Maidashi Ryokuchi

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Maidashi Ryokuchi park entrance marker

Maidashi Ryokuchi[1] (馬出緑地) is a public park in Higashi ward, Fukuoka, Japan.[2] The park is located in Fukuoka's greenbelt and is an example of the reuse of abandoned railway land in an urban setting. Nishi-Nippon Railroad sold the property to the city in 1980.[3]


Maidashi Ryokuchi entrance
Barrier-free stone pavement

Maidashi Ryokuchi has been designed as a children's playground with a public water fountain, playing equipment, and a nature trail.[4] The barrier-free nature trail provides a recreation area for older people and for students from the nearby Fukuoka Junior High School. Located near Yume Town Hakata, it is overlooked by the local intermediate school. The park is a safe place for children to play. It is the biggest of the ten public parks in the Maidashi school district, [4]

Historical development[edit]

there are collaboration with garden and the surrounding building estate.

Originally at the site of Maidashi Ryokuchi was the Hakata Bay in the Edo period. At the beginning of the Meiji era, it was reclaimed by a large-scale landfill. In those days, the reclamation was done by human labor (no engine-powered equipment) to carry dirt with straw mat onto the silt layer. Before this time, the great part of the coastline was natural, as described in the parable 白砂青松 (ja) as Shirahama aomatsu (白砂青松, White beaches and green pines), which is no longer evident in today's Maidashi greenbelt.

In 1924, Hakata wan Tetsudo Kisen (博多湾鉄道汽船, Hakata Bay Railway and Steamship Company) built the electrical tramway between Shin Hakata (新博多, New Hakata station) and Kazu shirama (和白間). In 1925, it was extended to Miyaji dake (宮地岳). After the extension, the company became the Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. (西日本鉄道会社) In 1951, the railroad between Miyajidake and Tsuyazaki (津屋崎) was opened. In 1954, the block distance of southern 3.3 kilometers railway from Nishi tetsu tatara (西鉄多々良) was set apart, and combined with Nishi-tetsu Fukuoka city line (西鉄福岡市内線). In 1980, after the Nishi-tetsu Takechi line ceased operations, the grounds were bought by Fukuoka City Council. After six years of construction as part of the redevelopment of Maidashi, the land was finally transformed into the park we have today.[3] The park was built in keeping with the low-rise apartments surrounding it and as a garden city.

Pedestrian bridge
Maidashi 3th[clarification needed] Koen

As the property was not originally designed as a park, the form of site was elongated, conforming to the shape of the railway line. At the gate of the park, there was Maidashi 3 chome depot which is now absent. At present, Nishi tetsu (Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.) Bus is operated instead of the railway. The park is not independent as the eighth Maidashi green belt, there are battery of green belts with serial numbers as province.[3] As presented above, arising from the unusual history of the installation, the Maidashi green belt gives the citizens opportunities to learn from the modern history of Fukuoka since the Meiji era.

As a route to Yume Town Hakata[edit]

At the line extension of this belt, there is an area of pre-road over Route 3 Yume Town Hakata from Prefectural Road 517 to Yume Town Hakata. Between this green belt and Yume Town Hakata, there is Route 3 with a pedestrian bridge built over it where children can cross safely.[citation needed]

Voluntary management[edit]

The management of Maidashi Ryokuchi is run by the Maidashi Green Belt Community Association, which employs a model of self-management. General maintenance of the area and its amenities is carried out by local residents on a volunteer basis and is supported by the Fukuoka City Council.[citation needed]

Associated Parks[edit]

Maidashi 1st park[edit]

Maidashi 1st park is a small garden located next to Maidashi Ryokuchi. The 8th Maidashi Ryokuchi is a children's playground with a sandpit. [5]

Nearest stations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ryokuchi means 'green district' or 'green belt' in Japanese, and is usually used as a park.
  2. ^ Index of Fukuoka city parks,; accessed 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Miyajidake Line closed section, Nishitetsu 西鉄部分廃止宮地岳線; retrieved 15 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b 『22年度 校区カルテ 馬出地区』 Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine.(in Chinese)
  5. ^ 「筥崎瓦版ねっ!と---地域資源・馬出1号公園(Japanese)

External links[edit]

Media related to Maidashi Ryokuchi at Wikimedia Commons

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