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Bayside Place Hakata

Head over to the port for a day of good shopping, tasty food and fantastic views.

By Elizabeth Sok

Once a key part of Hakata’s port economy, this area was transformed into a transportation hub and shopping and entertainment zone in the early 1990s. From here, visitors can take in the sea from a bench on the boardwalk or stroll alongside the water. If you’re planning on heading out to sea on a ferry to South Korea or one of Fukuoka City’s nearby islands, why not grab a bite to eat before your trip?

Spread across two floors not to mention the extensive boardwalk, Bayside Place Hakata has plenty to entertain shoppers, those looking for a bite to eat and visitors hoping to break a sweat. There are three main buildings in this complex. Building A is largely occupied by a buffet specializing in farm-to-table dishes on the first floor and a concert hall on the second. Buildings B and C contain most of the attractions, including restaurants, shops and a cylindrical aquarium. Across from these buildings is Hakata Port Tower and several areas dedicated to basketball and futsal.


Bayside Place Hakata

Photo by: PIXTA/撮るねっと Shop till you drop.

Bayside Place Hakata has several shops catering to a variety of customers. Are you in town and looking for a souvenir to bring back home? Head over to the aptly named Hakata Souvenir Shop and pick up some packaged ramen from a local shop, menbei (a rice cracker containing mentaiko, spiced cod roe), or torimon, a bun-shaped treat with a buttery white bean paste filling.

Visitor visa holders should browse over 2000 items housed at Tax-Free Shop JTC to grab some deals on popular goods, ranging from cosmetics to electronics. Finally, fill your basket with fresh produce and other local foods at Wanganichiba.

Hakata Port Tower

Bayside Place Hakata

Photo by: PIXTA/ TOSHI.K View the city from above.

For a different perspective of the port, head over to Hakata Port Tower. Measuring about 70 meters high, this tower houses a free museum on the first floor which displays the history of the port as well as a panoramic observation deck which is also free of charge.

At the top, visitors will be treated to a 360-degree view of the city and sea through recently renovated tempered glass that offers an even clearer view of the area. The tower has also been outfitted with a new LED lighting system that lights up during seasonal and special events.

Things To Know


While the first floor of Buildings A and C are open from 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and from 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., respectively, shops are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and restaurants serve customers starting from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

How To Get There


By bus

From Hakata station, take the 88 bus and get off at the Kokusaisenta sanparesu-mae stop.

Where To Stay

The Hotels Hakata Kasane Bayside
  • 4-16 Chikkohommachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0021 Japan
  • ¥6,150 - ¥43,460
  • 4.14/5 (70 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Fukuoka Guesthouse Ship
  • 8-26 Taihakumachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0033 Japan
  • ¥5,000 - ¥5,000
  • 3.83/5 (27 reviews)
  • 0.6 km
The OneFive Marine Fukuoka
  • 10-21 Narayamachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0023 Japan
  • ¥6,435 - ¥40,410
  • 3.86/5 (1,442 reviews)
  • 0.8 km
Common de Hostel & Bar
  • 7-13 Komondomachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0029 Japan
  • ¥3,487 - ¥204,300
  • 3.86/5 (55 reviews)
  • 0.8 km
Hotel Hakata Nakasu Inn
  • 4-14 Nakasunakashimamachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0802 Japan
  • ¥8,400 - ¥31,400
  • 1.0 km

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