Fukuoka Travel Blog› entry 48 of 111 › view all entries
We woke up late and got up and took a shower. The showers were downstairs and of the â€˜push the button for 30 seconds of waterâ€™ variety but it was a hot, powerful shower which really refreshed me.
We didnâ€™t really know what Fukuoka had to offer so wandered through the city towards the main shopping precinct known as Canal City because they had built a miniature city around the canal. It was a nice area and we found our beloved Coldstone Creamery. We stopped there for an icecream but were astounded by the price. For one medium sized cup of Birthday Cake Remix, it cost the equivalent of Â£5, needless to say I refrained from having one for myself and just stole some of Fabâ€™s.
Afterwards we wandered through the shops to see what was around, and found lots of restaurants, clothes shops and other stores you would find in a mall.
Before leaving the UK we had purchased a Japan Rail Pass. This allows you unlimited rides on all JR lines and all Shinkansen (bullet trains) apart from the Nozomi one for a set period of time. We had chosen the two week one as we were to spend 3 weeks in Japan, of which one of those weeks was to be in Tokyo where we would be using the subway more than the JR lines. The rail pass is not cheap, in fact it is extremely expensive but it works out much cheaper to have one than buy individual tickets in Japan. It also gives you unlimited flexibility as you do not require reservations on any trains - you can just hop on and off as you wish.
On the way back to the hostel we noticed that we were near a Buddhist shrine. We found our way there and spent a little while wandering around and exploring the traditional architecture and design of the beautiful shrine. Despite being surrounded by busy roads, the shrine was peaceful and calm.
That night we slept well and enjoyed the comfort of our memory foam mattresses before our journey the following morning