Fukuoka and Beppu October 7th 2007 Im sitting in my hostel having a nice cold beer (I may have a slight drinking problem) after a fabulous day at Beppu.
I arrived yesterday in Fukuoka after a 5 hour Shinkansen trip which I survived even with the annoying child kicking the back of my seat the whole way.
I knew before arriving that there was not a great deal to see here which suited me fine as I just wanted to venture to this part ... read more
Asia » Japan » Fukuoka In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more