Comfort Hotel Hakata
Phone: (81) 92 431-1211
Fax: (81) 92 431-8015
Enjoy the slopes even in the summer! This year-round snowboard park has a 60-meter slope with jumps and a quarter-pipe. In the off-season, it converts to a half-pipe. The snow is generated everyday and is 100-percent natural--no chemicals mixed in! Expect at least a 50-centimeter base of powder. There is also a sports bar (includes a free soft drink) with a view of the slope. Equipment rental is, of course, available.
This is a public swimming pool that primarily accommodates residents in the Hakata ward, though anybody is welcome to use it. Note that because it is a public swimming pool, it can become frustratingly crowded at times, with people of all speeds mixed up in one lane preventing any serious lap swimming. Those who wish to swim unhindered should consider joining a sports club, though many of these are not much better either.
The official name of this place is the Fukuoka Prefecture Public Sports Education and Information Center. The Fukuoka government built this huge sports complex not far from the airport, intending to provide for the general public a place to practice and enjoy sports and physical fitness activities. The list of facilities available and sports this place can accommodate is too long, but be sure that it has all the obvious things: an Olympic-sized pool and diving well, studio rooms for aerobics and other activities, and numerous classrooms and lounges. The center sponsors a whole range of classes as well. Charges vary depending on which facilities you use, but are certainly not outrageous since the place is for public use. Pocket change is enough for most. Note that Accion Fukuoka is not conveniently located. From the airport, it is best to take a bus and get off at Accion Sports Mae.
Do not let the name of this place fool you; it is hardly a park in the normally understood sense of the word, and it should be retitled using the word "sports" somewhere because these are the most extensive sports facilities in the city. Besides the Avispa soccer stadium, there are tennis courts, baseball fields, a track stadium, an Olympic sized swimming pool and diving well, Japanese archery ranges, playgrounds, walking and jogging courses, a weight room and several other indoor facilities for meetings, education, and relaxation.
This public pool services residents of Chuo ward, though anybody is welcome to the facilities. Chuo-ku is perhaps the busiest of all the wards in Fukuoka, and, together with this, the pool's fairly convenient location tends to draw crowds. During rather busy hours, the pool will be so crowded that continuous lap swimming will be impossible. Those who wish to swim laps may want to consider joining a sports club, though most are not much better.
This public swimming pool services residents of Minami-ku, though anybody is welcome to use the facilities. Minami-ku is highly residential, with dozens of schools as well, making this pool crowded, and the average age of its users somewhat younger than normal. During busy hours, you will not be able to swim laps because there will be so many people of differing speeds in your lane. For more serious swimming, you may want to consider joining a sports club, though most are not much better in terms of lane space.
This public swimming pool mainly serves residents of Sawara-ku, although anybody is welcome to use the facilities. This public pool tends to be a little less crowded than other public swimming pools, though that hardly means that during busy hours you will be able to swim laps continuously. Even here there is a rush hour when the lanes become so crowded that you may have to stop every lap. For more serious exercise swimming you may want to consider joining a sports club, though most are not much less crowded.
This public pool mainly services residents of Jonan-ku, though anybody is welcome to use the facilities. Jonan-ku is almost entirely residential, with thousands of people living in row upon row of public housing buildings. For this reason, the pool can become quite crowded depending on the hour. During these busy times, you probably will not be able to swim laps continuously, as there will be so many people of differing speeds in your lane. For more serious swimming, you may want to consider joining a sports club, though many of these are not much less crowded.
This small (and we mean small!) amusement park in the east-end is a decent place to take the kids or a date for a few hours or so. While it cannot compare to Uminonaka-michi Seaside Park, there is a small Ferris wheel, a small roller coaster, and other fairly tame thrill rides. There is also a rather famous flower garden located within the park, which gives enough reason to enter even if you have no interest in the rides. After that, you will have to pay a couple of hundred yen each for individual rides.
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park provides recreation for the entire family, relying more on nature than machinery for fun. While there is an amusement park with 21 rides, visitors can enjoy many other activities: disc golf, putt golf, jogging, cycling, cycle boats, a zoological garden, a rose garden, a wild bird forest, a children's obstacle course, and more. Campgrounds, restaurants, shops, and vital facilities (medical stations, etc.) are also located in the park. Wheelchairs are provided and admission is free for those with disabilities or handicapped children.
Wakasugiyama offers a spectacular view over Fukuoka City. A single, winding, broken-down road makes its way past bamboo groves, pine forests, Buddhist temples, and mysterious Shinto shrines to the windswept peak of this mountain. Although completely off the beaten track, this spot is popular with couples and paraglide enthusiasts, and makes for a pleasant half-day trip away from the city. It offers a particularly impressive panorama at sunset. How to get there: difficult! Your best bet is to catch a train from Hakata Station to Sasaguri (trains leave from platform 9). From there, you may be able to bribe local taxi-drivers to take you at least some of the way to the top of the mountain. Depending on the bravery of your taxi-driver (or the size of your bribe!), you may have to walk from where the road turns into a dirt track.