Yoann Diot


A year and a half ago, Yoann moved to Fukuoka and fell madly in love with the island of Kyushu. He will be happy to welcome you and show you around Fukuoka and its regions. 

His/Her background

He studied Japanese and Mongolian at Science Po Paris. He discovered Japan during a two and a half month trip made by bike and hitchhiking. He is currently a French teacher, translator and journalist, and runs the "Les Amis de Hakata" association.

His/Her advice for you

Must-see :

Dazaifu Temple: take the train from Tenjin Station in Fukuoka city center. The journey takes around 20 minutes. A wonderful place to explore during the autumn. 
Visit Itoshima Peninsula, 20km away, to enjoy the beach and nature.

To bring back with you :

A Torimon Hakata, a small cake filled with jam made of fine butter. Creamy and tasty: food lovers just have to try it. 

Things to do :

Try Tonkotsu Ramen in a Yatai near Nakasu on the Nakagawa River. A walk and a picnic in Maizuru when the cherry trees are in blossom.

Words to Know :

The local dialect "Hakata Ben" is a linguistic treasure. You will make a positive and lasting impression if can learn a few words. Recommendation: "Chikkapa Oishii": "This is really excellent" to say to your cook when you are eating ramen in a Yatai. 

Dishes to Try :

Without hesitation: Tonkotsu Ramen cooked "Al dente"; in Japanese "kata men". Manjus from Dazaifu, with Sencha (a variety of green tea). 

Traps to avoid :

Be aware of the times of the last buses and trains as services end quite early. Taxi companies do a great deal of lobbying. 


"Yoann provided some useful guides for us to flip through with info on the general area."