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In the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka
 

Practical info Fukuoka, Japonia

Getting around the city

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 two main bus terminals located at Hakata and Fujisaki. 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.

Time

Local time is GMT +9.

Electricity

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.

Currency

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.

Communication

The international access code for Japan is +81. The outgoing code depends on what network is used to dial out on (e.g. 001 for KDD) followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0011 for the United States). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)3 for Tokyo and (0)82 for Hiroshima. Local calls can be made from any public phone, but only some allow international calls. Telephone cards are sold at kiosks and from vending machines. The local mobile phone operators use technology that is not always compatible with international networks, but 3G has roaming agreements with most international networks, and local handsets can be hired from the airport and various other locations. Internet cafes are widely available. Wifi is freely available in most hotels and larger restaurants.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 119 (Ambulance/Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Fukuoka Airport

www.fuk-ab.co.jp

Getting to the city

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

Car rental reservations can be made at the Information Desk in each terminal. Reservations are not accepted by phone.

Airport taxi's

Taxi stands are located outside each Arrivals Terminal, and are operated by the Fukuoka City Taxi Association.

Transfer between terminals

The Domestic and International Terminals are connected by a shuttle bus that runs every ten minutes.

Facilities

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.

Parking

Car Parks located near the Domestic Terminal charge ¥200 up to 12 hours, and ¥2,400 for 24 hours. Another car park is located across from the International Terminal, and charges ¥200 for the first four hours, and ¥1,000 for 24 hours.

Internet

Free wifi is available in most of the departure lounges and the international arrivals lobby.