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Touring Itoshima on Electric-assisted Bicycles


Itoshima’s coastline is gorgeous but getting around without a car is tough, and not everybody is a Tour de France cyclist! To the rescue is a service offering electric-assisted bicycles. They are easy to control and have a range of about 40 kilometers. You still need to pedal, but you’ll never break a sweat. We took one out for a 7-hour spin. While having the electric assist is a luxury, be warned that these bikes are quite small. If you are over 180 cm tall or more, you might feel cramped. Taller people might want to rent the Cross Bikes available at the same counter for the same rates as the electric-assisted ones.

With a cool ocean breeze, deep blue sea and plenty of cafes to pop into, the ride along Futamigaura Beach is a must!

Ichigoya Cafe Tannal

The strawberry picking season is over, but you can enjoy a strawberry smoothie (¥420) made with Amaou berries from Tannal’s berry farm all year round.

• Open: 10:30~18:00
• Closed: Never
85-4 Shimaidawara, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-332-7643
http://isomoto-nouen.com/cafetannal.html

Sakurai Shrine

Situated amongst tall trees, Sakurai Shrine (est. 1632) is not only a quiet and charming place to take a break, but also considered one of Itoshima’s most spiritual places. Meotoiwa, the large rocks linked by a large rope on Futamigaura Beach (3 km away) – are a part of this shrine.

4227 Shimasakurai, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-327-0317 (9:00~17:00)
http://sakuraijinja.com/index.html

Notari

The scrumptious breads baked by this family inside an old Japanese home located near Sakurai Shrine are made without additives, milk or eggs. Healthy never tasted so delicious!

• Open: 12:00~18:00 or sold out
• Closed: Mon. ~ Thu.
2445 Shimasakurai, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-327-0554
http://notaripan.blogspot.jp/

Photo Spots

Here are three of Futamigaura’s most popular Instagrammable spots: the Angel Wings, the Sunset Cafe sign and of course the iconic Meotoiwa (Couples Rock).

Angel Wings

Sunset Cafe Hut

Meotoiwa

Blue Roof Itoshima

A quick pit stop at Blue Roof Itoshima for a cold pressed juice. Their smoothies are good, too!

• Open: 10:00~19:00
• Closed: never
5457 Shimasakurai, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-332-7742
https://www.itoshimablueroof2015.com/

Natty Dread

The jerk chicken, burgers, onion rings and fries here are legendary. The funky hand-built shack, pulsating reggae music, and secluded beach location are other reasons to go!

• Open: 12:00 ~ sold out
• Closed: Wed. and bad weather
2708-17 Shimanogita, Itoshima City, Fukuoka

bbb haus

For a refreshing break, try the handmade sparkling ginger ale (¥648) at this sophisticated cafe with a shop and a view of Niginohama Beach.

• Open: shop 11:00~19:00, tea room 11:00~18:00, dining room 11:30~14:30 (lunch), 18:00~21:30 (dinner)
• Closed: Mon. & Tue.
1897 Shimakoganemaru, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-327-8020
http://www.bbbhaus.com/

Petani Coffee

Even with electric-assisted power, cycling makes you thirsty! Fortunately, there are several independent coffee roasters and cafes like Petani Coffee.

• Open: weekdays 12:00~19:00, Sat., Sun. and hol. 10:00~19:00
• Closed: Tue.
47-1 Shimahatsu, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-332-8454
http://petanicoffee.com

Itoshima Cycling Map

Bicycle Rental

Electric Assisted Bicycle Rental

• Rates: 2 hours ¥500, 4 hours ¥800, 8 hours ¥1,200 (additional ¥200/hr charged if you exceed your planned rental hours)
• ID for each person (passport, international or Japanese driver’s licence, etc.) required and a mobile phone number that can be connected to on the day.
• Minimum age: High school students and under require permission from their guardians to rent.
• Start & Dropoff: Itoshima Tourist Association (JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Station, North Exit)
• Open: 9:00~15:00 (last return 17:00)
• Distance: you should be able to use the electric assist function of the bicycles for approximately 40 km, but that depends on the amount and steepness of slopes you take.
• Reservations on weekdays only, otherwise it’s first-come-first served.
• Tel.: 092-322-2098
• Web: www.itoshima-kanko.net

Cross Bike Rental

For those who prefer to get more exercise, need more leg room or just prefer a more normal ride, Cross Bikes are also available for rent.
• Rates: 2 hours ¥500, 4 hours ¥800, 8 hours ¥1,200 (additional ¥200/hr charged if you exceed your planned rental hours)
• 5 bicycles available (large size x 2, smaller size x 3)

Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn233, May 2018)

Category
Things To Do
Itoshima
Published: Apr 25, 2018 / Last Updated: May 25, 2018

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