• Fukuoka, Japan


    Dine with a Hakata Foodie!

  • Eat & drink like a local!


    Hakata Foodie Experiences are family-friendly door-to-door excursions for two to five people:


    A: Dine with a Local Foodie


    B: Guided Yatai Experience


    C: Guided Bar-Hopper Experience


    D: NEW! Visit a Samurai Summer House:

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


    Traditional, vegan, ethnic, fusion, kaiseki, Yatai street food, Hakata's world-famous tonkontsu ramen, it's all good here!


    We make all the arrangements, meet you at your accommodations, take you out by taxi, dine and drink with you, then bring you back well-fed and watered!

  • Happy Diners

    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 even 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.

  • Hakata: A Foodie Paradise!


    Hakata Ramen

    Vegan Burger Set

    Soba Noodles

    Buddhist Cuisine

    Sri Lanka Curry



  • This could be your lunch.


    Alternative transportation

    There may be alcohol...

  • Meet The Hakata Foodies

    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 also lived in Israel, Hawaii, Guam, and Okinawa. Settled in the Fukuoka area 9 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 14 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. You will 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!


    Jenny Gao Jie

    From Xian, China

    Languages: Chinese, English, and Japanese

    嘿,你吃了吗?This Chinese greeting means "Hi, have you eaten?" It's one way to say "How are you?" Personally I love SPICY food the most. I know some very good restaurants here having explored them with friends from Japan and all over the world. I love communication with people from different cultures. Let me show you what's out there in this lovely city!

    Bruce Haendel

    From the USA

    Languages: English & Japanese

    I've been guiding ever since I got here in 1985, recently for global entrepreneurs during the G20 Economic Summit in Fukuoka. Have dined my way through 50 countries. Prior to moving here, was guiding for the World Affairs Council in the USA. Fukuoka is one of the best foodie cities. Locally-sourced ingredients are superb, and creative chefs abound. See you soon!

    Ling Zang

    From China

    Languages: Chinese, Japanese & English

    Hi, I'm Ling. I travel all around the world for my work and for me, the best food is Japanese. It's like art and the service is great. I really like to eat and I'm available for lunches when you come to town. I will show you the best local, traditional food. I know places that are reasonable and really amazing.

    Andy Nonaka

    From Japan

    Languages: Japanese & English

    I love communicating with new people over fine food! One of my hobbies is cooking and I love anything fried! Fukuoka has amazing, tasty food like karaage, tempura, and tonkatsu! I look forward to taking to the best places in town! See you soon!

  • How It Works

    Before You Book

    Hakata Foodie Basics



    1.Please try to reserve your Foodie at least one day in advance to allow us adequate time to make arrangements. We'll contact you immediately to fine tune the experience to your preferences.


    2. Fee includes all food and drink, and transport accompanied by a Hakata Foodie! We meet you at your hotel or accommodations, take you to the venue and back by taxi.


    3. Select your experience, then choose the number in your party from the OPTIONS, from 2 to 5,. The QUANTITY selection is for the number of Hakata Foodies, which generally remains as 1.


    Note: Single guests are welcome to book a Hakata Foodie, but the minimum booking fee will be the same as for a party of two.


    On The Day Of Your Experience

    Meeting your Foodie


    4. Your Hakata Foodie(s) will meet you at your hotel or other local accommodations at the agreed-upon time. Please be ready!

    5. Your Foodie Experience starts from the time that you meet until your meal/evening ends at the venue or back in Tenjin. Duration times are VERY approximate. Generally, dinner starts at 6 pm, but we're flexible if you like to eat later. Yatai visits are best from 8 pm, Bar Hopper from 9 pm, & Samurai Summer House from 9 am.


    6. Please note that cancellations are non-refundable.


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

  • Reserve Your Foodie Experience Today!



    A: Dine With a Local Foodie!
    312.00 - 504.00
    B: Yatai Experience
    276.00 - 432.00
    C: Bar-Hopper Experience
    306.00 - 488.00
    D: Visit a Samurai Summer House, Drink Tea, & Feed the Koi! Then Lunch!
    339.00 - 480.00

    All experiences include Foodie Guide, taxi pick & return, meals, drinks, fees, and taxes.


    Select OPTION depending on the size of your group.


    QUANTITY is 1 Hakata Foodie Experience.


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