Fukuoka City is known as the "Gateway to Asia" because of its location: close to the Korean Peninsula and the Asian continent, and Hakata Port as a trading port. It also owns the largest population of over 1.5 million people in the Kyushu region. These lead to increase in demand, so that real estate for investment properties in the vicinity of Fukuoka are at the same level as Tokyo's 23 wards.
Transportation is also convenient: 1 hour and 30 minutes to Tokyo, 1 hour 10 minutes to Seoul, 1 hour 30 minutes to Shanghai, and 2 hours 30 minutes to Taipei by plane. Many airlines are well developed to major cities in the Asia-Pacific region and to major domestic cities.
The number of foreigners entering from Hakata Port and Fukuoka Airport exceeded 1 million for the first time in 2014, reaching a record high of 1.2 million, of which more than 90% were from Asia.
The effect of attracting customers to the rent market price is one of the best in Japan [Vacancy rate of Fukuoka business district 2.29% (2019)]. It is established as center of commerce and also proceeds the redevelopment of Tenjin and Hakata area. In addition, the reconstruction of waterfront area (known as international exchange base), runways expansion of Fukuoka Airport (functional enhancement), and extension of highways and subways have been conducted successively. Fukuoka city is a region with great potential, as the expectation to population growth has become higher.