Nokonoshima Island 能古島
Enjoy barbecues at the beach and fields of flowers just a short ferry ride from Fukuoka City
The island of Nokonoshima offers peace, quiet and a great day out from the city. Located in Hakata Bay, the island has fantastic views of Fukuoka city's waterline and delicious local produce.
- Nokonoshima Island Park, where seasonal flowers bloom year-round
- Noko Burger—much loved by locals and visitors alike
- The Nokonoshima Camp Grounds—the perfect place for swimming and BBQs
How to Get There
Reach Nokonoshima by ferry.
Ferries depart from Meinohama Ferry Passenger Terminal. Buses to the ferry terminal run from Hakata (45 minutes), Tenjin (about 29 minutes) and Meinohama (15 minutes) stations.
The ferry to Nokonoshima takes about 10 minutes with boats departing every half-hour. Keep a copy of the ferry timetable so that you don't miss the last ferry back to the city. The timetable can be found online.
Locally grown produce and freshly caught fish
Stepping off from the ferry and onto Nokonoshima, you'll find an information center and a small market selling locally grown produce. Much of the produce will have been freshly picked and packaged that day from the farms dotted across the island. The seasonal fruit and vegetables are delicious and are often significantly cheaper than in the city.
Food for thought
Within the market complex, there are a couple of restaurants serving food, including a small but popular shop selling the island's much-loved Noko Burger. If you are looking for something vegetarian, then bento, onigiri and other treats are available within the market. In the main town of Noko, several restaurants serve up fresh fish caught daily by the island's fishermen.
City and ocean views
The island is small enough to walk around (and is a great place to cycle due to the lack of cars), but there is also an island bus for those who want to pick up the pace. Head to the center of the island for spectacular views across the city and sea.
Fields of flowers at Nokonoshima Island Park
On the island's northern tip is the Nokonoshima Island Park, a beautifully tended flower garden and activity park with magnificent seasonal displays. The park's cosmos display in autumn, with some 300,000 flowers in bloom on a field that slopes gently down to the sea, is known across Kyushu. In early spring, Japanese daffodils bloom, while later in the year, the whole park turns yellow with sunflowers and scarlet sage. A guide to these seasonal flowers can be found on the park's website.
You can easily spend a whole afternoon at Nokonoshima Island Park. Within the park food is available at several restaurants and cafes; there are shops selling souvenirs and gifts. A small pottery studio offers pottery lessons, and with advanced booking, you can rent a kimono to wear around the park.
Summer splash and camping fun
During the warmer summer months, you can camp, swim and enjoy water sports at the Nokonoshima Camp Mura Beach Resort. Nothing is left to chance here, and the campsite has showers, fire pits, and even small lodge houses to rent for an exceptionally comfy camping experience.