One of the best things about Fukuoka is its close proximity to nature. If you’re looking for a scenic hike, there’s plenty on offer here, whether you’re a curious beginner or a seasoned hiker looking for a challenge. So if you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, why not give these three fantastic trails a go?
This great hike in Itoshima is located near the coast, giving you the option of walking around the bay before you make the climb to the top – which is great for warming up your muscles in preparation!
The trail can be quite narrow in places and you may have to use your hands to scramble up the rocks at a couple of points, but the relatively low altitude makes this hike accessible for almost anyone. From the top, you get a fabulous 360-degree view of the area and a choice of open spaces and clusters of rocks where you can rest and have something to eat.
The only downside to this hike is that unlike the other two on this list, getting to Tateishisan without a car can be difficult. However, there is a car park with toilets and vending machines at the start of the trail, which makes a convenient base.
Tenpaizan is a great hike for beginners because it’s easy to access and the route up is clear and easy to follow. The majority of the path is wide and slopes its way up gradually beneath the trees on a winding route around the peak. As you get higher up, this path gives way to a narrower set of stairs, which provides you with a tougher workout before you reach the top, yet isn’t overly challenging. The spacious lookout point at the summit offers a stunning view of the surrounding area and is a great spot for lunch before you start your descent.
As a cat lover, my favorite part of hiking Tenpaizan was definitely seeing all the wild cats roaming around in the forest and hanging out near the shrines! Despite being wild, these cats are healthy, friendly, and well looked after. We saw at least three people who had brought food specifically for them – and judging from the cats’ reactions, it wasn’t the first time!
Mt. Homan is an absolute must for anyone who is serious about hiking. At 829 meters, it presents a bigger challenge than the other two peaks on this list so it is better suited to those with some experience and/or a good level of fitness – although don’t be surprised if you see several older Japanese people making their way to the top!
There is a huge number of stairs to climb in this ascent, so be sure to pace yourself and take breaks at the rest areas when you need to. When you reach the summit, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view that makes the hard work more than worth it. There’s also a picturesque shrine at the top and plenty of flat rocks surrounding it where you can relax and get your strength back for the descent.
One of the benefits to climbing Mt. Homan is that you get to walk through the traditional town of Dazaifu on your way to and from the trailhead. This is a great place to buy souvenirs and delicious, freshly made hot mochi to congratulate yourself on your achievement!
As you can see, there really is something for everyone who wants to get out and explore nature in Fukuoka, whether it’s your first hike or your fifty-first. Just remember to bring food and water with you – and, of course, your camera!