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Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

November 14, 2016 by David Herd

Tocho-ji temple in Hakata

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island, Tocho-ji was built by Kukai a Buddhist monk in the year 806. I have often said one of the great attractions of visiting Japan is the blend of old & new. 

Street entrance

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 Here we are in the middle of a modern city exploring a temple which is 1210 years old and in beautiful condition.

Quite a stunning pagoda

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

It’s always difficult being an amateur & an atheist like myself when writing about religious buildings, shrines, temples & churches. One has to rely heavily on information from the internet.

The old & the new highlighted here

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

In the foreground the ancient rock statues with modern Fukuoka buildings in the back ground.

Stone statue

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 

Please accept my apologies for not knowing what these statues actually mean. 

Big Buddha

  Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

The largest wooden statue of Buddha (sitting on a pedestal) in Japan is actually here at the Tochoji Temple in Fukuoka.

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

Another ancient building at Tochoji Temple.

A reminder of the past

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

A reminder of the past in the middle of a modern city.

Kushida Shrine

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

This is the entrance to Kushida Shrine, the shrine was founded in 757, an incredible 1259 years ago.

Let’s take a closer look

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 

 A closer look at the entrance to this wonderful ancient Japanese Shrine.

 Inside Kushida Shrine

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

There are a number of ancient artifacts housed in the shrine including anchor stones retrieved from the harbour that belonged to the Mongolian invasion fleets.  Some 15,000 Mongols under the command of Kubla Khan landed on Tsushima Island on October 5, 1274. Mongol forces subsequently landed in Hakata Bay on November 19, a short distance from Dazaifu, which in those days was the administrative capital of Kyūshū.

Wash hands at the entrance

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

Tradition dictates you wash when entering the shrine.

Wonderful ancient buildings

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

Take note of the small yellow wall on the left, Hakata was destroyed by war about 400 years ago & this wall was built from the debris.

1000 year-old Gingko Tree

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 

People are told to improve relations between husband & wife they should both pray at the ancient tree.

Shimekake-inari Shrine

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

  Located right behind Kushida Shrine the tori gate is the landmark of this shrine.

Kazariyama Float

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 

Every July for the last 770 years the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is held on the 15th starting at 4.59 am. Many floats participate & as you see above one is enshrined at the Kushida Shrine.

Beautiful traditional dress

Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island

 

Maybe I’m a little biased as red & white are the colours of my Australian football team. 🙂

It has been a total pleasure creating my Temples Shrines Fukuoka Kyushu Island photo blog, I have learnt so much about the history of Fukuoka. I hope you enjoy my story about this wonderful city. Naturally there is so much more, check out my other posts including Ohori Park, the Fukuoka Tower, the wonderful Yatai or “pop up” restaurants as I call them & finally the Fukuoka city photo blog.

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Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island

November 13, 2016 by David Herd

Two Kilometre circumference

Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island 

Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island is one of the most popular attractions in this northern Kyushu city. There are 3 separate islands connected by stone bridges.

Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island

Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island Families with children & pets flock to this peaceful paradise in the heart of the city.

Feeding the ducks in the park

Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island It’s a battle here between the ducks and the pigeons.

Feed the ducks or ride the ducks

Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island Some choices here for you to relax out on the lake.

Stone bridge in Ohori Park

 photo Ohori20Park202013.jpg Ohori park was built between 1926 and 1929, the design is similar to the famous West Lake in China.

Art in the park

 photo Ohori20Park202015.jpg The tranquil atmosphere of Ohori park was highlighted for me by the number of artists sitting quietly capturing the beauty of their surrounds. One exception to this was a jolly fellow who continually sang rather loudly while he painted. 🙂

 A picture of concentration

 photo Ohori20Park202010.jpg Painting beside the lake in Ohori Park seems like a perfect way to relax and fully appreciate your surroundings. Nearby is Fukuoka Art Museum and the Japanese gardens which certainly add value to this lovely urban oasis.

 Ohori Park Pavilion

 photo Ohori20Park202011.jpg Every August there is a fireworks festival here in the park. Local Fukuoka people absolutely love their wonderful Ohori Park & use it regularly.

Cafe & restaurant 

 photo Ohori20Park2020720-20Copy.jpg Nice spot overlooking the lake to enjoy lunch, coffee or a few cocktails.

A beautiful serene urban oasis

 photo Ohori20Park20204.jpg You can’t help being impressed by this wonderful park in the heart of a busy modern city. Originally opened in 1929 & people will still be enjoying this 100 years from now.

Hotel Ascent 

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

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Ohori Park Fukuoka Kyushu Island is only 2 station & 4 minutes away be train from Tenjin station.

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Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

November 12, 2016 by David Herd

Sushizanmai

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan was the sixth & last stop in my 2 week Shinkansen (Bullet train) adventure. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the city, but I’m glad to say I was very impressed. The Yatai (pop up restaurants) were excellent as was the Fukuoka Tower. I found some excellent restaurants including my favourite sushi franchise, Sushizanmai. To top it off my hotel was right next to Tenjin station which was a great location. I would certainly recomend the hotel Ascent, for a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

Fabulous sushi

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 Sushizanmai never dissapoints, even though my favourite location is their Tsujiki branch I have also enjoyed Shinjuku & Osaka brances. My following video has been seen over 60,000 times on YouTube.

Bar Kitchen Fukuoka

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 Bar kitchen is 0nly a 4 minutes walk from my hotel this amazing bar is very impressive indeed. They stock about 1200 whiskeys & bourbon & the owner Tomoyuki Oka is very friendly and welcoming. I was drinking my normal Jack Daniel’s at 1200 yen a shot, this is about double what I pay in Thailand however the atmosphere more than made up for it.

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Here is Marilyn in her familiar pose, sixty two years ago, on 15 September, 1954, Marilyn Monroe stood on a subway grate in New York City wearing a little white dress and fought an upward breeze. The scene from the Seven Year Itch, went on to become one of the most iconic moments in movie history.

 Naka river fukuoka

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 Plenty of life & action around the river at night, with the main focus Nakasu entertainment district. 

Hotel Ascent 

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 

Hotel Ascent is in a perfect location for exploring the city, & it is adjacent to Tenjin station. For a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

Currently a Japanese rail pass can only be purchased outside the country however from March 8th 2017 selected Japanese stations will sell them at a more expensive price.

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 

As of January 2017 $100 usd = 11,695 Yen.

Specialising in Gyoza

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Down a narrow winding staircase close to my hotel was a fabulous little restaurant serving excellent Gyoza, I went there on two occasions in 3 days. 🙂

Gyoza steamed or fried

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

 Naturally I sampled both & leaned slightly toward the fried. Cost per plate about $6 aud.

Gyoza restaurant Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

One of my favourite Fukuoka photos, I’ve name it “Only the Lonely”.

 Yatai or sidewalk restaurants

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants are really tiny “pop up” sidewalk restaurants that disappear by the morning.  There are around 150 Yatai all across the city, however most are in and around Tenjin and Nakasu. 

Craving a change of cuisine

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

As much as I love Japanese food after 2 weeks I was craving a change. The fabulous pizza is a speciality at Gorm’s, part of a Danish restaurant chain, opened 2014 in Nagasaki & shortly after in Fukuoka.

Gorm’s is very stylish

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

I dined in the Nagasaki branch 3 days before & was disappointed in my risotto. My friends however both had pizzas one was the seafood & mozzarella pictured above. After  trying a piece of my friends I was hooked, it was sooo good. Consequently when I discovered they had a branch in Fukuoka I couldn’t wait to have a whole one to myself.

Ōhori Park

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Ohori in Japanese means moat, thee large lake in the middle of the park was originally part of the moat system for the neighbouring Fukuoka Castle.

Canal City food court

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Canal City is a fairly average shopping mall with a number of restaurants in the basement, for lunch I chose some premium beef washed down with a cold beer. 

Farewell from Fukuoka

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Thanks for visiting my Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan photo blog, it has been a wonderful adventure & I look forward to visiting Japan again in 2017.

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Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan

November 9, 2016 by David Herd

Lets focus on the view

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan is 234 meters tall which makes it the tallest seaside tower in Japan.  Fukuoka Tower was finished in 1989, taking a total of 14 months to build at a cost of ¥6,000,000,000, or $58,004,600 USD.

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk hotel

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan Oceanfront luxury hotel near the heart of Fukuoka overlooking Hakata Bay. For a very good discounted room rate simply book through THIS LINK, book now & pay later.

By Taxi: From Fukuoka Airport, take the Fukuoka City Expressway, getting off at the Momochi Exit. Approximately 20-minute drive from the airport.

By Bus: From Fukuoka Airport, get on the bus to Fukuoka Tower & TNC Hall (139) at Fukuoka-Kuko Kokunaisen bus stop and get off at Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk-mae bus stop. The hotel is a one minute walk from the bus stop. Approximately 40-minute ride from the airport.

By Subway: From Fukuoka Airport, take the Fukuoka City Subway, getting off at Tojin-machi Station. The hotel is a 19-minute walk from the station. Approximately 15-minute subway ride from the airport.

Beautiful sandy beach

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan You win’t see a cleaner beach anywhere. 🙂

Mountains beyond the city

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan There are busses from the centre of the city to Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan.

The sea was calm that day my friends.

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan OK, so perhaps I’m borrowing a phrase from Seinfeld, however I was tremendously impressed by the beautiful view from Fukuoka Tower.

City view from the tower

 photo Fukuoka20Tower204.jpg As you can see Fukuoka is a modern city surounded by mountains.

Waterfront hotel & shops

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan Certainly one of my favourite photos from the tower. 

A closer view

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan The advantage of a zoom lens.

OK, lets see the tower

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan   

It’s 234 meters tall with a glass elevator that takes you to the top.

The view of the other side

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan

It certainly is a magnificent looking building. Fukuoka Tower is the third tallest building in Japan, after Skytree and Tokyo Tower.

A nice sandy beach

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan Have a cocktail by the beach or hire a jet ski.

I’m guessing they are about to take 20 or 30 selfies.

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan It seems everywhere I travel most females are snapping selfies. 🙂

 Popular with couples

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan I am told thousands of couples come here to be photographed.

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan TripAdvisor rate the tower 7 out of 282 things to do in Fukuoka.

Entrance to the elevators.

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan Thanks for visiting my Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan photo blog. Please put it on your bucket list for things to do in Fukuoka.

Hotel Ascent 

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Hotel Ascent is in a perfect location for exploring the city, & it is adjacent to Tenjin station. For a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

Map

Fukuoka Tower Kyushu Japan

Fukuoka is very easy to get around on the metro, my hotel was next to Tenjin station in a great loction. For a room at an excellent rate just use THIS LINK to book.

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Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

November 7, 2016 by David Herd

Pop up restaurants

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants are really tiny “pop up” sidewalk restaurants that disappear by the morning.  There are around 150 Yatai all across the city, however most are in and around Tenjin and Nakasu. 

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Due to these Yatai Fukuoka was recently rated as one of the ten greatest street food cities in Asia by CNN Travel.

The come in all shapes & sizes

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Yatai began as simple, portable eateries that appeared one after another in the devastated cities throughout Japan at the end of World War II.

There is more Yatai along the river

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants They are a great inexpensive way to eat very good Japanese food plus of course you are going to meet new friends as the whole atmosphere encourages conversation.

There is around 150 Yatai throughout the city.

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants  There are around 150 yatai scattered across Fukuoka, the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai that are situated along the water.

Piss Alley Tokyo

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants A very famous Tokyo lane where the eating houses are similar to Yatai in Fukuoka, these are 2 American girls we met while having dinner. Here is my Piss Alley photo blog, just follow THIS LINK.

There are some very strange dishes available on Piss Alley.

  • Frog sashimi
  • Pig testicles
  • Soft-shelled turtle
  • Still-beating frog’s heart
  • Grilled salamander
  • Snake liquor

I was not taking any risks so I stuck to the Yakitori.

Kagomma Furusato Yataimura.

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Here is another similar place to eat down south of Kyishu island in Kagoshima, for my photo blog please follow THIS LINK.

Back to Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants No other country I have visited offers such a variety of restaurants thsn Japan. For example take a look at some of the great food in Osaka.

My favourite food from Yatai etc

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Yakitori wins for me, it is a Japanese type of skewered chicken generally barbecued.

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Another great looking Yatai

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants So many different designs.

Here is the final one

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants I could easily show you 100 different designs, I hope you had enjoyed this sample.

Hotel Ascent 

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

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Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Thanks for visiting my Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants photo blog.

Huge sinkhole Hakata station

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Two weeks after I arrived at Hakata on the bullet train from Nagasaki this giant sinkhole appeared. Read the full story here.

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