During my stay in Fukuoka after the earthquake of last March, one afternoon after telecommuting, Ale and I went for a walk around Keya no Daimon 芥屋の大門. “Keya no Daimon” is a torii door located in Keya beach in a really tranquil town called Itoshima, south from Fukuoka. Our poor friend CaDs couldn’t come with us because he still had a lot of work to do.
After 20 minutes in the car following the coast line, we found a parking place next to a small house in front of the sea.
On our way to the beach the canes and the sand paths reminded me of Mediterranean beaches.
At the beach, protected with huge concrete wall (to prevent disasters in case of tsunamis) we found this torii door that marks the beginning of the route to get to “Keya no Daimon” (Great Door/Torii of Keya).
The Great Door of Keya is up there in the background, sitting on the rock. To go there we had to get into a small forest with well signaled paths.
Views of the beach of Keya when we were almost arriving to our destination!
And finally we arrived to Keya no Daimon, it was not as big as we thought but it’s really beautiful being all alone isolated on top of the rock.
On our way back we bumped into this lady drying hijiki algae. She was one of the few people, besides us, that were on the beach. Places that are not on travel guides, even though not “famous”, are usually more quiet and many times much more enjoyable.
If you want to read more, Ale also wrote about our visit to Keya no Daimon in his blog.