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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!
... Once I arrived, I realized that although Japan does not require US citizens to get a Visa, they are very strict with immigration procedures. After filling out the two forms, I went up to the window and almost had a heart attack. Not only were they going to take fingerprints and a picture, I had to have the correct information on where I was staying. I had no idea what the man's last name was. I had written the address and his first name, but I had no clue what his last name ...
... 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 ...
... thing. But the two notable items in Peace Park are the Fountain of Peace and the Peace Statue.
The Peace Statue is very impressive, at almost 30 feet tall. The man's right hand is pointing up to the heavens, his left hand points toward where the bomb dropped, and his face is supposed to be in deep prayer (prayer for peace).
The Fountain of Peace was actually just a pool of peace that early in the morning. I wonder if there was just no peace at that ...
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