Ten years ago, Itoshima City was born from the merger of Maebaru City and the towns of Shima and Nijo. Join us in this two-part series as we explore the area of Nijo, the furthest part of Itoshima from Fukuoka, but so worth visiting!
Kenji Hayashi, the founder of Sunset Cafe, Itoshima’s legendary beach cafe in Futamigaura in the early nineties, breaks new territory this month with the opening of Itoshima’s first seaside campground. Located just ten minutes on foot from JR Dainyu Sta., the lush grounds with access to a sandy beach, ideal for swimming or fishing, also boasts a view of the mountains to the south. Viewed from wooden decks nestled amongst the trees, this is the stuff childhood treehouse dreams are made of! Currently, there are five tents which can sleep four to eight persons. Set spaciously apart on wooden decks, they each have a washbasin and BBQ areas. The shared shower-toilet facility boasts four hot-water showers and four high-tech shower toilets. Comfy camping indeed! There’s also wood burning outdoor drum can baths, hammocks and more. Prices and terms are still being finalized, but expect to pay about ¥15,000/person including sleeping bags and a self-cook barbeque dinner! Book via the website (coming soon) or inquire in English to Kentaro Hayashi at the nearby Cafe Inn Fukui.
Bring-your-own tent space is also available.
Koko Kobo & Cafe
Perched above the Nijo Parking Area along coastal Route 202, Koko produces original ceramics inside her own studio complete with a kiln. Two years ago she expanded, adding a cafe space in which visitors admire her pottery and other collectibles. Another piece of art is her daily special lunch (¥1,300). Using mostly locally sourced veggies, the centerpiece is a large healthy salad accompanied by a hearty homemade soup and warm bread. Served on Koko’s ceramics, it’s almost too pretty to eat! Finish up with her handmade sweets or smoothie – even better while enjoying the ocean view from her garden or under the covered terrace. The beach is just a few minutes away too!
Under new management since this year, Western Marin is a one-stop fun spot for marine sports lovers. Rent a glass-bottom kayak, single kayak, tandem kayak, stand up paddleboard, water cycle, water mat, or get dragged behind a jet-ski on one of several inflatables. They have changing rooms, showers, toilets and everything else needed, including food and drinks. After all that fun in the sun, try the self-cook BBQ offered inside. Come back in winter to grill oysters! Located 10 minutes on foot from JR Dainyu Sta. or call for their free Tuk-Tuk pickup.
Western Marin / ウエスタンマリン
• 2503-10 Nijo-fukui, Itoshima City
• Open: 11:00~19:00, 9:00~ for marine rentals until end of Sep.
• Closed: Tue.
• Tel.: 092-326-5988
• Reservations recommended for everything
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn249, Sep. 2019)
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