Fukuoka is located on the northern side of the island of Kyushu. It includes the two largest cities in the area, Fukuoka City, its capital, and Kitakyushu. The prefecture has much to be proud of, beautiful white sand beaches, fertile valleys renowned for tea production, cosmopolitan cities and a reputation as the gateway to Asia. One of the biggest draws to the area is its world famous cuisine. Known as the birthplace of udon and soba noodles in Japan, Fukuoka has since become celebrated for its Hakata ramen, a hearty, pork bone broth ramen. You can find ramen shops and lively food carts all across the city, especially in the evenings. As one of the earliest port cities in Japan, Fukuoka is a place that embraces change, diversity, and growth while respecting its rich history and culture. Traveling there you will enjoy the warmth of the people of Fukuoka who are welcoming and laid-back.