PART ONE (GERO)
PART TWO ( TRAGEDY OF NAGASAKI)
PART THREE (NAGASAKI AT NIGHT AND DAY)
Fukuoka City is a young person’s city
Since Fukuoka City is famous as the birthplace for Tonkatsu Ramen, my husband spent hours carefully researching and preparing the following schedule:
Afternoon Snack: Ramen
Hmm… it’s like he had an agenda.
PART ONE (GERO)
Nagasaki is a beautiful city marred by the tragic event of August 9th, 1945.
Rather than post about Day 2 of our Summer Road, I’ll instead discuss the only place we visited that day. This is one of my most off-the-beaten-path posts so far. If you travel to Kyushu by car, I recommend a visit to Yutoku Inari Shrine (祐徳稲荷神社).
(The website can be found here.)
Our road trip to Kyushu began on the heels of a typhoon.
Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) is known as the Fox Shrine and renown for the thousands of vermillion torii gates lining the walkways. It is dedicated to Inari, the shinto god of rice. Foxes are Inari’s messengers and that’s why they’re everywhere at Inari.
A ton of posts have been written about this magical place, but I want to share my own take on it.
I should not have worn my red flats. The weather turned foul.
Firstly, I am sorry this post went live before it was finished. Thank you everyone who liked it anyway.
Have you heard of the Japan Alps?
They’re a gorgeous snow-capped mountain chain in western Japan, but one that is not easy to reach.
Another year, another Golden Week.
I prefer traveling by car through the Japanese countryside. Free of the hassle of suitcases, you can absorb the roadside vistas of Japan’s imposing mountains and cozy villages.
Can you spot the bride?
It’s not that urban parks aren’t great, it’s just that they’re not my cup of tea. I rarely enjoy them, even when I go with fun people. I do like massive National Parks such as Yellostone or Big Bend in the US.
For me, when I go into nature, I want to enjoy the quiet and solitude. I find most urban parks, noisy and crowded, especially in Japan. They are more “nature-like” than nature.
That said, we did discover a very nice park, one we visited at the perfect time.
The ultimate viewpoint to photograph Mt. Fuji with Cherry Blossoms.
I finally made it to this famous viewpoint that’s on all the postcards of Japan. It’s where you can see a red pagoda with Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms in the backdrop. Continue reading