Fukuoka Food Guide – Must Eat Food and Snacks

If you're in Fukuoka, it will pay to know what to eat and where to get it. Use our Fukuoka Food Guide to help you out.

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Fukuoka is the principal city of Kyushu, the southernmost island of mainland Japan. Just 132 miles from the Korean city of Busan but 555 miles from Japan’s capital, Fukuoka has long acted as a gateway to continental Asia. Accordingly, the city’s culinary landscape is heavily influenced by Chinese and Korean cooking and techniques as well as the more usual Japanese traditions. 

In our Fukuoka food guide, we’re going to introduce you to all of Fukuoka’s food highlights in an attempt to prove the city’s foodie credentials. 

Hakata Ramen

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Photo Credit: Jorge Gonzalez via Flickr cc

Ramen is one of Japan’s most-loved dishes. Each region of the country has its own variation which it thinks is the apogee. Fukuoka’s version is called Hakata ramen. Made using a pork-bone tonkotsu broth, thin noodles and unique toppings, it is distinctive and full of flavour. One of the most popular ramen variants throughout Japan, it is still best eaten in Fukuoka. 

Take a look at our top Hakata ramen restaurant recommendations: 

Hakata Ramen Shin Shin Hakata Deitos:

In front of the Shinkansen gates at JR Hakata Station. 

Address: 1-1 Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata, Fukuoka 

Access: Hakata Station

Taiho Ramen, Tenjin Imaizumi

Famous among locals. Excellent broth. 

Address: 1-23-8 Imaizumi, Chuo, Fukuoka

Access: Tenjin Minami Station

Ichiran Tenjin Nishidori

Long lines common but worth it.  

Address: 2-1-57 Daimyo, Chuo, Fukuoka

Access: Nishitetsufukuoka Station

Fukuoka Motsunabe

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Photo Credit: Yu Morita via flickr cc

Motsunabe is an intestine hot pot particular to Fukuoka. Made using beef or pork intestines, chopped cabbage, garlic and chives which are cooked in a large pot at the table. Intestines aren’t everyone’s favourite but give it a go, the thick and flavoursome dish is wonderful. Sitting and sharing Motsunabe is also a highly pleasant, sociable experience. 

Take a look at our top Motsunabe restaurant recommendations: 

Hakata Motsunabe Yamanaka Akasakaten

Great nabe in a stylish restaurant. 

Address: 1-9-1 Akasaka, Chuo, Fukuoka

Access: Akasaka Station

Nanayama Akasaka

Small, cosy and very highly rated.  

Address: 1-5-11 Akasaka, Chuo, Fukuoka

Access: Akasaka Station

Motsunabe Nagamasa, Hakata Ekimae

Fine Motsunabe and a variety of other delicious Fukuoka specialities. 

Address: 3-18-8 Hakataekimae, Hakata, Fukuoka

Access: Hakata Station

Fukuoka Kaisen Don

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Photo Credit: kohei yamada via flickr cc

The waters around Kyushu are rich in marine life, making seafood an island staple. Kaisen-don, a simple dish of seafood on rice, is one of finest ways to enjoy it. Often, the seafood will be served raw for ultimate taste and freshness. 

Take a look at our top kaisen-don restaurant recommendations: 

Hakata Kaisen Sakanaichiba

Fresh Fukuoka seafood and even a nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink) option. 

Address: 1-15-20 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Access: Hakata Station

Kaisen Okonomiyaki Hiro

Famous for their okonomiyaki but the kaisen-don is just as good. 

Address: 1-8-31 Shigedome, Sawara, Fukuoka

Access: Noke Station

Kaisen Shuko Yaoki

Fresh, delicious fish and excellent service. 

Address: 7-4 Narayamachi, Hakata, Fukuoka

Access: Gufukumachi Station

Fukuoka Tetsunabe Gyoza

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Photo Credit: Christian Kadluba via flickr cc

Gyoza or dumplings originated in China and, rumour has it, Fukuoka was where the dish first reached Japan. A mixture of ground pork, cabbage, spring onion, herbs and spices are wrapped in a thin doughy casing, boiled, fried and served piping hot. The tetsunabe (iron pan) gyoza most commonly served in Fukuoka are some of the best in Japan. 

Take a look at our top gyoza restaurant recommendations: 


a home-style joint that serves delicious gyoza. Minimum order of 6 pieces gyoza per person. 

Address: 2-20 Gionmachi, Hakata, Fukuoka

Access: Hakata Station

Zetsumai Gyoza

Handmade gyoza made in front of your eyes.  

Address: 6-14-40 Hakataekiminami, Hakata, Fukuoka

Access: Hakata Station

Gyoza No Temujin Kego

Bite size gyoza with vegetarian and non-pork options available.  

Address: 1-5-5 Daimyo Chuo-Ku, Fukuoka

Access: Akasaka Station or Nishitetsufukuoka Station

Fukuoka Chicken Sashimi

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Photo Credit: pelican via flickr cc

Western diners often have trouble with the idea of chicken sashimi, but rest assured, get over your initial misgivings and you’re in for a treat. Fukuoka is Japan’s capital of chicken sashimi so there’s no better place to try it out. 

Take a look at our top chicken sashimi restaurant recommendations: 

Mizutaki Restaurant

Very traditional restaurant that specialises in chicken sashimi.  

Address: 3-3-12 Hakata, Fukuoka

Access: Tenjin Station

Kyushuno Shun Hakatarou

A relaxed restaurant with some of the freshest chicken going. 

Address: 1-1-38 Chuo, Fukuoka

Access: Nishitetsufukuoka Station

Fukuoka Udon

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Photo Credit: KID the Euforia via flickr cc

Those in the know will tell you that Fukuoka is one of the best places for udon. The noodles are thick, the sauce tangy and sweet, and the green onions endless. For a simple but satisfying meal, udon is hard to beat. Especially when you’re in Fukuoka. 

Take a look at our top udon restaurant recommendations: 

Udon Taira 

Watch as the udon masters create each bowl. 

Address: 3-17-10 Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka

Access: Hakata Station

Noko Udon Canal City Hakata

Found in the basement of Canal City and serving excellent soft and tender udon.

Address: 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Access: Gion Station

Daichi no Udon Hakataeki

Below the station hides some of the city’s finest udon. 

Address: 2-1-1 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ki, Fukuoka

Access: Hakata Station

Fukuoka Snacks

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Photo Credit: kazamatsuri via flickr cc

Like most places in Japan, Fukuoka has its own range of speciality snacks. Take a look at some of our favourites below. Such snacks can be bought at souvenir shops throughout the city or locations such as Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Train Station


A popular rice-cracker pretty unique to Fukuoka. Wafer-thin and flavoured with squid or octopus, they are available in boxes perfect for taking home as souvenirs. 


Nakanaka may look like beef jerky but it is actually made from mentaiko (marinated cod or pollack roe). Goes very well with cold beer or sake.  

Niwaka Senbei

Traditional rice-cracker with the unusual shape of a face mask. A funny souvenir with a unique flavour.  

Fukuoka Sweets

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Hiyoko Cake

Now available throughout Japan, Hiyoko Cakes are small chicken-shaped cakes famous for their cuteness. Flavoured with sweet bean paste and other seasonal variants, they are one of the area’s most delicious sweet treats. 


Torimon is a sweet dumpling made using sweet white beans and a mixture of butter and cream. 

Umegae Mochi

Umegae Mochi is a real Fukuoka speciality that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Grilled sweet beans wrapped in rice dough and usually eaten hot. Originally from the town of Dazaifu which remains the best place to pick up this delicious dessert. 

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