Shikanoshima Island that to introduce this time is a peninsula at the tip of the sandbar which is formed as to wrap up Hakata Bay in Fukuoka. As you can see from the map below, Shikanoshima Island is connected with the Kyushu mainland, so you can access from the sea as well as from the land.
What is Shikanoshima Island?
Shikanoshima Island is famous as the place where the gold seal (It is a seal made of gold given to the King of the Na country (It is an old country in Kyushu, Japan) by the emperor of the Han) was discovered.
Manyoshu (The oldest Japanese Waka collection in the 7th century to the 8th century) and Nihon Shoki (Japan’s oldest official history book in about 720) also have described Shikanoshima.
Also, it was the battlefield with the Mongolian army that came in around 1274 and 1281 (Mongol invasions of Japan that called “Genko” in Japanese). We can say it is an island with a very old history.
However, let’s put those historical things aside on my blog for now and I want to introduce a small trip to enjoy the beautiful nature of Shikanoshima island. Since the surroundings of the island are only 11 kilometers, it is the best place to drive and cycling while watching the ocean!
Access to Shikanoshima Island
To access to Shikanoshima Island, go to Saitozaki Station (西戸崎駅) by JR Kashi line (JR香椎線) or Nishitetsu bus (西鉄バス) and then get Nishitetsu bus No. 1 or 21 from the station (As of February 2017). The photo below is Saitozaki Station. Or you can use a ferry from Hakata wharf. There is not so much number of service, but a ferry is faster if you are from Hakata. It takes only 30 minutes. The links are the timetable of the ferry between Hakata wharf and Shikanoshima Island, and also the route of the ferry.
I took a bus from Saitozaki station and got off at the Shikanoshima bus stop (志賀島バス停). It will take about 1.5 hours from Fukuoka city by bus. You will find a rental cycle shop in the direction of a white Torii that can be seen in the photo. The ferry terminal is also very close to this bus stop.
This is rental cycle shop “Shikashima Cycle” I visited this time. It is located about 1 minute on foot from the bus stop.
Shikashima Cycle Information
Opening hours: 10: 00 ~ 17: 00
Location: Shikanoshima 417-2, Higashi ku Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
There are lots of bicycles in the shop. The following is a rental fee quoted from the site of Shikashima Cycle. Trekking bike / JPY 2,500 (per 3 hours) and MTB / JPY 2,000 (per 3 hours), Extension fee JPY 500 (Every 30 min) & Deposit / JPY 3,000.
Unfortunately, I could not visit the Kinin Park (It is a park made to commemorate the discovery of gold seal) because the park was under renovation. *Closing period
from November 12, 2015, to October 2017 (planned).
Therefore I headed to the north straight to see the beach. By the way, I thought about making a video about this cycling but it was difficult to shoot while riding a bicycle…
This is “Kyukamura 休暇村” in front of the beach. (It is a hotel called holiday village. This type of leisure facilities originally developed by the government near a national park and quash-national park.) It may be nice to take your time here overnight with delicious seafood and spa.
Go to the east side of the beach and you will see a torii across the sea. This is called Okitsugu-Shrine (沖津宮). There are three gods enshrined in the Shikaumi Shrine (志賀海神社) in this island and this is one of them.
After going round the outer circumference of the island, the last place that I visited was “Kinin Dog 金印ドッグ”. This hot dog shop is a specialty of Shikanoshima. It takes about 10 minutes by bicycle from the cycle shop, but please watch out for cars because the roadway is narrow.
There are other sightseeing spots such as Kinin Park (金印公園), Shiomi Park Observation Deck (潮見公園展望台), Shikaumi Shrine (志賀海神社), etc. on the island that I didn’t introduce this time. So why do not you visit this island once?
Shikanoshima Island information
Address: Shikanoshima, Higashi ward, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
By Train and Bus: Go to Saitozaki station (西戸崎駅) by JR Kashi line or Nishitetsu bus and then get Nishitetsu bus No. 1 or 21 from the station. If you are planning to rent a bicycle, get off at Shikanoshima bus stop (志賀島バス停). Or you can go further by bus.