Welcome to the Fukuoka Now website! The site debuted back in 1999 as a companion to our print magazine, Fukuoka Now which was first published on Dec. 25, 1998 and is still going strong. This latest version of our website carries over much of the contents from the previous website plus a few new sections.
Background on Fukuoka Now magazine
Fukuoka Now was first published on Dec. 25, 1998. Back then, it was a mere single sheet of A1-size paper printed on both sides and folded into 16 A5 pages. One side featured a map of the city and an event calendar. The other side ran reports on restaurants, bars, and places to visit in Fukuoka. Fukuoka Now was always bilingual, English and Japanese. In our third year, we added Korean and Chinese, and later years saw special pages in French, Spanish and Portuguese. At one point in time, we regularly had articles in six languages! From April 2011 to March 2012 Fukuoka Now was published in an English and Korean bilingual format. From April 2012 we return to our earliest roots as a 16 page English and Japanese bilingual monthly magazine. The next big change was in July 2015. Reflecting the enormous increase of visitors from overseas we rebuilt the magazine to become an excellent resource for tourists with all contents in English, Chinese and Korean.
Up until the renewal in July 2015 Fukuoka Now’s goal was to provide non-Japanese and kokusai-jin (internationally-minded Japanese) with practical, timely, and entertaining information about the Fukuoka and Kyushu area. Since the renewal, the printed magazine focuses squarely on being a resource for visitors, while the website continues to carry contents of interest to the local non-Japanese community and visitors from overseas.
Fukuoka Now magazine and this website are owned published by Fukuoka Now Ltd., a privately owned and registered company in Fukuoka. The owner and founder, Nick Szasz, is a native of Toronto, Canada, and has lived in Japan for thirty years. The magazine and this site are financed entirely from advertising revenue. Support and recognition to our advertisers is a great way for readers to support and enable us to create and share more information.
Another way for readers to assist or participate is by sharing information to us, participating in our events, or by telling others about Fukuoka Now magazine, website, facebook page, twitter or Instagram. We hope Fukuoka Now will continue to bring both Japanese and non-Japanese outtogether and provide a means of discovery to the many treasures of Fukuoka and Kyushu.
Feel free to contact us with suggestions and comments using this contact form.
Our trilingual (English, Chinese, Korean) free city map which debuted in 2009, and is still the most popular foreign language printed tool for tourists and residents with over 300,000 copies distributed annually. Published twice a year, you can find copies at all tourist information centers and most hotels in Fukuoka City.
Three or four times a year Fukuoka Now produces large-scale social events. Attendance ranges from 300 to 1,100. Usually, 30~40% of the attendees are non-Japanese while and the rest are local Japanese. They’re a great chance to make new friends and meet Fukuoka’s international community.
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
As of May 2019 the Fukuoka Now facebook page has 37,000 fans. We update the page daily with current events and local news. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/fukuokanow. We also publish website update announcements on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FukuokaNow, and our Instagram account is here: www.instagram.com/fukuokanow/.
When we aren’t working on an upcoming issue or updating this website, Fukuoka Now offers a full range of media production services. We offer planning, editorial, graphic, and photographic services for both print and online projects. Our clients include some of the largest companies and government offices in the area. As media specialists, we also offer professional translation, editing, and proofreading for English, Korean, Chinese and other languages. Feel free to contact us.
Fukuoka Now Magazine – Profile
First issue: Dec. 25, 1998
Cycle: Monthly (around the 28th of each month)
Pages: 24~64 (varies)
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Contents: Restaurant, shop, cafe, nightlife reports, feature articles, seasonal guides, event listings, city map, travel guides, editorials, and more.
Visitors from overseas, who can read English, Chinese or Korean.
Secondary: Local non-Japanese residents and internationally minded, multilingual Japanese.
15,000 copies are made available for free at over 300 locations in Fukuoka City. Including Fukuoka Airport, Hakata JR Station, Nishitetsu Tenjin Fukuoka Station, Kokusai Hiroba, at over 100 hotels. Copies also available at select locations in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Kitakyushu, Kurume, and other parts of Kyushu.
Display ads in Fukuoka Magazine cost as little as ¥20,000/month! We also offer ads on our online media including banners and paid publicity mentions and pages. Contact a sales representative in English or Japanese for more details.