Fukuoka Smart East

Creating the world’s most liveable smart city.

One of the world’s most liveable cities is evolving into one of its most advanced. Fukuoka will bring together cutting-edge technology, innovative thinkers, and sustainable practices to create the largest smart city in Japan. Join us as we develop the future of smart living!

Fukuoka Smart East

Fukuoka Smart East is a city that we can be proud of in the future.

The Fukuoka Smart East initiative has begun to take on the challenge of creating an advanced city that solves various social issues through new technologies and innovative ideas.


Mayor’s Message
Fukuoka city, one of the most livable cities in the world, is also the largest startup city in Japan with new technologies being developed here every day. Let's create a smart city together in the heart of Fukuoka city!

Fukuoka (福岡市 Fukuoka-shi) is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu. It is the most populous city on the island, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated on April 1, 1972, by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka, with a population of 2.5 million people (2005 census), is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka–Kitakyushu zone.

How we support

Startup Visa

Startup VisaAs one of the National Strategic Special Zone Initiatives, Fukuoka City has been approved to implement the “Startup Visa (Entrepreneurial Incentives for Foreigners)” to incentivize foreigners to be business entrepreneurs in Fukuoka.

National Tax Reductions

The city government understands that taxes are a big consideration when deciding where to found your company. If you establish your business in Fukuoka, you might qualify for a reduction in national tax.

National Strategic Special Zones

National Strategic Special Zones are special designated regions in which exclusive regulatory and system reforms are implemented in order to verify their effects, and are created for the purpose of economic revitalization of Japan.