The capital of Fukuoka Prefecture on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island is an absolute gem. If you are looking for the perfect place to launch your startup, look no further. With affordable coliving, Fukuoka should be on your list as your next stop.
Fukuoka is Japan's 6th largest city and has everything going for it. The city is known for its shopping beaches and history - it is the youngest major city in Japan, but growing at a spectacular rate. Fukuoka is the startup hub of Japan and has so many pros as to why do it there! Services like tax reductions, startup visas, and free business consulting, to name just a few, makes it easy to see why it has the highest business opening rate in Japan.
The city was awarded as one of the most dynamic cities for its work in increasing tourism and trade, and it's diverse culture. Fukuoka once ranked 17th out of 25 in the most livable cities – it’s friendly, safe, and clean.
Fukuoka receives more than 2 million foreign visitors annually, and about 10,000 international students attend university in Fukuoka each year. With the best shopping, most delicious food and reliable transport, what more could you need?
Fukuoka has many attractions to see and experience. The Marine Park Uminonakamichi on the northern side of Hakata Bay has an amusement park, petting zoo, aquarium, beaches, and beautiful lush gardens. Hakata Dontaku festival takes place every year to showcase over 800 years of history and a whopping 2 million people attend.
The subway is the perfect way to get around with an extensive line. There is nowhere you can’t reach. Fukuoka is known for its delicious local foods like Nagahama ramen noodles, which is found at many street stalls. The city also has around 10,000 restaurants so you never have to eat at the same place twice.
With the digital nomad lifestyle becoming more and more popular, coliving spots have expanded tremendously. So whether it's lazing on a beach, going for a surf, singing the night away with karaoke, or braving a sumo wrestling match, this city has something for everyone.
Here are some fun facts about Fukuoka:
- When visiting Fukuoka, you are actually closer to South Korea's capital than Japan’s capital
- Fukuoka has the lowest food prices in the country
- With 4.2 restaurants for every 1,000 people, it would take you 25 years to try every restaurant. Ready, set, GO!
- Japan's second valentine's day originates in Fukuoka