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We checked out of our hotel in Hiroshima and took a street car to the bullet train to Fukuoka.
Arriving to the city, we did the mistake of taking the green bus to the hotel. It took it 75 minutes to travel 5 km. We wanted to kill the driver. :)
We arrived at the huge hotel and checked in. We weren't upgraded at first from our executive deluxe room on the 30th floor, but after a chat with the front desk manager, we were upgraded to a gorgeous ...
... Sadly I only got to spend a few hours here as I transferred back to Tokyo from Fukuoka. My two Swiss friends spent a few says in Fukuoka as they sailed to Korea from its port and I sort of wish I could have stayed a little longer because it looked like they had a great time!
... touring that day. I did mostly window shopping through Kuwabata Shopping Arcade followed by Canal City Hakata. Canal City is huge, 7 floors of shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, video arcades, water show outside and my favorite, the Ramen Stadium. Yes that's right Ramen. Various restaurants from all over Japan where you can sample different styles of Ramen until you pop.
The next day was still raining, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. My first stop was ...
Caught a bus to Fukuoka - my rail pass is finished. Buses are about half the price of rail, although that does depend on whether you get a fast train ( Shinkensen), a super express, an express or a local train. I wanted to try the intercity buses and it was only a 2.5 hour ride anyway. Pretty good too.
Continually surprised by how hilly ( mountains!!!) Japan is, and how much is covered by forest. The trip from Nagasaki to Fukuoka ...
... is why the statue had to constantly pray for peace. Maybe when the Gods answer his prayer, the Fountain turns on? Anyway, I trudged along. Off to find the A-Bomb hypocenter, visit Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum, and see the Peace Memorial.
Not far from Peace park, though up an unpleasant hill, sit the Atomic Bomb Museum. It opened at 8:30am, so I had to wait for about 20 minutes. I used this time to walk around the entrance to the "Hall for the Atomic ...