Fukuoka Nanohana Guide 2016

Just like sakura, nanohana, otherwise known as field mustard, signal the start of spring in Fukuoka! Nanohana season runs from March to April in Fukuoka, and these little yellow flowers create beautiful sunshine-colored carpets, which are set off beautifully by blue springtime skies. Some places with nanohana will also have sakura, making for colourful vistas. Take your bento and go enjoy a pink and yellow hanami! Check out our guide for eight great nanohana-viewing spots!

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Nanohana Spots

Chikugogawa River
This is one of the biggest nanohana fields in Fukuoka Prefecture! The 30-kilometer-long field stretches from Kurume City to Haki-machi, following the Chikugogawa River. Enjoy walking along the promenade or the dry riverbed!

Season: Early Mar. ~ early Apr.
Address: Kurume, Fukuoka
Access: By bus from Kurume Sta.
Tel.: 0942-30-9137 (Kurume City Government Office)
Web: http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000074&isSpot=1&isEvent=

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Nanohana Road
This popular picnic spot boasts over 600,000 nanohana! The field is approximately 70,000 m2, and during late March you can catch the Nanohana Festival – street vendors open up stalls and you can join a workshop.

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Season: Late Mar. ~ early Apr.
Address: Mushirouchi district, Koga, Fukuoka
Access: 5 min. by car from Koga IC on the Kyushu Expressway
Parking: None
Tel.: 092-942-1111 (Koga City, Commerce and Industry Division)
Web: http://www.city.koga.fukuoka.jp/guide/009.php

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Nokonoshima Island Park
Nokonoshima Island is one of the most famous nanohana-viewing spots in Fukuoka! Throughout the year there are different flowers in bloom, and during spring you can see both sakura and nanohana. Nokonoshima Island Park covers 1.5 km2 of the northern part of Nokonoshima Island, which itself is located in Hakata Bay. During the day, enjoy the contrast of the blue sky and sea against the bright yellow flowers; from 17:30 to 20:00 on Mar. 26 (Sat.), Mar. 27 (Sun.), Apr. 2 (Sat.) and Apr. 3 (Sun.), both the sakura and nanohana are illuminated. We recommend getting there in time to see the sunset and the light-up!

(Photo: provided by the City of Fukuoka)

(Photo: provided by the City of Fukuoka)

Season: Late Feb. ~ mid-Apr.
Address: 1624 Noko, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Access: Approx. 10 min. by ferry from Meinohama (One-way: Adults: ¥230, Children: ¥120), approx. 13 min. by Nishitetsu bus from the Noko Ferry Terminal
Parking: Available (Free)
Hours: 9:00~17:30
Admission: Adults: ¥1,000; ES and MS: ¥500; 3y.o. and older: ¥300
Tel.: 092-881-2494 (Nokonoshima Island Park)
Web: http://nokonoshima.com/

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Murasakigawa River
Nanohana bloom along both sides of the 1-kilometer-long stretch of river between Imamachi Riverside Park and Shinozaki-Ohashi. Take a stroll along the river and enjoy the sight of the rich, yellow nanohana.

Season: Mid-Mar. ~ early Apr.
Address: Imamachi area, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Access: 5 min. from “Shinozaki-bashi” Nishitetsu bus stop
Parking: None
Tel.: 093-582-2460 (City of Kitakyushu, Greenery and Park Management Division)
Web: https://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/kensetu/file_0204.html

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Fukuoka Airport (North Runway)
The locals may know of the nanohana at Fukuoka Airport, but it’s usually a surprise for visitors! The same field in which aviation enthusiasts gather to take photos of planes is carpeted in little yellow flowers come spring! With blue skies, airplanes and nanohana, this is a great spot for budding photographers.

(Photo Credit: Keiichi Arakaki)

(Photo Credit: Keiichi Arakaki)

Season: Late Feb. ~ late Mar.
Address: 778-1 Shimousui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Access: 1 min. from Fukuoka Airport Sta. (subway)
Parking: Available (Not Free)
Tel.: 092-822-5831 (Fukuoka City Greenery Town Planning Association)
Web: http://www.midorimachi.jp/

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Haki, Asakura City
Located near Harazuru Farm Station Basaro (a roadside rest area), this field of 600,000 nanohana is replanted every year by the staff – their efforts create a beautiful scene which visitors from in and outside the prefecture journey to visit. Enjoy a soak at nearby Harazuru Onsen and browse for omiyage at Basaro before taking in the view of nanohana.

Season: Early Feb. ~ late Mar.
Address: 1665-1 Haki Kugumiya, Asakura, Fukuoka
Access: 5 min. by car from Haki IC on the Oita Expressway
Parking: Available (Free)
Tel.: 0946-63-3888 (Harazuru Farm Station Basaro)
Web: https://www.city.asakura.lg.jp/www/contents/1301385488642/index.html

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Ongagawa River
When the banks of this 61-kilometer-long river are covered in nanohana, the locals know spring has arrived! We recommend checking out the following areas: Hinode-bashi, Nakashima-bashi (both near Nogata Sta.) and Onga-bashi near Nakama City. Nature-lovers will enjoy this more rural landscape, and train-spotters might get a kick out of seeing the local train speed through against the backdrop of nanohana.

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Season: Early Mar. ~ late Apr.
Address: Kusubashi and Koyanose area, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Access: Get off at Chikuho Electric Railroad “Koyanose Sta.”
Parking: Available (Free)
Tel.: 093-582-2460 (City of Kitakyushu, Greenery and Park Management Division)
Web: http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/kensetu/file_0222.html

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Imagawa, Yukuhashi City
10,000,000 nanohana take over the dry riverbed during spring – couple this with the fluttering butterflies and busy bees, and you get a particularly picturesque nanohana-viewing spot. On Apr. 3 (Sun.) from 10:00, Tsubakiichi Community Center will host a Nanohana Festival: enjoy nanohana foods, such as nanohana mochi (rice cake) and nanohana rolls (only 100 available)! Croquette freshly fried in rapeseed oil extracted from nanohana is also popular.

Season: Late Mar. ~ early Apr.
Address: 494 Nagao, Yukuhashi, Fukuoka
Access: 20 min. on foot from JR Nippo Main Line “Yukuhashi Sta.”
Parking: Available
Tel.: 0930-25-3448
Web: http://www.city.yukuhashi.fukuoka.jp/doc/2015010800012/#nanohana

Originally written in March 2016.
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