Fukuoka Beach Guide 2016

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy in Fukuoka! It’s the perfect time to clear your schedule and hit the beach for some sun, sand and splashing in the waves. Fukuoka has great beaches – use our map to find the perfect one for you and your friends.

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Keya 芥屋
Listed as one of Japan’s top 100 beaches, and the location of outdoor music festival “Sunset Live” every summer – Keya is a very pleasant and well-protected cove with sandy beaches. There are special fireworks displays (featuring around 500 fireworks!) from 20:00 every Saturday from Aug. 16 (Thu.) until the end of August. Public toilets, uminoie (beach huts), and parking make it ideal for families. Fishing port with restaurants nearby.

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Shima Keya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 200 spots
• Basic shower facilities, toilet, beach huts (4), barbeque facilities (at beach hut)
• Take the Showa bus from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta. to the final stop at Keya (approx. 30 min.), 10 min. walk to the beach
• Swimming beach: [ Keya Kaisuiyokujo / 芥屋海水浴場 ]

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Niginohama 幣の浜
Long, natural, and uncrowded, this is our choice for best beach in Fukuoka! Several access points through pine forests. Some of the best surfing spots.

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Shima Keya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
• No parking available
• Toilet
• Drive to Maebaru IC, head in the Shima direction along Kendo 12. Go straight to the Hatsuno intersection and turn left at Nogita intersection. 50 min. from Tenjin.
• Catch a bus from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta., get off at Nogita (approx. 30 min.).

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Nogita 野北
Ranked in the top 100 sunsets of Japan, this set of quiet coves with sandy beaches is becoming increasingly popular and has some great cafes; including Hinode, which serves delicious tacos, and Current, a full-scale restaurant with spectacular views and its own bakery. A popular spot among surfers too!

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Shima Nogita, Itoshima, Fukuoka
• Paid parking available: 200 spots
• Basic shower facilities, toilet
• Take the Showa bus for Tani from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta., get off at Nogita (approx. 25 min.), 10 min. walk to the beach

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Futamigaura 二見ケ浦
Excellent waves and the widest choice of cafes in Itoshima, including the legendary Sunset Cafe. Right next door is Palm Beach, and further down the road you’ll find Hona Cafe Itoshima – a shop with tasty Hawaiian pancakes. Futamigaura is famous for Meoto-iwa, the “husband-and-wife” rock shrine. It’s also ranked in the top 100 sunsets of Japan, so plan to stay until nightfall! Keen surfer? The waves here are popular amongst more advanced surfers.

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Shima Sakurai, Itoshima, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 50 spots
• Basic shower facilities, toilet
• Take the Showa bus from JR Imajuku Sta. to Nishinoura (approx. 25 min.), 20 min. walk to the beach

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Nagahama 長浜
This 3 km long beach is cleaner and less crowded than Momochi, yet just outside the city. Jet Skis often buzz around. The view of Hakata Bay is impressive, plus you can enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Bishamon (177 m tall), which is just a 30-minute walk away You can also bring fireworks and hold your own colorful display!

• Start of swimming season: 6/19 (Sun.)
Imazu, Nishi-ku
• Parking available: 300~400 spots (¥1,000/day; Free for people using the beach hut)
• Basic shower facilities (hot water: ¥200/3 min.), toilet, beach huts (6, approx. ¥1,000), barbeque facilities
• Take the Showa bus from Imajuku Sta., get off at Obaru Kaisuiyokujo-mae (43 min.), 1 min. walk to the beach
• Swimming beach: [ Nagahama Kaigan Obaru Kaisuiyokujo / 長浜海岸 大原海水浴場 ]

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Nagatare 長垂
With consistently strong winds, Nagatare is popular with windsurfers and other marine sports fans. It’s also a great place to go jogging. The beachside park has a playground, some shaded benches, and water taps. Take in great views of Hakata Harbour, Nokonoshima and Imazu Harbour. This beach is popular because of its accessibility – it is just a 10-minute walk from Imajuku Sta.

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• No parking available
• Toilet at the park nearby
• From Imajuku Sta. (JR Chikuki Line), walk 10 min. to the beach.
• Swimming beach: [ Nagatare Kaihin Park / 長垂海浜公園 ]

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Ikinomatsubara 生の松原
A long beach (about 2 km) situated by a pine forest near Imajuku Sta. (the trees here are around a hundred years old!). The waves here aren’t too big, so it’s ideal for wakeboarding, BBQing and just hanging out. This spot is also known for being a great place to view beautiful sunsets!

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Ikinomatsubara, Nishi-ku
• No parking available
• The nearest station is JR Shimoyamato, from which it’s a 5 min walk to the beach.
• Swimming beach: [ Ikinomatsubara Kaisuiyokujo / 生の松原海水浴場 ]

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Nokonoshima 能古島
This nature-rich island, located in the center of Hakata Bay, has several beaches, the largest of which is part of Nokonoshima Camp Ground, and has all the facilities a family with kids could want, including bungalows for overnight stays. The bungalows are available until mid-September and can be reserved from April 1. The island is just a ten-minute ferry ride from Meinohama. This is a popular destination for local beach-lovers!

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• Start of swimming season: 6/17 (Fri.)
Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku
• Entry Fee: Adult ¥1,200, ES & JHS ¥800, 3 y.o.~ ¥500 (incl. cold shower, beach hut, changing room; hot shower and locker excluded)
• Free parking available: approx. 30 spots
• Basic shower facilities (hot water: ¥200/30 min.), toilet, beach hut, barbecue facilities, locker (¥500)
• Take the Nishitetsu bus to the Nokonoshima Ferry Terminal. The ferry crossing takes 10 min., take the free shuttle bus from the wharf to the Nokonoshima Camp Ground (5 min.)
• Swimming beach: [ Nokonoshima Camp Ground Kaisuiyokujo / 能古島キャンプ村海水浴場 ]

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Seaside Momochi シーサイド百道
Located just north of Fukuoka Tower, golden sands, parks, restaurants and a multitude of nearby recreation spots make this one of Fukuoka’s favorite places in summer. Sunbathers, rollerbladers, friends playing soccer and beach volleyball, smoochy couples and toddlers alike vie for space on the beach and promenade.

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Momochihama, Sawara-ku
• Parking available: 230 spots (¥300/ first 2 hours, after that ¥100/30 min.; 5 hrs.~ ¥1,000, Open: 7:00~23:00)
• Basic shower facilities (cold water: free, hot water: ¥100/3 min.), toilet
• A good 15 min. walk from Nishijin subway station. Nishitetsu buses make frequent stops in front of Fukuoka Tower as well.
• Handheld fireworks allowed (no rockets)
• Swimming beach: [ Seaside Momochi Seaside Park Momochihama / シーサイドももち海浜公園 百道浜 ] (Inside indicated area of east side of Marizon / 商業施設「マリゾン」東側の指定エリア内)

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Katsuma / Shirase 勝馬/白瀬
This charming golden-sand beach, separated from the main road by lush greenery, remains unspoiled and clean. Snorkelers and divers will prefer the rocky Shirase beach (the only diving spot in Fukuoka City), which has navigation ropes in the water leading to prime underwater sights. Search for the underwater buoy “P1” – knock on the rock and fish will gather. Enjoy a BBQ and relax at one of the uminoie (beach huts). There are also ryokan (Japanese style hotels/inns) nearby.

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(Information for Katsuma Swimming beach only)
• Opens: 7/17 (Sun.)
Katsuma, Higashi-ku
• Adult (JHS ~): ¥1,400, ES: ¥800, 2 y.o. ~: ¥400. Includes use of all facilities (parking, hot shower, beach hut).
• 10:00~16:00 (17:00~21:00: JHS~ ¥1,700)
• Parking available: beach hut 70 vehicles; Kyakamura Shikanoshima 150 vehicles (open to public during busy periods – no charge)
• Basic shower facilities (beach hut: warm shower, Kyakamura Shikanoshima: ¥200/2 min.), toilet, barbecue facilities, beach huts (2)
• No surfing allowed
• The nearest station is JR Saitozaki. Then take a Nishitetsu bus to Kyukamura Shikanoshima (25 min.). Or take a ferry from Hakata Port to Shikanoshima Tosenjo-mae (approx. 28 min.).
• Swimming beach: [ Katsuma Kaisuiyokujo / 勝馬海水浴場 ]

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Shikanoshima Swimming Beach 志賀島海水浴場
Long, narrow, sandy beaches on the east side of the artificial land bridge to Shikanoshima. No developments or shops and strong winds can make for choppy waters, and hence there’s almost never a crowd. Please note: Although the shore may be uncrowded, the road can get busy because it’s the only one.

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Shikanoshima, Higashi-ku
• Open: 7/1 (Fri.) ~ end of August
• Adult: ¥1,300 ES & JS ¥1000, 3 y.o.~ ¥600
• Free parking available: 100 vehicles
• Basic shower facilities (¥500), toilet, beach hut (4, ¥1,300), barbeque facilities
• Take a Nishitetsu bus for Katsuma from JR Saitozaki Sta., and get off at Shikanoshima. (15 min.).
• Swimming beach: [ Shikanoshima Kaisuiyokujo / 志賀島海水浴場 ]

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Gannosu 雁の巣
Large, golden sand dunes make this beach very unique and picturesque. Not much in the way of facilities (no showers, etc.), and not the most popular beach spot, but that might be a good thing! Definitely a place to get away from it all. Want to catch your dinner? This is a popular spot for clam digging.

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Gannosu, Higashi-ku
• No parking available
• The nearest Sta. is JR Gannosu. From there, it’s a 10-minute walk to the beach.

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Nata 奈多
Facing east, this is the best beach to catch the sunrise. The waves can be quite big here, even in the summer (the calm season). There’s also a beach hut and this beach is a nice place to enjoy a BBQ.

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Nata

• Opens: around 7/15 (Fri.)
Nata, Higashi-ku
• Parking available: 1,000 vehicles (¥300/day)
• Toilet (at shop), small shop, barbeque facilities at the shop
• The nearest Sta. is JR Gannosu. From there, it’s a 500m walk to the beach.
• Fireworks not allowed.
• Surfing allowed; jet skiing not allowed.
• Swimming beach: [ Nata Beach / 奈多海岸 ]

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Mitoma 三苫
A broad and sandy beach, so clean that the sand squeaks as you walk! No uminoie (beach huts) so shop before you head out. The stretch between Nata and Mitoma is a popular surfing spot!

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Mitoma, Higashi-ku
• No parking available
• Take the subway to Kaizuka Sta., then the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line to Mitoma Sta. (26 min.). Then it’s a 10-minute walk to the beach.
• Surfing allowed (surf shop on site)

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Shingu 新宮
This big, long, flat beach is OK for swimming but even more popular for beach walking, as the beach enjoys a 2-km-long stretch of green pine forest – the path along the forest edge is known as the “Parasol’s Edge”. Shingu is a popular beach for families as well.

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• Opens: Jul. 3 (Fri.)
Shimonofu, Shingu-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 150 vehicles
• Shower, toilet, beach hut (1)
• The nearest station is Nishitetsu Shingu. From there, it’s a 10-minute walk to the beach. Public transportation recommended.
• Surfing allowed
• Swimming beach: [ Shingu Kaisuiyokujo / 新宮海水浴場 ]

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Fukuma / Miyajihama 福間/宮地岳
Long, windswept beach immensely popular with surfers. Interested? Rent a board for about ¥5,000/day from one of the local shops. There are many beach cafes in the area, lots of events throughout the summer, and you can usually count on excellent sunsets. Plus, jetpacks have now arrived at Fukuma! From nearby Miyajidake Shrine, there is a path going straight down to the beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets!

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• Open: Fukuma 6/30 (Thu.), Miyajihama 7/4 (Mon.)
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Miyaji, Fukutsu, Fukuoka
• Parking available: Fukuma 40 vehicles (free), Miyajihama 200 vehicles (at beach hut; ¥500/day)
• Basic shower facilities (Fukuma: ¥500, Miyajihama: ¥300), toilet, beach hut (Fukuma: 1, ¥1,200; Miyajihama: 1, ¥1,000), barbeque facilities.
• The nearest station is JR Fukuma. Take the Nishitetsu bus and get off Shobokaikan mae. It’s a 10 min-walk to Miyajihama Beach. To go to Fukuma Beach, it’s a 20 min. walk from the Fukumakyoku-mae bus stop.
• Surfing allowed (surf shop on the beach).
• Swimming beach: [ Fukuma Kaigan / 福間海岸 ], [ Miyajihama Kaisuiyokujo / 宮地浜海水浴場 ]

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Tsuyazaki 津屋崎
Tsuyazaki, Fukutsu City 福津市津屋崎 (map)
Wide, long beach also popular with windsurfers and with plenty of facilities, including a good variety of cafes, uminoie (beach huts), showers and even hotels for overnight stays. The waters here are beautifully clear! Want to stay overnight? There is a resort hotel and minshuku (Japanese-style bed and breakfast).

• Opens 7/2 (Sat.)
Tsuyazaki, Fukutsu, Fukuoka
• Parking available: 190 vehicles (¥500)
• Shower (¥300~¥400), toilet, beach hut (7, ¥1,200)
• The nearest Sta. is JR Fukuma. Take the Nishitetsu bus to Tsuyazakihama (approx. 15 min.). 5 min. walk from Nishitetsu Tsuyazaki Sta.
• Surfing allowed (no surf shop on site)
• Swimming beach: [ Tsuyazaki Kaisuiyokujo / 津屋崎海水浴場 ]

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Shiraishihama 白石浜
Shiraishihama, Fukutsu City 福津市渡 (map)
Amazingly clean, quiet beach loved by people in the know. It’s not easy to find, but worth the adventure.

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• Opens 7/2 (Sat.)
Watari, Fukutsu, Fukuoka
• Parking available: 200 vehicles (¥500)
• Basic shower facilities (¥100~¥200), toilet, beach hut (2), barbeque facilities
• Take the Nishitetsu bus to Shiohamaguchi, approx. 20 min. walk from Nishitetsu Shiohamaguchi bus stop
• Marine sports not allowed
• Swimming beach: [ Shiraishihama / 白石浜 ]

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Fukae 深江
Fukae, Itoshima City, 糸島市二丈深江(map)
A long, shallow beach with clean water and white sand. Popular among families, and safe for young children.

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Nijo Fukae, Itoshima, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 100 vehicles
• Basic shower facilities, toilet, beach huts (4), barbeque facilities (available at beach hut)
• The nearest station is JR Chikuzenfukae. 10 min. walk to Fukae swimming beach.
• Swimming beach: [ Fukae Kaisuiyokujo / 深江海水浴場 ]

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Hit the Beach – But!
• Keep it Clean: Follow the cardinal rule: “leave nothing on the beach but your footprints”. That includes bottles, cans, cigarette butts… Burying them in the sand is not acceptable! Always bring a bag as there might not be trash cans, especially at the more remote beaches. Set a good example and help keep Fukuoka’s beaches beautiful.

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• Fires & BBQs: With the exception of the BBQ pits set up by the local authorities, officially they are prohibited. But if you must have one, be sure to clean up.

• Party: But remember, this is Japan, not Ibiza. Topless sunbathing is not popular either. Feel free to express your culture but respect others too.

• Play it Safe: Most beaches here do not have lifeguards, so swim with a buddy. Give consideration to tides, undertow, sharp shellfish, and ouch! those nasty jellyfish which begin to appear in mid-August. Also be aware of the scorching Kyushu sun and lightning storms – both of which can ruin your day at the beach.

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Originally written in Jun. 2016.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in Jun. 2016.

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