When people think of Japan, they think of the big 3: Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. What people don't know about Fukuoka is that it was the originating city where tonkatsu ramen and the famous ichiran was born.
I visited Fukuoka on Thursday 11th April 2019 and did a short "day trip". Here are my snapshots.
After checking in at Hakata Sunlight Hotel Hinoohgi (HERE), I headed out to do some monetary damage at Canal City Hakata, which is a massive shopping centre with water shows and greenery.
I went to eat at the originating store of Ichiran, and had my first Japanese meal. If you're not familiar with Ichiran, it is a famous ramen store located throughout Japan that allows customers to customize their meal. They're also one of the first stores to put walls up between customers, so you can eat alone and not feel weird about it.
Outside of the Canal City Hakata was a garden, filled with sakura and other flowers. This was my first time catching a glimpse of the cherry blossom season. Unfortunately, I was a week behind the blooming week in Fukuoka so a lot of the trees were shedding at this point.
Afterwards I headed out and explored Fukuoka Castle Ruins (HERE) and Ohori Park (HERE). The weather was quite chilly so I did not stay out too long.
Overall, it was a tranquil, short trip. The next day, I hopped on to a shinkansen to Hiroshima. I really enjoyed the vibe of the city. Next time I would definitely bring Mick so we can eat the best tonkatsu ramen in all of Japan. Thanks for reading.