Since we have one day left on our Setouchi Pass, we decided to make a trip to Shimonoseki, the fugu capital of Japan.
About 45 min from JR Hakata station to JR Shimonoseki station followed by short taxi ride (about 1000 yen) to Karato Market (which is near Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine)
The Setouchi pass can only be used on Shinkansen to Shin-shimonoseki and local line from Shin-shimonoseki to Shimonoseki. We made the mistake of getting off at Kokura and were told that our pass does not cover the local line from Kokura to Shimonoseki. We were too lazy to take a Shinkansen to Shin-shimonoseki and then to Shimonoseki so we just paid 280 yen using our Suica to get to Shimonoseki from Kokura.
Useful website: http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
There were some pretty cool displays at Shimonoseki station!
Unfortunately, we were told by the taxi-driver that Karato market was closed on the day we visited. JR Mojiko Station which we wanted to visit via ferry is under conservation til 2019 so we just walked around the bay area, bought some souvenirs, had fugu lunch and visited Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine.
|Cute stamp at the Tourist Info Counter|
|Fugu lunch set: Fugu Sashimi and Fugu Tempura|
|Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine|
|They even have fugu-shaped prayer cards!|
|There was an okamezakura in full bloom!|
The weather was way too hot so we decided to go back to Hakata to chill. We will definitely be back to experience the market and drop by at JR Mojiko station.