By Masumi Endo, a contemporary dancer who loves to explore Fukuoka’s chilled-out coffee shops.Edited by Matthew Wears
Choosing the right area to stay in Kyushu’s largest city can sometimes be a difficult task. I think it’s difficult to know where to stay in Fukuoka because there are just so many different neighborhoods, each of them with a distinctly unique feel. There are very traditional Japanese neighborhoods like Nishijin, and much more modern Fukuoka neighborhoods like Hakata or Tenjin. The first thing to decide when you’re wondering where to stay is to figure out what to do in Fukuoka, and choose your neighborhood based on this. I live just outside of Fukuoka in a city called Itoshima, but I’ve lived and worked in Fukuoka many times as a performance artist, so I know my way around the city very well. I’ve explored most parts of the city at one time or another, and drank coffee in pretty much every neighborhood there is! I hope that I can make your journey a little bit easier, and help you find the best neighborhood to stay in Fukuoka for you.