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Tips on where to eat or drink in Fukuoka City

Where to Eat in Fukuoka: Bistro La Tortue

Homemade Sausage

I haven’t raved about a restaurant for the longest time. In Japan, I have gotten used to delicious food wherever I go so good food has gotten to be the norm. However, Asawa and I recently had dinner at Bistro La Toture and found the food to be splendid.  It is a small two story restaurant in Sumiyoshi that serves home-cooked French cuisine.  The first floor consists of 4 counter seats where you can watch your dishes being cooked, and the a second floor which could have been taken right out of a quaint French home. (more…)

Where to Watch the World Cup in Fukuoka

We have had lots of emails asking where they can watch the World Cup in Fukuoka so we prepared this non-comprehensive list of places that air the game. Drop in a comment if you want to add a place!

Flag (Nakasu-kawabasa)

  • Tel: 092-283-5518
  • 5-2-1 4th flr.J-Park Nakasu Bldg, Nakasukawabasa, Hakata, Fukuoka City 810-0801

It is a British Pub so don’t go mentioning the England – U.S.A. if you want good service, but it is in the heart of lively Nakasu-kawabasa so its the perfect place to start your romp around the streets when your favorite team scores a goal.

Bayern Fukuoka (Imagawa)

  • Tel: 092-791-7344
  • 2-14-3 Imagawa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka View Larger Map
  • Closest Subway Station: Tojinmachi

A destination in itself even when it is not World Cup season, this recently opened sports bar / restaurant / bakery is one of the better places to watch the games in.  The bakery opens as early as 7:00 a.m. if you feel like having some great German bread for breakfast or right after that 3:00 a.m. match ends.  They have 40 German beers (probably most from the proud Bavarian region) to keep you happy or consoled depending on who you are rooting for.

The Dark Room (Tenjin)

  • Tel: 090-9595-2100
  • Bachus Kan 802, Oyafuko-dori, Chuo-ku‎ View Larger Map

If you find yourself low on funds for buying too much beer while watching the games, perhaps you should head on to The Dark Room in Oyafuko-dori, where they have a Y2,000 drink-all-you-can (nomihoudai) while watching the games.  If the game isn’t as exciting as you thought it was, or if your team is down 5-0, then you can always go to the next room where you can dance the night away.  Japan’s best DJs and artists frequent this place so you might just catch them perform. (more…)

What to Eat and Where to Eat It in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is famous for its good food, and if you are visiting Japan for its food then Fukuoka must be in your itinerary.  Every kind of food product  including beef, chicken and pork, fresh vegetables and fruits, seafood are grown in Kyushu island and are available throughout the year. Here are some of the famous Hakata cuisine you must eat when you visit Fukuoka.  Skip out on these is like going to New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty.

TONKOTSU RAMEN 豚骨ラーメン(Noodle in Pork Broth)

There are many kinds of Raamen in Japan such as miso raamen and shoyu raamen (soysauce) but if you order Raamen in Fukuoka, it is TONKOTSU RAAMEN. Famous Tonkotsu raamen restaurants are:  Ichiran(一蘭) (Read our article about it!), Ippudo(一風堂). Famous as they are, they are used to tourist from overseas and there are many branches all over Fukuoka.  Ganso Nagahama (元祖長浜) which is located in the Nagahama area is very popular among locals (and you know the locals know better).

YAKITORI 焼鳥(Chiken Barbecue)

Yakitori
Yakitori

Fukuoka is famous for good chicken. This cuisine is called Yakitori (chicken barbecue) but many pork and vegetable grills are also available.  They are served on sticks (as seen in photos) and are served fresh from the grill.   Yakitori is best experienced with your favorite drink (which needless to say must be alcoholic!). There are many Yakitori restaurants in Fukuoka but our favorite restaurant is a quaint hole in the wall-ish one called Yakitori Fuji (富士) which is literally 2 feet away from  Tojinmachi (唐人町) Subway station Exit no.1 (Watch out for our feature on it soon!). The best place for Yakitori however would be in Kurume City, still in Fukuoka Prefecture.  If you have a chance to stop by Kurume City,  make sure to try their legendary Yakitori. (more…)

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