Welcome to Fukuoka,
the next era.
Fukuoka, from a local
city in Japan,
Aiming for leader city
It is the most
vibrant city in Japan.
Twenty countries, leading
the world economy,
We share this valuable
moment in Fukuoka,
While studying together,
Let's build the next era.
Message from Soichiro Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka City.
It is with great pleasure that Japan’s first ever G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting is being held in Fukuoka. I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone coming here from around the world for this exceptional event.
Fukuoka is a compact city blessed with comprehensive urban functions and rich natural surroundings. The city boasts world-class accessibility, with the center only a stone’s throw away from the airport, a mere 10 minutes by subway. Fukuoka also has an impressive track record as a venue for international conferences, and is set to host major international events, including some of the 2019 Rugby World Cup matches and the 2021 World Aquatics Championships
Fukuoka’s rich natural environment provides not only beautiful scenery but also a bounty of delicious foods from both sea and land, a place where fresh ingredients are available in abundance. Our city attracts gourmets from across Japan, lured by a variety of culinary delights including world-renowned ramen noodles, seafood and hotpot dishes like mizutaki.
Fukuoka has long been a gateway to mainland Asia, a hub for exchanges of culture since ancient times. You can get a real sense of tradition here, from crafts such as Hakata-ori textiles to local festivals like Hakata Gion Yamakasa.
Fukuoka also provides robust support for startups, and has been designated as a Special Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation by the government in recognition of its efforts. By taking steps such as opening Fukuoka Growth Next, a startup support facility leveraging public-private collaboration, we are bringing new vitality to Fukuoka as a place with excellent prospects for those looking to launch businesses here.
From urban functions to cuisine and tradition, Fukuoka’s allure lies in its sheer diversity, with something to please all. It is my sincerest hope that you take this chance to experience the very best of our city.