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Nokonoshima Island―A Trip to Enjoy the Great Nature

Nokonoshima Island is a small island in Hakata Bay with a circumference of 12 km. Surrounded by sea and mountains, the island is rich in nature and offers a colourful array of seasonal flowers. It is close to the city centre, so you can easily enjoy a day trip there, but there are also accommodation options, making it a good spot for a weekend trip.

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Enjoy a 10-minute Ferry Trip

Municipal Ferry
Nokonoshima Island can be reached by a 10-minute boat trip on the Municipal Ferry. As the boat cruises past Fukuoka Tower and other buildings in the city centre, the urban landscape soon gives way to a beautiful natural landscape and the verdant Nokonoshima Island comes into view. The boat trip to Nokonoshima takes about 10 minutes, but why not stay overnight away from the hustle and bustle of the city?

【Ferry Information】 
▪Meinohama Municipal Ferry Passenger Terminal
Address: 3-1-1 Atagahama, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City
TEL: 092-881-8709
▪Nokonoshima Island Municipal Ferry Terminal
Address: 457-7 Noko, Fukuoka City
TEL: 092-881-0900
Timetable: Municipal Ferry web site

Nokonoshima Island Park

Nokonoshima Island Park opened in 1969 is Fukuoka’s flower capital. In the 150,000 m2 premise, visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers such as canola flower in spring, sunflowers in summer, cosmos in autumn and daffodils in winter.

The park also has a restaurant, a barbecue house and a mini zoo. “Omoide-dori” Street is lined with old-fashioned buildings such as candy shops, which make children and adults alike feel as if they have stepped back in time, and can enjoy all day long.

Nokonoshima Island Park
Opening hours: Weekdays (Mondays to Saturdays) 9:00-17:30
Sundays and public holidays 9:00-18:30 (In winter, same as on weekdays.)
Closed: None
Admission fee: Adults (high school students and above): 1,200 yen
Children (primary and junior high school students) 600 yen
Infants (3 years and over) 400 yen
Related web site: Nokonoshima Island Park

Villa Sakimori

If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend your time on Nokonoshima Island, the Villa Sakimori in the Island Park is the perfect accommodation. The detached cottages have large windows overlooking Hakata Bay. The rooms feature ocean views from the large terrace and are surrounded by greenery.

The detached type of house allows for quiet time with family and friends. There is an open-air bath with Jacuzzi so you can enjoy the luxury of a relaxing bath while gazing up at the stars.

Nokonoshima Island is close to the city centre, so it may seem like a day trip, but if you have more time, you may want to stay overnight in the great outdoors to refresh yourself from daily fatigue.

Nokonoshima Island Park Accommodation “Villa Sakimori”
Reservations & Inquiries: 092-881-4474(9:00-17:30)
Related website: Nokonoshima Island Park

Nokonoshima Camp Grounds & Swimming Beach

Nokonoshima Island has a campsite and swimming beach. The white sandy beach is surrounded by palm trees, making you feel as if you are in a tropical resort. In summer, there are a variety of marine activities such as floating trampolines, diving boards and banana boards. At night, you can relax at the campsite and enjoy campfires and fireworks.

Nokonoshima Camp Grounds & Swimming Beach
Beaches, shops and restaurant: From early July until end of September
Camping Grounds: Available all year round, but staff and some facilities are not available outside the above periods.
Reservations & Inquiries: 092-881-0948
Related website: Nokonoshima Camp Grounds & Swimming Beach

NOKO’S OCEAN

This seaside restaurant is a relaxing retreat overlooking Hakata Bay. It is a 5-minute walk from the ferry terminal on Nokonoshima Island, so it has excellent accessibility. You can enjoy lunch and BBQ with a lovely view of the sea. In winter, Nokonoshima’s staple, the Manyo Oysters, can be served.

▪NOKO’S OCEAN
Address: 657-8 Noko, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City (a 5-minute walk from the ferry terminal)
Opening hours: Weekdays 11:30-15:00, 17:00-(Reservation required)On Wednesdays open at lunch time only, Sat. Sun. & national holidays 11:30~17:00/17:00~(Reservation required)                    
Closed: Thursdays and 3rd Monday
TEL: 092–883-1553
Related website: NOKO’S OCEAN

Local Delicacies

Noko Burger, the Island’s Speciality

The Noko Burger is a speciality at a facility with a tourist information centre and refreshment shop next to the Island Ferry Passenger Terminal. The savoury aroma wafting from the shop whets the appetite. In addition to the Noko Burger, there are many other local specialities, such as Noko Udon noodles, which will be excellent souvenirs.

Nokonoshima Island Tourist Information & Noko-no-ichi Market
Address: 457-16, Noko, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City (Next to the Ferry Passenger Terminal)
Opening hours: 8:30-17:30
TEL: 092-881-2013

Nokonoshima Island is also a place rich in history, where in ancient times, the island was the site of a military guard “sakimori” and was even mentioned in the Manyoshu collection of poetry. It is a recommended spot for history buffs, who can enjoy historical romance along with the rich natural environment. Please spend a relaxing time on the island.

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