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Asia » Japan » Fukuoka October 21st 2019

It was a good job that we went to Huis ten Bosch on the Thursday , even though we had some rain, on the Friday it was torrential. We are based in Sasebo for a couple of nights and this is the first place that we have been to with no banners or sightings of rugby fans. They do have a large US port. So more English signage and we rather enjoyed a proper Turkish kebab by a real Turk for our dinner. We were very lucky in that we decided to go on a boat trip,for a cruise around the islands. Famous for being the most densely concentrated clustering of islands in Japan (208 if your asking) luckily it held off raining until we had finished the cruise. It was rather beautiful and atmospheric. So ... read more
Welsh fans

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka October 9th 2019

We've been in Japan a week now and I've not had much of a chance to get the blog done! Basically we've explored Osaka, Hiroshima Miyajima and eaten....If I get a chance I might add some photos later. But the real reason that we have come back to Japan, apart from to see the autumn colours...bit too early for that! Is for the Rugby! You can't say that Japan has not embraced the World cup. We arrived in Kokura station to be met by Welsh flags and banners saying Go Wales! And pictures of the team everywhere! Apparently this is the town that the Welsh team came for their pre match training and 15,000 Japanese came to watch and they all sang the National Anthem Welsh ( Mae Hen Wlad etc.) So we're starting to ... read more
Kokura station
Song sheet
Calligraphy corner

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka May 18th 2019

SC writes: We are using Fukuoka as a base to explore Kyushu in the west of Japan. Yesterday we headed off eastwards to Beppu, billed as a resort sort of town on the coast and famous for a string of hot springs, too hot to be Onsen. We’re talking boiling mud, great clouds of steam and water at 99 degrees C. Collectively there are 7 sites, known as “Hells”, each with its own unique attraction. These range from boiling mud that creates gloopy circles of toned grey - see photos - to steamping pools of various colours, to crocodiles. Yes that’s not a typo! All very interesting and we had to make our way to them by bus. From there things took a turn for the worse. Beppu the town was disappointing despite more good weather. ... read more
Coloured hot springs at Beppu
Natural art in mud - Beppu
Geyser at Beppu

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka May 16th 2019

SC writes: Yesterday explored Fukuoka or rather Fukuoka, Hakata and Tenjin. They are all parts of one large city now but these areas have different identities. It can get challenging when trying to look up Fukuoka on the Japan Rail website... because the station is called Hakata...! Anyway, we explored this busy and vibrant city by bus and subway. All very interesting and more than a few shops, in long arcades and often underground. As the sixth largest city in Japan and the Capital of Fukuoka province there are lots of is busy! We have settled into our hotel here, again somewhat tight but comfortable enough. It does have a very good onsen, which we are enjoying pictures obviously... Today we headed out on a planned side trip to Arita which is famous for ... read more
Cathy does a deal
Cathy spots a bargain.
Treasures in the rubbish

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka August 8th 2018

Dear All Greetings from Fukuoka, the largest city on the island of Kyushu, and at just over 1.5 million people, the sixth largest in Japan. It is definitely an urban centre, it’s been good to have arrived here, and although there really isn’t that much to see and do in the city itself, it’s been a great place in which to spend my final three nights in Japan. Indeed, this is my last stop on the Japan-leg of my summer adventures this year – I feel quite sad about this actually, as if it is not evident in these blogs I’ve written, I’ve had the most amazing time travelling in this wonderful country. The people are super welcoming, friendly and hospitable, the country is beautiful, there are so many things to see and do, so many ... read more
Glover Garden, Nagasaki
Peace Park, Nagasaki
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Kurume March 16th 2017

Thursday 16th March Kurume was chosen as our base town as it was in the most convenient spot to travel north, south or west. Getting here from Hiroshima was not without a few delays. After breakfast and the tidying of our BnB we made our way to the railway station where we said farewell to David and Helen, they are heading north before flying home. It was a little sad; we had a great time with them over the last 4 days. We made our way to where we thought our train was leaving for Kurume but the departure board made no mention of our train or the line it was running from. We were told in the past that Japan Rail never ran late but today they must have had a serious problem as trains, ... read more
Affectionate Mother Kannon
Buddhist temple
"Good Sammy?"

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka December 24th 2015

Today, Ralph and I had to get back to Japan ASAP. We figured it was a holiday and the train stations were going to be packed. Not only were the train stations going to be packed, but also the ferry station that had to get us over back to Japan as well. We headed out of Seoul around 9AM and I snapped a few more photos of Seoul and Busan. We take the ferry across the boat and end up back in Fukuoka. Later for dinner, we end up finding a traditional Japanese restaurant to eat at and then Ralph and I ended up exploring the city a few more hours after that. Happy holidays to everyone back at home! I am excited to go back home to LA. I got a 5 hour train ride ... read more
Bulgogi w/ Rice
Busan Port
Busan Bridge

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka December 22nd 2015

The alarm rings at 8:00AM for us and we quickly packed to head out to the Osaka Castle. Before going to the castle, we stopped by and ate at Japan's most famous burger chain called most Burger. See photos on how different the portion is vs. the USA. The Osaka Castle sits on top of the main city of Osaka, and has 3 moats. I don't know why it has 3 separate moats, but just imagine storming the castle and climbing the walls, only to find out there are two more moats to cross over. The castle itself has some great restoration work done on it. The place was packed with tourists and the castle itself originated from the 16th century. After getting a few photos of the castle, we sat down and then this happened... ... read more
Osaka 2
Maybe one day...286K USD

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka October 24th 2015

Saturday, 24th October 2015 I started my day early following a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel. With a good selection of quality items coupled with tip-top Japanese service standards, this was worth my 1,200 yen. I planned to do some outlet shopping today at the Marinoa City but since it was quite early, I visited the Ohori Park first instead. Exiting from the subway station, I entered the park grounds through the Northern Gate which was already teeming with morning joggers. The centre piece of the park is a huge lake connected by a long bridge to both sides of the expansive park space. When it was time to start my shopping day, I continued my journey towards the end of the subway line to Meinohama Station where I caught another bus to the Marinoa ... read more
Cute robots @ RoboSquare
Fukuoka Tower
Off to the city beach

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka October 23rd 2015

Friday, 23rd October 2015 Following my 3 nights excursion in Kagoshima with a brief stopover at Kumamoto, I was back at Hakata this afternoon. It was the same JR Station that greeted me when I arrived at 2pm - choke full of people, suffocating at times and yet full of energy and convenience as I made my way to my hotel. Hakata Green Hotel was where I was going to stay following the not-so-inspiring stay at Hotel Nikko a couple of days ago. This was a good hotel with newly refurbished rooms and a very welcoming lobby and staffs. I was given a room on the highest possible floor which commanded a nice view of the city through the somewhat smallish windows. I was going out again, making full use of my Kyushu Railway Pass for ... read more
From the top of Hakata Port Tower
The evening skies glow
Hakata Port Tower

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