Where to stay in Fukuoka
Fukuoka is a city that can be explored very easily, all the tourist areas have at least one subway or railway station in the area reachable in a few minutes.
The best area where to stay in Fukuoka
is all the central area between Hakata and Tenjin station, including the island of Nakasu.
Based on your specific needs, you can opt for a hotel close to the shinkansen station (Hakata
station), for a hotel in the most modern and commercial area of the city (Tenjin
) or for the heart of the nightlife (Nakasu
Recommended luxury hotels
Hotel New Gaea Hakata-Eki Minami
If you are looking for a hotel without much expectation very close to Hakata station, this is probably one of the cheapest, just two minutes walk from the station. Single rooms from 5500 yen per night, double rooms from 6500 yen per night. Cheap breakfast (700 yen), but nothing special..
Hotel Eclair Hakata
A business hotel located nearby the 'Hakata Riverain and the nightlife area of Nakasu, the rest of the city can be reached within minutes by metro. Nakasu-Kawabata station is located a few meters from the hotel. Small rooms but equipped with all the standard amenities for a Japanese hotel. On the ground floor there is an Irish pub (Hakata Harp) where breakfast is served: 1080 yen (set menu, not buffet), you can choose between japanese style and western style. Single rooms from 5000 yen per night, double rooms from 7500 yen per night.
First Cabin Hakata
This is a "cabin hotel", a middle ground between a capsule and a normal hotel, located in the heart of the nightlife area of Fukuoka, Nakasu island. There are two types of rooms, the standard cabin with just a bed, and the superior cabin, a little more spacious. All rooms are equipped with TV and wifi. The shared bathrooms are spacious and comfortable. An interesting experience that allows you to sleep at only 5,000 yen per night in an area where normal hotels are much more expensive. Perfect for solo travelers.
Hotel Ascent Fukuoka
A business hotel located right next to Tenjin station, in the heart of the city. Rooms are very small and the hotel isn't anything special, but it isworth the little money it costs, especially considering the location (it couldn't be better). Single rooms from 5,000 yen, double rooms from 8,000 yen per night.
Plaza Hotel Premier
A big hotel in the area with the most stylish restaurants and cafes of the city, Daimyo, a few minutes on foot from Tenjin station. Maybe it is the best hotel in the area as for value for money, if you are not looking for anything sophisticated. Single rooms from 5,500 yen per night, doubles from 7,800 yen per night. Big breakfast buffet at 1080 yen per person.
Recommended mid-range hotels in Fukuoka
Hotel UNIZO Fukuoka Tenjin
A hotel belonging to a widespread and highly reliable chain of Japanese hotels (Unizo), located just a few minutes from Tenjin Station. Rooms are modern and elegant, and much more spacious than average. Single rooms from 10,000 yen, doubles from 14,000 yen per night.
JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central
Fantastic hotel located a few meters from Hakata station. This is the best in the area as for value for money among the higher-end hotels. Large double rooms (20sq) from just 8400 yen per night single use, from 11700 yen for two people. The breakfast buffet costs 1300 yen per person and it is well worth the money.
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
The best hotel located on the island of Nakasu, just 2 minutes from the nearest subway station (Nakasu-Kawabata). Double rooms from 10,500 yen per night, triples from 12,500 yen per night, quadruples from 15,000 yen per night. If you are a family or a group of friends and you want a comfortable, centrally located and upper-middle level hotel without spending a lot, the triple and quadruple rooms of this hotel are among the cheapest in the city.
Hotel Il Palazzo
Wonderful hotel belonging to a renowned international chain (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), located opposite the island of Nakasu and particularly in front of the famous area that in the evening is full of food stalls (yatai). The strong point of this hotel, designed by renowned Italian architect Aldo Rossi, is the extremely modern design and technology that characterizes every place of the structure. The interiors of the rooms are spacious and stylish, with a few particular accessories such as DVD player and Nespresso machine. An "almost 5 stars" hotel. Double rooms from 13,000 yen per night (single use), from 18,000 yen per night for two people. Great breakfast at 1900 yen per person.
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Fukuoka branch of the renowned international chain of luxury hotels Grand Hyatt, located within the shopping complex Canal City Hakata, a short walk from the island of Nakasu and the famous riverside full of street food stalls (yatai). Inside the building there are a fitness center, an indoor pool and two restaurants. The most luxurious hotel in the entire city of Fukuoka. Double rooms of 27 sq from 18,000 yen per night on offer.
Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
Top-notch hotel located near Hakata station. Inside the structure there's also a fitness center with a very nice panoramic swimming pool (in the pic on the left, separate admission). In addition to the superior and luxury rooms, with very high prices, this hotel also offers some single "business" rooms, a little less luxurious but still well above the average, at much more affordable prices (from 12,000 yen per night).
Hotel Okura Fukuoka
Very high standard hotel, located within the shopping complex Riverain Hakata, very close to the island of Nakasu and the subway station of Nakasu-Kawabata. Sauna and swimming pool available to all guests. In addition to the superior and luxury rooms, with very high prices, this hotel also offers some single "standard" rooms, a little less luxurious but still well above the average, at much more affordable prices (from 12,000 yen per night).
Sono pochissimi i capsule hotel
presenti a Fukuoka, ed ancora meno quelli di cui si trovano informazioni in inglese online.
Well Cabin Nakasu
A highly recommended place if you are looking for a very cheap accommodation. Located in the heart of Nakasu island, in front of a subway station (Nakasu-kawabata), this capsule hotel offers various types of lodging: standard capsule from 2600 yen per night, and other more spacious rooms between 3500 and 5000 yen per night. The bathrooms and the whole hotel in general is very clean and quiet. You can find further information and also book (with discounted rates) directly on their website in English.
Well Be Executive Capsule & SPA
This capsule hotel, equipped inside with a wonderful spa with sauna, various baths and other wellness services, is located near the shopping complex Hakata Canal City. There is no information in English about this place, therefore just know that it exists and where it is and go there personally if you need it. Standard capsule from 3600 yen per night.
Kia Ora BudgetStay
The best hostel in Fukuoka as for value for money, located near Hakata station. Impeccable cleanliness, kitchen and common room where you can meet other guests, complimentary tea/coffee and toasts every morning for breakfast. One night in a 10-beds dormitory costs 3,000 yen per night, there are also women-only dormitories and private double rooms from 7,200 yen per night.
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience
, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities
all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets
for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table
in hundreds of restaurants.