The Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival kicks off on July 1st and to help you enjoy it even more, we prepared a festival guide and a handy map for Oiyama (the climax) on the morning of July 15th. It’s also the season for fireworks festivals and beer gardens. We’ve updated both guides on our website, so find the best and closest ones to you there. Looking for a summer getaway? The island of Iki is just 70 minutes by hydrofoil from Fukuoka City and has more than 30 beaches to choose from! We introduce a few of Iki’s summer attractions in this month’s special feature. If you prefer a cooler climate, then consider a stay at the recently renovated Unzen Kyushu Hotel in Unzen, Nagasaki. Relax in hot springs and enjoy amazing views of the jigoku (hells). This month’s recommended restaurant is Suiko Sushi in Nakasu and our cafe pick is 1101sai (pronounced “Ichiju Isai”!) in Otemon. We also introduce the recently opened soba restaurant Murata on Keyaki-dori. Their three varieties of buckwheat noodles are delightful but be sure to order some side dishes too. And if you’ve ever wanted to try coffee cocktails, Citadel in Daimyo has several and a slew of handmade fruit liquors too.
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醉虎壽司 – Gourmet
1101sai – Cafe
蕎麥MURATA赤坂櫸樹街店 – Noodle
Citadel – Bar
箱嶋邸宅使人仿佛回到了江户时代 – Feature
Iki Island Summer Adventure! – Feature