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Kasuya

You may have already heard that the Chojabaru Jutaku is one of the newest and largest apartments for Fukuoka JETs. No doubt you have already gotten accustomed to this aspect of life in Japan! Here is some information about the surrounding area.

Chojabaru is a specific neighborhood of Kasuya Town, which is a commuter suburb of Fukuoka City. Kasuya has one major road with a number of restaurants and grocery stores, making it a convenient place to live. Most entertainment will be found in Hakata, which is a 10-minute express train or 15-minute standard train ride from Chojabaru Station!

Transport

The Chojabaru Jutaku is a 10 minute walk to Chojabaru Station. Heading out of the apartment, head toward the community center and keep walking until you reach the main road. Then turn left and continue until you pass a 4-way intersection. The station is the next left. (The Japan Post Office is across the street, left of the gas station. Look for the orange “〒” logo).

By Train
To Hakata
Once you enter the train station, turn left from the gates, go down the stairs, and then look for track 2 on your right. That will take you to Hakata station, every time. Hakata is the last stop. You can also take this train to Yoshizuka, where many ALT meetings are held.

Track 1, on your left, will take you to Sasaguri, whereas the track on the top platform (straight ahead from the gates) will take you to Uminonakamichi and Shingu, which are known for beaches. However, unlike heading to Hakata from track 2, these trains will make different stops, so check the train before you get on.

To Tenjin
From Hakata, go to the subway and take the train bound for Tenjin. Simple!

From Tenjin to Chojabaru
Take the Fukuoka Kuko subway line from the Tenjin subway – the one in the big underground shopping complex just beneath Parco Department Store. Be careful as two trains come through this platform. Be careful not to take the Kaizuka train. Always take the Fukuoka-Kuko line, which will be displayed in English on the sign. From Hakata, follow the directions to Chojabaru.

From Hakata to Chojabaru
Chojabaru is lucky to be one of the stops on every train leaving track 8 from Hakata station. If you get on a train at track 8, you will get home.

By Bus
There are semi-regular buses which depart from the front of an udon shop in Chojabaru. If you follow the directions to the train station, you should pass it. These buses will go to Tenjin or Hakata, pay careful attention to the schedule and day!

Supermarkets and Food

Two convenience stores – both Lawson’s – and two supermarkets are within walking distance.

Lawsons
The first Lawson’s is at the bottom of the hill by the shrine. Walking to the garbage bins by the community center, turn right at the intersection and pass the park to the shrine. Turn left down the stairs, pass the train tracks and walk through the parking lot between a factory (I believe it’s a brewery) and an udon shop. The Lawson’s is across the street. Ideal for late-night snacks.

The second Lawsons is a bit farther away. Pass the community center and walk straight through the small alley between the soy sauce factory and yaki-niku restaurant, then turn left. Walk to the first intersection and cross the street on your right. You’ll see the Lawson’s glowing in the distance, across from the D-Value Supermarket.

D-Value
This store (“Daikyo Value”) is a standard grocery store. It can be difficult to navigate at first, as things are rather dense and crammed. Plan extra time to find things on your first few visits. Sushi and various meats are in the back; dairy is in the first row after the prepared foods; cereal is in bags on the ground of the candy aisle. Items go on sale after 9 p.m., with sushi going half-price. There is a point card but it is more like entering a raffle whenever you shop, so unless you’re really into bargains don’t bother.

Sunny
Sunny is palatial compared to D-Value, with wider aisles and a much less chaotic atmosphere. However, it’s a longer haul on foot, especially in winter. Biking is a breeze, though. Vegetables are cleaner and healthier looking at Sunny than at D-Value, but the prepared foods and fish may not be made as frequently.

Household Goods / Shopping

Shopping is usually handled at Hakata, with a dollar store called Daiso located on the sixth floor the Hakata Bus Terminal (Walk toward Tokyu Hands in Hakata Station and then look to your right). Daiso has a number of things from dishware to cooking spices to tatami mats, bath slippers, and all sorts of household goods.

If you have a car, you can also visit NAFCO for furniture on rt. 607 toward Sasaguri.

There is also an Aeon Mall – also reachable by bike – which has a number of clothing, music, entertainment and food stores, including a foreign food store, a MUJI, and an eye doctor. The mall is past the Kasuya Dome and takes about forty-five minutes on foot or 20 minutes by car.

Things to Do

The Kasuya Dome – The Kasuya Dome is an egg-shaped sports complex visible from the upper floors of the Chojabaru jutaku. To get there walk past the Kasuya Welfare Center (located behind Building B of the Chojabaru Jutaku) toward the road behind the Welfare Center, take a left, and continue walking straight until you see the park on your left. Membership requires a very short course in which gym staff expain how to use the gym and gym equipment. If you don’t speak Japanese, they can still be very accommodating. Bring indoor gym shoes! Showers are available, and classes include yoga, aerobics, and pilates. There is also a swimming pool.
http://www.kasuyadome-sc.jp/

Kayoicho Park is the area surrounding the Kasuya Dome. This includes a lake (fishing seems to be allowed, but watch for seasonal signs), and there is a walkway and rose garden. The ground is ideal for outdoor running or nature walks.

Marumari Izakaya – A traditional Japanese-style “pub” serving small dishes of various foods along with alcohol. Also home to a chicken-based ramen dish that seems rare in Fukuoka.

Kanbe Udon – An udon shop that you will pass on the way to or from Chojabaru station if you use the main road. It’s small and close to a pet hospital. The guy making the noodles is from New Jersey, and the owner (nicknamed “Tencho”) speaks limited conversational English but loves to practice on foreigners. Each Wednesday night there is an Eikaiwa, or English-language hangout, where members of the community come to practice English.

Many ALTs participate semi-regularly for the great company, plus delicious free food and drinks (though assume it is a potluck style and bring some kind of snack or booze). A great way to interact with native Japanese people in the community, but be warned it starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 11 (though many ALTs politely excuse themselves at 10 or 10:30).

Cafe Kurata – A delightful cafe with fresh bread, soup, sandwiches, curry, hamburgers, etc. There is a focus on fresh, healthy food at this cafe, and there are several clearly marked vegetarian options on the menu. They also have classes, such as yoga classes or cooking classes, on the second floor.
Open 10am – 6pm (last order at 5:30pm). Closed on Fridays and the third Saturday of every month.
Kasuya-gun, Kasuya-machi, Chojabaru 382-47
www.cafekurata.com