The central transportation hub in North Kyushu
Explaining Fukuoka's biggest transportation hub, the newly restored Hakata Station and the Kyushu and Shinkansen Pass. Visit today with your Japan Rail Pass!
Your Travel Center in Fukuoka
Hakata is the main station of Fukuoka city on the island of Kyushu. Renovated in 2011, this central hub has shopping, rail lines, subway lines, and a direct 10-minute connection to the airport. The Hakata district and its station are the perfect base for travel with either the North Kyushu Pass or the Kyushu Pass, or if you're taking your JR Pass down to Kyushu.
Sanyo Shinkansen terminus
Hakata connects with several shinkansen lines. The Sanyo, or western Japan, bullet train terminates at ; from Hakata, this bullet train will take you to Hiroshima and Osaka, and provide fast and easy connections to many other places across Japan.
This line, which opened in 2011, services Kumamoto and Kagoshima. It also makes travel to other great areas in Kyushu, such as Nagasaki and Beppu, faster and easier. The Kyushu line is expanding, with service to other areas opening in 2023.
Other train lines and transportation
If you are exploring the city of Fukuoka, this is a great place to start. The Kuko subway line stops at , which will take you all over the downtown area, as well as the Fukuoka Airport.
For access to the rest of Kyushu, many Limited Express JR trains stop here, such as the Kamome, with service to Nagasaki, the Ariake to Kumamoto, and Yufuin no Mori, which goes to the Yufuin hot springs in Oita. Even the luxury Seven Stars in Kyushu train starts in Hakata!
With great restaurants, night life, shopping, and transportation, is a large but convenient and accessible station, perfect for your trip to Japan.