Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Japan Dec 2011 Day 1: Yanagawa 柳川

Although it was drizzling when we arrived at Fukuoka airport, we were told that it’s still possible to go to Yanagawa, about 50 mins on the Tenjin Nishitetsu line from Hakata博多 Tenjin 天神. Hakata is 5 min from Fukuoka airport.

Yanagawa is a small and quiet town with numerous waterways, much like a smaller and very serene version of Venice. We bought a combination ticket that included a return JR train trip, a leisurely boat ride down the waterways and the local specialty unagi no seiro mushi lunch at any of the 8 restaurants listed. My photos of the boat ride didn’t turn out as expected because we were wearing raincoats so I couldn’t capture the boat master in the signature white and blue tops.

We settled for lunch at Ohana Villa with a lovely garden.

We shared the boat with two Japanese men and chatted with them on the bus back to Yanagawa station. One of them said, “Singapore is beautiful! I like Sentosa!” Hahaha… I think he was being very polite.
Dinner was ramen at Yatai in Tenjin天神, Hakata博多.

Hotel: Centraza Hakata
Nothing spectacular but it’s right beside the station so it’s very convenient.

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