Yatai (屋台) – these special food stalls are a part of Fukuoka’s culture and are famous in all of Japan. Yatai are small and mobile stalls that are moved by car or manually pulling them through the streets. The stall is set up in the early evening on sidewalks and removed late at night or in the early morning hours.
Yatai often serve a variety of Japanese food such as Ramen, Tempura, Gyoza and Yakitori. Being a prominent part of Fukuoka’s nightlife experience, they can be found throughout the city’s Tenjin, Nakasu and in front of Canal City, Hakata area.
The two-wheeled pushcarts built out of wood became popular during the Meiji period and have been popular ever since, even though the number of Yatai is decreasing due to modernization and health concern issues in the past. Although economic regulations were implemented at local level across Japan, Fukuoka’s Yatai operators created a trade association and were unaffected by the changes.
The Yatai culture still flourishes in Fukuoka, and it’s delicious as always!