5 Foods to try in Fukuoka

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Located on the northern tip of Japan's southernmost main island, Kyushu, Fukuoka isn't on most international tourists' radar. However, Fukuoka is a well-known foodie destination for Japanese tourists. Here are just a few of the dishes you should try when you visit Fukuoka.

Sushi & Sashimi

You can get sushi and sashimi all over Japan, of course. What sets Fukuoka's fish apart is the freshness. In fact, there are several restaurants in Fukuoka known for serving squid so fresh it's still twitching when it's served. This one is my absolute favorite, with tables overlooking the ocean.


Mentaiko, or spicy pollock roe, is arguably Fukuoka's signature food. Find it in everything from rice balls to pasta, or even as a powdered topping on senbei, or savory crackers.

Hakata Ramen

Hakata Ramen, also known as Tonkotsu Ramen, originated in Fukuoka. Fukuoka and Hakata were historically two different cities that merged together as they grew. The city as a whole is now called Fukuoka, but many things retain the Hakata name (Hakata Ramen and Hakata Station to name a few). But I digress.

The soup broth of Tonkotsu Ramen is made with pork bones boiled for 10-20 hours, giving the broth it's cloudy appearance. Traditionally, the noodles are al dente and the dish is topped with sliced pork belly and green onions, but each shop add it's own interpretation to the dish.

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Hot pot, or nabe, is a winter staple all over Japan. Fukuoka's version of the dish is called motsunabe. Motsu refers to the innards of a pig or cow - stay with me here, it's delicious - which make up the bulk of the dish. Winter veggies and greens are often added to the dish. Whereas other foods on this list are readily available in restaurants, motsunabe is most commonly eaten at home.


Yakitori literally translated to grilled chicken, is again a popular dish across Japan. What makes Fukuoka special is that yakitori restaurants here will put just about anything on a skewer and call it grilled chicken. My personal favorite is cheese wrapped in bacon that they serve here!

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