Fukuoka City, the largest city in Fukuoka Prefecture, faces the sea in the north and is surrounded by mountains in the south. It is a compact city with unique community-building and urban features and also enjoys easy access to a wide range of overseas countries. The cost of living, including rent, is reasonable, with many residents calling it a comfortable city to live in. Fukuoka City has an open culture that welcomes all people--from Japan and abroad--and provides a wide range of support for daily living through public services.
Fukuoka's consumer price index, including rent, is relatively low compared to other major cities in Japan. Overall, 96 .2% of residents call Fukuoka a comfortable city to live in, noting its urban environment, food, and ease of shopping.
To support foreign nationals living in Fukuoka, the Fukuoka Multilingual Assistance and Information Center offers a full range of consultation services in 22 languages. The consultations cover a wide range of topics, including employment and work, medical treatment, housing, education, and other concerns in daily life, as well as visa procedures and legal matters. The center accepts inquiries at the support desk and by phone or email.
Fukuoka Prefecture has a relatively large number of hospitals for residents, ranking 4th in the nation and 18th in the number of hospitals per capita. Some hospitals also provide patients with multilingual support in English, etc., along with services such as interpretation over the phone and dispatch of medical translation volunteers.
Fukuoka also boasts of advanced medical institutions such as Fukuoka Children's Hospital, which is an advanced pediatric hospital.
Rankings: Number of hospitals
2021 Ranking of prefectures with the most hospitals(Nippon Software Service Co., Ltd.)
Fukuoka City has Fukuoka International School, a school certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This is the only school in Kyushu certified by the organization and provides education in English from kindergarten to high school. It is also certified by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC, U.S.). Some private schools in Fukuoka offer junior and senior high school courses certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Foreign nationals can enroll in public elementary schools and junior high schools free of charge (free tuition and textbooks).
Japanese language lessons for foreign nationals are offered at about 100 locations in Fukuoka.
The Fukuoka City International Foundation website lists contact information for real estate agents who provide services in foreign languages and accept inquiries about public housing. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has published the "Apartment Search Guidebook (for foreigners looking for houses in Japan)" and "Guide to Looking for a Home" for foreign nationals who are looking for apartments in Japan.
Fukuoka City International Foundation
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism
Source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) website