• Fukuoka, Japan


    Dine with a Hakata Foodie

  • Hakata Foodie

    Eat together with a knowledgable local foodie while you're in Fukuoka.


    Whether you like vegan, veggie, ethnic, fusion, or gourmet restaurants, or are want to try Hakata's world-famous YATAI street food, such as ramen, gyoza, and yakitori, there is something here for you!


    Choose from 3 Foodie Experiences!


    A: Dine out with a Local Foodie

    B: Hakata Yatai Foodie Experience

    C: Hakata Foodie Bar Hopper Experience


    We’ll make all arrangements, meet you, and make sure you have a fun time together with us. Foodies are happy to share their insights on places to go, things to eat and do!

  • Hakata Foodies

    Friendly People Who Really Know The Local Food Scene

    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 vegetarian and I can introduce you to some great places off the beaten path. Born in Japan, my father is Japanese and my mother is American. I have also lived in Israel, Hawaii, Guam, and Okinawa. Settled in the Fukuoka area 9 years ago. 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 to visit 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 is a Chinese greeting. It means "Hi, have you eaten?" It's one way to say "How are you?" in China. Personally I love SPICY food the most. I know some very good restaurants here having explored a lot of great foods in Fukuoka with amazing 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

    Have dined my way through 50 countries, settling down in Fukuoka in 1985. Am sure this is one of the best cities in the world for a foodie. Locally-sourced ingredients are superb, creative chefs abound, and prices are fair. Not to mention that there's no tipping. Hakata Foodie is my way to share with you what I love most about my chosen home in Japan.

    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 junk food like karaage, tempura, and tonkatsu! I look forward to taking to the best places in town! See you soon!

  • How It Works

    Hakata Foodie Basics:

    Before you book:



    1. After receiving your message, we will contact you to fine-tune your upcoming Foodie Experience. Please contact us and then reserve your Foodie at least one day in advance to allow us time to make arrangements for the excursion.


    2. Fee includes booking, pick-up, dining & return accompanied by your Foodie. For parties larger than 5 (including the Foodie), we may have to arrange separate venues.


    3. Your Hakata Foodie(s) will meet you at BelWaffles Tenjin Core underground (at B2 level) at the agreed upon time. See the map below.


    4. Client agrees to cover:

    • Foodie fees AND all meal costs. (Meals are generally between ¥1000-¥5000 per person, though Kaiseki and really spectacular meals can cost ¥12,000 or more per person, excluding drinks.)
    • Extra transportation fees apply for venues outside of the Tenjin-Hakata area.

    5. For a true Hakata Experience, we may take you to several spots.


    6. The Foodie Experience starts from the time that you meet in Tenjin Core until your meal/evening ends at the venue or in Tenjin.


    A: Dine with a Local Foodie: ~2 or 3 hours

    B: Hakata Yatai Foodie Experience: ~2.5 hours

    C: Hakata Foodie Bar Hopper Experience: ~3 hours



    Meeting Your Foodie

    On the day you dine


    7. Note that many Hakata places only accept Japanese Yen in cash. Please be prepared!


    8. Please note that cancellations are non-refundable.


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

  • Step 1: Contact Us!

  • Step 2: Reserve Your Foodie

    After receiving your message we will contact you to confirm the details.

    Next, kindly pre-pay the Foodie Fee. There are 5 kinds of Foodie Experiences available in 2019!

  • Step 3. Meet Your Foodie

    Meeting Place: BelWaffles, Tenjin Core B2


    From here you will go together to enjoy a great meal!

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