to be the “birthplace of udon.” There is a monument at Jōtenji temple in Fukuoka city commemorating the site as the birthplace of udon and soba, where, historically, monks from China visiting the temple brought with them the techniques used to make udon. It is said that thanks to this, udon spread across Japan.

Karashi Mentaiko

Karashi Mentaiko is a local dish made from the egg sacks of the walleye pollack fish, which are then mixed and left to pickle with spices such as chili peppers. Kawahara Toshio, a local entrepreneur from Fukuoka, brought spices and flavors from Korea to Japan 70 years ago, and used them to create the dish. Thanks to the advent of the bullet train in Japan, this dish spread around the country and is enjoyed as a local souvenir from Fukuoka. The delicacy has come to be recognized as an example of Fukuoka cuisine, alongside Hakata ramen.

Motsunabe

A hot pot made with a base of either beef or pork offal. It started as a local delicacy from the area surrounding Fukuoka city, but became popular across the entire country. It is said that during World War II, poor laborers in Fukuoka’s towns started using the offal and cuts of meat usually thrown away in their hot pots, from which this dish was created. Hot-pot cooking has become part of Japanese cuisine, and many fans of Motsunabe are now found across the country.

Language

The language of Fukuoka is Japanese; not many Japanese speak English in Fukuoka.

Smoking

Smoking is strictly prohibited in hotel rooms and many other areas. 

Smoking on public streets is also prohibited. 

You will have to pay a fine if you are caught smoking in public non-smoking areas.

Weather

It is hot, humid and rainy in early July in Fukuoka, especially when the rainy season lasts through the middle of July. 

The average temperature in early to mid July is around 25-30 °C but can reach higher than that. Drink water to avoid dehydration. 

It is also best to wear sunscreen, a cap or hat and sunglasses.

Clothing

Please bring summer clothes. Please also bring a light jacket, just in case. Laundry service is available for a fee.

Emergency

In case of emergency, please dial 119 for fire, rescue and ambulance services in Fukuoka. 

If you require police assistance, please dial 110.

More information on use of these emergency services can be found here: http://kumanago.jp/en/benris/emergencycontacts.html

Delegates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with instructions and manuals provided by the hotels and venues in case of any sort of emergency.