Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: Video Introduction
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Spanning 6 kilometers from east to west and covering an area of 750 acres, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園, Uminonaka kaihin koen) is a nature-rich national park surrounded by the sea in Higashi, Fukuoka and is nicknamed "Uminaka." This video shows everything to enjoy at the park; from magnificent aerial views and children playing gleefully on the various playground equipment, to flower fields filled to the brim with blooms.
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: Entrance Fees
Photo：Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Located in Fukuoka City's Higashi Ward, and bursting with natural beauty, there are many ways to enjoy Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. There is a host of playground equipment, including an adventure course, and the park has received rave reviews not only from locals as a place to go with the kids, but from people living in the surrounding area and visitors to Fukuoka as a superb location for leisure activities.
[Video] 0:17 - Various playground equipment
Entrance fees are 450 yen per adult (ages 15+), or 290 yen per adult for larger group bookings. A silver ticket (ages 65+) costs 210 yen regardless of group size, and children of middle school age or below can visit for free. The group price applies for groups of 20 or more members for elementary school students and above. There are also tickets available that can be used over two consecutive days. (Prices as of September 2022)
Nemophila, Lupinus, Roses – Different Colors in Every Season! When to See the Different Flowers at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Photo：Baby blue eyes at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
There are a plethora of places to view flowers around the park, most notably "Flower Hill" (花の丘, Hana no Oka), Hanasajiki (花桟敷), and the Rose Garden (バラ園, Bara-en), and you can enjoy flowers during all four seasons. The vast 12,000 sqm. flower garden encompassing Flower Hill and the surrounding lawns plays host to nemophila (baby blue eyes) in the spring (best viewing time: April), and in autumn, cosmos (best viewing time: October) cover the area.
[Video] 0:41 - Flower Hill: Nemophila in Spring | Cosmos in Autumn
The area is full of places to take photos, with Hanasajiki playing host to lupin (which flower in May) and the Rose Garden to autumn roses (best enjoyed in October). If you're an instagrammer or photographer, this is definitely a place to check out!
[Video] 0:27 - Seasonal Flwoers at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park｜Flower Museum
Enjoy a walk through the park and allow the delightful flowers to soothe your soul. You can check the bloom forecast for each of the seasonal flowers on the official homepage as well.
A Place Full of Fun and Children's Smiles! Enjoy Cycling and Other Athletic Activities as Well!
Photo：The Shiomidai observation deck at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
With go-karts, a mini steam train, F1 battery cars and even a maze, "Wonder World" will keep the kids smiling all day long. The adventure playground, which opened in March 2022, is the first of its kind in Kyushu and ranks amongst the largest in the country. There's a host of exciting activities for people of all ages to enjoy at the gigantic Sea Dragoon tower. If you're an animal lover, Animal Forest (動物の森, dobutsu no mori) natural zoo is a must visit, as it's home to around 50 different species of animals, including capybaras, kangaroos, flamingos, black-capped squirrel monkeys and more, and you can interact with tortoises, goats, and other cute animals at the petting events.
[Video] 0:49 - Interact With Cute Animals at the Natural Zoo
The park is full of things to see and do, but one of the things we recommend trying is the bicycle service. You can take a bike and ride around the park while enjoying some fresh air. You can rent a mountain bike for 2,500 yen per 3 hours, a city bike for 1,000 yen per 3 hours, or an E-BIKE (electric-assist sports bicycle) for 3,500 yen per 3 hours. (Prices as of September 2022)
[Video] 0:57 - Feel the Breeze With Some Cycling
Back for 2022 – Summer Fun for Everyone! Marine World's 'Night Aquarium'
Photo：Marine World at Uminonakamichi, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Also within the boundaries of Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is "Marine World Uminonakamichi." Following the theme of "Kyushu's Ocean," a variety of sea creatures, including dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, sardines, sea turtles, spotted garden eels, sharks (sand tiger sharks and sandbar sharks) and more are waiting to delight guests. In summer, the "Night Aquarium" opens, and its "Light and Sound Sardine Show" and "Nighttime Dolphin Show," which take place only after dark, allow visitors to enjoy a different atmosphere at the aquarium. Entry is 2,500 yen for adults, and a discounted 2,200 yen for seniors (ages 65+). Students in vocational college, university or high school pay the full 2,500 yen, but the fee is reduced to 1,200 yen for middle schoolers. Infants get in for 700 yen. (Prices as of September 2022)
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: Roundup
So much to see! So much to do! Uminoinakamichi Seaside Park has more to offer than can be explored in just one day. It's no surprise that there's a two-day pass available either, as this is a park you'll want to visit time and time again. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy nature's bounty, with beautiful views of the Genkai Sea from the observatory and much more. The kids will love it and it's a great chance for adults to relax and relieve themselves of their day-to-day stress, meaning smiles all around! You can enjoy a picnic or barbecue with a nice sea breeze at the popular day-camping spot nearby, and depending on which plan you choose, everything from the stove to utensils, ingredients, cleanup, and trash collection can be included as part of your stay. The park is easily accessible by train, and there is a toll parking lot for those visiting by car. We highly recommend spending the day here and enjoying a wonderful time out with your family or friends!
◆Uminonakamichi National Government Seaside Park
【Address】18-25 Saitozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 811-0321
【Admission fee】Adult (15 years and over) \450 | Silver (65 years and over) \210 | Middle-school age and below: Free
[By train] For access to Wonder World, Sunshine Pool and Marine World, use JR Uminonakamichi Station (JR海の中道駅, JR Uminonakamichi-eki) (Closest park entrance: Uminonakamichi Station entrance – immediately outside the station). For access to the lawn plaza and Flower Hill, use JR Saitozaki Station (JR西戸崎駅, JR Saitozaki-eki) (Closest park entrance: West Entrance – 10 minutes walking).
[By car] Toll parking lots are available (check the official website for further details).
【Official Website】Uminonakamichi Seaside Park | National Government Park Filled With Natural Beauty in Higashi, Fukuoka
【TripAdvisor】Uminonakamichi National Government Seaside Park