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Fukuoka Surf Spot: Nogita

Nogita Surr

Nogita surf

Finally got to surf Nogita and it was much better than I thought. Summer isn’t a surf season in Fukuoka so I was not expecting anything great from this chance swell, but was pleasantly surprised. Waist to shoulder high waves, with just board shorts is all a man could ask for.

Nogita is less than an hour from central Fukuoka, right by the seaside highway traversing the coast of Itoshima. Nogita rarely breaks, but is a good option if the more open areas of Keya and Oguchi are too windy or big. It is a beach break, but good enough to make some nice peelers. It wasn’t uncrowded, but I wouldn’t say it was crowded. There is ample (pay) parking and (pay) shower right in front of the break, near Current. Its a place for longboarders but when I was there, the crowd was quite mixed, since the shortboarders had no where else to go.

I was prepared to west-suit it out in Japan, but surfing on just my boardshorts made me lazy again just thinking about the things I have to do when the cold season comes in.

Where is the Best Place in the World to Have Diarrhea?


I always say that Japan is the best place in the world to get a tummy ache, because even public toilets are often very clean.  They may even come with toilet seat cleaner sprays, bidets, and the amenities.  So in this creme de la creme of toilets, who wins the right to be called the best place to have diarrhea?    That honor belongs to no other than ICHIRAN RAMEN, Nishijin, Fukuoka Branch.  Never will you ever not have enough toilet paper!


Ichiran  Toilet

There seems no be no reason not to be there.  While Ichiran Ramen shops are scattered all over Japan, there is a special flavour that can only be had in their Fukuoka branches.  What’s more, their Nishijin branch is only one of the few shops that serves “Gotetsu” noodles, or those three are extra-firm!

(Source: Ichiran Ramen website)

If you are still not convinced, it is also one of the few shops that have these see Photo above)!  It is the perfect branch for the anti-anti-social!

For information on how to order your ramen in Ichiran Ramen, visit our earlier post here.

Flower Park Bingo And other things to do at Mt. Fukuchi Flower Park

Flower Park Bingo  And other things to do at Mt. Fukuchi Flower Park

At Mt. Fukuchi Flower Park, you can play bingo while surrounded by nature on all sides. Blossoms and foliage abound in this spectacular park located at the foot of Mt. Fukuchi. Card games and other family-fun activities like tug of war are available every day in the recreational area from 9am to 5pm. During spring and fall, Mt. Fukuchi Flower Park is also open for viewing of its exquisite seasonal flowers that constantly enchant visitors.

In the spring, splendid pink cherry blossoms and vibrant poppies flourish. Summer sees the emergence of beautifully-clustered hydrangeas and ethereal lotus flowers. The autumn season at the park captivates sightseers as well with its picturesque changing leaves. Aside from flower gardens, the area also contains lush, open spaces and resting spots for visitors who want to take a breather amidst the wonderful view.

Of course, visitors looking for a fun and healthy pastime can never go wrong with one of the main diversions offered at the park: bingo! Studies have found that the game of chance provides numerous health benefits. Firstly, it significantly improves one’s memory, focus, eye-hand coordination, and concentration well into old age (which could explain its constant presence in retirement homes). Bingo is also a game that requires a lot of social interaction, so the steady social contact stimulates our hearts and makes for healthier cardiovascular functions.

These benefits are carried over today, even through different and more contemporary means. For instance, Japan produced its very own bingo video game called “Bing Bing! Bingo” which was released for the video gaming merchandise Super Famicom in 1993. Online bingo also retains the same element of social interaction found in traditional bingo games by providing modular chat systems, hence ensuring the same level of popularity (if not higher) it has enjoyed throughout history. In fact, bingo has shown continuously overwhelming popularity online that gaming companies are also tapping social media to further improve their games. Gaming Realms, operator for Iceland Bingo focused on strengthening foundations in the casino and bingo segments of the social gaming market. Chairman Michael Buckley said, “We are rapidly building products and services to meet the growing requirements of gamers to engage on differing social media devices via various touch points such as app stores, Facebook and mobile advertising platforms.”

Besides bingo games, walking events are also held every other week in the flower park. Visitors partial to gardening will also delight in the park’s gift shops that sell potted plants and seedlings ready for your very own home garden.

The Mount Fukushi Flower Park is located at 1498 Yuribaru, Elmanji, Nogata City and can be reached by calling 0949-23-4187. Admission is 100 yen for visitors aged 6 to 18 and 300 yen for those aged 19 and up.

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