Nishi Park 西公園
A hilltop park great for picnics and crisscrossed with running trails
Located to the north of the city and a short walk from Ohori Park , Nishi Park is one of Fukuoka's best spots for cherry blossoms during the spring.
The park's observatory offers a fantastic view of Fukuoka, Hakata Bay and islands in the bay
Nishi Park opened is 1875, making it Sendai's oldest park
How to Get There
Nishi Park can be reached by bus or by a short but steep walk from Omachi Nishi-Koen Station on the Tozai Subway line.
The entrance to the park is marked by a huge torii gate.
A shrine dedicated to the local ruling clan
From the bottom of Nishi Park, a long stone staircase leads to Terumo Jinja, a shrine dedicated to members of the Kuroda family, Fukuoka's ruling nobility from the 16th century onward. From the shrine there are fantastic views of Fukuoka and its mountains to the south.
Festivals and islands
The avenue leading up to the park is frequently used for festivals and, during these times, is lined with stalls selling food, drink and souvenirs.
Paths in the park lead you to its northern edge, where you can see Fukuoka Tower , and the northern parts of Fukuoka City, including the islands of Shikanoshima and Nokonoshima . The trails are favored by local runners.
The spot blossoms in late winter and spring
There are around 1,300 cherry trees in the park, which flower during hanami season starting in mid-April. The park is popular with locals wanting to picnic beneath the flowering cherry trees. There are also many plum trees interspersed between the cherry trees that bloom slightly earlier but no less spectacularly.