Friday, March 15, 2013

Hotel Hakata Miyako - Fukuoka City

A nice hotel. Wherever you travel, do not use hotels for currency exchange. You get better rates at banks, not hotels.

Stargate 1995

A futuristic sculpture by Kiyoyuki Kikutake

Tenjin Central Park - Fukuoka City, Kyushu Island

"Positive Taste" in Fukuoka City

In the basement of Tenjin Core building in Fukuoka city is a great place to eat. In Japanese this translates to “Positive Taste.” Highly recommend a stop in for lunch or dinner if in Fukuoka city.

From the shops website “H. Chung and clans in singles miss the taste of home, of course. Even people who eat home cooking every day, in every one of the party that only Japanese lunch is also 1 hotels grateful. Mirin and soy sauce taste homemade taste is waiting side by side in the face of the decisive factor. This is likely to be homecoming menu just heard ... grilled mackerel miso and mirin boiled fish, of pork loin.”

Link to Shop “Positive Taste”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tofuro - Dazaifu Government Center (Nara & Heian Periods)

The site of the Dazaifu government office is known as “Tofuro.” During the Nara and Heian periods, the Dazaifu was responsible for supervising Japan’s maritime frontier, as well as administering the nine provinces and two island of the Saikaido (modern Kyushu).

In those days, a great edifice with vermilion (lacquered) columns and a tiled roof stood at the foot of Mount Ono. Today all the remains is a park with the huge foundation stones of the original structures.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A visit to Daziafu Tenmangu Shrine

Here is a link to the published article on Japan Tourist website. This shrine is dedicated to knowledge and learning.

Dazifu Tenmangu Shrine

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ramen Shop - downtown Matsuyama

This is a great ramen shop located near the shopping district in downtown Matsuyama. It's a favorite spot for locals. Great ramen at a great price. One person has said that if they were to have a last meal before they go, they want it to be from this ramen shop!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Confectionary Shop Nishioka - Matsuyama

A confectionery shop dating from the early showa era. It was visited by Emperor Hirohito and his wife who left a tin of tobacco and a book of matches bearing the Imperial design as a reminder of their visit. It is best to order in advance. They sell out fast and their production is very limited.

Shop website in Japanese

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Conveyor Belt Sushi

Conveyor belt food is like watching a fashion show, for food. Only you get to choose a selection or place a special order. The cost is totaled by the number of empty plates at the end of your meal. The experience is fun and the food is as good as it gets.