Fukuoka Beach Guide 2012

Sunset at Keya Beach, Itoshima

This guide is from 2011. The newest beach guide is available here.

Sunny spring has already arrived, and the beach season is soon to follow! Whether you go for surfing, tanning, or just to get away from the stress of your daily routine, the beach is one of the most enjoyable places to be. And lucky for me and fellow Fukuoka City residents, this area is home to wide selection of great sands and surf.

Building on my 2011 beach guide, I’ve added a few new destinations in and around Fukuoka City. All of them are accessible by public transportation, and some have camping facilities nearby. The more popular ones have shops selling food and drinks right on the beach, beach umbrella rentals, shower facilities and more, although such facilities tend to be open only during the peak season.

As in most parts of the Japan, beach swimming can be enjoyed from the end of the rainy season (usually early or midway through July) to mid- to late-August, when the jellyfish start to appear. Beach lounging, on the other hand, is usually possible from June or earlier to September, depending on the weather.

A map showing all the beaches in this guide can be viewed here.

Keya Beach (芥屋海水浴場)
Located on Itoshima, this is one of the most popular beaches in Fukuoka Prefecture, and for good reason. The beautiful blue waters of this sandy, tucked-away cove will make for a visit you won’t soon forget. There are plenty of beachfront facilities, and camping is available just steps away from the shore.
Access: Take the Kuko Subway Line, which will continue on as the JR Chikuhi Line from Meinohama Station in many cases (if not, simply change trains at Meinohama). From Chikuzen-Maebaru Station, take a Showa Bus for 30 minutes to Keya bus stop (the final stop).
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Seaside Momochi Kaihin Koen (シーサイドももち海浜公園)
Probably the most well-known spot in Fukuoka City limits, this artificial beach is located right next to Fukuoka Tower, Yahoo! Dome, and the beautiful Momochihama district, facing out toward Hakata Bay. While not the cleanest beach around, it boasts easy access as well as the convenience of numerous nearby restaurants, surf shops, convenience stores and more.
Access: Take a bus (the easiest is to use the tourism-oriented “Green” loop bus) and get off at Fukuoka Tower Minamiguchi bus stop). Because buses in Fukuoka can sometimes be slow, you can also take the Kuko Subway Line and get off at Nishijin Station, and from there walk 15-20 minutes to reach the beach.
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Iki-no-matsubara Beach (生の松原海水浴場)
Iki-no-matsubara Beach is also fairly centrally located, and is much longer, cleaner and more scenic than Momochi Kaihin Koen. There is a lovely view of Nokonoshima Island, as well as a nearby historic site featuring the remains of some thirteenth-century fortifications built to defend against a Mongol invasion. There are no beachfront facilities, but a convenience store is located near the station.
Access: Take the Kuko Subway Line, which will continue on as the JR Chikuhi Line from Meinohama Station in many cases (if not, simply change trains at Meinohama). From Shimoyamato Station (the next one on the line), walk north toward the coast for about 10 minutes, through a suburban area and then a small pine grove, to reach the beach.
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Iki-no-matsubara Beach, Fukuoka

Nokonoshima Island (能古島)
This small island is only a 10-minute ride from mainland Fukuoka City, and the main beach is located near Nokonoshima Camp Mura, where you can pitch your tent (or rent a bungalow) and stay the night for a fee. Nokonoshima Island is famous for its many seasonal flowers, which can be seen at nearby Nokonoshima Island Park.
Access: From Hakata Station (JR Lines), take bus no. 9, 11, 300, 301 or 302 and get off at Nokonoshima Tosenba (40 minutes). From the Tenjin Area, take bus no. 5, 9, 98, 300, 301, 302 or 312 and get off at Nokonoshima Tosenba bus stop (30-40 minutes). You can also take the Kuko Subway Line to Meinohama Station and walk about 10 minutes from there to the ferry terminal (sometimes faster than using a bus, depending on traffic conditions). It takes 5-10 minutes by ferry (depending on the service you choose) to get to Nokonoshima, and ferries depart quite often. There is a shuttle bus to Nokonoshima Camp Mura from Nokonoshima’s ferry terminal.
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Obaru Beach (大原海水浴場)
This popular beach is fairly clean and located just outside city limits, with a great view of the bay and soft white sands. It is one of the longest beaches in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Access: Take the Kuko Subway Line, which will continue on as the JR Chikuhi Line from Meinohama Station in many cases (if not, simply change trains at Meinohama). From Imajuku Station, take a Showa Bus bound for Nishiura and get off at Ohara Kaisuiyokujo Iriguchi or Ohara Bus Stop.
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Futamigaura (二見ヶ浦)
This beach has an array of facilities, including beach huts and restaurants, so all you need is a towel and a swimsuit. Its sunsets over the Genkai Sea are considered to be some of the best around, and Sakurai Shrine’s meoto-iwa (husband and wife rock) is a well-known sight. Futamigaura is ranked as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan.
Access: Take the Kuko Subway Line, which will continue on as the JR Chikuhi Line from Meinohama Station in many cases (if not, simply change trains at Meinohama). From Chikuzen-maebaru Station, take a Showa Bus to Imuta Bus Stop (30 minutes), and walk for 15 from there to get to the beach.
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Shingu (新宮)
This beach is mostly popular among those living in the neighborhood, but it’s one of the best beaches in Fukuoka City limits. The spacious sands are complimented by an expansive view of the Genkai Sea, and the area is a popular spot for beach strolling. Facilities are limited, especially outside the peak season, so you may want to bring your own equipment and food/drinks.
Access: It’s a 10-minute walk to the beach from Nishitetsu Shingu Station on the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line. You can transfer to the Kaizuka Line by taking the Hakozaki Subway Line and switching at Kaizuka Station, or taking the JR Kagoshima Main Line (local trains only) and switching at Chihaya Station.
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Fukae Beach (深江海水浴場)
This is Itoshima’s most readily accessible beach, located just a short walk from the train station on the peninsula’s west edge. There are plenty of beach facilities selling food and drinks and renting equipment during the peak season, and it is fairly spacious.
Access: Take the Kuko Subway Line, which will continue on as the JR Chikuhi Line from Meinohama Station in many cases (if not, simply change trains at Meinohama). Get off at Chikuzen-Fukae Station on the JR Chikuhi Line, from which it is a 10-minute walk to the beach.
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Gan-no-su (雁ノ巣)
This quiet beach is relatively unknown, and it doesn’t have any facilities nearby, but that may be just the thing if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. The beach is covered with sand dunes.
Access: About 10 minutes on foot from Gannosu Station on the JR Kashii Line (from Hakata Station, take the JR Kagoshima Main Line to Kashii Station and transfer to the Kashii Line from there).
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Mitoma Beach (三苫海水浴場)
This beach is conveniently located just a short trip from the city center, and its lack of facilities means that the sands are fairly clean and there are no huge crowds during the swimming season (just make sure to buy what you need before leaving the city center).
Access: About 10 minutes on foot from Mitoma Station on the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line. You can transfer to the the Kaizuka Line by taking the Hakozaki Subway Line and switching at Kaizuka Station, or taking the JR Kagoshima Main Line (local trains only) and switching at Chihaya Station.
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Shingu, Fukuoka

Note for beachgoers: Please try to keep Fukuoka’s beaches clean by taking food wrappers, drink bottles and any other trash back with you. There is no excuse for littering.

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4 Responses to Fukuoka Beach Guide 2012

  1. Kazuyo says:

    I love Shikanoshima! You can enjoy the beautiful drive way if you go by car. I think Shikanoshima is one of the beloved places by Fukuokan. (^o^)

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