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Naka River / Hakata Bay Sightseeing Cruises

Three companies operate sightseeing boats in Fukuoka City along five courses starting from Fuku-Haku Deaibashi Bridge in Tenjin Central Park, and passengers can enjoy Fukuoka’s cityscape from the water day or night on cruises that travel up and down the Naka … Continue reading

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Hakata Port Tower and Bayside Place Hakata

Before Fukuoka’s shiny Momochi-area landmark Fukuoka Tower was built, the city had another bay-side landmark in the older, more industrial Hakata Port area. The modest-sized Hakata Port Tower, completed in 1964, is now eclipsed by many of the apartment and office … Continue reading

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JR’s “Seven Stars in Kyushu” Luxury Sightseeing Train

The Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) is planning to launch a new luxury train service in October 2013 known as “Seven Stars in Kyushu.” They are referring to it in English as a “cruise train,” and much like a cruise … Continue reading

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The Old Canals of Yanagawa

The former castle town of Yanagawa is most popular for its canal boat tours, during which guests are guided through a portion of the town’s remaining 470 km (292 mi.) of canals in poled donko-bune boats. Parts of this town … Continue reading

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Progress Report on the Finding Fukuoka Guidebook

I’m making steady progress on the first draft of the Finding Fukuoka guidebook, and the final product should be finished and released sometime in 2013 (the specific date depends heavily on my work schedule, but I’m aiming for the first … Continue reading

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Yusentei Park: Fukuoka City’s Best Japanese Garden

Although it is called a park, this is actually a Japanese garden — the best such garden in Fukuoka City. Originally built as a sort of vacation house by the 6th Kuroda clan feudal lord of the castle town of … Continue reading

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Fukuoka Makes an Appearance in the New York Times

A lovely article promoting Fukuoka has appeared in the travel section of the New York Times. The author, Ingrid K. Williams, kindly interviewed me over a bowl of ramen in Tenjin, and also talked with some of the staff at the local … Continue reading

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