I've been to Fukuoka (the capitol of Kyushu island) once before for a conference, but I couldn't turn down another opportunity to go when a friend suggested we go at the end of March to catch hanami (flower viewing) season. However, it turned out that this year the cheery trees are slated to blossom later than usual. We still had good fun. This is our two floor Air B&B accommodation that slept four-in the hear to of the city.
We were near Maizuru Park (which also has the Fukuoka castle ruins).
Ohori Park is next to Maizuru Park, I regret I didn't explore this park as fully as Maizuru Park.
There was a shochu (a traditional Japanese distilled liquor) event at Hakata station. ¥3000 for a cup and four tokoensot spend at the various stalls.
On the streets of Fukuoka.
Yatai (food stalls) near Nakasau island.
A friend I met a shochu event in Tokyo brought me to her friend's izakaya, Izakaya Akuta. It had a very cool design and interesting fusion fare-as well as a decent selection of shochu.
Assorted sashimi (raw fish).
Poatao salad cooked in a jar.
Interesting take on satsuma age (fried fishcake) shaped into balls.
Local nihonshu (what we think of as sake) in a great tokuri (serving vessel).
"Hidden" chicken nanban (a dish form Miyazaki prefecture)-is called" hidden" according to the head chef-because the chicken is deep fried raw. It has a different texture than usual-delicious.
Avocado on toasted rye with a poached egg at bills Fukuoka (an Australian chain).
We found a newly opened restaurant that had some entertainment on a cold rainy Sunday night-here a guitar soloist.
And a pole dancer.
It wouldn't be a proper to go to Kyushu and not have their regional ramen dish-tonkotsu (pork bone soup).