The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

February 19, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday lunch at The Edge

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

 Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience particularly on Sunday. It is in direct competition with the fabulous Mantra at the Amari hotel. Further on in this review I will endeavour to make comparisons between the two.

Fresh seafood

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Fresh seafood is of course the star of the show, however there are many more special offerings guaranteed to delight you.

An impressive choice of Oysters

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.

 My first course

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

 Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. 🙂

Did I mention caviar?

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.

 Lots of sushi & sashimi

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. 🙂

Sushi

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Too much sushi is never enough. 🙂

I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.

Outside seating

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

A beautifully designed kitchen & restaurant.

Check out my review of the Hilton Sky Bar. 

BBQ duck & ribs.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Funnily enough the six baskets contain 6 different variety of Chinese buns, a little bit of overkill I feel. I would much prefer to see some Shumei & prawn dumplings similar to what’s on the menu at the Mantra.

BBQ seafood station

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.

 Hardworking chefs

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.

 Pizza

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

No matter what you fancy it is all here. 🙂

The Bakery

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

The bread here is excellent.

An excellent cheese selection

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant I was at Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant on Sunday February 19, & sadly I overindulged & could not fit in any cheese. 🙂

An amazing choice of deserts to finish.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Put this great buffet on your list, & many thanks for visiting my Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant photo blog.

I have given a lot of thought to which is the best buffet, the Hilton (with the salmon caviar) or the Mantra (with the Alaskan crab), & the verdict is Mantra by a short 1/2 crab claw. 🙂 

However I have noticed they now serve the clawless variety of Alaskan crab, please Mantra bring back the claws. 🙂                  

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Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

December 6, 2016 by David Herd

Tokyo is a wonderful city

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station were the main areas where I spent my time in October 2016. Three nights and 2 days is just not enough time to fully enjoy this great city. It was however my staring point for my 2 week 6 city adventure on the Shinkansen or bullet train. 

I travelled to 6 interesting Japanese cities, includung Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki & Fukuoka

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Lets start around the Tsukiji area, here is my friend Kayo inspecting the produce. 🙂

Sushizanmai

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station My favourite sushi restaurant located close to the Tsukiji seafood market.

We both love Sushizanmai

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station I have also eaten in their braches in Osaka, Hiroshima & Fukuoka.

The eel is absolutely fabulous

 photo IMG_5001.jpg There is always a queue waiting to get in, make sure you sit at the sushi counter on the ground floor.

Bluefin Tuna Sells for $117,000 at Tokyo Auction

I have stayed in two excellent budget hotels very close to Sushizanmai, use these links to book and get a very good rate. Hotel Tokyu-Stay and Hotel Ban.

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Around the Tsukiji market area there are many sidewalk stores selling fresh seafood. The huge market was supposed to relocate by now, the 81-year old fish market is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is a Tokyo cultural icon.

Many stores will cook for you

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Many people rate the market as the number one attraction in Tokyo.

 

Everyone deserves a break

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

He probably started work at 3 am so it’s time for a break. 🙂

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

We say farewell to the Tsukiji market area

 photo IMG_5036.jpg However I can assure you we shall return. 🙂

Lets take a 15 minute walk to Ginza.

 photo IMG_5043.jpg On the way we pass the famous Kabuki Theatre.

The theatre dates to 1889 & has been destroyed by fire, earthquakes and war. It re-opened in 2013 and attracts 900,000 visitors a year.

Tokyo love buildings with a twist

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

One of the great attractions in Japan is seeing the oild and the new.

The Ginza

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Back in the 1990s real estate in the Ginza was unbelievably expensive, one square meter of land was over 100 million yen. Prices now in 2016 have fallen dramatically however the area is still very expensive.

You can buy anything in the Ginza

 photo IMG_5049.jpg Just make sure you have your black Amex card with you. 🙂

 Kayo & I at a Spanish restaurant

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Close to my hotel there were a number of restaurants including this Spanish one.

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Kayo had a snack & I stuck to the beers & red wine.

Instead of Spanish I chose a busy noisy Japanese restaurant

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station I had only been in Tokyo 24 hours so I was craving Japanese food. 

Shumai?

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

These look more Chinese than Japanese. 🙂

This is more like it

 photo IMG_4994.jpg Chicken Yakitori delicious.

So many restaurants

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station And such little time. 🙂

Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station There is now a bus from Narita that will bring you to a stop opposite Tokyo Station or Sukiyabashi crossing in Ginza for only 1000 Yen. 

Adjacent to Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

The lights of Tokyo at night are magnificent. 

Akihabara

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station famous for its hundres or perhaps thousands electronic shops.

My hotel was excellent.

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Close to 3 metro stations including the Hibuyu line with with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

After 3 nights in Tokyo

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station I’m off for a two week trip to 6 cities I have never seen before. Many thanks for visiting my Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station photo blog.

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Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Oyama Shrine

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants kept me very busy for the short time I was in this interesting city. This was my first stop after 3 nights in Tokyo on my 7 city Shinkansen adventure.

The Oyama Shrine gate originally guarded the entrance of Kanazawa Castle, and was later moved to Oyama Shrine.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

The Oyama Shrine is in the heart of the city only 7 minutes walk from my hotel. First established in 1599 and moved to its present location in 1873.

I stumbled on a little princess

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

You won’t see too many sweeter young Japanese girls as this little princess. I almost had to beg to get this great photo. 🙂

Map of the city

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

An interesting sculpture of Kanazawa city.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

People having fun in Central park

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

A sunny day without a cloud in the sky, so lets go to the park.

Central park is between the main city street & the castle, there were some Hawaiian dancers entetaining the crowd.

Tere is a cute little Japanese girl here stealing the limelight from the Hawaiian dancers.

Wedding

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

The Museum of Cultural Exchange is also in Central park, a wedding reception was about to begin in the restaurant.

Gorgeous girls

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

The girls look absolutely gorgeous dressed in Kimonos. 

The bikers come to town

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

  These fabilous looking machines were parked on the footpath outside my hotel. Very expensive looking machines.

Kanazawa parking

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Making the ost of the available space.

Kanazawa railway station

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

A very modern railway station, almost a work of art.

Department store

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 

Most cities I have visited in Japan all seem to have at least one department store at the railway station.

Lunch boxes

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Naturally I purchases one of these salmon roe or caviar, whatever you wish to call it, absolutely delicious. I ate it on my way to Hiroshima on the shinkansen.

Yakitori tour of Japan 🙂

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 This should be the name of my holiday, I was always searching for good Yakitori restaurants.

Yakitori no Meimon Akiyoshi was the restaurants name.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 

There are 2,969 restaurants in Kanazawa & tripAdvisor rated this one 426th.

Lots of chefs

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

A typical busy noise yakitori restaurant with delicious food.

Toyoko Inn

 Shinkansen to Kanazawa 12 (1)

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

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My hotel is beside bus stop number 16 & is within walking distance of all the places of interest.

Thank you for visiting my Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants photo blog.

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Hiroshima city food transport

November 22, 2016 by David Herd

Ōta River Hiroshima

Hiroshima city food transport

Hiroshima city food transport

 Hiroshima city food transport, as you would expect the top four or five things to see in Hiroshima revolve around the shocking event on August 6th 1945. Sadly 140,000 people lost their lives when U.S. airmen unleashed the first atomic bomb on the unsuspecting Hiroshima civilians.

Three days later of course the repeated the horror at the beautiful city of Nagasaki.

Hiroshima Peace Clock Tower

Hiroshima city food transport

 

One of many symbolic monuments within the Memorial Peace Park the clock tower marks the exact time of the explosion, 8.15 am. 

The castle

Hiroshima city food transport

Reconstructed in 1958 after being totally destroyed by the bomb, a must to see when visiting this very nice city. Check out my photo blog through THIS LINK.

 Hiroshima streetcars

Hiroshima city food transport

Streetcars or trams are a great way to get around the city, however I prefer the bus. If you hold a JAL rail pass the bus is free, this particular one called the loop bus leaves from in front of the Hotel Granvia beside Hiroshima station. There are two different routes which take you past all the Hiroshima attractions, you simply hop on & off as many times as you wish. For a super room rate with free WiFi just book through THIS LINK.

Covered shopping arcades

Hiroshima city food transport

They are a common feature in most Japanese cities, rain hail or shine you can move around & shop in comfort.

Japanese Craft Beer Café

Hiroshima city food transport

Close to the railway station & my hotel is Raku Beer a Japanese Craft Beer Café, an interesting selection of excellent beer.  

Pour me another please.

 Hiroshima city food transport

There is a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm.

 Another great meal

Hiroshima city food transport

Many restaurants in Japan are noisy, busy and a lot oif fun & atmosphere. This one was all those things along with terrific food.

Barbequed chicken

Hiroshima city food transport

To my surprise they also sold Jack Daniels & Soda in large mugs.

Jack & soda with Crispy burdock root

Hiroshima city food transport

 

Now there’s a new combination.

Crispy burdock root

Hiroshima city food transport

 

 Crispy burdock root, a Eurasian species of plants in the sunflower family, cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. Not only had I never tried it, I had never heard of it before, apparently the nutritional benefits are quite high.

 My new friend

Hiroshima city food transport

Made sure I always had a JD & lots of food. 🙂

Daikichi

Hiroshima city food transport

 

I tried to look up the meaning of Daikichi & got several different explanations. 🙂

Hiroshima city food transport

One of my best dining experiences so far on my seven Japanese cities adventure.

So many interesting bars & restaurants in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima city food transport

In fact it’s a case of so many bars & such little time. 🙂

Hiroshima city food transport

Hiroshima city food transport

 Wandering through the back streets is a marvelous experience in Japan, I don’t know of any safer country except perhaps Singapore.

Hiroshima at night

Hiroshima city food transport

 

In all Japanese cites there is always lots of neon lights.

A happy group of tourists

Hiroshima city food transport

Japan is a place where you can’t help being happy.

Even this old fellow looks happy

Hiroshima city food transport

He seems to have a large collection of colourful dolls.

A typical corner bar restaurant near my hotel

Hiroshima city food transport

You don’t have to walk far in Hiroshima to get a cold beer or some food.

Opposite my hotel

Hiroshima city food transport

The bridge take you to an elevator down to the underground arcade to the station.

Toyoko Inn

Hiroshima city food transport

My hotel is in a perfect location close to the station and a short walk to the major Hiroshima shopping area.

 Underground plaza

Hiroshima city food transport

From the railway station you walk through this underground arcade which brings youout about 80 meters from my hotel.

Good band playing in the plaza.

As well as entertainment there are coffee shops etc here.

Toyoko Inn

Hiroshima city food transport

 

Location is perfect & very good room with free WiFi. For an excellent rate just book through THIS LINK.

Thanks for visiting my Hiroshima city food transport photo blog, please check out my Nagasaki city blog on THIS LINK.

   

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

November 20, 2016 by David Herd

Atomic Bomb Dome

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as expected was an emotional experience that I will never forget. Seventy one years ago at 8.15 am on August 6th 1945 U.S. pilots dropped an atomic bomb immediately killing 140,000 people. The Genbaku Dome you see above was the only building left standing near the centre of the bomb’s blast.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The A-Bomb Dome from the Aioi Bridge, the bomb exploded right above the building, however the vertical columns in the building were somehow able to withstand the downward force of the blast.

It’s amazing the building survived

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The bomb actually exploded 160 meters from the Dome & as you would expect everybody inside was killed instantly.

The Bell of Peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Built in 1964 to symbolize the creation of a movement for a world without nuclear weapons and war.

Dedication of the Peace Bell

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Of course as we all know, three days after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima they also bombed Nagasaki. Many people believe it was not necessary to wipe out another 70,000 civilians as Japan was on the point of surrendering.

Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 The Cenotaph is inscribed, “Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.”

Cenotaph & park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

A memorial is held here every year on August 6th.

Flame of Peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Since it was lit on August 1, 1964 it has burned continuously to symbolize a commitment that all nuclear weapons should be removed from our planet.

Children’s Peace Monument

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 

At two years of age Sadako Sasaki was exposed to the bombing, she contracted leukaemia ten years later and died. Shocked by her death, her classmates called for a monument to mourn all the children who died from the atomic bombing. Credit Cityof Hiroshima.

For me this reresents the saddest memory of all

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The mass murder of thousands of innocent children in Hiroshima & Nagasaki is for me the saddest part of this horrific event which we can only hope will never be repeated.

Magnificent trees

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Located as you walk through the entrance of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Trees beside the flame of peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

In the distance you can see the Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku Dōmu.

Goddess of Peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 Representing 3 religions, Angel’s wings for Christianity, Face of Buddha, & Shinto emblem on belt.

Obama visits Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

An historic meeting with Primeminister Abe on May 27 2016. Here are their speeches.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 

Thank you for visiting my Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park photo blog, we can only hope such a shocking event will never happen again.

How powerful was Hiroshima?

Atom bombs size

Compared to weapons of today it could be considered small, however that is not the case, it killed 140,000 people. 

Robert Lewis, the co-pilot of the U.S. bomber “Enola Gay,” later wrote, “My God what have we done?”
That horror, encapsulated by those few words, continues to resonate worldwide.

My highly rated hotel was in the perfect location next to Hiroshima station and close to tram & bus stops. For  a discounted room rate & free WiFi just book through THIS LINK. 

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Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

November 18, 2016 by David Herd

Fabulous Nagasaki restaurant

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

 Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer, I found Char-Grilled Yakitori Torimasa Ebisu through TripAdvisor who rated it 9th out of 1981 restaurants in Nagasaki. It was so good I’m sorry I didn’t have the time to visit the top 8.

My first dish

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

Absolutely superb, I saw the girls who were sitting next to me order this dish, it looked so good I had it also.

 Here are my new friends

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

Everyone in the restaurant was so friendly, both customers and staff.

I was here for the Yakitori

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

I was not disappointed it was excellent.

Naturally I washed it down with hot sake.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

 

The third bottle turned out to be my downfall, the following morning I had quite a hangover. 🙂

Yakitori

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

As they say in the classics “I love the smell of Yakitori in the morning”.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

The master at work. 

Interesting choices

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

This was as good as any of the Yakitori restaurants I have visited in Japan. Then again there are some wonderful places in Osaka & Tokyo plus every other city I have visited. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Farewell to the guys

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

As I said earlier the chefs & waitresses were super friendly.

Farewell to my new friends

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

The girls could not speak much English, maybe 6 words. Plus with my zeeo Japanese it was a little difficult communicating however we still had a few laughs.

Restaurant row Nagasaki

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

Overlooking the harbour there are many restaurants, check out my photo blog.

A good place for a cold beer.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

We just returned from Battleship Island and had worked up quite a thirst.

Night opposite the harbour

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

They always look more inviting at night.

 50 meters from my hotel

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

 

About 10 or more restaurants very close to my hotel.

Orion Hotel

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

 

Perfect location only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

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

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

They really have a very good atmosphere to compliment their excellent food.

TullY’s Coffee

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

A very popular chain of shops, they seemed to be all over Kyushi, the coffee is pretty good..

These guys need no introduction I must say I do have a week spot for icecream. 🙂

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

Farewell to Nagasaki, a great city

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

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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. 🙂

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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

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Kagoshima restaurant village

November 6, 2016 by David Herd

Kagomma Furusato Yataimura

Kagoshima restaurant village

Kagoshima restaurant village

 Kagoshima restaurant village near the railway station is called Kagomma Furusato Yataimura. There are about 25 small restaurants that seat only 8 or 10 people.

 Kagoshima restaurant village

Kagoshima restaurant village

Many of the places are so tiny it’s hard to get a seat. 🙂

Some have seats outside as well

Kagoshima restaurant village

Big & small, it doesn’t matter, the atmosphere is fantastic.

 Big crowd for a Sunday

Kagoshima restaurant village

I’m guessing this place is crowded every night.

Yakitori washed down with hot sake.

Kagoshima restaurant village

One of my favourite Japanese dishes.

Such a busy place

Kagoshima restaurant village

The action never stops here. There really isn’t any English spoken however you can get by just pointing at the menu. 🙂

This nice guy spoke a little English

Kagoshima restaurant village

Not only that he was in Thailand on holiday the previous week. He took great delight in telling me how much he enjoyed Soi 4 & Nana Plaza. 🙂 

Lots of narrow little alleys

 Kagoshima restaurant village

This village reminded me so much of “Piss Alley” in Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Wonderful smiling faces

Fabulous food Kagoshima Japan

Some things in Japan you can be sure of, happy smiling faces, they love to be in a photograph, & people are just so nice & polite.

Hot sake coming up sir. 🙂

Kagoshima restaurant village

 

I realised after my first two glasses of sake the waitress was adding about 30% hot water, I thought they were tasting a little weak. Perhaps she did me a favour. 🙂

Great location & excellent hotel

Fabulous food Kagoshima Japan

 

My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

A very busy village

Kagoshima restaurant village

I didn’t see any other foreigners here, I was the only one.

Kagoshima restaurant village

Kagoshima restaurant village

 

The village is quite close to the railway station which is adjacent to the Ferris wheel.

Keeping the rain out

Kagoshima restaurant village

Rain is absolutely no problem here.

Happy customers

Kagoshima restaurant village

You gotta love the Japanese people, as soon as they see a camera they want to be in the photo. 🙂

Here is a map of the village

  Kagoshima restaurant village

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Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one

March 6, 2016 by David Herd

Ryokan Shirouma-so

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort has many good hotels as you would expect, Shirouma-so is a modern Japanese ryokan (inn) combining both traditional wood and modern Japanese ”Wa” architectural styles, resulting in a creative and beautiful design This traditional hot spring hotel is surrounded by trees and only 10 km from Mount Shirouma and 12 km from Lake Aoki.

The mountain awaits

Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort  The ryokan is 500M away from the main ski resort called Happo One so it’s an easy walk to and from the lifts at the base, only takes 10-15 mins.  Very quiet with no line ups at any of the lifts jut jump straight on every time.

Nice rooms

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one  Shirouma-so is a traditional Ryokan, rather than a hotel, you have traditional room and the beds are put out a night on the floor. Shared showers plus it has a Onasen (bath house) in the basement, and a very traditional Japanese breakfast as you would expect. Use this link for an exceptional room rate.

Small rooms

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one All hotel rooms in Japan are rather small and this is no exception.

Hotel restaurant

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one

In my book there is no better food in the world than Japanese.

Wonderful Japanese food

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one Over the centuries Japanese people have made eating and food an art form.

Hamish Elton

Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort My friend Hamish is building up his strength for the slopes. I introduced him to Japanese culture in October 2015 and he is now hooked.

Big dump last night

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one What a day time to hit the slopes.

Bus snowed in

Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort

Ok folks time to break out the shovels.


OK team lets go

Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort Adam Fletcher is a close friend of Hamish and hails from Melbourne.

Here is the team

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one Well, it’s certainly not the A team, like his golf Hamish needs a little improvement to his downhill slalom technique.

Hamish’s speciality

 photo Happo One Hakuba Nagano 5.jpg If taking “selfies” was an Olympic event Hamish would certainly be a medal contender. 🙂

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Where are all the people?

Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort According to Hamish 80% of all the skiers were Australians who were enjoying both the fabulous conditions and lower prices than Australia.

Catch me if you can Hamish

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one

No doubt about it, the boys really looked the part.

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one

Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort Only four hours by bus from Narita airport in Tokyo.

Selfie bomb

Ski Japan Hakuba Happo-one Adam is wise to Hamish’s love of selfies, so he successfully bombs this one. 🙂

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