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7 Best Things to Do in Fukuoka in June

If you are going to go sightseeing, you want to incorporate into your itinerary things that you can only see and experience during that time of the year. In this issue, we will introduce the situation, events, and recommended spots in June in Fukuoka for those who are interested in such things.

*The schedule of the events introduced here is subject to change. Please check the official website of the facility for the schedule.

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Fukuoka in June

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and hydrangea

Atmospheric temperature

June in Fukuoka is relatively warm, with average temperatures ranging from about 18 to 27 degrees Celsius. Although it can feel hot during the day, the humidity is high and gloomy due to frequent rainfall. The mornings and evenings are a bit cooler, but visitors should be aware of the difference in temperature between the hot and cold days.

Events

June is the rainy season, and outdoor events tend to be few and far between. However, visitors can enjoy the natural scenery that is unique to this time of year, and events such as the Firefly Festival and the Hydrangea Festival are held.

We also recommend using indoor facilities such as aquariums and museums. Some facilities hold events and workshops for children, so it is a good idea to check the official website for information before you go.

Travel

When traveling to Fukuoka in June, it is a good idea to plan indoor activities in preparation for rainy days. You can go shopping and food touring in the city of Hakata, or spend some time relaxing at bathing facilities and onsen (hot springs). Fukuoka has many local delicacies, so you can enjoy the unique food culture of the area. On a less rainy day, you can also take a walk along the seaside or enjoy the view from the observatory of Fukuoka Tower.

June Fashion

When visiting Fukuoka in June, it is important to dress for humidity and rain. Lightweight materials and breathable clothing are recommended due to the hot and humid weather. Also, remember to bring a water-repellent jacket, raincoat, or folding umbrella in case of sudden rain. Waterproof shoes or sandals that are comfortable even when wet are also appropriate for your feet.

Let’s go see colorful hydrangeas!

June is the rainy season in Japan, a time when rainy days become more frequent. This is the time of year when people tend to go to indoor facilities, but it is actually the time of year when hydrangeas are in season. The hydrangea blooms from mid-June to early July. During this period, hydrangea festivals are held in many places, so why not visit to see the colorful hydrangeas?

Hakozaki Shrine Hydrangea Festival (筥崎宮あじさいまつり)

Hakozaki Shrine Hydrangea Festival (筥崎宮あじさいまつり)

Hakozaki Shrine is located in Fukuoka City. Every June, visitors can see colorful hydrangeas in the “Hydrangea Garden” on the west side of the shrine grounds. About 100 varieties of 3,500 hydrangeas bloom in a large area.

Hakozaki Shrine(筥崎宮)

In addition, 5,000 lilies will be in full bloom when the hydrangea garden is open. The colorful flowers during the rainy season will soothe the hearts of many visitors.

Senkoji Temple Hydrangea Festival(千光寺あじさい祭り)

Senkoji Temple Hydrangea Festival(千光寺あじさい祭り)

Senkoji Temple in Kurume City hosts the Senkoji Templ Hydrangea Festival in June, when approximately 7,000 hydrangeas bloom. Colorful hydrangeas in pink, purple, and light blue bloom in a space surrounded by greenery. This is a place where you can feel the natural air and is recommended for refreshment.

Ishibashi Cultural Center Early Summer Flower Festival(石橋文化センター 初夏の花祭り)

Ishibashi Cultural Center Garden

This is a festival to enjoy early summer flowers held at the Ishibashi Cultural Center in Kurume City. In addition to hydrangea, you can see water flowers such as water lilies and Japanese Iris.

It is also a great place to view fireflies at night, making it the perfect place to see the beauty of nature. At the café in the park, you can also enjoy a seasonal menu while overlooking the Japanese garden.

See fantastic fireflies!

Fireflies shine fantastically in the early summer night. The best time to see fireflies in Fukuoka is from late May to mid-June every year. Fireflies, which prefer hot and humid climates, live in environments with beautiful water and vegetation. Fireflies can only be seen in limited places, making them a precious sight on summer nights.

Munakata Hotaru no Sato Park (宗像ホタルの里公園)

Munakata Hotaru no Sato Park (宗像ホタルの里公園)

Fireflies can be seen at this spot in Munakata City. During the firefly season from late May to mid-June, many people visit to see the fireflies. The playground has swings, seesaws, and other playground equipment, making it a popular playground for children during the daytime.

Motogi River Nature Park(本木川自然公園)

Firefly Image

Fireflies can be seen flying around from late May to early June. Fireflies live mainly in the creek in the park, and it is recommended to sit and relax while viewing them.

Taste the rare fish “Etsu fish”

“Etsu” is a very rare fish found only in some prefectures such as Fukuoka and Saga. It is a member of the sardine family and is characterized by its light flavor. It is found only in the Ariake Sea, and because it is a rare fish, the fishing season is only open from May to July.

Mikawaya (三川屋)

Chef Image

Mikawaya is a long-established ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) located in Okawa City, famous for its etsu fish. Mikawaya, which also operates an inn, offers an “etsu kaiseki” course meal from May to July. Etsu is purchased directly from fishermen and is extremely fresh. Craftsmen carefully prepare each dish.

Reservations are required for all of Mikawaya’s Kaiseki cuisine. Please try the Etsu fish dishes that are available only at this traditional restaurant.

Official website: https://mikawaya-okawa.com/

Kanehiro(かねひろ)

Etsu fishing

Kanehiro, located in Kurume City, is a restaurant that usually serves eel, but from May to July it also offers etsu fish dishes. The owner himself fishes for etsu, and you can enjoy fresh etsu.

The restaurant offers a variety of etsu dishes in different formats, including etsu set menus, courses, and individual dishes. However, because the catch of etsu is limited, reservations must be made in advance by phone.

Official website: https://www.kanehiro-kurume.com/

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