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A busy crossing in Fukuoka’s Tenjin shopping district.

I stayed in Fukuoka for around three weeks, and these are my experiences as a digital nomad. Particularly in the downtown areas of Tenjin and Hakata, which neighbour each other, you will find cafes to pleasantly spend a few hours. I also discovered that Fukuoka is one of the most start-up friendly cities in Japan! Places like Garraway F and Fukuoka Growth Next are where entrepreneurs can connect and create.

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Garraway F

〒810-0001 Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Tenjin, 2 Chome−10−3 (7th floor of Vioro building)
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I was quite surprised to discover a coworking lounge on the top floor of the shopping centre that is Vioro building. Even more surprisingly, the space is owned by Toyota and is entirely free for the public to use. The staff are friendly, and at times act as community managers introducing people in the coworking lounge to each other.

Garraway F has ample seating in a sociable but work-conducive environment. You feel like you’re in a professional space, given the reliable facilities provided and sleek furniture finishings. If you’re seeking a break away from digital nomad work, there is even a Playstation car-driving simulator that’s free to play.

Starbucks Ropponmatsu Tsutaya Books

4 Chome-2-1 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, 810-0044
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This Starbucks is on the first floor, above the supermarket on the ground level. Merging seamlessly with a bookstore and exhibition space, the venue has seats: at the open-layout coffee counter, by the window, and in a relaxed common area. If you like books and peaceful, intellectual alone-time, Starbucks in Tsutaya Books is a worthy destination.

White Glass Coffee

〒812-0011 Fukuoka, Hakata Ward, Hakata Ekimae, 3 Chome−16−3
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A hip, stylish cafe serving specialty coffee, brunch, and pastries. There are power outlets with each seat. White Glass Coffee is smaller than the average Starbucks, but doesn’t feel too congested because of its thoughtful design. The cafe has a cute charm, outdoor seating, and is around 5-mins walk from Canal City shopping centre. The entertainment area of Nakasu is not far away.

Starbucks Coffee - AMU PLAZA Hakata

〒812-0012 Fukuoka, Hakata Ward, Hakataekichuogai, 1−1 アミュプラザ博多 (3rd floor)
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This Starbucks in AMU PLAZA focuses on tea and has a refined ambience. A long seating counter curves along floor-to-ceiling windows, where a solo traveller can sip a coffee while reading a book. Hakata station is next door, so the atmosphere is busy with people arriving in Fukuoka.


〒812-0038 Fukuoka, Hakata Ward, Gionmachi, 8−13 第一プリンスビル 1F
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This cafe, lounge and bar serves the public as well as its hostel. It’s very close to Kushida Shrine subway station and a few minutes’ walk from Canal City shopping centre. In a chic, modern-factory style interior, there is great lighting and comfortable seating. Later in the night, when it may be more appropriate to have an alcoholic beverage, you can meet people travelling in from different countries. Read our more in-depth article on HafH THE LIFE.

Seattle's Best Coffee (Tenjin)

2 Chome-5-17 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, 810-0001
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This particular branch of the cafe chain is located on a street buzzing with dining and entertainment options. Fukuoka’s Apple Store is also a stone’s throw away. Every fortnight, there is a casual English meet-up run by Move English Academy.

Seattle's Best Coffee (Ropponmatsu)

4 Chome-2-6 102号 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, 810-0044
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This cafe is a more down-to-earth alternative to the elevated Starbucks that’s across the road. If you’re hungry, Subway makes sandwiches in the same space.