Fukuoka food blog — Visiting Fukuoka & enjoy specialties of the Southern Japan

I used to try a lot of different meals when traveling across Japan. However, it wasn’t until I visited a southern Japanese island that I realized how amazing the meals were. Now, let’s experience Southern Japan specialties in Fukuoka city via my Fukuoka travel blog: Fukuoka food blog — Visiting Fukuoka and eating distinctive cuisines of Southern Japan.

Fukuoka city


Yatai Food Stalls: An Iconic Symbol of Fukuoka, Japan
Yatai Food Stalls: An Iconic Symbol of Fukuoka, Japan

Yatai Food Stalls An Iconic Symbol of Fukuoka, Japan

By plane, it takes only approximately 4 hours to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Kyushu, Japan’s center. Several years ago, I had to change planes in Hong Kong and Tokyo before flying to Kyushu. Flights from the south of Japan to Vietnam are now quite easy, especially for visitors and businesses, with fares starting at $400 USD.

Fukuoka Port


fukuoka japan night street
Street night. Image of Fukuoka travel blog.


Fukuoka squid sashimi
Fukuoka squid sashimi

Kyushu is a Japanese word that translates to “nine prefectures.” With a milder temperature, this region used to trade with North Korea, China, and even Vietnam. Because this location is a bit distance from Japan’s historic cities in the south, the cultural and culinary identities have been retained.

Tonkotsu ramen, one of the most famous foods in Fukuoka, Japan
Tonkotsu ramen, one of the most famous foods in Fukuoka, Japan


Tonkotsu Ramen
Tonkotsu Ramen
fukuoka japan night street foods
Fukuoka street food at night

food stall fukuoka

We followed Matsumura, my college, to Kyushu on a bright weekday. Matsumura, as promised, escorted us to his hometown of Fukuoka to sample the local cuisine. I eventually discovered a modest eatery with shuttered doors after going through several little alleyways. It was decked out on the outside with white and black drapes and lamps. The interior, like those of other traditional restaurants, was adorned with lanterns, ceramics, walls, and sliding doors. In the center is a low table with no seats for guests to sit at. The bowls, chopsticks, and furnishings are all produced in the area.

fukuoka japan specilities guide Image of Fukuoka travel blog.
Image of Fukuoka travel blog.

restaurant shop at fukuoka japan specilities guide

Mizutaki is a healthy Japanese hot pot made with chicken, tofu, vegetables and so on. Fukuoka is the birthplace and it spread across the country.
Mizutaki is a nutritious Japanese hot pot prepared with chicken, tofu, veggies, and other ingredients. Fukuoka is where it all began, and it quickly spread throughout the country.Local wine is a popular speciality. Slouch is a spirit that has been distilled. It is mostly produced in Kyushu and is distilled from rice, barley, potatoes, brown sugar, or buckwheat. It can be served in a variety of ways, including diluted with hot water, straight, on the rocks, diluted with cold water, or mixed with juice or tea. Japanese diners serve themselves at the restaurant, with no waiters or waitresses.

Instead, a quiet and friendly setting is preferable. Potato wine is quite mild at 36 degrees and highly costly since it is made by hand, just as it was hundreds of years ago. It reminded me of “quoc lui” (Vietnamese wine rice), a low-cost Vietnamese local wine with a robust flavor.

people of fukuoka south japan

fukuoka wine
Fukuoka local wine


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Image of Fukuoka travel blog.

Following the first glass of wine, the next Fukuoka speciality is placed on the table – raw chicken. With tartar sauce or cardamom, only lean meat is offered. It was my first time eating this method, and the flavor was rather bland. Then I became terrified when raw chicken organs were placed on the table. It seems that eating habits differed by community. It was tough to adjust to new food at the same time. When I presented Cha Ca with Mam Tom (Shrimp paste) to Japanese guests in Vietnam, no one dared to sample it owing to the terrible scent.

Fukuoka raw chicken
Fukuoka raw chicken. Photo: Fukuoka food blog.

fukuoka dishes south japan

Kibinago fish, a sort of sushi served with vinegar or soy sauce, was the next specialty. Sushi, particularly fresh whale meat and tuna, has become a worldwide staple. As a result, the yield of capturing whales and Japanese consumption is rated first in the world. Furthermore, raw shrimp and oysters are popular among the Japanese. Raw meat is significantly more costly than other meals. In Vietnam, the number of Japanese restaurants and seafood restaurants is growing in certain major cities. Sushi, on the other hand, will take a long time to fully assimilate into Vietnamese cuisine.

Karashi Mentaiko
Karashi Mentaiko




fukuoka cuisine grilled squid
Grilled squid, must try food in Fukuoka

Udon fukuoka travel blog

Goma Saba
Goma Saba
Kibinago is not a traditional Edomae-zushi topping. In Japan, it is typically served as sashimi or grilled, but is rarely used as sushidane.
Kibinago is not a traditional Edomae-zushi topping. In Japan, it is typically served as sashimi or grilled, but is rarely used as sushidane. Photo: Fukuoka food blog.


Cod roe Sushi
Cod roe Sushi


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Kibinago sashimi

fukuoka cuisine japan shop restaurants

Kyushu is also made with cod roe served with chilli sauce. It is a favorite dish of Europeans. Additionally, hot rice mixed with raw egg is quite popular here.

fukuoka cuisine japan

fukuoka cuisine japan sushi Image of Fukuoka travel blog.
Cod roe. Photo: Fukuoka food blog.

We loved Tempura the most out of all the foods we had in Fukuoka. The exceptionally large shrimp, as well as veggies, are breaded and deep fried. Tempura was claimed to have been brought to Japan by Portuguese cooks 400 years ago during the Edo period. It gradually become a popular cuisine in Japan.

vegtables tempura
Vegetables tempura

vegtables tempura

Tempura made from Fukuoka Prefecture tempura with fruit figs tempura was eaten with Tempaku Tanaya
Tempura made from Fukuoka Prefecture tempura with fruit figs tempura was eaten with Tempaku Tanaya

fukuoka tempura

TEMPURA NO HIRAO TENJIN Best Tempura Place in Fukuoka Japan 003 must visit restaurant in fukuoka japan

shrimp tempura
Shrimp tempura

Grilled beef from the Kagoshima region is another delectable and well-known dish. Because the black cows are bred in ideal circumstances, the meat is very delicate and flavorful. It’s great to relax on a ferry traveling across windy Sakura Bay, admiring the volcanic beauty of Sakurajima, and sipping warm Shochu.

grille beef
Grilled beef. Photo: Fukuoka food blog.

fukuoka grilled beef

All the restaurants in Kyushu are very clean. The dishes are paid in every single gram with displayed price. The eye-catching food photos help the guests choose the tasty food easily.

Temujin restaurant in Fukuoka, very clean

In Japan, the culinary promotion is perfect with a variety of standardized products. After accessing the Western World 150 years ago, Japanese people have greatly enriched their culinary culture. Nonetheless, many foods keep their local taste, becoming an eternal feature.

Fukuoka specialties: Mentaiko and ramen
Fukuoka specialties: Mentaiko and ramen


grille squide
Grille squid


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Tempura in Fukuoka. Image of Fukuoka travel blog.

Further information

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Fukuoka Yatai
  • If you want to visit Kyushu island, fly to the central Fukuoka first. Then you can go to many traditional cities such as Kagoshima with many temples, Sakurajima volcano and Sakura Bay. Traveling by bus or ferry, you can witness blue sea, crooked slopes and modern buildings.
  • The banking system of Japan is very good. You can exchange USD in any cities with reasonable rate.
  • Japanese people are very punctual. Hence, the tour will set off as scheduled. If you are late, the trip can be cancelled.
Fukuoka in the springtime