• Fukuoka, Japan


    Dine with a Hakata Foodie!


    Eat Like a Local!

  • Discover great restaurants with us!


    Hakata Foodie Experiences are family-friendly walking tours of our favorite places:


    A: Dinner with a Hakata Foodie!


    B: Hakata Yatai Experience!


    C: Visit a Samurai Summer House in Fukuoka:

    Beautiful all year-round!! (~ 3.5 hours)


    D: Western/Asian Comfort Food/Junk Food Tour!


    E: Lunch with a Hakata Foodie!


    F: Hakata Foodie Premium Gourmet Dinner!


    Choose from traditional Hakata mizutaki, tonkatsu, vegan, kaiseki, yatai street food, Hakata's world-famous ramen, soba, udon noodles, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, or perhaps Mexican, Brazilian, Indian, Nepali, Mongolian, Sri Lankan, Italian, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, even Basque! It's all here!

  • Meet The Hakata Foodies

    Great People Who Know Great Food

    Luis Matos

    From New York

    Languages: English, Spanish & Japanese

    A Fukuoka veteran, I eat out every meal of the day, every day. I'm in the food & beverage business, have many friends and contacts that run, own or operate restaurants of all kinds in the Fukuoka area. My Fukuoka restaurant/bar, Off Broadway, has been welcoming guests for over 25 years. I love to eat out!

    Asma Hirahara

    From Kumamoto, Japan

    Languages: Japanese & English

    I'm a vegan and I can introduce you to some great places off the beaten path. Born in Japan, to an American mother and Japanese father, I have lived in Israel, Hawaii, Guam, and Okinawa. Settled in the Fukuoka area 10 years ago. My home is now in Fukutsu City, a seaside town not far from Hakata with some amazing hidden gems.

    Ryu Kiheon

    From Seoul, Korea

    Languages: Korean & Japanese


    I love dining and talking, and can show you some of the best places in town. I’m from Seoul, Korea but have lived in Fukuoka, Japan for 16 years. I'm married to a Japanese woman and run a media company in Fukuoka.


    안녕하세요. 류 조니입니다. 한국서울출신이구요. 현재 후쿠오카에 살고 있습니다. 여기 온지는 14째가 됐구요. 후쿠오카가 살기 너무 좋아서 이곳에 정착했구요. 특히 이곳 음식, 관광지등을 홍보하는 것이 취미입니다. 후쿠오카에 오신 여러분, 좀 특별하고 좀 더 맛있고 좀 더 분위기 있는 곳을 원하신다면 언제든지 연락주세요. 저희가 편안하고 재미있게 안내해 드리겠습니다.

    Masa Harada

    From Karatsu, Japan

    Languages:  Japanese & English

    Hakata is one of the best places for a foodie. We have a lot of special foods, drinks, and interesting restaurants here. Enjoy our city's world-famous fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables and local sake, without relying on a guidebook.

    I grew up near Hakata, so I can guide you to wonderful restaurants that local people know. We are very happy to show you around!


    Bruce Haendel

    From the USA

    Languages: English & Japanese

    I've been guiding in Japan since 1985; in 2019 for fans during the Rugby World Cup, and global entrepreneurs during the G20 Economic Summit in Fukuoka. Have dined my way through 50 countries. Previously, I was a Citizen Diplomat for the World Affairs Council in the USA. Now, Fukuoka has become one of the world's best foodie cities. Locally-sourced ingredients are superb, and highly-skilled, creative chefs abound. Let's go!

    Andy Nonaka

    From Japan

    Languages: Japanese & English

    I'm a native of Fukuoka. I love communicating with new people over fine food! One of my hobbies is cooking and I love anything crispy & crunchy! Fukuoka has amazing, tasty foods like karaage, tempura, and tonkatsu! I look forward to taking to the best places in town! See you soon!

  • Hakata: A Foodie Paradise!

    Something for everyone

    Hakata Ramen


    Vegan Burger Set

    Soba Noodles

    Buddhist Cuisine

    Sri Lanka Curry



  • This could be your lunch.


    Alternative transportation

    There may be alcohol...

  • How It Works

    Make a Reservation

    Before You Go


    Reserve and Pre-Pay

    1. Reserve a time slot. Please reserve your Foodie at least two days in advance to allow us adequate time to make arrangements. Feel free to contact us for special requests.


    2. Pre-pay. Fee includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages, accompanied by a Hakata Foodie! We meet you in town and take you to the venue(s). You may opt to return or linger on your own. Prices are per person, charged in Japanese Yen. All major credit cards accepted. Tipping is not expected, but is always welcome ;-)


    Meet & Dine with your Foodie

    On The Day You Reserved

    3. Your Hakata Foodie(s) will meet you at the lobby of the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel in Tenjin or another agreed upon place. Please be ready at the appointed time!


    4. Please note that cancellations are non-refundable.


    5. Hakata Foodie assumes no responsibility for lost items or accidents that may occur during the course of your excursion. Please take care.


    Select a date and time

    A: Dinner with a Hakata Foodie!

    A: Dinner with a Hakata Foodie!

    Eat like a local with a Hakata Foodie! Up to 5 people can join. Please book at least 1 day in advance to allow time for us to make arrangements. ¥10,000/person: Experience includes guide fee, meal costs, and taxes. Kindly "Pre-Pay For Your Foodie Experience" on the section below after making a reservation.
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    B: Yatai Experience!

    B: Yatai Experience!

    Fukuoka has yatai street stalls in several locations around town. We'll take you to the special ones where the locals go. Hakata ramen, gyoza, yakitori, etc., all kinds of local and international dishes are served at these rustic places! ¥8000/person includes ramen, kaidama, a side dish- and your guide fee! Up to 4 participants. Kindly "Pre-Pay For Your Foodie Experience" on the section below after making a reservation.
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    C: Visit a Real Samurai Summer House, Drink Tea, & Feed the Koi! Then Lunch!

    C: Visit a Real Samurai Summer House, Drink Tea, & Feed the Koi! Then Lunch!

    Yūsentei Park in Fukuoka City was built in 1754 for Kuroda Tsugutaka. It's traditional Japanese garden, small waterfalls, and beautiful lake are great to visit rain or shine! We'll arrive in the morning by taxi, fare to be paid on the spot. Then stroll, enjoy tea, feed the koi, take photos and meditate a bit. Afterwards, it's a short walk for amazing Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, cooked to your order at the counter. Or, if you prefer, our favorite kaitenzushi is also down the street. $15,000 includes taxi, admission, guide fee, tea, and lunch! Kindly "Pre-Pay For Your Foodie Experience" on the section below after making a reservation.
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    D: Western/Asian Comfort Food/Junk Food Tour!

    D: Western/Asian Comfort Food/Junk Food Tour!

    Meet at Nishitetsu Grand Hotel
    We explore several spots on this custom tour, based on your whims! Got a hankering for something but don't know where to find it? We'll take you there! ¥7500/person includes junk food and guide fee! Get to know the best take-out kara-age chicken, Shanghai-Style dumplings, tacos, Mac'N'Cheese, Burgers, Onion Rings, Sandwiches, Gyoza and more, on your own personal, guided walking tour around Tenjin/Hakata! Bring it back to your place and enjoy it anytime, or munch out on the spot.
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    E: Lunch with a Hakata Foodie

    E: Lunch with a Hakata Foodie

    Meet at Nishitetsu Grand Hotel Lobby
    Stroll with a Hakata Foodie and enjoy a fantastic lunch! Your choice of any of the fine cuisines available in Fukuoka, a foodie paradise! Hours are approximate. You choose the food and the time! ¥8000/person includes food and guide! Kindly pre-pay after booking your time and chatting with us.
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    F: Hakata Foodie Premium Gourmet Dinner!

    F: Hakata Foodie Premium Gourmet Dinner!

    *Meet at Grand Hyatt Lobby at Canal City*
    Your choice of cuisine. Only the finest high-end establishments will be introduced. Join your Hakata Foodie Guide for an unforgettable meal. ¥22,000/person. Limited to parties of 4. Kindly pre-pay on this site after confirming the date and details with us via email, chat, or phone.
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  • Pre-Pay For Your Foodie Experience

    All prices listed are per person

    Prices above include Foodie Guide, meals, fees, and applicable taxes. (Alcoholic beverages not included)

  • Get in touch

    Tell us what kind of cuisine you'd like, the desired amount of walking, etc.

  • Happy Diners

    Here's what our guests have to say!

    Phil & Stacy

    California, USA

    My wife and I are serious foodies from California who wanted to visit special places on our first visit to Japan. Bruce took us out for some fine dining and drinks afterwards. It was so much fun, we all met again for breakfast. Our personal tour wasn't complete until Stacy got to try the infamous "natto" and purchase a souvenir: a custom, left-handed Japanese chef's knife with her initials engraved. Unforgettable!

    JJ & Renee

    Hong Kong

    We are extremely well-traveled thanks to my job as a pilot. When it comes to food, Bruce shows us great places in Japan and Hong Kong. From the most humble, Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns to popcorn with powdered truffles and exotic cocktails at the Ozone Bar on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton in Kowloon. High indeed.

    Connie Bee & Family

    Florida, USA

    Our family comes to Japan every year or two; Hakata is one of our favorite travel destinations. When we are there, we count on Bruce to introduce us to great local eateries in Kyushu. He's the best! And he makes us laugh.

    Mike G

    Maryland, USA

    I'm on the road constantly for work. When I have time to enjoy fine dining, I contact Bruce for meals in Japan or Korea. Last time, we met in Busan. Bruce turned me on to some very fresh sea eel. In fact, it was still wiggling while we sautéed it at our table. l didn't flinch. That impressed him.

    Will, Jamie, & Kids

    Ohio, USA

    Visiting Hakata for the first time, this wonderful Tokyo-based Navy family booked with Hakata Foodie at the end of their vacation. We visited one of our favorite kid-friendly family-run restaurants, drank coffee in Ohori-Park, and ate Austrian desserts. "Palmer, our 7-year old son, has told us several times you are the best part of the trip!"

    Aw, shucks!

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