Tokyo Fukuoka - Best options for the Tokyo Fukuoka route include
by plane and train.
Tokyo Fukuoka By Plane
Fukuoka Airport (IATA: FUK) is
located to the east of the city, surprisingly close to the centre of
Fukuoka City (only two subway stops away
from Hakata JR station). Within the country, Japan Airlines and ANA
fly to Fukuoka from most larger cities,
including Tokyo (both
The airport is somewhat inconveniently split into four
terminals. Broadly speaking, Terminal 1 handles domestic flights to
smaller cities (e.g. Sendai, Komatsu and those around Kyushu), while
Terminal 2 handles those to larger cities (Nagoya, Naha, Osaka,
Sapporo, Tokyo). The two are essentially different parts of the same
building, 5 min apart on foot, and the subway station is located
under Terminal 2. Terminal 3 is not used for departing flights,
while the International Terminal is on the opposite side of the
runway and requires a 10-min bus transfer from T2 (free, every 20
min or so).
From Tokyo, flying to Fukuoka is much
faster than the Shinkansen, and not significantly more expensive.
The usual one-way fare on Skymark Airlines from Tokyo
¥19,800, compared to ¥22,320 from Tokyo Station on the Nozomi
Shinkansen, and steep discounts are available if you book in advance
(as low as ¥12,000 with ANA's Tabiwari discount). The flight takes
two hours while the train takes five. If you have a
Japan Rail Pass,
of course, you'll still want to take the train.
Hakata Station is the terminus of the Sanyo Shinkansen.
Shinkansen services are offered from Kokura in Kitakyushu (20
minutes), Hiroshima (1 hr), Okayama (1 3/4 hrs) and Osaka (2 1/2
hrs), and through via the Tokaido Shinkansen from Kyoto (2 3/4 hrs
by Nozomi), Nagoya (3 1/2 hrs by Nozomi) and Tokyo (5 hrs by Nozomi).
If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you cannot use the Nozomi, so if you
are travelling from Tokyo or Nagoya you will have to take one of the
hourly Hikari trains destined for Okayama and change to the Hikari
Rail Star en route. An easy place to make the transfer in between
trains is at Shin-Kobe or Himeji stations, where all trains arrive
and depart on the same platform. During most of the day, one Hikari
train is timed to arrive after the other; this yields a connection
time to the Rail Star of only 5 to 15 minutes.
Another option from Tokyo is to take a westbound sleeper express
such as the Sunrise Izumo or Sunrise Seto, leaving Tokyo around ten
at night, and then connecting to the Shinkansen at Okayama early in
the morning to arrive in Fukuoka around nine. While this takes much
longer and costs slightly more than the Shinkansen (¥26,530 one
way), it may be cheaper as it doubles as lodging and transport.
Note: Fukuoka's train station is called
Hakata Station. If you search for
schedules to "Fukuoka" online, you will likely be given an itinerary
for a totally different (and much less interesting) city in northern
Many overnight bus services run into Fukuoka from other parts of the
If you're really ambitious, Nishitetsu bus runs an overnight
service, the Hakata, from the Shinjuku expressway bus terminal in
Tokyo to Fukuoka non-stop. The ride, at just over 14 hours, is
Japan's longest overnight bus service. A one-way ticket will run you
¥15000; ¥27000 for a round trip.
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