Still one more month of summer. Why not visit one of Itoshima’s fabulous beaches? Here’s some news on places to go and also about a new bus route. Enjoy Itoshima!
Itoshima Passion Fruit La Puni
Surrounded by rice fields and with a wonderful view of Itoshima’s Kofuji (Little Mt. Fuji), Saho Miyamoto serves up over twenty tasty, fresh fruit drinks and smoothies. Her passion, pardon the pun, is passion fruit, which her relatives grow nearby. Available all year round, but fresh off the tree during summer. Try the tangy Passion Fruit Smoothie (¥580) made with your choice of regular yogurt or soy milk yogurt. Take-home fresh fruit and veggies are available sometimes.
Sunset Cafe Inn Fukui
The same people that pioneered Itoshima’s beach cafe culture over two decades ago with Sunset Cafe in Futamigaura are making waves again with the opening of a guest house and cafe just minutes on foot from JR Dainyu Station. With a dormitory and private rooms, it’s ideal for tourists or locals without cars. Also just steps away is a choice of quiet beaches on protected coves with magnificent views of green mountains. Drop by for lunch between 11:30~14:00 (~21:00 for tea) or book a bed and discover this lesser known area of Itoshima.
New Seaside Bus Route
Bus service has begun on a trial basis (Sat., Sun. and hol. until Sep. 30) along the coastline between Imajuku via Nishinoura and Nogita before terminating at Maebaru Eigyosho. Sample fares: Nishinoura to Futamigaura ¥190, Nishinoura to Nogita ¥390, and Maebaru Eigyosho to Futamigaura ¥440. Study the routes and times before heading out.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn236, Aug. 2018)