After a very long Pacific Ocean crossing from Brazil to Japan on the Ocean Dream cruise ship that Pullmantur was delivering to Peace Boat at the Hakata port, we finally have a few hours to enjoy the city of Fukuoka!
Unfortunately just a few hours is not enough but we still visited the Kushida Shrine, a very beautiful Buddhist temple, and the Canal City shopping centre, that has a nice fountain show, all after a quick city tour by car.
On the way back from Japan to Brazil, I also had the change to do a stopover in Hong-Kong, so please subscribe to watch the next “ONE DAY IN…” series, which will be in Hong-Kong!
More about Fukuoka:
Fukuoka (福岡市 Fukuoka-shi) is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan.
Ranked as the 14th of the world’s most livable cities in the magazine Monocle in 2010, Fukuoka was praised for its green spaces in a metropolitan setting. It is the most populous city in Kyushu, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated on April 1, 1972 by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka (福岡都市圏), with 2.5 million people (2005 census), is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka-Kitakyushu zone, as well as Northern Kyushu.
As of June 2011, Fukuoka is Japan’s 7th largest city, having passed the population of Kyoto, and the first time a city west of the Kinki region has a larger population since Kyoto was established in the 7th century. However, in ancient times, the area near Fukuoka was thought to be perhaps even more influential than the Yamato region.