Shika Island and the peninsula that connects it to the rest of Fukuoka boast some of the best views in coastal Japan. Some runners like the 6 mile Kin-in-kaido Ave that circumnavigates the coast. The views are nice, but there is not much of a shoulder, except for the stretch along Katsuma Beach (there are bike sharrows, so people do run it). ROUTE MAP.
If you’re looking for waterfront views with a little more protection from traffic, the Uminakamichi Seaside Park on the peninsula is a good option. There are miles of beachfront running (go at low tide for the best sand conditions), as well as some paved park paths. We’ve mapped a 5.5 mile loop around the park paths to demonstrate the possibilities.
Add-Ons: Our Island City route is nearby, including Kashiihamakita Park. Use the Uminonakamichio Bridge to get there (decent pedestrian path).
- 9 km (5.6 miles)
- 24 meters (78 feet)
- Tourist Information Center
- Gannosu or Saitozaki Subway Station
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Sept 1949, my brother & I were Army brats at the nearby US Army’s Camp Hakata. The Old Hands (brats who had been there for at least 1 year) challenged my brother & me to hike around that island we called Shikaumishima. So, we did with our pistol belts & canteens filled w/ water from our house, we were warned to not drink the water off-base, we also took come some pills to disinfect the water (forgot those names). We made the hike in good time (too long ago to remember how long). We were accepted into the fold of Army brats at Camp Hakata. A terrific Army base until June 25, 1950.