Fukuoka is a lively city surrounded by mountains and ocean known for its variety of local flavors. The city is actually nearer to Seoul, Korea than Tokyo, Japan.
13. Join the FREE Asahi Beer TourWe joined the Free Asahi Beer Tour and got to enjoy cold beers for Free. Yay! I remember we were all rushing to go to the Asahi Factory. We made it without having lunch or any snack. It was a fun activity to do with friends.
These are just a few of the things we did during our 6-day trip to Fukuoka. It was a very relaxed vacation. We also did a lot of stop-overs in Family Mart to eat Famichiki, and local bake shops (I so love Japanese bread and carbs!).
Manila to Fukuoka
We flew in via Philippine Airlines. It was a short flight of 3 hours and 40 minutes. Flights from Manila to Fukuoka are slighty cheaper compared to Tokyo. I love flying via Philippine Airlines. (and love the Bento Box meal!) But there is also a Manila to Fukuoka Flight in budget airlines like Cebu Pacific.Where We Stayed: AirbnbWe were able to book a studio hotel near the city area. It is walking distance to Canal City Mall, subway station and there is even a 7-Eleven at the same building.You can check out the video below to see how our lodging looked like:The place has 3 double beds, living area, patio, kitchen, toilet (with hot and cold shower), and portable WIFI.Our share is around Php 11,000+ each. We stayed for 6 nights.
Estimated Budget / Expenses
Whenever I travel I want it to be comfortable - from the flight to lodging and the way I enjoy things/experiences. I cannot say this is a budget trip, or a luxurious one. There were days when we get food from 7-Eleven and some days we indulge and have full meals.
I am just sharing my expenses (how I remembered them) so you would have an idea how much to save/allot for your trip to Fukuoka. There aren't much attractions or entrance fees that you need to pay for in Fukuoka (unlike in other major destinations like Tokyo). Travel expenses truly depends on food preferences and shopping habits.
Flight: around Php 10,000 (via Philippine Airlines)
Lodging: around Php 11,000 (share for the Airbnb).
(Lodging rates start at Php 2,500 / night in Fukuoka. for capsule hotel.
We were able to save because we traveled as a group.)
Wifi: Php 3,000 (for 6 days)
(I rented it last minute because my portable WIFI unit was held in Customs before my flight.
You can rent much cheaper WIFI if you plan ahead)
Pocket Money: Php 14,000+ (around 30,000 Yen)
(I no longer itemized my expenses. So for the pocket money I brought, I just use it for transportation, loading my subway card, buying food, or snacks, etc). I also charge some of the expenses in my card which saves me in FOREX vs withdrawing money).
Credit Card Charges (after the trip) Php 25,000
(this includes personal shopping).
I know travel would be more expensive in the coming days because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
But I hope you find this post helpful.