• Fukuoka, Japan


    Dine in Fukuoka

    with a Hakata Foodie!

  • Explore Fukuoka's restaurants with us!


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


    A: Dinner Out in Hakata


    B: Fukuoka Yatai Experience


    C: The Bar-Hopper Experience


    D: Visit a Samurai Summer House:

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


    Choose from traditional Japanese, vegan, ethnic, fusion, kaiseki, yatai street stalls, and of course, Hakata's world-famous ramen houses...

  • 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 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!


    Bruce Haendel

    From the USA

    Languages: English & Japanese

    I've been guiding in Japan since 1985, most notably for groups who came for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, and global entrepreneurs during the G20 Economic Summit in Fukuoka. Have dined my way through 50 countries, usually 4 per year. 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!

    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!

  • 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

    Before You Book

    How Hakata Foodie Works



    1. Please reserve your Foodie at least one day in advance to allow us adequate time to make arrangements. After reserving, feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to accommodate special requests.


    2. Fee includes all food and drink, accompanied by a Hakata Foodie! We meet in town and take you to the venue(s). You may opt to return or linger on your own.


    3. Prices are per person, charged in US Dollars. All major credit cards accepted. Tipping is not expected, but is always welcome ;-)


    On The Day Of Your Experience

    Meet your Foodie


    4. Your Hakata Foodie(s) will meet you at the lobby of the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel in Tenjin. Please be ready at the appointed time!

    5. Your Foodie Experience starts from the time that you meet until your meal/evening ends at the venue or back in Tenjin. Duration estimates are VERY approximate. Generally, dinner trips start at 6 pm. Yatai visits start from 8:30 pm, Bar Hopper from 9 pm, & Samurai Summer House from 9:30 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.

  • 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.


    Prices above include Foodie Guide, meals, drinks, fees, and applicable taxes.


    Get in touch

    Arrange for any type of cuisine, desired amount of walking, etc.

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