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[Fukuoka ]Introduces popular suburban areas and deep-seated sightseeing spots!

[Fukuoka ]Introduces popular suburban areas and deep-seated sightseeing spots!

2021-11-30 Management office

Fukuoka Prefecture is home to many popular tourist destinations, including Hakata, the gateway to Kyushu, Tenjin, Kyushu's largest downtown area, and Nakasu food stalls, a staple of the nightlife. However, did you know that there are many surprisingly good spots just a short distance from the center of the city? In this issue, we will introduce seven carefully selected spots, ranging from popular areas in the suburbs to deep-seated sightseeing spots that are not often mentioned in guidebooks. We hope you will read this article and discover new charms of Fukuoka.
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Sakurai Futamigaura / Itoshima

The white torii gate stands out beautifully against the blue sea and sky, and two huge rocks float beyond it. They are called "husband and wife rocks" because of their close proximity to each other like a married couple, and are said to bring good luck for couples. "Sakurai Futamigaura "is selected as one of the 100 best places for sunsets on Japanese beaches. The sunset between the rocks is spectacular around the summer solstice, and attracts many photo enthusiasts. This shrine is enshrined as the Uramiya of Sakurai Shrine, a 3-minute drive away, and has been considered a sacred place since ancient times. This is a power spot that should be visited together with Sakurai Shrine, where the main shrine is located.

Seaside road with blue sea and photogenic spots

"Shima Sunset Road "is located along the coast in the Shima district of Itoshima City, about 30 minutes by car from central Fukuoka City. "Sakurai Futamigaura "There are stylish cafes and restaurants in the area, making it a popular driving course. If you go northeast along the coast, you will find palm tree swings, vending machine objects, and other photo spots "#Jihangan "that couples can enjoy. How about taking pictures of yourselves as a couple to create wonderful memories of your trip?

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Sakurai Futamigaura
Address: Shima Sakurai, Itoshima, Fukuoka 819-1304
Phone number: 092-322-2098 (Itoshima City Tourist Association)
Space and Facilities: Spectacular view of the rocks for a married couple, a blessing for matchmaking.
URL: https://www.city.itoshima.lg.jp/s026/s040/010/020/010/050/sakurai.html

islets of Langerhans (pancreatic cells which produce insulin)

Many cute cats live on Ai-jima Island, which has a thriving fishing industry. "The island has become a hot topic since it was introduced on TV as "Cat Island ". The heart-shaped island off the coast of Shingu can be reached in about 20 minutes from Shingu Fishing Port by a ferry operated by the town. From the 5.4-kilometer round-the-island road, you can see scenic spots and ruins, such as "Nogurise "(a.k.a. Megane Iwa) and "Aijima Sekiseki Mounds ", which are the highlights of the island. The island is also a stopover for migratory birds, so you can see rare birds.

A healing spot where you can catch a glimpse of the daily life of cats living on the island.

There is a community of local cats living around the harbor, and you can see them relaxing and taking it easy. Some of the cats are so friendly that they will come up to you. Unfortunately, feeding the cats is prohibited because they are fed by local residents and fishermen. Just looking at the cute cats is sure to be a relaxing experience. If you have time, check out the tourist information at the tourist facilities and island station "Ai-no-shima ", rent a bicycle to get around the island, or take a leisurely walk and enjoy the island time.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name:Shima no Eki Ainoshima
Address: 1382-2, Aijima, Shingu-cho, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka 811-0118
Phone number: 092-962-4360
Hours: Mar-Oct 10:00-17:00 Nov-Feb 10:00-16:30
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays, irregular holidays
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Spaces and facilities: Tourist information center with bicycle rental, café, cafeteria, souvenir store, etc.
URL: https://shingu-navi.jp/kankou/1214/

Shiraito Falls / Itoshima

Itoshima City is popular as a beach resort, but here we will introduce a power spot deep in the mountains known only to those in the know. Located halfway up Haganeyama Mountain on the border between Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures, it is known as a prefectural scenic beauty. "Shiraito Falls "The 24-meter-high waterfall splashing down the rock face is as beautiful and breathtaking as silken threads. The harmony of the surrounding greenery is also magnificent, and the abundance of negative ions will envelop you in a cool, refreshing feeling.

Enjoy the nature that can be enjoyed in each season!

The nearby "Shiraito no Taki Fureai no Sato "has restaurants and souvenir stores, making it a relaxing place for tourists. From late June to early July, approximately 100,000 hydrangeas are at their best, and in autumn, maple trees turn the surrounding mountains bright red. Visit this power spot popular among mountain climbers and be healed by nature.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Shiraito Falls Fureai no Sato
Address: 〒819-1154 Shiraito 460-6, Itojima City
Phone number: 092-323-2114
Business hours: 9:00-17:00
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Wednesdays from December to March only
the New Year's holiday
No Smoking, No Eating: Total Smoking Ban
Space & Facilities: 24-meter-high Shiraito Falls, located halfway up Mt.
URL: http://www.itoshima-kanko.net/cat/shiraito_falls/

Nonokonoshima Island Park / Nokonoshima Island

A 10-minute ferry ride from the Meinohama Ferry Terminal will take you to Nokonoshima Island, a 12-kilometer-long island in Hakata Bay. You will arrive at Nokonoshima Island, which is located in Hakata Bay and has a circumference of about 12 kilometers. The island is easily accessible from the center of Fukuoka City, making it a great sightseeing spot. In the northern part of the island, the overwhelmingly large 150,000 m2 nature park "Nokonoshima Island Park "spreads out. Visitors can enjoy a variety of flowers throughout the year in the seasonal flower gardens overlooking Hakata Bay, and the park is also equipped with lodging facilities and a barbecue restaurant. The park also has a variety of facilities for the whole family, including rope skis and athletic facilities for small children to play.

The contrast between the sea and the flower fields is spectacular!

"At Nonokonoshima Island Park ", you can enjoy seasonal flowers at any time of the year, but the rare late-blooming cosmos are very pretty and beautiful from late October to early November. The contrast of the cosmos fields against the blue sea is a spectacular view that cannot be seen anywhere else. This is the perfect spot for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a resort atmosphere.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Nonokonoshima Island Park
Address: 〒819-0012 Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone number: 092-881-2494
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00-17:30 Sunday 9:00-18:30 (same hours as weekdays in winter)
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Regular holiday: No mid-year break
Budget: Adults 1,200 yen / Children (elementary/junior high school) 600 yen / Infants (3 years and older) 400 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Nokonoshima's largest leisure spot featuring seasonal flower gardens with the sea in the background
URL: http://nokonoshima.com/

Kinin Park / Shikanoshima

Shikanoshima Island is located in the northwestern part of Fukuoka City. It is accessible by land from Uminonakamichi, making it an easy spot to visit. On the island, there is an observatory from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of Fukuoka City and a park where a monument commemorating the discovery of the golden seal, a national treasure, has been built. The island also has deep historical ties, with "Shiga Kaijinsha, the head shrine of the sea gods, "and 10 Manyo poetry monuments. The island is only about 11 km in circumference, so it is easy to get around. You can also rent a bicycle and enjoy cycling while feeling the fresh sea breeze.

Historic island overlooking calm Hakata Bay

The "gold seal "is a national treasure that appears in history textbooks. In the Edo period, a gold seal "of the King of the Han Chinese Nuns "was discovered by a farmer on Shiga Island. After passing through the Kuroda family, who were lords of the Chikuzen domain, it was later donated to the city and is now in the collection of the Fukuoka City Museum. "A stone monument and a replica of the gold seal are displayed next to the monument in the Golden Seal Park ". It is a romantic place to reminisce about prehistoric times while gazing out over Hakata Bay beyond the plaza. The island also offers a variety of healing spots, such as hot spring accommodations and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kinin Koen Park
Address: Shigashima, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, 811-0323, Japan Short walk from bus stop "Kinjindzuka "
Phone number: 092-645-1058
No Smoking, No Eating: Total Smoking Ban
Space and Facilities: Memorial Park at the site where the gold seal of the National Treasure "King Han Kun Kun "was found.
URL: https://bunkazai.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/sp/cultural_properties/detail/478

Nanzoin Temple / Sasaguri Town

Next, let us introduce you to a deep power spot in Fukuoka. "Nanzoin Temple "is a 30-minute drive from the center of Fukuoka City and is famous for the world's largest bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha, Shakanehanzo. At 41 meters in length and 11 meters in height, the statue is an impressive sight. Nanzoin Temple has been sending medical supplies and stationery to children in Southeast Asia for many years, and in return, the temple received a donation of the three image Buddha statues and the Reclining Buddha was built as a place to enshrine them. The three stupas are enshrined inside the body, and visitors can actually see them.

One of the most popular power spots in Fukuoka

The temple is also a popular power spot, with a wide variety of Buddhist statues enshrined within its precincts. ""There are many attractions such as the Jizo statue, which is believed to bring good luck in love "and family happiness ", and the giant 11-meter-high Daisho Fudo Myoo (Great Sage Fudo Myoo). The temple has become famous because the priest of Nanzoin won a large sum of money in a lottery, and many people buy money at "Daikoku-do "in the hope of improving their financial fortune. If you come to Fukuoka, you should definitely pay a visit to this temple and enjoy the blessings.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Nanzoin
Address: 1035 Oaza Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka 811-2405
Phone number: 092-947-7195
Office hours: 10:00~16:30
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Free participation in the whole year
Budget: Free of charge, 500 yen for body worship
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: The world's largest bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha is the talk of the temple.
URL: https://nanzoin.net/

Ekurayama / Kitakyushu City

Lastly, I would like to introduce "Mt. Sarakura "where you can see the best night view in Kitakyushu City. From the foot of Mt. Sarakura, take the cable car and slope car to the top of the mountain, and you will see "a night view of 10 billion dollars "spread out before your eyes. The panoramic night view of the city of Yawata and the twinkling lights of factories has been selected as one of "Japan's New Three Great Night Views "and "100 Best Night Views ". The romantic scenery is also considered suitable for marriage proposals, and it is "a sacred place for lovers ". Couples are encouraged to visit.

The panoramic observation deck at the top of the mountain offers a beautiful view of Kitakyushu City and the Kanmon Straits. At night, the luminescent stones embedded in the outdoor deck create a moody atmosphere. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal while admiring the spectacular view spread out before you. Please spend a romantic moment with your loved one at one of the best night view spots in Kitakyushu.

"Facility Information "
Name of facility: Ekurayama Observatory
Address: 1481-1 Oazaikura, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu City
Phone number: 093-671-4761
Hours: Cable car time: [April-October ]10:00-22:00 (last up 21:20)
[November - March ]10:00 - 20:00 (last time up: 19:20)
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Tuesdays 093-671-4761
Budget: Admission free, Cable car and slope car round-trip ticket: Adult 1,230 yen, Child 620 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: The observatory is the best night view spot in Kitakyushu and is considered a sacred place for lovers.
URL: http://www.sarakurayama-cablecar.co.jp/


Fukuoka has many places of natural beauty, such as the sea, mountains, and islands. When you visit Fukuoka, why not take a short trip and explore some of the hidden tourist spots? Not only will you be able to experience something out of the ordinary, but you may also discover new ways to enjoy your trip.

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