Using the public transportation in Fukuoka
Fukuoka has a variety of transport networks, each with a variety of ticket options, so it can be difficult to know the cheapest method of traveling from your accommodation to the school and back, and also traveling on the weekends or vacations.
For short-term stays, it's usually cheapest to invest in an IC card - a pre-paid travel pass that can be used on most buses, subways and trains. They can be bought at almost all stations, either from vending machines or from staff. The price includes travel credit, and a deposit that can be refunded when you finish using the card. Each time you use the card (by tapping it on the gates as you enter and leave a station), the cost of your travel is deducted from the card. You can add more funds to the card at any station, using the machines. There are several brands available, such as Nimoca, Hayakaken, etc. Remember to ask our friendly reception staff which card is best for your needs!
For longer stays, discounted travel passes are available. These are usually valid for travel between two stops (Hakata station, and whichever station/bus stop is nearest your accommodation), and can be bought for durations of 1, 3 or 6 months.
3 subway lines serve most major destinations in the central area of the city. Not cheap, but very convenient, and the fastest method of getting around.
Official subway website (English)
Click here to download a large version of the subway map
Very thorough network of Nishitetsu buses run to almost all locations, with Tenjin (where Genki Japanese school is) as a central hub. Cheapish fares, run from early morning until about 12:30am.
Official bus website (English)
The school is located close by the biggest train station in Kyuushu, Hakata station, from where you can catch the JR or Nishitetsu lines, the Shinkansen or the subway. Ther is also a huge bus center for highway bus travel, as well as several city bus stops.
Hakata station website (English)