Hakata-ku is a ward of the city of Fukuoka in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.Many of Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City's principal government, commercial, retail and entertainment establishments are located in the district. Hakata-ku is also the location of Fukuoka's main train station, Hakata Station, Fukuoka Airport and the Hakata Port international passenger ship terminal.GeographyHakata-ku is a ward of Fukuoka City located on its eastern edge. It is 31.47 km2 with a population of 206,629 (current January 1, 2009). Much of the ward consists of low-lying plains beside the Mikasa River. The northwestern end of the ward faces Hakata Bay, which includes both ferry and international cruise ship terminals Hakata Harbor. The northeast end of the ward is slightly elevated, and is named Higashihirao, with nearby Fukuoka Airport. Around Hakata Station is downtown; Nakasu is the main dining and entertainment district of the ward along the Naka River. Hakata-ku also houses the Fukuoka Prefectural office.EconomyMany Japanese companies have established branch offices in Hakata-ku due to its ease of access to local government offices as well transportation hubs such as Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport. The headquarters of JR Kyūshū, Best Denki, and many other companies are in the ward.
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