Fukuoka Best Budget Locations
Momochi Seaside Park, Uminonakamachi Seaside Park, Fukuoka Tower
My biggest takeaway from this was that the parks in Japan tend to be the most affordable and fun places to visit. There's always plenty to do there even after the heat of summer starts to fade. Momochi seaside park has beautiful sunsets and some amazing food places; Uminonakamachi has plenty of summer fun, flower watching, and kid's activities for only a few hundred yen; and Fukuoka Tower compliments a day at Momochi well and costs about the same as a meal out for a truly memorable experience.
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: Introduction
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is a gorgeous park and the entrance is directly in front of Uminonakamichi station. The park has breathtaking fields and hills of flowers, a small zoo with everything from Capybaras to Kangaroos, and several playgrounds for kids.
The entrance fee is low and there is plenty to do there. You can easily have a full day's worth of fun at this park.
Because this area is somewhat tourist heavy and near a ferry port, many people speak English here and they even have an English map and signs throughout the park.
The park has buses and bike rentals for easy access to all parts of the park. There are also dozen of other forms of entertainments such as playgrounds, pools, and go carts that I will detail below.
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
A Brief Tour of Uminonakamachi
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: Admission and Ideal Visiting times
Based on the time of year, different flowers bloom and the variety of outdoor activities available changes slightly.
It seems like the best time to go to the park is right around end of March to early April. Then you can have the best chance to see the Narcissus, Cherry blossoms, Tulips, Christmas roses, and even some other seasonal flowers.
However, if you're there less for the flowers and more for the variety of other activities offered at the park, summer is an excellent time to go. There are water spouts to cool you off at the playgrounds. Sunshine Pool is open during peak season and has water slides.
Not to mention they have plenty of outdoor activities like the bicycle rentals, go carts, and playgrounds. From March 1 to October 31, hours are slightly longer. The hours and admission prices are as follows:
March 1 to October 31- 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
November 1 to end of February- 9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Adults 15 and over- 410 yen (290 yen for groups of over 20 people)
Senior 65+ years old- 210 yen
Child (elementary and middle school)- 80 yen (50 yen for over 20 people)
One day pass- 500 yen
Per One Ride- 200 yen
Flowers from the beginning of SeptemberClick thumbnail to view full-size
Only a short walk away from one of the shuttle hubs and one of the larger pools is animal park. They have a small petting zoo where some wild pigs and large rabbits walk around a small partof the park.
There are also opportunities throughout the park to feed several other types of animals such as ponies, lambs, goats, swans, and even coy fish. However, I also got to see prairie dogs, cranes, swans, llamas, and a gorgeous lake filled with coy fish.
My favorite animals to see were the Capybaras, Kangaroos, and Squirrel monkeys. For the squirrel monkeys, you are the one getting in the cage to get to see them up close and personal. Some of them may even try to stick their hands through the bars of the cage.
The animal park is no additional charge when you enter Uminonakamichi and it's well worth a visit.
Animal ParkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Great Views and Resting Places
There were excellent places to rest and relax all over the park, but my favorite place was the swan pond. There was a seating area right along the water and a little further back just a little further away from the water were some picnic style tables with a small shop selling ice cream and souvenirs just next door. There were also ice cream and drink machines.
My second favorite place to rest and enjoy the view was the tables near another one of the ponds and flower hill. You can get a clear view of several types of flower in season and the pond.
For honorary mention there's a seating area just by the exit of the park overlooking lovely patches of flowers that are flooded with color during early September. The well-designed flower patches have ornate water features running straight through the path of flowers in intricate ways.
Resting Places: Swan Pond and Coy LakeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Location, Location, Location
The last reason I will recommend coming here if you're traveling on a budget is there is plenty to do nearby as well so you will not have to spend a lot of money to see plenty of sights.
Shika Island is about 5 minutes away by car or about 16 minutes by bus and the island has several beach resorts including one just near the bus stop that takes you to the island. There's also Otake beach resort and Marine World Uminonakamachi right near the park.
Honorable Mention: Momochi Seaside Park
This park is great for exploring on foot, and there's plenty to do without it becoming expensive. The main places I will cover are Fukuoka Tower, Fukuoka city museum, and Momochi seaside park itself.
Momochi Seaside Park
This wonderful beach park has city views all around. There are three restaurants right off the water as well as a gorgeous building called the Marizon that is often used as a venue for weddings and parties.
From the beach, you can see Fukuoka tower which lights up at night. The park is free, but you can also pay to get food at Mammamia, a delicious pizza place that is mid-ranged for prices.
Some other restaurants near the water are the Marizon beach cafe/ avex beach paradise cafe which has plenty of seafood and Americanized foods and a small barbecue place which you may not be able to find on the map.
Depending on the time of day you arrive, and the season, they also have a place that sells takoyaki, an icecream store, and a sports store.
The beach was fairly clean. However, keep in mind when I went there there was no swimming most people just dipped their toes in the water, probably because of the colder weather.
During the evening the sunset off the beach is gorgeous and you can see the sun setting over the city.
Momochi Seaside ParkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fukuoka Tower is an amazing sight to see especially at night. You can get an amazing view of Momochi ocean park, Marizon, and the city with the river running through it.
Why is it a budget location? The entrance is about 800 yen for adults, but there's plenty to see up there as well as the lover's locks display and the fortune telling machine. You can easily spend several hours of time up there.
Once you get inside the building, you can look up and see a pillar of glass windows cascading up to the observatory.
In the observatory itself, there is a lover's sanctuary complete with a flower covered heart that has two places to put your palms.
If you both stand under the heart and touch your palms to the center, a chiming bell will signal your lasting love for each other. You can also buy locks and put you and your loves name on it as a semblance of your love for each other.
On the same floor, you can get futures from the moon. However, these fortunes are only available in Japanese.
At the top part of the observatory on floor 5 there is a different fortune teller which has an English option. The cost is 100 yen and it is well worth the experience. There is also a photo op space where you can make it look like you are balancing on a pair of chopsticks in a bowl of soup.