So I had a lovely weekend at the beach!!! And despite the horrible rain today, now all I can think about is the summer!!! Am getting super excited about all the awesome beach times to come!!! It got up to 27 degrees yesterday and I was brave enough to try swimming and it was well worth it! The water was so clear and I’d say more refreshing than chilly!
One of the best things about living in Fukuoka is there are a multitude of great beaches on your doorstep!! Some are easily accessible using public transport and are very close to the centre of town! Others take you out of the city to Itoshima or the islands of Nokonoshima and Shikonoshima!!
So many great beaches to choose from, my favourites are Fukutsu beach, Shikonoshima, Itoshima and Shingu. Here are some summery beach pictures – hopefully I can get in a couple more trips before rainy season swings round!! : )
Momochi is really easy to get to as it’s basically in the city!! It’s not the most beautiful as it’s a man made beach but for convenience you can’t beat it!! The easiest way to get there is to get the subway to Nishjin, when you exit you should be able to see Fukuoka Tower in the distance, just walk towards it for around 10-15 minutes and you’ll find the beach! Buses go near there too!
Fukuma is easy to get to from Hakata Station by train, about 20 minutes (you get off at Fukuma) on trains heading towards Kokura, and then you should probably take a taxi to the beach which is only around 10 minutes away.
Shingu is also fairly easy, you go to Chihaya station on the JR and then change to the Nishitetsu station. Take the Nishitetsu to Shingu at the end of the line, the beach is a 5 minute walk from the station.
Shikonoshima is a bit harder to get to, and is much easier if you have a car. There are buses that go there, I will have to do more research into which number you should take but from Hakata station the journey time will be fairly long.
Itoshima is also easier if you have a car, but is a really nice area to explore on the weekend, and has a lot of cute beach side restaurants and cafes. If you can hire a car, I’d really recommend heading out that way as it starts to get a bit warmer!! If you drive toward Keya you can find a lot of nice beaches to stop at on the way there, I’ve never even made it to Keya as we always get sidetracked by other nice spots!!