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Fukuoka: Introductions: Fukuoka on the cheap!
Fukuoka on the cheap! (Qjmp: 21004)
It needn't cost the earth.
Your biggest cost is getting here: coach is cheapest by land, see our "getting around" section for more details.
For getting around Japan, use a Japan Rail pass, this must be purchased in your home country and then authorised in Japan, but provides a fixed period of unlimited travel.
Expect to pay around 5000yen/night minimum for accommodation: that is as cheap as it gets. You will find a list in our "hotels" section. There is a Youth Hostel out in Dazaifu - fine if you want to see the Dazaifu area, but not necessarily costs effective if you use it as a base to see Fukuoka once you factor in the return train fare...
Many places have a lunchtime set in the 600-800yen range. If you are really poor, shops in the "West Udon" chain will serve you a plate of steaming Udon for 350yen. Coffee ranges from 350yen to 1000yen, but is ??? yen at ???.
There are cheap one day subway passes: ???? for a days unlimited use.
Fukuoka is fairly compact, at a pinch you can walk around it. If you are going to be here for a while, invest in a second hand bicycle. The subway system is 180 - 250 yen a ride, depending on distance. Taxis start at 590 yen.
Places to Go:
Lots of places to go are either free or very cheap (a few hundred yen). See our "places to go" section for more details.
The following are guide prices to give you some indication of what you will pay;
Cola - 120yen a can
Milk - 130yen/litre.
Sandwiches (2): 200yen
Large bag of crisps: 130yen.
Beer: cheap but drinkable (500ml) - 199yen
Bento Box (rice.fish/meat prepared lunch in a box to take out): from 400yen
Loaf of thick sliced, spongy bread: 170yen/6 slices
can of baked beans: 300yen.
Cheap Udon (noodles): from 350yen.
Indian set lunch: around 1000yen:
Japanese "set" lunch: from 600 - 1000yen.
When it is hot:
Most stores are air conditioned. Many free places to go are also air conditioned.
When it is cold:
As above, but heated...
If you intend staing for a while, there is a noticeboard in Rainbow Plaza through which people leaving sell furniture and the necessities of daily life.