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Today we said goodbye to our lovely hosts on Yakushima and Made our way back to the ferry port dropping off our little car on the way. The sea was a little choppy on the way back and we could see from the weather report that the temperature had dropped on the mainland in our absence. We took a taxi to the station on arrival and boarded a train to Fukuoka. Back on the shinkansen we were again treated ...
... to it all. Quite reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1930's.
There was also an interesting exhibit about the Hakata Gion Yamakasa, which is a local festival in this area. It's origins are based on festivals that used to occur in earlier days to pray against diseases, especially in the face of the hot, steamy summers. The Yamakasa (float) used to be part of a quiet festival with the huge structures paraded through the various districts, but sometime in ...
... pointing to a picture of the Kanzeonji Temple. The bus drivers in Japan are wonderful. They really try and help you and this driver did not let us down. We seemed to travel the whole town but eventually he gave us the nod that we had reached our stop.
Kanzeonji was was built in memory of Empress Saimei by her son, and was completed in 746 AD. It became the most important Buddhist establishment in Kyushu, exerting great ...
We chose Fukuoka as a starting point in Japan, as it was a short plane hop from South Korea, and it took us into South West Japan. This created a straight line route up towards Tokyo via other major attractions using the fast rail networks.
We were both excited to be in Japan so we left the hotel happy to walk through the streets and parks people watching and absorbing a totally new culture, rather than using ...
... fix of my favourite Japanese dish, ramen noodles, in a place which was a self proclaimed 'ramen stadium' which is apparently one of the best in Japan. I picked up a few final presents and had a last go in one of the Japanese arcades before heading back to the hostel to sort my things for the flight. Tomorrow I fly to Bangkok, Thailand arriving around 2ish local ...