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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 ...
I really, really wanted to go to Fukuoka, I'd heard that it was such an amazing city and almost like the Tokyo of the west of Japan. When I arrived at Hakata Station I was proved right, it was very much like Tokyo, extremely busy, bustling and looked like a load of fun!
... Castle Ruins. The castle was within a huge park, and it was truly peaceful walking around in the light rain. I managed to take a few pictures of various sites, some with the help of very kind people. Following the castle, I ended up at Gokoku Shrine simply because I had not found the entrance to the Fukuoka City Art Museum. I must have been lucky because when I left the Shrine through a different entrance the museum was in front of me across the street. ...
... some pretty large hills with some tunnels stretching 3 or 4 kms. Lots of forest and steep river valleys.
Fukuoka is the 5th largest city in Japan. Big and sprawling, but flat so easy to walk.
Did the obligatory sights - temples. Not so good though. Set amongst the high rise buildings and not in nice gardens. Afer Tochoji, Shofukuji, and Jotenji decided to give the rest a miss (easy decision) but have to admit I did walk past ...
... was so much smoke over Kokura they couldn't see.
There were also clouds over Nagasaki which mixed with a dwindling fuel supply almost forced them to abort. But there was a break in the clouds briefly, and the atomic bomb was released over the city.
Just thinking about that seems crazy. Had the clouds not let up, maybe tens of thousands of people would have been spared. The rest of the museum showed the impact of the heat, blast, and radiation on the ...
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