APAN 39th Conference
Fukuoka, Japan


Fukuoka is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan approximately 1,100 km from Tokyo. The city is Japan's sixth largest, home to approximately 1.5 million residents, slightly larger than Kyoto.

Historically the city has served as a gateway to Asia with a historical role as the center for diplomatic relations with Asia since the 8th century. Today Fukuoka is a safe, clean, compact city, noted for its cuisine, coastline and culture.


The compact core area makes it easy to shop for anything you want from big-name brands to Japanese traditional cultural items. The Tenjin and other neighboring areas are dotted with top-ranked brand shops from home and abroad, department stores and fashion buildings.

Fukuoka boasts many traditional crafts such as Hakata-ori textile, dolls, tops, and magemono (wooden wares) which are made with techniques that have been passed down for generations.

Model Shopping Course


Yatai Stalls

Fukuoka's open air food stands "yatai" are possibly the city's best known symbol. Yatai can generally seat about seven or eight people and provide an atmospheric outdoor environment to enjoy various foods. There are over 150 yatai scattered across Fukuoka but the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai situated along the water.


A Japanese noodle soup dish consisting of wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and using toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, kamaboko, and green onions. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, with Hakata ramen famous for a rich pork-based soup and firm texture of the noodles.

An Overview of Famous Local Cuisine in Fukuoka

Day Trips

Fukuoka Sightseeing Model Courses

Fukuoka has a variety of sightseeing courses to choose from. These tours will take you around Fukuoka and introduce you to the culture, history and top tourist spots.

Click here to see a list of available tours.

1300 years of History in Dazaifu

Dazaifu was established in the late 7th century and served as the administrative center of the entire island of Kyushu for over 500 years. Dazaifu was the center of Japan's diplomatic relations with Northeast Asia.

Dazaifu is now a small, quiet city on the outskirts of Fukuoka, from which it is perfect for a day trip. There are a number of temples and shrines, the most famous of which is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2014
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