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Getting around Fukuoka is easy thanks to well-established subway and bus systems. A comprehensive network of city buses is operated by Nishitetsu, with the main bus terminal located at Hakata station. The city's subway system has three main lines, Kuko (airport), Hakozaki, and Nanakuma. Fukuoka's Hakata Station is also the last stop on the Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo, making travel between these two cities easy. The city centre is quite compact and can easily be navigated on foot. Bicycles are also a popular means of getting around the city centre. Taxis are available but offer a more expensive means of transport in Fukuoka.
Local time is GMT +9.
Electrical current is 100 volts, 60Hz in the west (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hiroshima); 100 volts, 50Hz in eastern Japan (Tokyo, Sapporo, Yokohoma). Flat two- and three-pin plugs are used.
The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY). Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Money can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. The best foreign currency to take to exchange are US dollars. ATMs are common but do not accept all credit and debit cards; only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some major stores will accept foreign cards.
The international access code for Japan is +81. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)3 for Tokyo and (0)82 for Hiroshima. Hotels, cafes, and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.
110 (Police), 119 (Ambulance/Fire)
Several buses depart from the Domestic Terminal to various parts of Fukuoka. Buses from the International Terminal are more limited. The Kuko line of the subway also runs from the airport into the city, and connects with the Hakozaki and Nanakuma lines.
Car rental reservations can be made at the Information Desk in each terminal.
Taxi stands are located outside each Arrivals Terminal, and are operated by the Fukuoka City Taxi Association.
The Domestic and International Terminals are connected by a shuttle bus that runs every ten minutes.
The airport offers banking services and currency exchange, a post office, left luggage facilities, lockers, a smoking area, cell phone rental service, nursing room, clinic and pharmacy, and VIP lounge, as well as a number of restaurants, bars, and shops. Duty-free shopping is available in the International Terminal.
Car Parks located near the Domestic Terminal charge ¥200 up to 11 hours, and ¥2,400 for 24 hours. Another car park is located across from the International Terminal, and charges ¥200 every hour, for the first four hours, and ¥1,000 after the first four hours, up to 24 hours.
Free wifi is available in most of the departure lounges and the international arrivals lobby.