Umi no nakamichi (海の中道) is a huge complex in the northeast of Fukuoka. It includes a large park, a zoo, a rose garden, some play areas for children, attractions, gardens, an aquarium and a swimming pool (open only in summer). This is a fantastic place where you can spend the day without getting bored.
After we payed 410 yens entrance fee, which allow to enter the complex (swimming pool, aquarium and attractions excluded), we started looking for the badging workshop which was offered for free this day. Unfortunately, it was already over so we headed to the big wheel (500 yens), where we admired the seasonal floral decorations .
We then headed to the purpose of our visit : the fields of cosmos flowers. As the park is located between the sea and the Bay of Fukuoka on a spit of land, it is colder than the city and the cosmos have a late blooming. While blooming is finished or almost in Fukuoka downtown, it is still possible to enjoy these autumn flowers for a short week at Umi no naka-michi.
Less impressive than Nokonoshima ones, the fields is quite big and the colors varied, from purple to white through yellow, orange and pink shades . Climbing up a small hill has allowed us to have a beautiful view.
After eating a delicious snack (a sunfish cake filled with red beans paste), we headed to the small zoo. I enjoyed this zoo much better than the Kagoshima one because it is human-size. Enclosures are not fully closed and the animals regularly come out, it's very nice. There are a lot of farm animals and visitors can pet sheep, ponies, guinea pigs or capybaras. It is also possible to feed some animals like the swans who glide gracefully on the small lake near the entrance.
The day begans to decline, we gently back towards the entrance across the rose garden. It is a beautiful setting ! This is the perfect location for a wedding photo shoot. Autumn sun light makes the atmosphere very pleasant. We meet a few people, mostly couples strolling quietly. This really picturesque and pleasant way to end this beautiful autumn afternoon .
Umi no naka-michi is a place that I highly recommend if you are in Fukuooka. Before everything, it is a park for families but adults can also enjoy it. Visit the park on a beautiful day, bring a meal (or eat t the shops) and you will be sure to have a wonderful day.
UMI NO NAKAMICHI (海の中道)
Adress / 住所 :
18-25, Oaza Saitozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
Phone number / 電話番号 :
Opening hours / 開園時間 :
everyday from 9:30 am to 5:30pm (march to october), 4:30pm the rest of the year.
毎日午前9時半〜午後5時半 (3〜9月)。午前9時半〜午後4時半 (10〜2月)。
From 15 to 64 : 410 yens 15〜64歳 : 410円
More than 65 : 210 yens 65歳以上 : 210円
From 6 to 14 : 80 yens 6〜14歳 : 80円
Under 7 ans : free 7歳以下 : 無料
Accès depuis la gare de Hakata / 博多駅からアクセス :
Take the JR Kagoshima line and get of at Kashii station (10 minutes in express), then take the JR Kashii line to and get of at Umi no nakamichi (36 minutes). The whole trip cost 460 yens.
In the "the kawaii moment" of the day : Halloween ice cream!
On sale until last night (in Japan when the season is over, it is over) at Baskin & Robbins, the "parfait, as it is called here were available in two versions : chocolate or pumpkin . Of course the decorations were super kawaii!