There are almost 200 open-air food stalls (屋台, yatai) throughout Fukuoka. Each one typically sits about 10 persons with the simple menus consisting of grilled chicken or meat skewers (yakitori), oden, and ramen (often the Hakata Ramen for which the city is also famous). Bunching up next to the locals over a beer is one of the best ways to experience the city.

The most well-known yatai spot is probably on the southern end of Nakasu Island—an 800-meter long piece of land that splits the Naka River. There are only about 20 yatai here, but they are nicely situated along the river bank. Prices for each dish ranges from 600 to 1,000 yen. Opening times vary, but 6pm until 1-2am in the morning is fairly standard, with most closed on Sundays.

Normally from 6pm until 1-2am with most closed on Sundays
You May Also Like


This L-shaped area of shacks, caravans, food stalls, craft beer, and good coffee was originally set up as a temporary venue under the name Commune 246. It’s a fantastic little “for the community” venue that recreates something of an East London feel. A great place for a beer when the weather is good.

Ginza’s Corridor Gai

Very popular strip of restaurants that sit underneath the rail tracks.

Hoppy Street

A popular night street in Asakusa. The izakaya and yakitori restaurants on either side of the road extend themselves in the evening with plastic tables and chair, making for a lively and enjoyable atmosphere.

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho actually started out as a black market in the post-war years but has since transformed into a small network of about 100 bars and restaurants.