Being based in Busan has its own perks – you get to be pretty well connected with lots of Korean islands, but also just across the sea from Japan. So we decided to book two tickets for the Beetle (ferry) from Busan and in just under three hours, we arrived to Fukuoka.
This city might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of Japan, but it has some interesting sights nonetheless. Our trip was in April, which means we were just in time for the cherry blossoms, which are much more impressive in Japan than in Korea (sorry, Korea!), especially in the Nishi park, where we also got some pretty amazing views of the town and the ocean from up top. We also paid a visit to Gion, where we could see some beautiful Buddhist temples and shrines. The next day, we went to the Nakasu noodle district (!) and bustling Tenjin area, where we got to see the weird ACROS building and its hanging garden, buy some amazing stationary at the Loft store (did I mention that Japan is pretty much stationary heaven?) and have some fun in the Oyafuko Street (literally translated as “disrespectful child street”). Will definitely come back to explore the city a bit more while I’m so close to it!