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Fukuoka (Japanese: 福岡市, Hepburn: Fukuoka-shi, pronounced [ɸɯ̥kɯokaꜜɕi]) ([ɸɯ̥kɯꜜoka] ) is the sixth-largest city in Japan, the second-largest port city after Yokohama, and the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The city is built along the shores of Hakata Bay, and has been a center of international commerce since ancient times. The area has long been considered the gateway to the country, as it is the nearest point among Japan's main islands to the Asian mainland. Although humans occupied the area since the Jomon period, some of the earliest settlers of the Yayoi period arrived in the Fukuoka area. The city rose to prominence during the Yamato period. Because of the cross-cultural exposure, and the relatively great distance from the social and political centers of Kyoto, Osaka, and later, Edo (Tokyo), Fukuoka gained a distinctive local culture and dialect that has persisted to the present.

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Seaside Momochi within Fukuoka Tower
Tenjin area in Chūō-ku
Fukuoka Castle
Hakozaki Shrine
Hakata Station
Bayside Place Hakata Port
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Clockwise from top: Seaside Momochi within Fukuoka Tower; Tenjin area in Chūō-ku; Fukuoka Castle; Hakozaki Shrine; Hakata Station; Bayside Place Hakata Port; and Fukuoka PayPay Dome
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Official seal of Fukuoka
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Location of Fukuoka in Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°35′24″N 130°24′06″E
PrefectureFukuoka Prefecture
First official recorded57 AD
City SettledApril 1, 1889
  MayorSōichirō Takashima (since December 2010)
  Designated city343.39 km2 (132.58 sq mi)
 (June 1, 2021)
  Designated city1,603,543
  Density4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
[1] (2015)
2,565,501 (5th)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
– TreeCamphor laurel
– FlowerCamellia
– BirdBlack-headed gull
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Fukuoka is the most populous city on Kyūshū island, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated by government ordinance on April 1, 1972. Greater Fukuoka, with a population of 2.5 million people (2005 census), is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka–Kitakyushu zone.

As of 2015, Fukuoka is Japan's fifth largest city, having passed the population of Kobe.[2] In July 2011, Fukuoka surpassed the population of Kyoto. Since the founding of Kyoto in 794, this marks the first time that a city west of the Kansai region has a larger population than Kyoto.