Attractions of Fukuoka and Hakata
Fukuoka is an energetic city with a population of about 1.41 million and the centre of core city of politics, economy, culture and fashion in Kyushu. As "a gateway to Asia", it is well serviced by international air. It also has great accessibility in the city, for instance it only takes 5 minutes to Hakata station and 11 minutes to Tenjin from Fukuoka airport. Fukuoka is expected to further leap forward when all the lines of Kyushu Shinkansen open in spring 2011, so come and take a look at this vibrant city!
Attractions of Kyushu, Nishinippon (West Japan) and the vicinity
The gateway to Kyushu is Hakata Station which has major terminals for railway, highway bus and subway. There are limited express trains to various places in Kyushu while the highway buses are very frequent and cheap. To go to Fukuoka airport, it only takes about 5 minutes from Hakata Station by subway. Furthermore, Kyushu Shinkansen now connects Hakata and Kagoshima in 1 hour 19 minutes by the fastest train, and Kagoshima and Osaka in 3 hours 45 minutes.
The fastest way from Kansai to Fukuoka is by air. However, considering the additional cost to go to Itami and Kansai airport, the shinkansen bullet train is more reasonable. Although longer travel hours are needed, the highway bus costs less than both airplane and shinkansen are needed. For further cost savings, take the ferry from Osaka Nanko Port to Shin-Mojiko Port (Kitakyushu). From Hiroshima, you can take either shinkansen or highway bus to Kyushu.