During my short stay in Fukuoka, I didn’t thought of joining any tours because I was on a low budget and rather spend my time sightseeing/walking around the city. But who can say no to a free tour with free beers?? no matter how packed your schedule is, a visit to the Asahi Beer Hakata Brewery is a must!
Forget about cat cafe, because there’s something so much cooler out there! An owl cafe! As crazy as it may sounds, there is a real owl cafe in Fukuoka and I stumbled there by accident, not knowing about its existence beforehand. I have been to cat cafe and dog cafe many times in Seoul, but an owl cafe… Never thought I would come across one so I had to go inside no matter what. Luckily they had a spot left (last one of the day!) and after waiting 45 minutes, I was inside!
Do you have a few days to spend in Kyoto? Take a day trip to Arashiyama! It takes maybe 30 minutes by train and you get to see a whole different side of Japan. Arashiyama is touristy, but not so packed. I’ve heard during festival seasons like cherry blossoms season it can be crowded, but luckily we had a bit of rain which cancels out many people already. And we were very lucky, because it didn’t rain when we arrived!
We covered three main sights for our trip, Tenryuji Temple – Bamboo Grove – Togetsukyo Bridge, but if you have the chance and time, check out other interesting temples and sights in this district!
If you want to experience Japanese style of living, Shiori-an Hostel is a good choice. It’s traditional but at the same time equipped with modern amenities. We wanted to stay in the Japanese style bedroom, but unfortunately those were fully booked already. As real backpackers we went for the cheapest option, bunk beds.
Kobe is a popular destination not to be missed when you are around Osaka. The night before we were in Kyoto which takes about 1 hour to get to Kobe. We heard that a day trip will cover most of the highlights so we left Kyoto in the early morning and arrived 1,5 hours later (after searching for the right train during our stopover in Osaka). The weather God’s weren’t in our favour and we didn’t carry umbrella so many photo opportunities were missed here! Hope you get an impression of Kobe through my post though!
A capsule hotel is Japan’s solution for cheap accommodation for guests primarily wanting to sleep and nothing else. Though the idea sounds similar to a hostel, the sleeping quarters consists of “capsules” not much bigger than a coffin and stacked next to and on top of one another. This idea was very appealing to me. Not only have I always wanted to try sleeping in a coffin, but a cheap accommodation only for sleeping is what we needed during our one night stay in Osaka. After searching online we found B&S Eco Cube Shinsaibashi!