Fukuoka's Appeal

Fukuoka at a glance

Innovative, academic, smart, advanced, are some adjectives that describe Fukuoka. With eyes focused toward the future, the city takes leadership in both industry and academia as a model city not only in Japan but in Asia and globally. An ideal business start-up city Fukuoka is heading for the next generation with her historical legacy and heritage of Hakata intact

Japan’s No.2 Business Events destination
2nd international convention city after Tokyo

- Most popular city to be transferred by Japanese business professionals
- The largest passenger ferry service in Japan to Korea
- Stress free convention zone – great ease for organizers
- National consumer price index ranks as the top city with economic value

Year 1 2 3 4 5
2009 Tokyo 497 Fukuoka 206 Yokohama 179 Kyoto 164 Nagoya 124
2010 Tokyo 491 Fukuoka 216 Yokohama 174 Kyoto 155 Nagoya122
2011 Tokyo 470 Fukuoka 221 Yokohama 169 Kyoto 137 Nagoya112
2012 Tokyo 500 Fukuoka 252 Kyoto 196 Yokohama 191 Osaka 140
2013 Tokyo 531 Fukuoka 253 Yokohama 226 Kyoto 176 Osaka 172
2014 Tokyo 543 Fukuoka 336 Kyoto 202 Yokohama 200 Nagoya 163
2015 Tokyo 557 Fukuoka 363 Sendai 221 Kyoto 218 Yokohama 190
2016 Tokyo 574 Fukuoka 383 Kyoto 278 Kobe 260 Nagoya 203
Source JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization), Stats on International Convention
Criteria Organizer- International Organization, National Governmental or Private Organization
Participants- 50 or more attendants from 3 or more countries including Japan
Duration- One day or more
Condensed Infrastructure of Fukuoka MICE
Perfect MICE infrastructure

- Money stretches in Fukuoka allowing quality events with savvy touch for less
- Incredibly compact convention zone in walking distance (2.5km radius)
- Centrally located in the East Asia, making every access easy
- Ensures every type of activities in close distance

Knowledge, Business, Smart City with QOL
A city of unique venue itself – knowledge center, business hub, smart city with QOL

- Academic capital of the western Japan (21 universities and colleges in Fukuoka City)
- 1,800 foreign students bring international flavor at Kyushu University alone
- Kyushu University leads the Asia
  CAP (Conference o Asian University Presidents) leader
  Serves as the foundation for comprehensive collaborative researches
- 3 major research parks for next generation industries
  Multi layered collaboration by government, industry, and academia
  Produces from automobile, to video games
- Smart City with technological advancement
  Innovation is the buzz word in business
- QOL – a great livable city
  Ranked as the 14th most livable city by Monocle Magazine in 2017
  95% of population is happy citizens
  Shortest commuting time among major Japanese cities
  Nature and modern convenience compactly packaged

Key Statistics

As of April 2014

Fukuoka is the second most popular international convention city in Japan for the last 8 consecutive years. The city hosted 383 international conventions in 2016 alone.

Source: JNTO(2016)

Monocle Magazine(2017) ranked Fukuoka the 14th “Most livable city in the world.”

Fukuoka’s growth is enhanced by its relatively youthful population. The number of 20 to 30 year olds is considerably higher than the Japanese average. This is obvious even to the casual observer, and can be seen by walking through the streets of Fukuoka City. Much of this is due to the concentration of universities and colleges. Another reason is that Fukuoka offers the preferred lifestyle of many younger Japanese.
Fukuoka’s population, as of June 2014, was 1,509,893 and steadily growing. Among that population are relatively large numbers of young people and foreign residents. The foreign resident population is currently near 25,000.

92.3% of citizens are satisfied with Fukuoka life style, and 89.6% expresses their desire to continue living in the city.

Source: The Fukuoka Asia Urban Research Center(2013)

The region counts 125 higher educational institutions and 50 of them are in Fukuoka with a rare cluster of 7 medical universities and institutions which draw more international conventions.

Fukuoka’s weather tends to be on the warmer side. In the winter, the city may see a few snow flurries, but no accumulation on the ground. The colder months tend to be confined from the middle of December to the middle of March. Winter in Fukuoka is similar to that experienced in Vancouver. The months of June through the end of September tend to be hot without exception, with warm to tropical evenings and considerable humidity. Only very light clothing will be needed during these months. While early autumn is the start of typhoon season in Japan, Fukuoka’s exposure to typhoons is usually mild, and the weather is quite pleasant and clear during this season outside of any actual typhoon. The city has an overall year-round average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius.