About Fukuoka

Greetings from The Mayor

Greetings from Fukuoka City Mayor, Takashima Soichiro.

The Appeal of Fukuoka

We will help you host your conventions and business events in Fukuoka City! Enjoy the attractions of Fukuoka: the City of Hospitality!

Through more than 2,000-years of history as Japan’s hub for exchange with the rest of the Asian continent, Fukuoka has developed as Asia’s Gateway City.

At present, Fukuoka is Kyushu’s most populous city, with approximately 1.64 million inhabitants. It is known both domestically and abroad for being a vibrant city, as the presence of young people and universities contributes to a flourishing research and startup scene.

It is also a compact city; our airport, port, central railway station and convention area are all concentrated within a 2.5 km radius. Visitors praise the city for its world-class access from the airport to the city center, which takes only 5 minutes by subway.

In addition to these geographical features, we are a city overflowing with diverse attractions: the cordial hospitality and warm-heartedness of our citizens; the Hakata Dontaku and Hakata Gion Yamakasa festivals; yatai food stalls and rich food culture that makes use of the freshest ingredients; and much more. Fukuoka is a city where tradition and innovation coexist harmoniously.

With this background, Fukuoka City has focused on attracting and supporting conventions through industry-academia-government collaboration, and has successfully hosted a wide variety of MICE events, such as large-scale conventions like the 99th Lions Clubs International Convention, government-level meetings such as the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, and major international sports events like the World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023.

In the world today, factors such as wellbeing, diversity and de-carbonization are becoming important criteria for decision-making, and corresponding changes in people and organizations are happening in all fields. Fukuoka City has been working toward becoming Asia’s leading city by harmonizing its people, environment and urban vitality. We will continue to promote tourism and MICE by harmonizing people, the environment, and urban vitality on a higher level to attract global attention and continue to be the city of choice for many tourists and business travelers.

We sincerely look forward to your visit to Fukuoka City!