I don’t know if I failed Fukuoka or if Fukuoka failed me. But after 4ish hours trying to find any semblance of culture or interesting sights I mostly gave up on the town. And I suppose that was to be expected given the cautions I received from others in planning my trip.
I chose Fukuoka based on flight schedules, not because there was something I particularly wanted to see. On this trip the flights were the trip so I’m not disappointed in my decision. Still, I’m really not sure what I missed or what else I was supposed to do along the way. Other than Ramen Stadium, apparently. But I didn’t go there.
I give credit where due: The subway system is super easy and quick between the city and the airport. I am a big fan of that, especially when many Japanese cities have the airport 40+ minutes outside of town.
Added bonus: Each station has a logo and color, along with the letter/number combo, making navigation super easy. It is very similar to the Mexico City subway in that regard.
I did find a small temple in town and some great dumplings adjacent to that.
I also, mostly by happenstance, made it up to the Atago Shrine on a hill overlooking the city. That was pretty nice.
But I was tired and a little cranky and there wasn’t much going on that I could find. So I headed back to the airport early. I took advantage of the spotting deck on the roof for a bit.
Then I got a massage from the shop on the arrivals level. That was a pretty smart choice. Finally, dinner in the food court before heading through security to catch my onward StarFlyer flight to Nagoya.
So, did I manage to screw up completely and miss out on something amazing in Fukuoka? Or is it just a relatively low-key destination that wasn’t worth the time as a tourist?
More from my Japanese LCC Adventure
- The Japanese LCCs: Building an Adventure
- The Japanese LCCs: Vanilla Air
- First Cabin: Casual Nudity and a Capsule Hotel
- The Japanese LCCs: Peach Airlines
- Exploring Fukuoka: But why??
- The Japanese LCCs: StarFlyer
- The Japanese LCCs: Air Asia Japan
- The Japanese (non) LCCs: Japan Air Lines
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