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Fukuoka Beach Guide 2018

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

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, clear waters and gentle waves. Public toilets, umi no ie (beach huts), and parking make it ideal for families. Fishing port with restaurants nearby, too.

Shima-keya, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 200 spaces
• Basic shower facilities, toilet, beach huts (four shops) with barbecue facilities
• Private barbecues, fireworks, and marine sports prohibited. However hand-held fireworks can be used near the beach huts.
• Take the Showa bus for Keya from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta. to the final stop at Keya (approx. 25 min.), 5 min. on foot to the beach
• Swimming beach: Keya Kaisuiyokujo (芥屋海水浴場)

Niginohama (幣の浜)

Long, natural, and uncrowded, this is one of our favorite beaches near Fukuoka. So it’s no surprise that with its light golden sands and many pine trees, it’s listed as one of Japan’s top 100 beaches. In the winter or any time there are waves, it’s a good area for surfing. The coastal road is also part of the “Sunset Road” route and it’s an excellent place to watch the sunset. On the cove just before Niginohama (walking from Nogita towards Keya) there’s Natty Dread, a rustic jerk chicken and hamburger shack. Fabulous food and drinks and a secluded swimming beach.

Shima-keya, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 70 spaces
• Toilet
• Drive to Maebaru IC, head in the Shima direction along Prefectural Road 12. Go straight to the Hatsuno intersection and turn left at Nogita intersection. 50 min. from Tenjin.
• Take the Showa bus to Nogita from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta., get off at the Nogita bus stop (approx. 30 min.) Then it’s about 2.5 km westward to Niginohama Beach (approx. 20 min on foot). On the way you’ll walk by Nogita Beach with several shops.
• Swimming beach

Nogita (野北)

Ranked in the top 100 sunsets of Japan, this collection of coves with sandy beaches and clear water is becoming increasingly popular. Nearby cafes and restaurants include Hinode, (serving healthy tacos), Current, a full-scale restaurant and bakery, and Ohana (known for their set meals). The beach is also popular as a surfing point but when the water is calm and the tide is out, its shallow waters are ideal for families. However parking fills up quickly on weekends, so it should be avoided unless you like crowds and waiting.

Shima-nogita, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Paid parking available: 200 spaces (weekdays: ¥500, weekends and hol.: ¥1,000)
• Basic shower facilities, toilet
• Take the Showa bus for Nogita from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta., get off at Nogita (approx. 25 min.), 10 min. walk to the beach
• Swimming beach

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 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 the more advanced surfers. Weekend traffic in the area has become very heavy. If you can get here by bicycle, you can avoid it.

Shima-sakurai, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 50 spaces (each cafe also has their own parking lots)
• Basic shower facilities, toilet
• Take the Showa bus from JR Imajuku Sta. to Nishinoura (approx. 25 min.), 25 min. walk to the beach
• Swimming beach

Fukae (深江)

A long, wide and shallow beach with clean water and white sand. Popular among families and safe for young children. From May to October, visitors can also go seine fishing to catch fish in season. (To reserve, call Fukae Kanko Hotel at 092-3250-1238. Click here for more details.)

Nijo-fukae, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 100 spaces
• Basic shower facilities, toilet, beach huts (five shops) with barbecue facilities
• Private barbecues, fireworks, and marine sports prohibited. However hand-held fireworks can be used near the beach huts.
• The nearest station is JR Chikuzen-Fukae. 10 min. on foot to Fukae Kaisuiyokujo.
• Swimming beach: Fukae Kaisuiyokujo (深江海水浴場)

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 Harbor, Nokonoshima, and Imazu Harbor. This beach is popular because of its accessibility – it’s just a 10-minute walk from Imajuku Station.

1 Imajuku-ekimae, Nishi-ku
• No parking available
• Toilet at the park nearby
• 10 min. on foot to the beach from Imajuku Sta. (JR Chikuhi Line)
• Swimming beach: Nagatare Kaihin Koen (長垂海浜公園)

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 as a good place to enjoy a sunset.

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

Ikinomatsubara, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 100 spaces
• The nearest station is JR Shimoyamato, from which it’s a 5 min walk to the beach.
• Swimming beach

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 Campground, and has all the facilities a family with kids could want, including bungalows for overnight stays. It’s also a great place to hang out for couples and groups of friends, too. The island is just a ten-minute ferry ride from Meinohama.

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
• 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 spaces (paid parking at Meinohama Ferry available: 300 spaces, ¥500/day)
• Basic shower facilities (hot water: ¥200/3 min.), toilet, beach hut, barbecue facilities, locker (big ¥200, small ¥100), changing room
• 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)

Seaside Momochi (シーサイド百道)

Located just across the road from Fukuoka Tower, golden sands, parks, restaurants and a multitude of nearby recreation facilities make this one of Fukuoka’s favorite places in summer. Sunbathers, rollerbladers, friends playing soccer, beach volleyball, touch rugby, smoochy couples and toddlers alike vie for space on the beach and promenade. And best of all, it’s easily accessible from Tenjin in 15 minutes by bus!

Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka
• Parking available: 345 spots (¥300/first 2 hours, after that ¥100/30 min.; ¥1,000/five hours and over, open: 7:00~23:00)
• Basic shower facilities (cold water: free, hot water: ¥100/3 min.), toilet, changing rooms
• 15 min. on foot from Nishijin Subway Station. Nishitetsu buses make frequent stops in front of Fukuoka Tower as well.
• Hand-held 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) located on the east side of Marizon

Katsuma / Shirase (勝馬/白瀬)

This charming golden-sand beach, separated from the main road by lush greenery, remains clean and unspoiled. 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 umi no ie (beach huts) with a view of the Genkai and Nakatsu Islands. There are also ryokan (Japanese style hotels/inns) nearby and those who don’t want to get sandy can hang out on the lawn behind the beach instead.

(Information for Katsuma Swimming beach only)
• Open: mid-July
Katsuma, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
• Adult (JHS~) ¥1,600, ES ¥1,000, 2 y.o.~ ¥500. Includes use of all facilities (parking, hot shower, beach hut).
• 10:00~16:00 (17:00~21:00: JHS~ ¥1,900)
• Parking available: beach hut 70 spaces, Kyakamura Shikanoshima 150 spaces (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 (two shops)
• No surfing allowed
• In case of scuba diving: 092-603-6509 (Shikanoshima Fishery Cooperative) must be contacted first
• 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)

Shikanoshima (志賀島)

Fukuoka national treasure “Kin-in” (gold seal) was discovered in Shikanoshima. The artificial land bridge to the island leads to long, narrow, sandy beaches on the east side. Beachgoers can enjoy white sands, clear waters, and the view of Fukuoka Tower and Yafuoku! Dome on the horizon. It’s less than an hour from Fukuoka City by car or train, making it a popular go-to beach spot.

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

Shikanoshima, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
• Open: 7/1 (Sun.) ~
• Adult: ¥1,300 ES & JS ¥1000, 3 y.o.~ ¥600
• Free parking available: 100 spaces
• Basic shower facilities (¥500), toilet, beach hut (four shops, ¥1,300/person), barbecue 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)

Gannosu (雁ノ巣)

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.

Photo: Pontafon

Gannosu, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
• Paid parking available (¥300/day)
• 10 min. on foot from JR Gannosu Sta.

Nata (奈多)

Facing east, this is said to be 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, making this beach a nice place to enjoy a BBQ.

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

• Paid parking available: 1,000 vehicles (¥300/day)
• Basic shower facilities (¥500), toilet, beach hut, barbecue facilities
• 10 min. on foot from JR Gannosu Sta.
• Surfing allowed
• Jet skiing, scuba diving, and fireworks prohibited

Mitoma (三苫)

A broad and sandy beach, so clean that the sand squeaks as you walk! No umi no ie (beach huts), so shop before you head out. The beach has clear waters and a lot of rocks to turn over to find small sea creatures, making it a great spot for children to play. The stretch between Nata and Mitoma is a popular surfing spot!

Mitoma, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
• No parking available
• Take the subway to Kaizuka Sta., then the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line to Mitoma Sta. (26 min.). 10 min. on foot to the beach.
• Surfing allowed (surf shop on site)

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”. It’s a popular beach for families as well.

• Open: 7/1 (Sun.)
Shimonofu, Shingu-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka
• Free parking available: 160 spaces
• Basic shower facilities (hot water ¥500, cold water ¥300), toilet (during beach season only), changing room, beach hut (¥1,500), barbecue facilities
• 10 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Shingu Sta. Public transportation recommended.
• Surfing allowed
• Swimming beach: Shingu Kaisuiyokujo (新宮海水浴場)

Fukuma / Miyajihama (福間/宮地浜)

Long, windswept beach immensely popular with surfers. There are many beach cafes in the area, lots of events throughout the summer, and you can usually count on excellent sunsets. Good for a leisurely drive! From nearby Miyajidake Shrine, there is a path going straight down to the beach known as the “Road of Light” at sunset. Best viewed from the top of stairs of the shrine.

• Open: Fukuma 6/30 (Sat.), Miyajihama 7/2 (Mon.)
Nishi-fukuma, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka
Miyaji, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka
• Parking available: Fukuma 300 vehicles (free), Miyajihama 200 vehicles (at beach hut: ¥500/day)
• Basic shower facilities (Fukuma: ¥500, Miyajihama: ¥300), toilet, beach hut (Fukuma: ¥1,200/per person; Miyajihama: ¥1,000/per person), barbecue facilities.
• The nearest station is JR Fukuma. Take a Nishitetsu bus and get off Shobokaikan-mae. It’s 10 min. on foot to Miyajihama Beach. To go to Fukuma Beach, it’s a 20 min. on foot from Fukumakyoku-mae bus stop.
• Jet skiing prohibited
• Swimming beach: Fukuma Kaigan (福間海岸), Miyajihama Kaisuiyokujo (宮地浜海水浴場)

Tsuyazaki (津屋崎)

Wide, long beach also popular with windsurfers and with plenty of facilities, including a good variety of cafes, umi no ie (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).

• Open: 7/1 (Sun.)
Tsuyazaki, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka
• Paid parking available: 450 spaces (¥500)
• Shower, portable toilet (only during the summer beach season), beach huts
• The nearest sta. is JR Fukuma. Take the Nishitetsu bus to Tsuyazakihama (approx. 15 min.) Three min. on foot from there.
• Marine sports prohibited
• Swimming beach: Tsuyazaki Kaisuiyokujo (津屋崎海水浴場)

Shiraishihama 白石浜

Amazingly clean, quiet beach loved by people in the know. It’s not easy to find, but worth the adventure.

• Open: 7/14 (Sat.)
Watari, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka
• Parking available: 200 vehicles (¥500)
• Basic shower facilities (¥100~¥200), toilet, beach hut (two shops), barbecue facilities
• Take the Nishitetsu bus to Shiohamaguchi and get off at Shiohamaguchi bus stop. 20 min. on foot from there
• Marine sports prohibited
• Swimming beach: Shiraishihama (白石浜)

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.

• 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.

Originally written in Jun. 2016, updated in Jun. 2018.
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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.

Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: May 24, 2018 / Last Updated: Aug 17, 2018