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Fukuoka Ume Guide 2019


Fukuoka City Area (6)

Aburayama Citizen’s Forest

A spacious park with various attractions for families. At this time of year about 330 plum trees bloom and cityscape view of the city below is impressive!

• Best time to view: Early Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 330 trees
855-4 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 1 min. on foot from Aburayama Danchi-guchi bus stop
092-871-6969
http://www.shimi-mori.com/

Chinkokuji Temple

• Best time to view: Early Jan. ~ Late Feb.
• Approx. 20 trees
966 Yoshida, Munakata City, Fukuoka
• Access: 3 min. by car from Munakata Taisha Shrine
0940-62-0111
http://chinkokuji.or.jp/

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

The shrine is a well-known spot for plum blossoms, particularly for the famous tree “Tobiume” which was believed to have ‘flown’ from Kyoto to Dazaifu. During plum blossom season there will be several teahouses serving tea and sweets. You can also buy umegaemochi to nibble on while strolling in the shrine grounds. On 3/15 (Fri.) to 3/18 (Mon.) over 150 varieties of umeshu (plum wine) from across Japan are available to taste and buy at the Japan Umeshu Festival in Fukuoka 2019.

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 6,000 trees
• Japan Umeshu Festival in Fukuoka 2019: 3/15 (Fri.) ~ 3/19 (Mon.)
4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
• Access: 7 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Dazaifu Sta.
092-922-8225
http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/

Hirao Sanso (Mountain Villa)

This mountain villa (hut) is a designated cultural property of Fukuoka. The sight of plum blossoms against a thatched roof is lovely.

• Best time to view: Early Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 100 trees
5-2-28 Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 13 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Hirao Sta.
092-531-6866
http://bunkazai.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/cultural_properties/detail/item_id:101547

Kofuji Bairin

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 3,000 trees
Shima-kofuji, Itoshima City
• Access: 13 min. by car from Maebaru Interchange
092-322-2098(糸島市観光協会)

Maizuru Park

Easily accessible from Tenjin. On 2/23 (Sat.) and 2/24 (Sun.) the Ume Festival will be held with a pop-up cafe serving hot hojicha, coffee, and sweets.

Photo: Maizuru Park

• Best time to view: Late Jan. ~ Late Feb.
• Approx. 280 trees
• Ume Festival: 2/23 (Sat.), 2/24 (Sun.) 10:00~16:00
1-4 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-781-2153 (Maizuru Park Management Office)
https://www.midorimachi.jp/maiduru/

Chikugo Area (9)

Bairinji Temple Garden

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 500 trees
209 Kyo-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Access: 5 min. on foot from JR Kurume Sta.
0942-33-4422 (Kurume Tourism Information Center inside JR Kurume Sta.)

Garyubai at Fukoji Temple

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 200 trees
2538 Imayama, Omuta City, Fukuoka
• Access: Ride a Nishitetsu bus heading to “Fukoji” from JR Omuta Sta. 5 min. on foot from the Fukoji bus stop
0944-52-2212 (Omuta Tourism Association)
http://kankou.chikugolife.jp/search/shop/detail.html?id=270

Ishibashi Cultural Center

On 2/9 (Sat.) to 3/3 (Sun.) an Ume Festival will be held with live concerts, workshops, and special dishes made with ume on offer inside the Rakusuiten cafe.

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 140 trees
• Ume Festival: 2/9 (Sat.) ~ 3/3 (Sun.)
1015 Nonaka-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Access: 10 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Kurume Sta.
0942-33-2271
https://www.ishibashi-bunka.jp/

Miyanojin Shrine

On 3/21 (Thu., hol.) the Shogun Ume Festival will be held. There will be children’s sumo matches and a memorial service for local war heroes.

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 60 trees and the shogun ume, a 600-year-old landmark plum tree
5-12 Miyanojin, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Access: 10 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Miyanojin Sta.
0942-33-3338 (Kurume Tourism Information Center inside Nishitetsu Kurume Sta.)

Mizuta Tenmangu Shrine

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 100 trees
62-1 Mizuta, Chikugo City, Fukuoka
• Access: 20 min. on foot or 5 min. by car from JR Hainuzuka Sta., 8 min. by car from JR Chikugo-Funagoya Sta., 10 min. by car via Yame Interchange
0942-53-8624
https://www.mizuta-koinoki.jp/mizuta/

Seikien

Here you can see hundreds of potted bonsai, plum, and pine. Some are between one and two hundred years old. There are regular plum trees nearby too. Entrance during plum blossom season is ¥500 for adults and free for JHS and under.

• Best time to view: Late-Jan. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 300 potted ume bonsai plants aged 60~300 years old
1403-2 Yamakawa-machi Ono, Miyama City, Fukuoka
• Access: 5 min. by car via Miyama-Yanagawa Interchange
0944-67-0525
http://seikien.com/

Tanigawa Bairin Plum Grove

From February to March visitors can admire tens of thousands of plum trees spanning 80 hectares (¥400 entrance). Check out artistic bamboo lantern illuminations inside a dark tunnel and enjoy delicious local Yame delicacies too.

• Best time to view: Late-Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 30,000 trees
• 30th Yume Tachibana Plum Blossom Viewing: 2/23 (Sat.) ~ 3/3 (Sun.), ¥400
Tachibana-machi Tanigawa, Yame City, Fukuoka
0943-23-4941 (Tachibana Town Hall)
http://tachibana-kankou.jp/

Umenoki Kaido

Elderly citizens of Nanatsue serve free tea at the Nanatsue Umenoki Kaido Ume Festival in late February.

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 180 trees
Nanatsue, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka
• Access: along prefectural road no. 767
https://www.city.yanagawa.fukuoka.jp/kanko/meisho/meguru/umenokigaido.html

Yabejizo Park

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Mar.
• Approx. 300 trees
583-11 Yoshii-machi Yabe, Ukiha City, Fukuoka
• Access: 20 min. by car via Asakura Interchange
0943-77-5611 (Ukiha City Tourism Association)

Chikuho Area (5)

Kama City Bairin Park

Local food such as umeboshi, umemochi, amazake, tea, karinto (a deep fried sweet snack made of flour, yeast and brown sugar) and more will be on sale during plum blossom season.

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 1,000 trees
328-1 Shimo-Yamada, Kama City, Fukuoka
• Access: 8 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Shimo-Yamada Elementary School bus stop, 50 min. by car from Chikugo-Ogori Interchange
0948-57-3154 (Kama City Hall)
http://www.e-kama.net/area/%E6%A2%85%E6%9E%97%E5%85%AC%E5%9C%92/

Kozoji Jinguin Temple

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Mar.
• Approx. 800 trees
22 Kawara, Karawa-machi, Tagawa, Fukuoka
• Access: 25 min. on foot from Kawara Sta.
0947-32-8406 (Kawara Town Hall)

Tenchizan Park

• Best time to view: Late Jan. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 160 trees
1140-1 Omura, Buzen City, Fukuoka
• Access: 5 min. by car via Buzen Interchange
0979-82-5971 (Tenchizan Park Office)
http://www.city.buzen.lg.jp/kanko/asobu/tenchizan/

Unashiki Tenmangu Shrine

A plum festival will be held on 2/25 (Mon.). Look forward to the festival stalls!

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 1,000 trees
794-2 Takatsuka, Chikujo-machi, Chikujo, Fukuoka
• Access: 15 min. on foot from JR Shiida Sta.
0930-56-0238

Yakiyama Kaboku Garden

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Early Mar.
• Approx. 840 trees
1310 Yakiyama, Iizuka City, Fukuoka
• Access: 25 min. by car via prefectural road no. 201, Fukuoka Interchange
0948-22-5500 (Iizuka City Hall)
http://www.kankou-iizuka.jp/homepage/?id=321

Kitakyushu Area (5)

Kitakyushu Sogo Noji Center

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~
• Approx. 140 trees, 16 varieties
1-6-1 Yokoshiro Higashi-machi, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: ride a Nishitetsu bus and get off at Nouji Center-mae bus stop
093-961-6045(農事センター)
https://k-nouji.com/see

Mitsutake Bairin Park

Red and white ume bloom throughout the 10,000 sqm park. There will also be stalls selling handmade local foods.

• Best time to view: Late Feb. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 350 trees
Tsujimitsu, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: approx. 15 min. by taxi from Nishitetsu Nakatani bus stop
093-582-2460 (Kitakyushu City Midori & Park Maintenance Dept.)
http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/kensetu/file_0212.html

Senbanso

• Best time to view: Mid-Feb.
• Approx. 1,000 trees
Koishi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: 20 min. on foot from “Sakota” municipal bus stop
093-771-4843 (Kitada Green)
http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/wakamatsu/file_0020.html

Shirakidani Bairin

• Best time to view: Early Feb. ~ Mid-Mar.
• Approx. 1,200 trees
Hata, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: Ride a Nishitetsu bus to “Shinishizaka” from JR Kurosaki Sta. 40 min. on foot from the Shinishizaka bus stop
093-642-1441 (Yahatanishi-ku Community Support Dept.)
http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/kensetu/file_0227.html

Umeyasu Tenmangu Shrine

• Best time to view: Late-Jan. ~ Mid-Feb.
• Approx. 300 trees
1-42 Chuo, Nakama City, Fukuoka
• Access: 17 min. by car via Kurate Interchange
093-244-1824

Originally written in January 2019.
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Published: Jan 31, 2019 / Last Updated: Feb 12, 2019

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