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Umi no Nakamichi is a thin strip of land connected to the mainland, situated practically in front of the bay of Fukuoka and its harbor. This area is connected, via a bridge, with the island of Shikanoshima, to the west.

The neighborhood

uminonakamichi from above aerial view of the peninsula Umi No Nakamichi (photo taken from here)

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

(admission 410 yen, opening hours 9:30-17:30 mar-oct, until 17 nov-feb)
A huge park, inside which numerous species of trees, plants and flowers bloom throughout the year, including 2000 cherry trees. There are also a number of playgrounds for children, a small zoo, an amusement park with a Ferris wheel, and during the summer months also a water park with six swimming pools.
The park is so large that it is very difficult to explore it entirely on foot, but at the entrance you can rent bicycles (700 yen for the whole day) and there are also little trains running continuously around the park (day pass 500 yen).
It is a park aimed primarily at families living in Fukuoka and surroundings that want to spend half a day of leisure with children, this place is rarely visited by tourists. However, at the entrance you can get a map of the park also available in English, that can be downloaded also from here.
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Marine World Uminonakamichi

(admission 2160 yen, opening hours 9:30-17:30, 9-18:30 aug, 10-17 dec-feb)
An aquarium located near the Seaside Park, a few meters east of Uminonakamichi station.
Little to say about this aquarium, nothing more nor less interesting than many other aquariums in Japan and around the world.
Inside there is also a large arena where to watch shows with dolphins and sea lions.
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Where to stay, recommended hotels in Uminonakamichi, Fukuoka

In the vicinity of the park there is a luxury hotel, The Luigans SPA and Resort: a large resort with swimming pools, restaurants, spa treatments and other leisure opportunities, an ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend.

How to get to Uminonakamichi, Fukuoka

Uminonakamichi is, as the crow flies, virtually located in front of the city of Fukuoka, separated by a stretch of sea, but to the east it is connected to the mainland. You can get to Uminonakamichi by train or by boat.

By train

Uminonakamichi station is located a few meters from the aquarium and from one of the park entrances, and it is served by the JR Kashii line. If you come from Hakata station, to take this line, you must first change at Kashii station through the JR Kagoshima line (for a journey of about 40 minutes, 460 yen).

By boat

Two different boat lines connect Fukuoka's waterfront with Uminonakamichi, in particular with a pier located in the immediate vicinity of the Marine World Uminonakamichi:
-a line operated by the Fukuoka Municipal Ferry Service connect the pier of Uminonakamichi (officially the destination is called Saitozaki) with Hakata port (further information here); -the Uminaka Line operated by a private company (Official website in Japanese) connects Uminonakamichi with the Momochi Seaside Park.

Map of Uminonakamichi, Fukuoka

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.

What Govoyagin is

Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place.
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin. Take a look at Govoyagin

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