5 Must-Visit Beaches in Fukuoka
With summertime looming just around the corner, we felt it was time to introduce five of the must-visit beaches for people located in, or planning to visit the picturesque city of Fukuoka. More than a thousand kilometers away from Tokyo, Fukuoka is situated on the northern shore of Kyushu Island and is the perfect blend of the bustling city life and mesmerizing nature. This article introduces five beaches which can be your perfect weekend getaway from the notorious heat and humidity that the summer of Fukuoka comes with.
5. Futamigaura Beach
Hidden away in the countryside of Fukuoka, Futamigaura Beach is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Fukuoka. Located in Itoshima city (the westernmost part of Fukuoka), this beach is also considered as one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the whole of Japan. Despite the calm blue waters and the amazing sunset views, the highlight of this beach is actually the two huge "sacred wedded rocks" called Meteo Iwa which are linked by a 30 meter long rope. The slightly larger rock is considered as the husband rock, while the other is the wife rock and together they are a symbol of matchmaking (which also makes this spot a popular date spot). A bonus feature of this scenic area is the abundance of small chic cafes where you can enjoy some delicious food and beverages while watching the breathtaking sunset.
Location: Shimasakurai, Itoshima, Fukuoka 〒819-1304
Access: Get off at JR Kyudai Gakkentoshi Station (located on Chikuhi Line) and then hop on to the Nishinoura Line bus for 30 minutes
– Around 35 minutes by car from Tenjin Station.
Parking: Available and free
Facility Information: Toilets available, in addition lots of small cafes and shops nearby.
4. Momochi Beach
Probably one of the most popular beaches in Fukuoka due to its central and scenic location, Momochi Beach is an artificial beach built on reclaimed land and is home to various restaurants, shops and even a wedding hall! It also has a dedicated team of muscular lifeguards who can often be seen performing drills in their iconic red shorts. In addition to being a sought-after spot to take a dip in the serene waters and sunbathing, it is also a hub for people gathering to play some beach volleyball and soccer. Lastly, it is just a short walk away from two of Fukuoka’s main landmarks: Fukuoka Tower and FUKUOKA PayPay Dome (home stadium for Fukuoka's SoftBank Hawks baseball team).
Bonus tip : If you have time to spare, then stay until the sunset and then you can also enjoy the night views of the city and see the Fukuoka Tower all lit up.
Location: 2 Chome, Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 〒814-0001
Access: 15 minutes by car from Tenjin Station
15-20 minutes on foot from Nishijin Subway Station.
Parking: Available but not free
Facilities Information: Showers and toilets available, in addition to various shops and restaurants.
3. Nagatare Beach
Located in the suburbs of Fukuoka, this easily accessible beach is a rather popular one among fans of windsurfing, paddle boarding, and jet skis. In addition to offering impressive views of Nokonoshima Island, and Hakata Harbour, this beach is also the site for the Imajuku fireworks festival which is held in August every year. Lastly, there are also some barbecue restaurants located just a stone’s throw away from the beach which even allow grill rentals and therefore make for excellent party spots.
Location: 1 Chome-22 Imajuku Ekimae, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka, 819-0168
Access: 20 minutes subway ride from Tenjin station and then a 10 minute walk from Imajuku Station.
– 25 minutes by car from Tenjin station
Parking: not available on site.
Facilities information: Restaurants and toilets available nearby.
2. Nokonoshima Beach
Nokonoshima Beach is situated just a short ferry ride away from Meinohama ferry terminal on the island of Nokonoshima and offers beautiful views of the skyline of Fukuoka city (another great place to catch the sunset!). In addition to being a great beach spot, the island of Nokonoshima is filled with so many different things to do and places to see. It is famous for its stunning flowers (hydrangea, dahlia, sunflowers, daisies, poppies, marigolds, rhododendron, and so many more), mini zoos (you can even feed the rabbits and goats), camping areas, various sports facilities and even some small pottery shops and restaurants.
Location: Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Access: 10 minute ferry ride from Meinohama terminal
Parking: available for a fee
Facilities information: toilets, showers, barbecue facilities available
1. Shikashima Beach
Located just an hour from Fukuoka City, Shikashima Beach is especially well known for its white sand and clear waters. Additionally, it also provides beautiful views of Fukuoka Tower and the Fukuoka PayPay dome, while also being a popular spot for surfing enthusiasts to gather. If you have some time on your hand, then rent a bicycle and visit the historical Syougonji Temple and the sacred Shikaumi Shrine!
Location: Shikashima, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, 811-0323
Ferry – 30 minute ferry ride from Hakata Port
Subway and Bus: From JR Saitozaki station take the Nishitestu bus until Shikanoshima stop
Car: 35 minutes by car from Tenjin Station
Parking: available and free
Facilities information: toilets, showers, beach huts and barbecue facilities available.