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Fukuoka's open air food stands (屋台, 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 that are generally simple and filling. There are dozens of 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 that are attractively situated along the water.

Typical dishes enjoyed at yatai are grilled chicken skewers (yakitori), hot pot (oden) and most famously Hakata Ramen, a local noodle dish featuring relatively thin ramen noodles in a pork bone based soup (tonkotsu). Various alcoholic drinks are also available, and help make the yatai a great place to get in touch with the locals, although many of the "locals" happen to be Japanese tourists visiting Fukuoka from other parts of Japan.

Yatai are typically open from around 6pm to around 2am, except when the weather is very bad. Many stands close one day of the week. The closure day varies from stand to stand, but is often Sunday. There can be waiting times for popular stands, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

Getting there and around

Yatai are located throughout the city center, and visitors will likely come across some while walking through busy tourist areas in the evening.

The row of stalls on Nakasu Island is about a 10 minute walk from Nakasu Kawabata Station and will be only a short walk from Kushida Jinja-mae Station which will open along the extended Nanakuma Subway Line on March 27, 2023.

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      Conveniently situated in the centre of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata provides 3-star accommodation close to Higashisumiyoshi Park and Otowa Park. The property is around 1.9 km from Konko Church - Minami Ward, 2.1 km from Kamimuta Park and 2.1 km from Nakahie Park. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Certain rooms include a kitchen with a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. The hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and terrace. Popular points of interest near A.T. Hotel Hakata include Mizuho Park, Ninjin Park and Hie Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 2 km from the accommodation.
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    • Dream Inn Hakata
      Mid-range
      Dream Inn Hakata is situated in the centre of Fukuoka, not far from Shofuku-ji Temple. Complimentary WiFi is available. The accommodation comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and kettle, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath and bidet. A bicycle rental service is available at this property. Tocho-ji Temple is 1.5 km from the aparthotel, while Kego Shrine is 2.1 km from the property. Fukuoka Airport is 2 km away.
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    • Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka
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      Looking over Hakata Bay and a yacht harbor, Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka features spacious guest rooms with an ocean view, a relaxation spa and a stylish French restaurant. This hotel is located right next to Marinoa City Fukuoka outlet shopping mall. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Each room is fitted with a comfortable sofa and a balcony, and in-room facilities include a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Some rooms feature a DVD player or a coffee machine. Guests can enjoy an ocean view from the balcony or while soaking in a bath. Two complimentary bottles of mineral water are provided daily. Fukuoka Marinoa Resort Hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, car rentals and laundry services. Drinks and snacks vending machines are available on site. Free parking is available. The hotel is a 40-minute bus ride from JR Hakata Shinkansen (bullet train) Station. Fukuoka Tower and Momochi Bayside Park can both be reached within a 15-minute bus ride. On-site Bleu Ciel restaurant serves original French dishes prepared with local seafood and other seasonal ingredients.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya is situated in Fukuoka, 400 metres from Tsunashiki Temman-gu Shrine and 700 metres from Nakajima Park. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is 4 km from the city centre and 400 metres from Okihamainari Shrine. All units at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. All rooms in GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kagami Temmangu Shrine, Zendo-ji Temple and Honko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya.
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    • LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka is set in Fukuoka, 500 metres from Kego Park and 400 metres from Iwataya. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is 400 metres from The Shops, and within 500 metres of the city centre. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, all guest rooms at LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also offer a balcony. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Solaria Plaza, Nishitetsu Fukuoka station and Solaria Stage. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 5 km from LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka.
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    • Miyako Hotel Hakata
      Luxury
      Open from September 2019, only 150 metres from JR Hakata Train Station, Miyako Hotel Hakata offers stylish rooms with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The famous Nanzoin Temple is a 30-minute train ride away. The air-conditioned rooms at Miyako Hotel Hakata come with pyjamas and slippers. Guests can relax in the bathtub or watch a pay TV programme. Miyako Hotel Hakata is a 3-minute walk from the popular electronic megastore Yodobashi Hakata, and it is a 15-minute walk from Tocho-ji Temple. The Tenjin area is a 5-minute subway ride from nearby Hakata Station, and Fukuoka Airport is just a 5-minute subway ride away. Fukuoka Castle is 5.5 km away, and the lively Nakasu area is 2.5 km from the property. A bar and cafe lounge are also on site.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi
      Mid-range
      Situated in the centre of Fukuoka, within 600 metres of Fujifilm Photo Salon Fukuoka and less than 1 km of Ninjin Park, GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi features accommodation with free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge and microwave are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Higashisumiyoshi Park and Sumiyoshi Shrine. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku
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      Located in the centre of Fukuoka, GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku has well-equipped accommodation featuring free WiFi, 50 metres from Saiko-ji Temple and 70 metres from Genjuan Temple. The accommodation features a hot tub. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge and microwave are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Junshin-ji Temple, Shofuku-ji Temple and Sesshin-in Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Haruyoshi
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      Set 500 metres from Sumiyoshi Shrine in Fukuoka, GRAND BASE Hakata Haruyoshi offers accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, shower and free toiletries, while the kitchen features a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. Some units feature a dining area and/or a balcony. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Hakatamachiyakishintakatoro and Seiryu Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Haruyoshi.
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    • Guest House Nakaima
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      Conveniently located 5 minutes away on foot from Gion Station, Guest House Nakaima is located in Hakata District of Fukuoka. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. Touchouji Temple is 500 m from Guest House Nakaima. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from Guest House Nakaima.
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