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Mar 3, 2014 01:11 PM

Hakata Recommendations

We will be in Hakata via Shinkansen next week. Looking for good recommendations for ramen, udon and anything regionally specific. Needs to be relatively close to a train station though.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. We enjoyed the food in Hakata last May. Many places to choose from. Right in front of the station is the Amu Plaza building with restaurants on the 9th and 10th floor. We enjoyed the Shisen Hanten Sichuan place owned by former Iron Chef Kenichi. Lunch is a great deal. Also other "name" places in this building.

    Check out Fukuoka Now for reviews and listings.

    I like to use the Japanese language Tabelog in my Chrome browser for translated pages of most favorite local spots.

    Also use the search on this board, there were some threads a while back about Fukuoka favorites.
    Fukuoka/Hakata is a fun city,have a great time.

    1. for local specialties:
      karashi mentaiko specialist Mentaiju
      live squid from the Genkai Sea at Kawataro

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      1. re: Glicoman

        Genki Sea is something I would love to do. Do you know what the nearest train station is?

        Thanks again!

        1. re: BellaDonna

          Wish I'd known about this place last May.
          Two stops on the Airport Line from Hakata Station, Nakasukawabata station,walk back toward Canal City,
          Tip of Nakasu Island across from Canal City.
          1 Chome-6-6 Nakasu
          Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, 810-0801
          Tabelog link

          (Use Chrome with translation to view), print out map in Japanese for taxi or directions, addresses can be tricky in Japan.
          Nakasu is a fun place and very lively at night,
          Some would call it a "pleasure district" ;-).
          We enjoyed a small bakery/sweet shop called Ufu.
          Nakasu also hosts numerous "Yatai" along the river.
          Mentaiko gyoza are good intro to this food specialty.
          On arrival see if you can pick up a Fukuoka Dining guide that lists places with English menus at the tourist information center.

      2. The ramen stadium is in Canal City, a shopping centre/ complex that's fairly close to the Hakata main station... if that's of interest.