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Travel To Fukuoka From Tokyo! A Thorough Comparison
Written by MATCHA
Fukuoka is the largest city and prefecture in Kyushu. This article covers how to travel efficiently and comfortably between Tokyo and Fukuoka, via Shinkansen, airplane, and highway buses. Use the best method for you to get to this destination filled with culture, historic landmarks, and cuisine.
Getting to Fukuoka from Tokyo
Fukuoka is the largest city in the Kyushu Region by population, is one of the most popular destinations to visit in southern Japan as it has famous local dishes and many tourist attractions. Fukuoka Prefecture is also the most populous prefecture in Kyushu. In this article, we introduce methods to travel between Tokyo and Fukuoka and compare them.
By Plane to Fukuoka - Most Recommended Way
Airplane is the most convenient and economical way to travel to Fukuoka. The flight takes about two hours total (one-way). There are more than fifty flights per day from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport operated by ANA, JAL, StarFlyer as well as Skymark Airlines, which are convenient and allow you to arrange your plan as you want. Narita Airport offers flights as well by a number of low-cost airlines, making it the ideal choice for someone trying to save yen.
All domestic airlines have flights between Tokyo and Fukuoka, including JAL and ANA: expect to pay around 23,500 yen for a round-trip or around 30,000 or more for ANA. Skymark and StarFlyer also leave from Haneda Airport and cost around 13,000 to 20,000 yen for a round trip.
For flights leaving from Narita, try Jetstar or Peach, a low-cost carrier with round-trip flights ranging from around 12,000 yen to 15,000 yen. Please note that if you fly from Narita International Airport, you will need to take a bus or train to get to the airport, which is located far from Tokyo's center. Getting there will take about one to 1.5 hours, and costs between 1,000 and1,500 yen.
Fukuoka Airport is Close to the City Center
Fukuoka Airport is close to the city center of Fukuoka, and there are subway lines directly connecting the airport and the city, making it easy to reach your destination after arriving at Fukuoka Airport. It is a six-minute ride on the subway's Kuko line. Also, the airport itself has shops and restaurants which allow you to enjoy the time spent there.
By Shinkansen to Fukuoka - Ideal For Train Lovers
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The Shinkansen is a comfortable and relaxing option for getting to Fukuoka from Tokyo. However, it takes a long time and costs more yen than flying. Additionally, the schedules of the Shinkansen are easily affected by the weather--like typhoons in the summer and fall.
Shinkansens operate around every 30 minutes between Tokyo Station and Hataka Station, the major train and Shinkansen station in Fukuoka. The ride takes about 5 hours and costs 23,390 yen one-way. Compared to the flights, it takes longer and costs you more. However, if you like to get to see the landscape on the way, it can be a great option. If you hold a Japan Rail Pass, you may want to use this option, as you can ride as much as you want on the bullet train to Fukuoka, and make stops along the way, too.
By Bus to Fukuoka - Inexpensive Travel at Night
Night buses between Tokyo and Fukuoka have the longest travel time during the night among the Japanese bus lines. The price of the tickets starts from around 7,500 yen. The ride takes 14 hours. It would be the option to take when flight tickets and Shinkansen tickets are sold out.
By Car to Fukuoka - Take a Road Trip in Japan
The highway tolls between Tokyo and Fukuoka cost 12,000 yen, and you need to pay for fuel to drive for about 1,100km. When you consider all of these costs, taking a car is not going to be the cheapest option. But, if you are with friends and want to stop by different places on the way it will be a lot of fun.
You can look for rental cars in English, online, on Web-Rentacar.
Most of people who travel between Tokyo and Fukuoka choose to go by airplane. But there are some more options to take into consideration, as mentioned in this article. So if you would like to try other methods besides flying, and enjoy your own style of traveling, please consider the options above.