Airport hacks: Fukuoka Airport, Japan

It's decked out with a slew of amenities to make travelers feel at ease

Fukuoka Airport is said to be the fourth busiest in Japan — it welcomed over 21 million departing and arriving passengers on domestic and international flights in 2015, and currently caters to over 30 airlines. So before (and after) you explore Fukuoka’s cuisine, museums, temples, shops and pretty parks, or your other destinations in Japan, you can be assured that whatever amenities and conveniences you need, Fukuoka Airport has got you covered. Here are some of them:

• There’s free WiFi at the airport; but with the Travel Japan WiFi app, you can also enjoy free and unlimited WiFi access here and at over 200,000 other hotspots in the country, including restaurants, shops and train stations. Specifically designed for travelers, the app also offers discount coupons and details on tourist areas. Download it before you travel or the moment you arrive. Visit this link for more information.

• Forgot travel insurance? You can get one through automated issuing machines on the third floor of the international terminal.

• SIM cards and rental of cell phones or WiFi routers are available on the first floor of the international terminal. Check the rates and booking information online before your trip to avoid surprises. Visit the airport’s website for a listing of stores, and links to the stores’ websites.

• Heading downtown? Take the free shuttle bus from the international terminal to reach the domestic terminal, where the subway or Fukuokakuko Station is. You can also hop off at stops like Hakata or Tenjin on a local bus or taxi.

• There are ticketing machines for the Tokyo Monorail and Keikyu Line.

• If you want to relax, read the papers, and have a drink in between checking your email, there’s a pay-per-use lounge for all passengers at both domestic and international terminals. Rates range from ¥500 to ¥1,000. If you’re with a big group, you can opt for a rental lounge, too. The airport’s website has the reservation and application forms.

• The domestic terminal has a digital photo printing machine and an ID photo booth if you need to make copies of your images.

This article first appeared in the February 2017 issue of Smile magazine. 

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