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Getting Around Fukuoka City

The Fukuoka City Subway consists of three lines, all accessible via the Tenjin Chikagai under Solaria Stage. The subway is hard to get lost on, with strategically placed maps in Romaji at each entrance, exit and door. Trains stop at every station and all stops are announced in English.

The system is relatively simple because there are only three lines. Fares start at ¥200 and increase with distance traveled. Trains operate between 5:30am and 12:25am, leaving every four to ten minutes.

Also, the subway is offering 100 yen “O-tonari” tickets. This means that you pay only 100 yen to go to the adjacent station.

  • The Hakozaki and Kuko (airport) Lines run along Meiji-dori, Tenjin’s main street. The Nanakuma Line is located south of Mitsukoshi department store and runs along Watanabe-dori before heading east. Yoshizuka Station is on this line, where most ALTs have monthly meetings.
  • The Nanakuma Line does not share a terminal with the Kuko and Hakozaki Lines. It is about a 15 minute walk between terminals. When you transfer to and from the Nanakuma Line, pass through the green gates, take your ticket and walk to the other terminal.

Nishitetsu Bus runs throughout Fukuoka Prefecture (Fukuoka-Ken). Schedules and maps at bus stops are in Japanese and can be confusing, but the sign on the bus is usually printed in English. If you ask, some drivers are kind enough to notify you of your stop. There are main bus stops at designated areas on Meiji-dori, Watanabe-dori and Kokutai-doro in Tenjin. Information can be found at the Highway Bus Center on the 3F of Nishitetsu-Tenjin Station. Here you can get stop information and a Tenjin bus map. Tel 092- 733-3333.

Tenjin Bus Center and Hakata Bus Center provide long-distance highway bus services. Buy your ticket at the counter before boarding and get in line for your destination at its designated boarding point. Information can be found on the 3F of both centers.

JR Kyushu Trains all stop at Hakata Station, the major transportation center for JR and shinkansen trains. Train schedules are in English at larger stations and unless there is inclement weather, you can set your watch by the train. Tel 092-471- 8111.

Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line runs southbound departing from Tenjin Station in Fukuoka and terminating in Omuta at Omuta Station. There are regular, express and limited express trains; all cost the same and tend to be cheaper than JR.

Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line runs north from Kaizuka Station (end stop for the Hakozaki Subway Line) to Nishitetsu Shingu Station.

You can find out more about transportation in Fukuoka Prefecture at our Transportation Page.