That day was the last day in Fukuoka for my mother. I planned to take her on the island of Nokonoshima for cherry trees and especially the giant rapeseed field. Arrived on the pier there was so many people for the ferry as it would have taken more than an hour before boarding so we gave up . I didn't expect so many people ! Even in the cosmos season there is no queue for the ferry. Luckily I had a plan B.
Ride the train one hour to see a train pass at the foot of a rapeseed field ? It is true that this may seem incongruous. My mother even called it Benedicte's good ideas but it was that or going again for a walk k in the center of Fukuoka and I wanted to go to the countryside.
I love JR Chikuhi line. It connects the stations of Meinohama in west Fukuoka to Karatsu in Saga prefecture. It is a rather slow line (there are almost only local trains) but it get through beautiful landscapes and there is even a part which runs along the sea. We got off to Fukuyoshi under the stunned eyes of locals who wereprobably wondering what two strangers would do in that area.
From the first minutes out of the station I knew the place would please me : we went along the train line while watching our watch to photograph the train at the right time and then moved onto a small country road to the field. If I was completely in my element (I love countryside) my mother remained skeptical about the interest of the output haha.
|I don't know why there was little torii everywhere|
On the way back, I stopped a moment to photograph the beautiful landscape of the next picture when my mother pointed out the giant Buddha. Without thinking more I committed on the path to Myogen-ji (妙現寺), where it is located. As often in the countryside, the temple is attached to private property and as usual I stayed a while at the entrance a few seconds, the time to ask me if I have the right to enter or not.
The temple itself was not very exciting but pretty. I seek the path to the Buddha but it seemed that I couldn't get close without going through the house. Too bad.
I talked with an old man who came to me while I was taking a picture of his street. He advised me a place to see the sunset but unfortunately I wanted to go to the opposite ... and we would left before sunset anyway. After walking all around the village I finally arrived by the sea . The tide was high so there was not much sand and I had the same feeling for the rapeseed fields between disappointment and joy that it as still pretty. This concluded our simple springtime stroll.
|Station in early evening|
Eki (駅) : station
Densha (電車) : train
Hama (浜) : beach
Na no hana (菜の花) : rapeseed
ACcess and useful informations
Access from Fukoka :
From hakata or Tenjin, take the subway bound for Chikuzen-Maebaru ot Nishi-Karatsu. Change at Chikuzen-Maebaru (there is no direct train most of the time) and get off at Fukuyoshi. From Hakata the journey takes 58 minutes and cost 860 yens. From Tenjin it takes 52 minutes for the same price.
Rapeseed field is located in the front of the Fuku Fuku no Sato (福ふくの里) store, where is the pin is on the map (10 minutes by foot from the station). Flowers are at their bloom from mid-march to early april.