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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 ...
The displays were very interesting with English translations, which was great. It is hard to be involved if no translation is available. Many of the rooms had the various samurai suits of armour, which I always enjoy looking at but, unfortunately, there was also a request not to take photographs of many of them.
The exhibition then went on to more modern times, including a replica of Japan's first car, and the setting had a very ...
... 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, ...
... beer and gin, £5-8 so suggested we return to our local bar that was a fraction of the cost.
It wasn't until the next morning when we were doing our usual 'Lonely Planet' planning that we realised in our naivety we had entered a hostess bar. Hostess bars are a common feature in the evening entertainment industry of Japan and other East Asian countries with a high Japanese population. They employ pretty female ...
... tarmac before the pilot changed his mind and hit the gas hard to take us up and away from the airport. We were informed over the tannoy in broken english something about the pilot and wind, I guess we will never know what his drama was.
Anyway, after 30 minutes of circling with a very nervous K, we landed on a different runway relieved to be on Japanese terra firma. That was the last flight ...