Translated by Misaki
Connect With Nature and Art in Ōhori Park, Fukuoka
Written by miki fukumuro
In the heart of Fukuoka there is a park that is well known to the locals, Ōhori Park. This park has more to offer than just great scenery though. Let's check it out!
There is a park in the center of Fukuoka where the locals hang out. In fact, anyone from Fukuoka knows this place. It is called Ōhori Park and has more to offer than just nature and animals. Here at Ōhori Park, you get to experience the good old days of Japan and its rich culture.
Ōhori Park is about 98 acres wide, more than half of which is taken up by a pond. It is one of a very few parks with a pond in Japan. A broad walk of 2 km (1.24 mile) surrounds the lake where people enjoy walking dogs, strolling, jogging and other outdoor activities.
Today let's look at 4 different ways to enjoy Ōhori Park.
1. Rent a Boat and Enjoy the Pond
You can rent a boat at the Boat House on a sunny day. How about paddling about in the pond, where if you are lucky, you can get a closer look at the waterfowls, ducks and even the koi fish.
The Boat House is open from 11:00 to 18:00 (reception closes at 17:30) Monday through Sunday including holidays. However, it is closed from December to February. Rental fees range from 600 to 1000 yen depending on the type of boats.
Alongside the Boat House is a restaurant with a great view of the pond. From here the pond looks a lot different than it does from out on a boat.
2. Cross the Pond with 4 Bridges and 3 Floating Islands
On the pond of Ōhori Park are three floating islands, which are connected by four bridges. You can cross the pond by visiting all three islands with these bridges.
There are rest areas like this ukimidō (floating viewing hall) with benches where you can enjoy the nice view. You might also find some locals taking a break and having lunch there.
During winter, the bridges and ukimidō are lit up for the winter illumination season, which gives the park a festive and romantic atmosphere at night.
This is a perfect spot for relaxing. How about a little break with your partner or family?
3. Feel the Beauty of Japan at the Traditional Garden
There is a Japanese garden built by traditional gardening techniques at Ōhori Park. This outstanding gate alone expresses the beauty of Japan.
General admission fee is 240 yen and the garden is open from 9:00 to 19:00.
After going through the ticket booth, you will find this magnificent view of Kami no ike, a second pond that is surrounded by pine trees and has koi fish swimming freely in it.
Keep going on ahead and you'll be teleported to another world in the rest place called Azumaya.
I highly recommend stopping by Azumaya while you are at the Japanese garden in Ōhori Park. Once you are there, take a deep breath. You are sure to feel calm and relaxed here.
On the day I visited the garden, the beautiful colors of the red leaves and green pine trees really welcomed me to the park.
Karesansui is one of the typical categories of Japanese gardens; this refers to a dry landscape garden where sand and rocks are shaped to represent water.
4. Appreciate the Japanese Traditional Art at the Museum and Nō Theater
While at Ōhori Park, be sure to check out the museum that features exhibitions of art by local artists. I guarantee art enthusiasts would have a great time here.
This is the Nō Theater (nōgakudō) where the classical Japanese musical dramas known as Nō theater are performed. They sometimes hold free events here as well.
Ōhori Park is located in the center of Fukuoka with an easy access from Tenjin. When you need a little break from shopping and the crowds of people, stop by here and get energized by both nature and art.
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Ōhori Park 大濠公園
Address: Fukuoka, Chūō-ku Ōhori Kōen 1-2
Boat House 11:00-18:00 (Last entry at 17:30) *Closed between December-February
Japanese Garden: 9:00-17:00（Last entry at 16:45）*Closed on Mondays
Museum: 9:30-17:30 (Last entry at 17:00) *Closed on Mondays
Nohgakudō: 9:00-17:00 *Closed on Mondays
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Pamphlets in Other Languages: English, Korean, Chinese at Japanese Garden
Nearest Station: Ohori Kōen station (大濠公園駅) of Fukuoka City Subway Kuko Line, Kuromon stop (黒門) or Ohori Kōen (大濠公園) of Nishitetsu Bus
Access: 7 minute walk from Ohori Kōen station, 5 minute walk from Kuromon or Ohori Kōen stop
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Phone number: +81-92-741-2004
Website: Ōhori Park