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Iizuka-shi

Three large hills or mounds plopped in the center of town let you know you’re in this city of 129 000. “Ii” means rice, and “zuka” or “tsuka” is a reading for mound, hence the origin of the city’s name. Recently merged with neighboring Chikuho, Shonai, Honami and Kaita, Iizuka is home to two universities, the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT) and Kinki University, both of which have ties to international institutions, lending a more cosmopolitan air to the area.

Bars & Clubs

Iizuka’s main nightlife hotspots are situated near Iizuka Bus Center. There are a number of snack bars and izakayas dotted around the area. Darts Bar has big measures and well-traveled barmen. Take the street located between a pachinko parlor and open drug store and go straight. The bar, identifiable by its green-lit Heineken sign, is …

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Eating and Drinking

Cafes Bohemian Cafe is a stylish, quiet cafe that serves fantastic coffee and great food. It hosts a monthly live jazz event. From Shin-Iizuka station, go straight down the street on the left, opposite Fukuoka bank. Mon-Sat 12-2pm, 5pm-12am. Tel 0948-21-5128. ¥ Nakamuraya has a typical Japanese menu opposite and sits Shin-Iizuka Station. 11:45am- 3pm, …

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Entertainment

Iizuka Cinema Central  features some foreign films, but options and show times are limited. Evening shows start early, around 6:30pm. The late showing kicks off at around 9pm on Saturdays. Find the street opposite the Iizuka Bus Center between a pachinko parlor and an open drug store. Go straight one block and it will be …

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Festivals

Yamakasa Matsuri Mid-July Iizuka Hanabi Taikai Early August

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Fitness

Iizuka Taikukan (City Gym) is near the Jusco shopping center. There is a shorinjikempo martial arts club and a badminton club among other activitiesand a small but well-fitted training room is provided. Exiting Iizuka Bus Center’s main entrance, turn left and go past a Lawson until you hit the first major intersection. Turn left and …

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Health

Iizuka Byoin is a huge hospital five minutes walk on the west side of the JR Shin-Iizuka Station. 3-83 Yoshio. 8am-5pm daily • 0948-22-3800 Iizuka Shinritsu Byoin has doctors and nurses who speak a little English; reservations are a must. From the Iizuka Bus Center, take #3 bus and get off at Myojojidanchi. A 20~25 …

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Points of Interest

Cosmos Common is named after the famous flowers which are the symbol of Iizuka City. This cultural center hosts concerts, plays, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year. There are signs leading to the building from both the Iizuka Bus Center and JR Iizuka Station • 14-66 Iizuka-shi • Hours open depends on the event • 0948-21-0505 …

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Shopping

Although Iizuka is well equipped for shopping, many people head up to Nogata for the Aeon shopping center and the Bikkuri-ichi, a fantastic weekend market. To get there, take the train north to Nogata then the #13 bus from Nogata Bus Station, or drive north on Route 200 for about 15 minutes until you see …

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Supermarkets

A Price sells many globally imported goods, including discount spices and juices. Turn right out of JR Shin-Iizuka Station’s west exit and at the first intersection turn left. Count five traffic lights after the first intersection and A Price is on your left. 1-2-29 Katashima. 9:30am-6:30pm daily • 0948-21-5031 Aso is a chain supermarket with …

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Transportation

Iizuka has several stations, the biggest being Shiniizuka station which is a hub for morning commute.  Shiniizuka station directly links to Fukuoka’s Hakata station (30-50 minute commute depending on whether you take the express locomotive or the local disel electric locomotive) as well as surrounding cities such as Tagawa (15-30 minutes) and Nogata (15 minutes). …

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