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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 ...
Today it was fine. It is surprising how it lifts your spirits when it is not raining. Not that we have let it stop us exploring, but it was good to not worry about getting soaked. Still very cool though.
With the help of a young attendant at the railway station, we found the bus to take us to Fukuoka Tower. We thought it might be an ant-climax after the TOKYO Tower, but we were very impressed with the structure and, even though it wasn't sunny, we ...
... all other temples in the region, now only a bronze Bonsho bell, which is the oldest one in Japan, and a few Buddhist statues survive. The temple looked rather rundown, but some construction work was being done on the adjoining Ordination Hall, so perhaps it will be revitalised. There were a few Japanese visitors while we were there, but not the crowds attending the Temangu Shrine.
On our way home, we ran into a group of women ...
... 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 ...
Today was my final day in japan so I decided to use the free bike rental token I'd been given by my hostel for staying for 3 nights. Although there isn't much of specific interest in Fukuoka I found that it was a great city to cycle around. It has a couple of nice parks, one of which has a huge lake in the middle and a small Japanese garden which were both ...
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