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Fall season recommendation in Fukuoka is cosmos flower fields! Here’s the must-see “cosmos superb view spots”.

Fall is an agreeable season and the sightseeing is perfect not only for urban area but especially for nature-oriented ones. Fall flower, cosmos will be in full bloom in various locations in Fukuoka. Here are some famous spots of cosmos where you can visit easily from the center of Fukuoka city!

■Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Enjoy the numerous variations of cosmos field!

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“Uminonakamichi Seaside Park” is a popular recreational spot where you can access easily by train and feel nice sea breeze. In this extensive park, visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal flowers all year round such as tulips, nemophilas, roses, canola flowers, etc. Among them, especially the cosmos blooming under the fall sunny sky is worth seeing!

The entire park will be filled with flowers during the “Uminaka Hana Matsuri”, flower festival, it takes place from September 30, (Sat) to November 5, (Sun) and in the extensive park of 15,000 m2, special flower gardens are created such as “Hana-no Oka (in Large Open Field)” where approximately 1,500,000 plants of cosmos bloom, “Niji-no Kadan” (rainbow colored flower bed), “Irodori-no Kadan” (multi-colored flower bed) where you can see unique kinds of cosmos, and “Hana Sajiki” where red, white and pink cosmos and brightly colored cockscomb flowers can be seen

As circulating bus service in the park is available (200 yen/ ride, one-day free pass: 500 yen.), so why not have fun outing?

Best Time to View: in October
Number of Cosmos: approx. 1,500,000 plants

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

  • East Area

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is an extensive leisure park where you can enjoy seasonal flowers. Many events are held here in each season; Flower Picnic (spring), Rose Festival (early summer and autumn) and Cosmos Festival (autumn). Come to the Sunshine Pool in summer, the largest resort pool complex…

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■Nokonoshima Island Park
Superb view of best matching blue sky and pink cosmos flowers!

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It takes about 10 min. by ferry from Meinohama, Fukuoka city to get to this resort like island, Nokonoshima. “Nokonoshima Island Park” is a well-known excellent view spot as you can fully enjoy yourselves the seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms, canola flowers, cosmos and the expanse of the sea all at once.

Cosmos is a common sight in fall season may fairly enjoy for a long period of time from early October to early November, including the last blooming. Evening lighting-up cosmos field will start on Saturdays/Sundays/Holiday in October!

Cafes and restaurants in the park are open until 8 p.m. and the ferry to Meinohama is operated until between 9 to 10 p.m. (on weekdays and Saturdays, between 10 to 11 p.m. For further information please see Fukuoka Municipal Ferry Service), therefore, enjoy yourself viewing fantastical cosmos from dusk to night without worrying about time.

Best Time to View: early October – early November
Number of Cosmos: Early blooming: approx. 500,000 plants/ Late blooming: approx. 300,000 plants

Nokonoshima Island Park

  • West, Itoshima Area

Take a city operated ferry from Meinohama, Fukuoka and arrive at Nokonoshima in just ten minutes. This island, rich in nature, just sits in the middle of Hakata Bay. The Nokonoshima Island Park is a natural park of about 150 thousand square meters stretching out in the northern part of Nokonoshim…

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■Susenji Shimin Fureai Hiroba taken care of by locals.

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This is the best place for people who want to enjoy a community-based relaxed air! It takes about 30 min. by direct train from Hakata Station to nearest station, JR Chikuhi Line “Susenji Station”, and then only a few min. walk to get to the Hiroba. You can see about 400,000 plants of cosmos flowers along the side of Nishi Kyushu Road.

The road-side cosmos flowers are planted by local farmers every year as an event of the area. “Cosmos Festival” will take place at “Iiji Denen Sport Hiroba” located next to the Susenji Shimin Fureai Hiroba on October 22 (Sun), from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How about you have family outings as there is a plan of having local agricultural product sales and rice-cake making?

Best Time to View: middle – late October
Number of Cosmos: approx. 400,000 plants

 

■Kanzeonji Temple where you can enjoy the tone color of national treasure and the landscape of cosmos.

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The cosmos field at “Kanzeonji Temple” is perfect for people who love historic walking. It’s said that Emperor Tenchi built “Kanzeonji Temple” in 746 to pray for repose of his mother’s soul.

This temple has such a long history as its name is written in The Tale of Genji and on the temple grounds, there are Notional treasure of the temple bell, the oldest one in Japan, registered in “Preserving 100 sound scape of Japan” and 5m tall of impressive statue of the Goddess of Kannon. The treasure house in which statues of Buddha were set is surrounded by cosmos fields and it creates the scenery that people can get peace of mind.

Best Time to View: early – late October
Number of Cosmos: approx. 700,000 plants

Kanzeonji temple

  • Fukuoka City Neighborhoods

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■KIRIN Beer Park Fukuoka 
Enjoy looking at 10,000,000 plants of cosmos flowers as you feeling tipsy!

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“Beer Factory Tour”, which you can drink fresh-brewed beer as you learn more about beer, is a very popular tourist spot and the adjacent KIRIN flower garden as well! On its property of about 7 hectares, about 10,000,000 plants of brilliant cosmos blooms. Walking around the cosmos filed as you’re feeling tipsy with beer, will becomes precious memories for sure.

You can also enjoy food area, sales of products and various events at “Cosmos Festa 2017” taking place from October 7 (Sat) to November 5 (Sun).

Best Time to View: middle – late October
Number of Cosmos: approx. 10,000,000 plants

Kirin Beer Park Factory

  • Fukuoka City Neighborhoods

You can learn about beer making process in details and try tasting beer at this facility. Kirin Beer Farm is a restaurant in the factory and it serves various kinds of delicious gourmet foods which match well with beer. Adjoining flower garden of poppy and cosmos will please your eyes in every seas…

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The combination of sunny sky in fall and cosmos creates photogenic sceneries. If you feel a sense of the season a lot, memories are supposed to remain deeply. Let’s make distinctive memories of nature-rich Fukuoka.

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