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How to Travel Better --- Get Involved in Sustainable Tourism in Fukuoka

The global spread of the COVID-19 has led to a reassessment of the nature of travel, and interest in ‘sustainable tourism’, such as ‘environmentally friendly’, ‘local production for local consumption’ and ‘experiencing local culture’, is growing worldwide.

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism is travel styles that take into account the natural environment, local livelihoods, history and culture.

There is a wide range of tourism resources for you to enjoy a sustainable travel that Fukuoka has to offer.

“How can I be environmentally friendly in the travel?” “How can I get in touch with the local culture?” Get inspired here if you have an interest in sustainable tourism.

marine debris artwork

nature tour

electric tuk tuk

Sustainable Camping at ‘Satoyama’

Satoyama — derived from the Japanese words for village (sato) and mountain (yama) — is a place where nature and people exist in harmony.

At Kanatake-no-sato Park in Kanatake, Nishi Ward, visitors can spend a relaxing time in a rich natural environment. With its natural creatures and agricultural landscape, anyone can become familiar with the ‘sato’ environment and learn about caring for nature and local production for local consumption through the experience of harvesting vegetables and planting trees.

harvesting sweet potatoes

planting trees

making a spoon from a waste wood

strolling satoyama

In addition, CO_YARD KANATAKE, a new campsite with café where you can stay overnight in Kanatake-no-sato Park, opened on 26 November 2022.

Why not enjoy sustainable camping while experiencing the nature of the satoyama?

Kanatake-no-sato Park
1367 Oaza Kanatake, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: April-September 7:00am-7:00pm, October-March 8:00am-6:00pm
Admission & Parking: Free
Inquiries for camping and other activities: 092-811-5118

Consuming local products in Farmnic

Facing Hakata Bay and the Genkai Sea, the Itoshima Peninsula is a treasure trove of rich nature and foodstuffs. Despite being located close to the urban area, agriculture and fishing are thriving.

In the Kitazaki area on the Peninsula, visitors can enjoy ‘farmnic’, where vegetables are harvested using a recycling-oriented farming practices that uses compost instead of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

Farmnic, a portmanteau for farm and picnic, allows visitors to experience and enjoy the both.

The proragmme content changes depending on the time of year, but you will actually plant and harvest the crops. After the farm work, you will have lunch using freshly harvested vegetables. Enjoy seasonal dishes such as vegetable hot pots and salads, which allow you to directly feel the original flavours of the vegetables, while listening to a talk about circular agriculture.

You can enjoy the bounty of nature on the Itoshima Peninsula.

Location: Kitazaki, Fukuoka City
Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Fee: 5,500 yen per person (for 10 or more)
Number of people: 1-15
Reservations: Required at least one month in advance.
How to book: Email [email protected] or call 092-738-6565

Utilisation of Unmarketable Fish

There is a widespread movement to utilise unmarketable fish as they are discarded at the pre-distribution stage for reasons completely unrelated to their taste.

Such fish can be eaten in beach houses or purchased as processed products. Why not join ‘local production for local consumption’ using unmarketable foods?

★Maruryo(beach house)
434 Shikanoshima, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City

★Benners Co., Ltd. (processed food product)
2-6-11-203 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City

Glamping surrounded by the sea and mountains

Karadomari Village is located in Miyaura, Nishi Ward. Here, you can have a sustainable time in the nature of Karadomari.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides and bordered by the Genkai Sea on the other, Karadomari Village is almost completely hidden from the lights of the city. Enjoy the star-filled night sky, try your hand at making pizza, or simply relax on the beach facing the sea.

★Karadomari Village
237-1 Miyaura, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City (Reception)
On-site Dial:090-1586-8191
​(9:00am-5:00pm excluding on Wednesdays)
General Info:080-6781-8727

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