We had always wanted to revisit Japan ever since our first trip in 2010; the people are friendly, accommodations fantastic and food delicious. However flights from Singapore were so expensive, that we kept pushing this idea aside. Its was only when Airasia started flying to Japan that this trip became possible. We got a good deal on their promotional flight to Osaka via Kuala Lumpur. And coincidentally Peach Air, Japan’s newest budget airline base their hub in Osaka, that when I start to put on my thinking cap, and plan out an impromptu trip to Kyushu!
We stayed at Hakata Miyako Hotel, which was conveniently located outside the Hakata Station.
The benefit of staying near the train station is that traveling is convenient and there are always an abundance of restaurant and shops; one do not have to worry about getting hungry. After check in to the hotel, we went searching for breakfast at Hakata Station’s shopping mall.
But we settled for a traditional Japanese breakfast , selection of either Saba or Salmon with rice and miso soup for 500 yen.
As we were only staying for a night, we proceeded with the sightseeing. These were some random street shots along the way.
We ended our walk at the Canal City; a large shopping mall that has seen better days. The main attraction here is the Ramen stadium located on the top floor, which was what we came for.
As it was a Sunday, there were many families queuing up for their bowl of ramen. It was really difficult trying to decide on which restaurant to go too. To order, you just need to select the type of ramen and make payment at the vending machine, and wait for your food to be served.
The tonkotsu ramen tasted yummy, do visit the Ramen Stadium for a meal if you are in Fukuoka. With our stomach filled, we took the train on to see the famous landmark of Fukuoka – The Yahoo Dome, home to Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Baseball Team. The dome is located at Momochi artificial beach. We popped by a local convenience store to grab a can of nice cold beer.
We don’t normally drink beer, but Asahi tastes really good in Japan!
We wanted to end our day with a meal at the local yatai stalls. But sadly, there were not a lot around and most of the stalls by the canal were catering more for tourist. We could not decide on the stall and ended up eating ramen at a stall which was packed with office executives.