Traveling Within Fukuoka
Fukuoka’s manageable size means getting around is not too difficult. Helping this are the centralized layout, great public transport network, and recent moves to label all street signs in English as well as Japanese. English maps are readily available.
The school is located in the heart of the city, very close to Kyuushu's biggest train station.
Fukuoka has a very defined centre in the area called Tenjin (天神), home to most of the major shopping and entertainment complexes. This is where everyone comes on their day off! So getting from Tenjin to anywhere is very easy.
Fukuoka has three subway lines, all radiating from the central Tenjin area, and connected to other transport networks at their last stop. Fukuoka International Airport, the easiest way to get to Fukuoka, has its own subway station, and so is less than 10 minutes from downtown! Plus, this being Japan, the trains are always on time.
For less major destinations, the comprehensive bus network will take you to virtually any location within the city and surrounding area.
For longer trips, Japan’s nationwide rail network is fast and convenient. Fukuoka’s “shinkansen” (bullet train) station will take you to the center of most other cities within just a few hours, perfect for a weekend trip.
All of these transport systems offer discount prepaid cards, in addition to monthly passes.
Taxis aren’t cheap, but a strict regulation system means you won’t be ripped off, so travel with peace of mind!
Fukuoka has a variety of transport networks, each with a variety of ticket options, so it can be difficult to know the cheapest method of traveling from your accommodation to the school and back, and also traveling on the weekends or vacations. This page provides some information to give you an idea of what to expect.
Fukuoka's transport networks:
There are 3 main networks, and generally you will have the choice
3 subway lines serve most major destinations in the central area of the city. Not cheap, but very convenient, and the fastest method of getting around. Prices from 200-300 yen. Trains run from 5:30am till 12:30am.
Official subway site (in English) - includes detailed usage information
Very thorough network of Nishitetsu buses run to almost all locations, with Tenjin (where Genki Japanese school is) as a central hub. Cheapish fares, run from early morning until about 12:30am.
Official bus site (in English)
The school is located close by the biggest train station in Kyuushu, Hakata station, from where you can catch the JR or Nishitetsu lines, the Shinkansen or the subway. Ther is also a huge bus center for highway bus travel, as well as several city bus stops.
Official station site (in English)
Ticket Options Available
Nimoca: A pre-paid card that can be used for travel on the bus, subway or train, all over Japan!
SubwaysThe cards below can be bought from either ticket machines or station staff.
1. Hayakaken: A pre-charged card that can be used only on the subways.
2. One-day pass: 600 yen for all the subway travel you can do in a day. As a single trip can cost up to 300 yen, this can be economical if you plan to do a lot of traveling.
3. Commuter pass: A 1- or 3-month pass for travel within a general area. If you will travel the same route every day for a month or longer, this is generally the cheapest option. You can buy these from station staff at the main subway stations (for example, Tenjin).
1. 1-day free pass: 700 yen
2. Commuter pass: A 1- or 3-month pass for travel between two specific stops. If you will travel the same route every day for a month or longer, this is generally the cheapest option. You can buy these from station staff at the main bus stations (for example, Tenjin).
1. Ticket book: 11 tickets between any two stations for the price of 10.
2. Commuter pass: A 1- or 3-month pass for travel between two specific stops. If you will travel the same route every day for a month or longer, this is generally the cheapest option. You can buy these from station staff at the main train stations (for example, Tenjin).