Take a Quick Trip! Aburayama Forest Park– Natural beauty less than an hour outside the city2017.01.19
Fukuoka has the convenience of the city with a rich natural environment, and you can find a lot of nature to enjoy all around you.
One such place is Aburayama Forest Park, which is accessible in an hour by car or bus from Tenjin and Hakata. It is an expansive natural area for enjoying outdoor activities. The park has campgrounds and a hands-on dairy farm known to the locals as “Moo Moo Land”. Located in the foothills of Mt. Aburayama (597 meters), it is a great place for enjoying nature year-round.
When I was waiting for the bus to Aburayama, I met two Chinese women who live in the town. They were also on their way to visit Aburayama for the first time. Sensing fate, we decided to explore the park together.
After about 40 minutes by bus, we arrived in front of the offices of Aburayama Forest Park. Pick up a map here and check out the routes.
They were planning to see Mizunomori (forest of waters) and a suspension bridge, so we chose a route that will start with “Course C” that includes Mizunomori, then go up the top of Mt. Aburayama, and then take “Course B” with the suspension bridge. The whole route takes about 3 hours.
We followed the map and numbered signs, which brought us to the Mizunomori area. The negative ions in the air created by the many waterfalls was very refreshing. Then we went on up to the top of the mountain.
The mountain trail has helpful stair steps made from logs. You can take in seasonal flowers and landscapes, and feel a natural, cool breeze during the hike. We made it to the top of the mounftain in about an hour.
From the summit, you can look over downtown Fukuoka and beyond to islands such as Nokonoshima and Shikanoshima. When you see a city from high above and take it all in, you might fall in love with it at first sight. As a Fukuoka local, I would be happy if Fukuoka becomes one of your favorite places to visit.
After taking some rest on the bench, we went on to the park’s “Course B”. At the concrete suspension bridge on the way down the mountain, the view is magnificent.
If you have time, you can see dairy cows get milked and enjoy soft serve ice cream at Momoland Aburayama Farm. Aburayama Forest Park is a great place for relaxing in Fukuoka.