Fukuoka is Japan’s No.1 city to live, visit and work as selected by business people

Although Fukuoka City is a large city with a population of over 1.5 million, Japanese business people choose it as the best place to live.

Fukuoka City has also been ranked 10th in the World's Top 25 Most Livable Cities 2014, a survey conducted by British lifestyle magazine,
Monocle, which focuses on business, culture and design.

Affordable housing and elements of the city’s infrastructure, such as public transportation, were recognized.
Fukuoka City is a compact city with only a 10-minute travel time between the airport and downtown.
The city’s rich food culture includes fresh fish and Hakata ramen noodles.

The city has a rich and long history with many traditions.
A wide variety of community events are held throughout the year in Fukuoka City and its vicinity.

The city offers many cultural exchange events including annual events such as the Asian Pacific Festival and the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention.

There is no doubt that Fukuoka is a most livable city for foreign nationals thanks to its kind and caring residents.

Another appealing feature for foreign nationals is that the price of daily necessities in Fukuoka is much lower than those in bigger cities like Tokyo or Osaka, resulting in a lower cost of living.

Because there is no worry about contamination of food and water from the nuclear plant disaster of 2011, people live in safety and with peace of mind.

The Reasons

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Of all designated cities by government ordinance, Fukuoka City has the highest survival rate. From the time it is dispatched to an ambulance’s arrival on site, the hospital transport time in Fukuoka City is shorter than other cities, making it a safer city in which to live.

*Survival rate: One-month survival rate of patients who had a cardiac arrest.
Highest survival rate city, 32.7%, No.1 among major cities.

Average time between dispatch and arrival of an ambulance, 6 minutes and 20 seconds, No.2 among major cities

Average time between ambulance dispatch and hospital admission, 26 minutes and 33 seconds, No.1 among major cities

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Water is essential to life. The city’s rate of water leakage is just 2.6%.

This is the lowest among Japan’s major cities and is still lower than that of Paris which is recognized for a low water leakage rate (5%) among other cities in the world.
As a result, people live with more peace of mind.

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Fukuoka is one of the larger cities in Japan with a population over 1.5 million.
Despite this, the city’s cost of living is affordable, making it a most livable place for foreign nationals.

When averaging prices from 51 Japanese cities to 100 yen,
costs are:
  • Food 94.9 yen, No.1 among large cities
  • Cost of living excluding housing 98.1 yen, No.2 among large cities

Beauty salon

Fukuoka City 6,715 yen,
No.1 among large cities
Tokyo’s 23 wards 8,255 yen
Niigata City 8,747 yen

Ramen noodles

Fukuoka City 505 yen,
No.1 among large cities
Niigata City 617 yen

Loaf of bread

Fukuoka City 329 yen,
No.1 among large cities
Kumamoto City 484 yen

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Fukuoka is renowned for its rich food culture.

The city’s most famous dish is Hakata ramen noodles in a white colored broth.
Today, ramen’s popularity is booming in foreign countries as well.

Thanks to its proximity to the sea, Fukuoka City is also famous for fresh seafood. Japan’s most famous dish, sushi, is offered fresher in Fukuoka City than in any other city in Japan.

In addition, oysters harvested from Karatomari Ebisu, Fukuoka City won second place at the Japan Oyster Championships.
Fukuoka City is a place where a variety of gourmet food can be enjoyed.

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What sets Fukuoka City apart from other major cities is its convenience.
The city’s domestic/international airports are only 10 minutes from downtown Fukuoka.
After a long flight, you are not faced with another hour or two of travel to get downtown.

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Although still a large city, Fukuoka City is surrounded by the sea and mountains, providing a natural ambience for all to enjoy.

An opportunity to enjoy the city’s history may be found near the city center at the ruins of Fukuoka Castle.

Fukuoka City is also rich with long-held traditions such as the Hakata doll.
Our school activities offer a chance to gain an experience of the city’s traditions.




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