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at a glance

Visit Mizumaki-machi in autumn for the annual Cosmos Flower Festival. For more information about the town as well as local folktales, check out Mizumaki-machi’s official website in English: www.town.mizumaki.fukuoka.jp/eng/index.htm

getting there

By train: Get off at Higashi Mizumaki Station on the JR Fukuhoku Yutaka Line.

living there

Daiei is a chain store offering both food and household goods, located on Route 202. From JR Orio Station take a bus bound for Mukoda Eigyosho to Higuchi bus stop, about 15 minutes. 1454-1 Oazakoga, Mizumaki-machi.

Mizumaki Public Gymnasium is open 10am-9pm. 33-1 Okanodai • 093-201-3936.

Mizumaki Library & Historical Museum has a few books in English. 3-18-1 Koga. 10am-7pm; closed Mondays • 093-201-5000.

Mizumaki South Community Center is a resource for Japanese cultural classes like ikebana and sh?do. One staff member speaks English. 3-3-21 Shimofuta Higashi. 8.30am-5.15pm • 093-202-2472.

Tennis Courts and Multi-Purpose Sports Ground offers tennis courts for ¥820 an hour. Discounts available to Mizumaki residents. There’s also a swimming pool on site. 3-10-1 Korosue-kita. 9am-9.30pm; closed New Year’s • 093-201-4000.