We only spent a couple days in Fukuoka, so this is the last of my Fukuoka posts. I’d love to go back, if for no other reason than to EAT MORE HAKATA RAMEN. (Yeah, they have Hakata ramen in Tokyo, but it’s not the saaaaaaaaame.)
Above is a photo of Fukuoka Tower. Almost every city that I’ve been to in Japan has two things: a tower and a ferris wheel.
Near Fukuoka Tower is Momochi Beach, where we decided to relax on a patio.
Mike is happy whenever beaches and palm trees are involved.
Looking out on to Hakata Bay.
The difference between a Western pour and a Japanese pour.
FUN FACT: Momochi Beach is an entirely manmade beach!
Am I the only one who walks the beach looking for weird sea creatures (dead or alive)?
Jellyfish body. I also found a fish on the beach, still alive. I put him back in the water — my good seafood deed for this lifetime.
Fukuoka is famous for its yatai, or food stalls. Food stalls aren’t very common in Japan, but apparently there are over 150 of them in Fukuoka. Most of them are concentrated around the river, but we headed to one near our hotel called Kenzo Cafe.
The menu is pretty extensive and only in Japanese.
Of course we had to get Hakata ramen. Only ¥480!
Yaki ramen (stir fried ramen noodles), a yatai specialty. Really tasty, especially the burnt bits of noodles underneath.
When we arrived, there were only Japanese people inside. After these guys left, a bunch of English-speaking foreigners came in and started talking to us. The guy beside us assumed that I was Japanese and asked me where in Japan my family was from. Sigh. Then they tried to order vegetarian food and asked Mike how to say things in Japanese. This is why I usually avoid other foreigners.
I will just go ahead and assume that the vegetarian foreigners did not order this — horumonyaki (pig organs).
Another example of a yatai.
The river at night.
The next day before our shinkansen left for Hiroshima, we hung out on the roof of Hakata Station for awhile. There’s a bunch of fun stuff on the roof including shrine dedicated to “safe travels” and some little shops. You can see a map of the roof here.
It’s cool because you can basically see the whole city from the roof.
Saying sayonara to Fukuoka.
And because this is Japan, there’s a spot especially for trainspotting!
Checking out the omiyage. Fukuoka is famous for mentaiko (spicy cod roe). I loooooooove mentaiko.
Since I was travelling and couldn’t buy any real mentaiko (refrigeration required!), I bought this Hello Kitty mentaiko strap.
I was not taking the Kyushu Shinkansen, but it looked quite fancy inside.
Hiroshima-bound on a regular Sanyo shinkansen.
Yet another ekiben for me! This one was made up of ingredients from Kyushu, and the box had a map pointing them all out.
Rilakkuma is excited to go to Hiroshima but disappointed that his arms are too small to use an iPhone.