The Fukuoka City Subway (福岡市地下鉄, Fukuoka-shi Chikatetsu) serves Fukuoka, Japan. It consists of three subway lines, the Kūkō, or Airport Line, the Hakozaki Line and the Nanakuma Line).

The lines are operated by the Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau. Unlike most other public operators in Japan, the company only operates subways without any bus lines.

All stations are equipped with automatic platform gates. All lines are automatically operated by ATO system, although drivers are used as a precaution. The lines introduced Hayakaken, a smart card system from March 2009.[1] This superseded the prepaid magnetic card systems.


Color & Icon Mark Line Name First section
Length Stations Gauge
orange Subway FukuokaKuko.svg K Line 1 Kūkō Line 1981 1993 13.1 km (8.1 mi) 13 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
blue Subway FukuokaHakozaki.svg H Line 2 Hakozaki Line 1982 1986 4.7 km (2.9 mi) 7 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
green Subway FukuokaNanakuma.svg N Line 3 Nanakuma Line 2005 - 12.0 km (7.5 mi) 16 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Total: 29.8 km (18.5 mi) 35

Airport rail link

Visitors travelling to Fukuoka by Shinkansen (bullet train) disembark at JR Hakata Station. They can then transfer to the Fukuoka City Subway system by changing to Hakata Subway station, located under JR Hakata station.[2] Fukuoka Airport is also linked to the Fukuoka City Subway. Downtown Fukuoka City can be reached in about 10 minutes by subway, making Fukuoka Airport one of the most accessible major-city airports in the world.

Station logos

Fukuoka City Subway employs unique logos for each station, much like Mexico City Metro. Fukuokakūkō Station (Airport), for instance, has a logo symbolizing an airplane.[3]

Rolling stock

Nanakuma Line 3000 series trainset


Ticket prices for the subway lines are determined by the distance travelled (¥100-340). The fare for travelling only one station is ¥100, called Otonari Ticket (おとなりきっぷ, Otonari-kippu). Tickets for the subway can be purchased at all subway station ticket machines.

F-Card, back

Special tickets

Magnetic cards

  • One Day Pass (一日乗車券, ichinichi jōsha-ken) (unlimited travel for one day)
    • Kūkō Line, Nanakuma Line, Hakozaki Line
      • ¥620
      • ¥500 (Only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday)
      • Chikamaru Ticket (ちかまるきっぷ, Chikamaru-kippu), priced at ¥100, is available only to children during school vacation periods. A coupon is attached to the ticket which may be exchanged for a McDonald's hamburger.
  • Commuter Pass (定期券, teiki-ken)
    • Kūkō Line, Nanakuma Line, Hakozaki Line
  • Chika Pass (ちかパス, chika-pasu)
    • Kūkō Line, Nanakuma Line, Hakozaki Line (unlimited travel)
      • 1 Month: ¥12,000
      • 3 Months: ¥34,200
      • 6 Months: ¥64,800

Contactless smart card

  • Hayakaken (はやかけん, hayaka-ken)
    • Kūkō Line, Nanakuma Line, Hakozaki Line

Hayakaken is a rechargeable contactless smart card for the Fukuoka City Subway. It can also be used as a Commuter Pass (Chika Pass is included) except as a transferable pass for other company's lines. Starting in 2010, it became compatible with Nishi-Nippon Railroad's nimoca, JR Kyushu's SUGOCA and JR East's Suica. As of March 2013, it also became compatible with PASMO, Manaca, PiTaPa, JR West's ICOCA, JR Central's TOICA and JR Hokkaido's Kitaca.

For details, please see Hayakaken.

See also


  1. ^ "Japan Subway Systems". JapanVisitor.com. Japan Tourist Info. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fukuoka City Guide
  3. ^ Fukuokakūkō Station information (in Japanese)

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