Mt. Tachibana – A Wonderful Hike in Fukuoka, Japan

Mt. Tachibana (立花山), also called Tachibanayama, is just a short bus ride from the center of Fukuoka City but offers a lovely hike along a serene forest path. It takes just a few hours to climb to the mountaintop where a sprawling view of the city can be taken in.

I recommend Mt. Tachibana to visitors and locals looking for a convenient yet rewarding hike in Fukuoka! 

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Getting to the Trailhead

The trail I took up to the top of Mt. Tachibana was called Shimabaru Mountain Entrance (下原登山口). Here is how you can reach the entrance using public transportation.  

Using Public Transportation

Take one of the below buses from the Tenjin area to the Shimobaru Bus stop. 

At the Shimobaru Bus Stop, you will see a sign pointing toward the mountain trail.

Follow this sign to the left. The entrance to the mountain path is here, about a 15-minute walk from Shimobaru Bus Stop. 

Start of the Shimobaru trail. Head right to reach Mt. Tachibana

By Car

There is a parking lot near the entrance of the trail, however it was closed when I went. (I don’t know where to find availability information for this parking lot, so use it at your own risk).

Hike Overview

Elevation:  Mt. Tachibana – 367 meters, Mt. Mikazuki – 272 meters

Estimated time: 2-3 hours

The hike up Mt. Tachibana mostly consists of a smooth uphill climb, in a forest of tall leafy trees. The trail gets steeper closer to the top and is quite rocky. There are also a few sections of long stairs. Good climbing shoes are recommended! 

See what the trail is like in the video here.

900 meters until the top

Along the trail, there are many signposts but they are written in Japanese. Look for the kanji characters 立花山の山頂 to head in the direction of Mt. Tachibana’s peak. 

When I visited in the early spring, I was surrounded by the sounds of chirping birds and a small stream flowing by. During the hike, it was easy to soak in the refreshing beauty of the forest.

On a clear day, you can see Fukuoka stretched far and wide from the top of the mountain. Some local landmarks that can be spotted include the shiny Pay Pay Dome, the tall Fukuoka Tower, Uminonakamichi Sea Side Park, and Nokonoshima.

Top of Mt. Tachibana, looking out onto Fukuoka City

From the top of Mt. Tachibana, those with a bit more energy can retrace their steps to the intersection about 10 minutes down, then head to Mt. Mikazuki which is about 15-20 minutes further.

The intersection between Mt. Tachibana, Mt. Mikazuki, and the path from the Shimabaru entrance.

Follow signs for 三ヶ月 or 三日月 to reach the top of Mt. Mikazuki which offers a different view and a quieter space to relax in.

Final Thoughts

I had a great time doing this hike on a lovely March spring day. The sounds of the forest soothed my soul and swept me into nature’s warm embrace. I’m not sure why it took me so long to do this hike, but I’m glad I finally did! With its relatively easy accessibility and great views from the top, it’s a winner when it comes to Fukuoka hiking spots.

Pack a good lunch, lace up your shoes, and head to Mt. Tachibana for a great afternoon in Fukuoka!

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