Viewpoint, Shimakeya

A rocky, but people-less clear water beach

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

A bike ride or drive through the village near Keya Beach can be a simple but pleasant experience, an escape from the excitement of Fukuoka's top resort. Going through the narrow streets toward the east in Shimakeya, just wide enough in places for a single car, one place to stop for a look at the coast is here. The shore is covered with smooth black rocks, but you’ll have the entire place to yourself. Waters can be very clear and views along the curvy shoreline are pretty, with Nogita Beach to the east and Keya no Ohto, a small green hill with basalt cliffs and a cave facing the sea, to the west.

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!