Fukuoka City Subway

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Fukuoka City Subway
Fukuoka City Subway Logo.svg
Fukuoka City Subway Logo
Locale Fukuoka
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 3
Number of stations 35
Began operation 1981
Operator(s) Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau
System length 29.8 km (18.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm / 1,435 mm

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 (福岡市交通局 Fukuoka-shi Kōtsūkyoku?). 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. The prepaid magnetic card systems will eventually be superseded.


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

Airport rail link[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

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[edit]

Magnetic cards[edit]

  • Wai Wai Card (ワイワイカード waiwai-kādo?)
    • Kūkō Line, Nanakuma Line, Hakozaki Line
    • JR Chikuhi Line
      • ¥10,000
      • ¥5,000
      • ¥3,000
  • One Day Pass (一日乗車券 ichinichi jōsha-ken?) (unlimited travel for one day)
    • Kūkō Line, Nanakuma Line, Hakozaki Line
      • ¥600
      • ¥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[edit]

  • 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. It will be compatible with Nishi-Nippon Railroad's nimoca, JR Kyushu's SUGOCA and JR East's Suica in 2010.

For details, please see Hayakaken.

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