Hakata Green Hotel 2
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... views flying past the window. Fukuoka had a lightly feel to it and lots of nice looking shops and cafes. There is a distinct French influence with croissant shops and patisseries. Our hotel was very posh and we felt a bit scruffy in our walking gear... After a freshen up we headed out for some dinner. We had heard this was the birthplace of tonkatsu ramen and that the place to go was ...
... s it turned into a dynamic dash. The ancient Yamakasas were very tall structures, representing historical and literary heroes through dolls and decorations, and were 10 metres high, but with the advent of electric poles, the Yamakasa is now smaller. Every 15 July there is a pre-dawn race around the town, with the floats pulled by young men, dressed in the loin cloth of old, being spurred on both at the front and back of the floats by 3 or 4 men sitting at ...
... which was established around 1300 years ago and which ruled all of Kyushu for some 500 years.
One of the main attractions is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the God of learning and it is apparently very popular with those praying for academic success. The shrine was constructed in 1591 and is surrounded by lots of beautiful trees, including many plum trees.
On the way to the temple, ...
Our little jolly around the city, took us 9 hours, only punctuated by a few coffee stops, the odd temple and a little shopping. As with most asian cities, there is always a huge difference between day and night. The streets during the daytime are filled with pretty girls shopping in huge department malls, and an array of different coffee shops and fast food places.
However, at about ...
... Later on in the day I headed to the Fukuoka tower and found a beautiful beach there, the first real beach I'd been to in Japan. I cycled along by the beach for a while having earlier visited the Hawks town mall and had some nice curry udon noodles. After avoiding the rush hour traffic(just) I returned the bike and headed into the canal city mall for dinner. I had ...