Fukuoka is home to several seaside parks located along Hakata Bay. One of the city’s most popular destinations in the summer is Fukuoka City Seaside Park in Momochihama. A man-made beach stretches from Jigyohama behind Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome to Momochihama, and another one lies across the Muromi River in the residential district known as Marina Town. The area is chock full of attractions including the Dome, Fukuoka Tower, Fukuoka City Public Library and the Fukuoka City Museum.
One of the most appealing features of this park is convenient access from the city center on public transportation, which makes it a popular recreational spot for couples and families alike. Here, the futuristic dome and tower blend seamlessly with the ocean view, making for a unique landscape. When the sun sets, you can enjoy the light as it gleams off the buildings and later, catch the beautiful nighttime light-up scene.
Despite being so close to downtown, the area boasts a wide range of seaside fun and games, including beach volleyball courts and a beach soccer pitch. There is a beach house equipped with showers, toilets and lockers, and swimmers and marine sports enthusiasts flock here in the summer. Other attractions include digging for clams when the tide is out and beach concerts.
The daytime-only campground, which is only open during the summer months, is equipped with porta showers, a common food preparation space, and a barbecue area. While some people may find it odd to camp in the middle of the city, there are convenience stores nearby where you can buy whatever you need. Also, your friends who can’t stay over can just stop by for a bite of barbecue before going home. The space is popular with families and groups and great for first-time campers.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn247, Jul. 2019)