The Essential Guide to Fukuoka, Japan’s Hottest New Business Hub

January 30, 2024

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This month, we're thrilled to guide you through the city of Fukuoka, a hub of innovation, tradition, and unique M&E opportunities.

What better way to start the New Year than with one of Japan’s most vibrant cities!

Let's embark on a journey to discover how Fukuoka seamlessly blends its rich cultural heritage with cutting-edge modernity, creating an ideal backdrop for your next event.

Join us in exploring Fukuoka's exciting offerings!



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Fukuoka: Japan’s Hottest New Business Hub


Fukuoka, a bustling city on the northern shore of Japan’s southernmost major island, Kyushu, is a tapestry of historical charm and modern allure. Known for its vibrant nightlife and rich food scene, Fukuoka is an emerging M&E destination that offers professional and cultural enrichment.


Startup City & Asian Gateway

With a population exceeding 1.63 million and a reputation for livability, Fukuoka is emerging as a key business hub in Japan, particularly for startups. The city offers a high quality of life, efficient access to transportation, and robust support for businesses, including subsidies and comprehensive services for foreign companies. 

Fukuoka is also a National Strategic Special Zone for Global Startups, providing extensive support for startups through initiatives like tax reductions, startup visas, and the Global Startup Center. Additionally, Fukuoka is advancing its Smart City initiative, Fukuoka Smart East, focusing on sustainable urban development and innovative solutions for societal challenges.

The city's strategic location and robust infrastructure make it a prime choice for international conferences and business events. Fukuoka Airport is a mere 15 minutes from Hakata station, making it one of the world's most accessible international airports.



The Traditional Heart of Fukuoka


Fukuoka's rich history is showcased in its well-preserved temples and shrines, particularly in the Hakata Old Town area. These historical sites offer unique venues for culturally-themed events and gatherings, providing a serene backdrop contrasting the city's urban energy.


Fukuoka’s Culinary Scene


Fukuoka is famous for its diverse food culture, including the renowned Hakata ramen. Explore the city’s bustling yatai (street food stalls) for an authentic taste of local flavours. A guided tour of yatai starting in the early evening explains how the stalls are set up, tells stories of the owners, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the running of one of Japan’s most well-known culinary experiences. You can check all 96 authorised yatai stalls on this website!



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Japanese Culture Corner

As one of its projects, the Japan Tourism Agency supports the development of meeting and incentive content in Fukuoka.

The Art of Hakata-ori


Discover the intricate beauty of Hakata-ori, a traditional textile known for its fine patterns and durability.

This craft, originating from Fukuoka, represents the city's commitment to preserving traditional arts while embracing innovation.

Explore a local workshop and see how Japanese craftsmanship has been passed on to the present day.


Yame-cha, Fukuoka’s Iconic Green Tea


Said to be less bitter and more rounded in flavour, Yame-cha uses a unique production method to prevent additional tannins and astringency. Join a tea workshop in the picturesque Yame area just outside Fukuoka and learn about the different types of Japanese tea, how they are produced, and how to prepare them authentically.


Kumiko Woodworking


Okawa Kumiko, a woodworking technique from Okawa town, involves creating intricate wood patterns without nails, a skill originally developed by boatbuilders and now applied in furniture and interior design. Join the Nitahara family, who have been in the Kumiko business for over 70 years, in a special workshop to learn the techniques to create and meaning behind this intricate woodwork.




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Hotel Spotlight


The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka



The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka, which opened June 21st, 2023, is situated within the city's tallest urban lifestyle complex, Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City skyscraper. Located in Fukuoka's dynamic commercial district, adjacent to the lively Tenjin area, the hotel occupies the top floors of a 25-story glass tower, offering panoramic views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding landscapes. It features 167 guest rooms, including luxurious suites, and The Ritz-Carlton Club on the top floor for an exclusive experience. With facilities like a spa, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, and diverse meeting spaces, the hotel is well-equipped for both business and social gatherings. Its prime location offers easy access to key transportation hubs and is a gateway to exploring Fukuoka's rich cultural heritage and vibrant startup scene.


Experiences for M&E Groups

Visit our website for group experiences designed to enhance your M&E journey in Fukuoka. From cultural workshops to business-focused tours, we have something for every group. If you have specific needs, don’t hesitate to reach out!

As we conclude this edition, we hope you are inspired by Fukuoka's dynamic fusion of tradition and innovation. From the luxurious offerings of the Ritz Carlton Fukuoka to the rich cultural experiences awaiting your discovery, Fukuoka is a city that caters to both business excellence and cultural exploration. Embrace the energy and spirit of Fukuoka in your next event, and let us help you make it an unforgettable experience.

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