We welcomed spring in Fukuoka, Japan this year. Rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Fukuoka may not be as exciting as Tokyo but it is a charming place to spend a couple of days. Excellent shopping (I was blown away by the number of malls they have!), great food especially the famous Hakata tonkotsu ramen, good network of buses, subways and trains, plus the warm, friendly vibes of a small town – it was easy to fall in love with Fukuoka.
Stepping off a red eye flight with barely 2 hours of sleep, we headed straight for Nokonoshima Island Park – a natural park of about 150 thousand square meters filled with blossoming flowers such as cherry, broccolini and cosmos all year round.
Besides lots of lovely open green space and flowers, the park also has a petting zoo for the little ones. I have to confess I joined the kids, and had loads of fun feeding the cute bunnies. Veggies are available for feeding at 100yen.
The park is beautiful in spring. Big, green fields under a blue sky, bring along a picnic basket and you’ll have your own little piece of paradise to spend a lovely afternoon.
Or if you prefer, you can dine at any of the restaurants in the park. We picked the one just by the flower field, and our meal came with a lovely panoramic view of Hakata Bay.
Nokonoshima Island Park is a beautiful, idyllic place to spend the day. Highly recommended for those who are visiting Fukuoka.
How to get there:
Take the Municipal Noko-Meinohama Ferry from Meinohama Port to Nokonoshima ferry terminal. Then take Nishitetsu Bus bound for Island Park (10 minutes).