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Itoshima Now! October 2019

Itoshima Adventure!

Forest Adventure Itoshima

Autumn is the best time to enjoy the outdoors, especially in the deep forest, and there’s no better place to play Tarzan and Jane than at Forest Adventure in Itoshima! After a comprehensive training session, you’ll climb high into the trees and overcome challenges that will test your balance. Your reward is increased confidence, great views and of course thrilling zipline rides! Laser Guns rentals too!

Forest Adventure Itoshima / フォレストアドベンチャー糸島
• Adventure Course: ¥3,600 / 2~3 hours (9 y.o and over, min. height 140 cm, max. 130 kg.) *courses suitable for children too
• Open daily: 9:00~17:00 (last start 15:00)
• Reservation required!
• Bring good sports shoes and dress for the outdoors.
• Access: 40 min. By car from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta.

¥300 Off! Mention Fukuoka Now when booking the Adventure Course (until 11/30/2019)

Yamaboushi – Auberge

Since 2005, Michiyo Kobayashi has served seasonal kaiseki ryori inside a beautifully reformed old Japanese country home located in a very pastoral area of Nijo, Itoshima. Last month (Aug. 2019) she opened a fully-detached spacious auberge that can comfortably sleep five. The ground floor has a bath and a large living room with a wood-burning stove. The loft features tatami mats which can be used as a space to enjoy tea or to sleep three on futon. There’s plenty to do in the area. Kobayashi recommends walking down to the coast to see the sunset (35 minutes), or the nearby hot spring. She’s more than happy to help you explore deep Itoshima. Or just stay nearby and discover the beauty of countryside life.

Yamaboushi – Auberge / オーベルジュ山ぼうし
• ¥20,000/person (2 person occupancy), ¥18,000/person (3 persons), ¥17,000/person (4 persons)
• Includes kaiseki dinner, breakfast, and service. (Tax excl.)
1965 Nijo-yoshii, Itoshima
• Tel.: 092-326-6866
• Web:

Kissa Jun

A long-time veteran staff of popular Itoshima eateries including Sunset Cafe, Natty Dread and most recently Itaru, Junko Mitsutake a.k.a. “surfer girl” has finally opened up her place! Using furnishings and colors from the ’70s, she’s kept the former snack bar’s nostalgic Showa era vibe. Not to mention classics like Napolitan Spaghetti, Toast Set (egg, salad), Jun Curry (pork), and a Hamburg Set. However, we recommend her daily lunch with your choice of meat or fish served with miso soup and side dishes made from local produce. A steal at just ¥1,280 (tax incl.)! Alternatively, enjoy one of four daily homemade desserts with freshly ground drip coffee.

Kissa Jun / 喫茶 純
• Open: 11:00~17:00
• Closed: Tue.
• 4635-2 Shima-sakurai, Itoshima
• Tel.: 092-332-9588

Explore Itoshima – Online!

Looking for more to do and see in Itoshima? Fukuoka Now recently published the entire contents of “Explore Itoshima” a guide to dozens of spots in Itoshima published as a booklet by Itoshima City with the cooperation of Kyushu University students. There are model courses and seasonal suggestions too!

Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn250, Oct. 2019)

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Published: Sep 19, 2019 / Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020