Introduction of Fukuoka
Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of the Japanese island of Kyushu. It is the most populous city on the island, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin.
Fukuoka is a city of marvelous historical sites, beautiful natural views with mild climate, colorful Japanese festivals known as "Yamakasa" and "Hakata Dontaku", arts and crafts such as Hakata clay dolls and silk fabric. Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu, with population of over 1.4 million people, occupying a central role in travel, information and entertainment, and is one of Japan's eight largest cities.
The unit of currency in Japan is Yen (indicated by ¥ or JPY). Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at most local banks in the downtown area. Big city hotels, like Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, can handle only US dollars and sometimes Korean Won. Traveler's checks cannot be accepted at most shops. Major credit cards are widely accepted, except at small souvenir shops or self-supporting restaurants.
The most convenient and recommended place for money exchange is Fukuoka Airport. There are local bank offices and several cashing machines operated by credit-card companies and Japan Postal Service. These banks provide better rate than hotels. Branch offices of local banks are open for business in the international-flight terminal and also in the basement of the domestic-flight terminal No. 2, where you may exchange major foreign currencies (like US dollar or EURO) into Japanese Yen.
Climate and Clothing
The climate in Fukuoka is rather mild with the annual average temperature being around 17 °C. However, September is still a hot month in Fukuoka, and the average temperature in September is 28 °C with humidity 74%. Once or twice in September, typhoon may hit or pass the western part of Japan and may disrupt transportation system for one or two days. Appropriate clothing for daytime is summer wear, long sleeve jacket or shirt for evening and air-conditioned rooms.
The entire country of Japan is in the same time zone, 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. Japan does not adopt the practice of daylight saving time.