Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fukuoka Travel and Japanese Fashion ✥ Interesting Fukuoka Fashion Store + Recommended Places, Food, and Souvenirs When Traveling to Hakata, Fukuoka


We took a trip to our beloved Kyushu!
There we stopped by Fukuoka for some yummy ramen.

While we were there we ran into a cool and interesting clothing store
that is based around two rabbits having sex๐Ÿฐ♡๐Ÿฐ

This time JAPANKURU is gonna share with you all our Fukuoka trip,
including some of the key points to check out 
if you yourself get the chance to go!




Worried about getting around Hakata?
Image source: Fukuoka City Subway
DON'T BE!
Here's a little route map of the Fukuoka City Subway,

but for more detailed info click here!
**BE SURE TO LOOK INTO THEIR ONE DAY TRAIN PASS!!**



Let the 2 day vaca begin!

FUKUOKA TRAVEL 
(DAY 1)
STOP ❶
HAKATA STATION
ๅšๅคš้ง…
Hakata Station is like the "Tokyo Station of Kyushu".
It links Fukuoka to other major and minor cities in Japan 
by shinkansen and other train lines.
A years ago, 
the area made worldwide news when the road collapsed 
creating a giant sinkhole 
(apparently about 1/2 the size of an Olympic pool)
causing power, water, and gas supplies to be cut
in parts of the city. 
Thankfully the road was soon repaired,
but being there and seeing the area yourself,
it was crazy to imagine such a thing happened.

*Shopping at the Station*
A well known figure...I guess you could say,
of Fukuoka is the Hakata Niwaka.
Which is a type of comedic traditional performance 
where performers wear Niwaka, 
which means half-face masks in Japanese.
There are all kinds of Niwaka goods in Hakata,
but Niwaka senbei specifically is a really popular souvenir.
In the food market area of Hakata Station,
we were able to find some Niwaka senbei!!
They come in all sizes,
but of course the bigger the funnier!
⇩More info on Niwaka Senbei below⇩


FUKUOKA TRAVEL 
⇩STOP ❷
IPPUDO RAMEN'S 1ST STORE
ไธ€้ขจๅ ‚ๅคงๅๆœฌๅบ—
Tenjin is some what known as Fukuoka's downtown area.
It's more of a shopping and dining area,
but really relaxed compared to other similar places like Shinjuku.
There are two major famous Hakata ramen restaurants in Japan,
Ichiran and Ippudo.
We personally love Ippudo, 
but Ichiran is of course great too!
Since we came to Hakata,
we wanted to go to Ippudo's very first store!!
Which~ 
just so happens to be in Tenjin!

The taste was surprisingly 
(but also not surprisingly if that makes sense)
different than the Ippudo's we've been to in Tokyo!
You better believe we ate every last noodle
and drank every last drop of that broth๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–


๐ŸœIPPUDO DAIMYO
1-13-14 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka 
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Tenji Station 
(10min walk on the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line)
: Mon to Thurs - 11am ~ 11pm, 
Fri/Day before a holiday - 11am ~ midnight
Sat - 10:30am ~ midnight
Sun/Holidays - 10:30am ~ 11pm
๐Ÿ“ž: 092-771-0880
*ENG MENUS AVAILABLE


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FUKUOKA TRAVEL 
STOP ❸
#FR2 FUKUOKA
Fxxcking Rabbits Apparel Store
Near by in Tenjin after lunch,
we ran into this cool clothing store called 

#FR2,
or,
Fxxking Rabbits.

The store is pretty hard to miss
thanks to the creepy rabbit manikin in the window display.


๐Ÿ‡#FR2 FUKUOKA
1-1-3 Ishii Bld. 1F, Room 101 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Tenji Station (7min walk from Exit 2)
: 11am ~ 8pm
๐Ÿ“ž: 092-707-0727
๐Ÿ–ณ#FR2 home page


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"I JUST WANNA FXXK YOU."
As if the massive rabbit in the window wasn't enough,
you walk in and you see posters, hats, and shirts
with slogans like "I just wanna fxxk you". 
Which is really good advertising though
because it definitely brought curious customers in.

It has a "men's clothing" sort of feel to it,
but really it's for anyone.

Along with street clothes,
there were PJs, house slippers, and sweats.
Cuz being comfy is important when there's
fxxking rabbits around.

They've got all kinds of funny/clever goods too.
Like this Chicago White Sox baseball hat....
wait...
is it a White Sox hat?

Along with "I just wanna fxxk you." strap (we use it for our camera),
two bunnies in heat stuffed animal,
and secret containers of condoms that look like
they'd be a filled with mints or gum. 

We asked the store clerk what was most popular and/or new for the season
and he told us their "Smoking Kills" line was just released and a pretty big hit.


Their Japanese style embroidered jacket in pink and black
 caught our eye though!!
We love Yokosuka jackets so this was pretty neat.
In the front it had the Chinese character for "rabbit"
and in the back a rabid looking rabbit
that has "Japan's Last Frontier" in English underneath.

And the jackets reversible!

It was a really fun store to look at,
and we even ended up getting a few stuff!!
The staff told us there's also a gallery and store in Harajuku.


⇩Harajuku store
Image source: Fashionsnap
We haven't had the chance to go there yet,
but after this trip we plan on seeing what sort of stuff 
the Harajuku store holds~



๐Ÿฐ#FR2 HARAJUKU
4-31-6 Yoshino Building 1F, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Meiji-jingumae Station (Metro), Harajuku Station (JR)
⏰ 11~9pm
☎ 03-6804-1313 


๐Ÿ‡#FR2 FUKUOKA
1-1-3 Ishii Bld. 1F, Room 101Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Tenji Station (7min walk from Exit 2)
 11am ~ 8pm
๐Ÿ“ž 092-707-0727
๐Ÿ–ณ#FR2 home page


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FUKUOKA TRAVEL
STOP ❹⇩
CANAL CITY HAKATA
ใ‚ญใƒฃใƒŠใƒซใ‚ทใƒ†ใ‚ฃๅšๅคš
Canal City Hakata is a massive 5 floor shopping and entertainment complex 
that is widely admired for it's stunning and interesting architecture.
Canal City includes rougly 250 shops, cafes and restaurants, a theater, 
game centers, two hotels and a canal running through the complex.

We walked around and did a bit of shopping,
and decided to stop for dinner at one of the restaurants
for Hataka's other famous food/drink,
shochu (sweet potato liquor) and 

motsu nabe (hotpot of cow and pig intestine and veggies).
Not all of us could eat the hotpot,
so we ordered other stuff too but if you're one of those people
who will try anything once,

go for it!


MAP
Image source: Canal City Hakata HP


CANAL CITY HAKATA
1-2, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Hakata Station (ๅšๅคš้ง…) (walking distance)
๐ŸšŒ City Loop Bus: Canal City Hakata Mae (ใ‚ญใƒฃใƒŠใƒซใ‚ทใƒ†ใ‚ฃๅšๅคšๅ‰)
: Shops - 10am~9pm, Restaurants - 11am~11pm 
*shops/rest times may vary 
๐Ÿ“ž: 092-282-2525


FUKUOKA TRAVEL 
STOP ❺
HAKATA FOOD STALLS (YATAI)
ๅšๅคšๅฑ‹ๅฐ
Fukuoka's open air food stands (ๅฑ‹ๅฐ; yatai) 
are probably THE best known symbol of the city. 
Crazy enough due to Japanese law, 
Fukuoka is the only prefecture in Japan that allows yatai.
Yatai can generally seat about 10 people and
you just hang out and enjoy the environment of Fukuoka's night life!

Typical dishes you'll find at yatai are grilled chicken skewers (yakitori), 
oden (like Japanese hotpot) and of course the ever famous Hakata Ramen,
which is a pork base broth (่ฑš้ชจ; tonkotsu).
 It's a really cool play to hang out and chat 
with some locals and people from all over Japan.
Fukuoka's yatai is probably our favorite part of Fukuoka๐Ÿ’ž

Yatai are located all throughout Fukuoka,
but probably the best and most popular areas are the ones around Canal City.

Walk around the center of the city and you're likely to stumble upon some.
Even if you aren't looking for a drink,
you should walk around and check out how cool Fukuoka's yatai is.


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FUKUOKA TRAVEL (DAY 2)
STOP ❻
OHORI PARK
ๅคงๆฟ ๅ…ฌๅœ’
There are two really famous Starbuck stores in Fukuoka,
and one of them is located in a beautiful park.
Since the weather was SUPER nice our second day,
we decided to start our day with some Starbucks
and a walk around the park.

If you walk around you'll see the Ohori Park Japanese Garden 
and Gokoku Shrine.

Due to the gorgeous surroundings,
this Ohori Park Starbucks is said to be 
one of the most beautiful/amazing Starbucks in the world. 



*From Tenji Station,
you can get to Ohori Park in just 5mins taking 
the Fukuoka City Subway Kuko Line (็ฆๅฒกๅธ‚ๅœฐไธ‹้‰„็ฉบๆธฏ็ทš) for 200yen.

OHORI PARK STARBUCKS
1-8 Ohorikoen, Chuo, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Ohori Park Station (ๅคงๆฟ ๅ…ฌๅœ’้ง…) 
: 7am~9pm
๐Ÿ“ž: 092-717-2880


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FUKUOKA TRAVEL 
(DAY 2)
⇩LAST STOP
DAZAIFU TENMANGU
ๅคชๅฎฐๅบœๅคฉๆบ€ๅฎฎ
The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is rougly a 5min walk from Dazaifu Station, 
and you'll walk through this long area of shops selling
famous Fukuoka snacks and other Japanese/Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine goods.

Along the way we passed Fukuoka's second famous Starbucks!
This Starbucks is really one of the most famous Starbucks in the world.
USA TODAY and many other travel articles have listed the Dazaifu Shrine Starbucks on their TOP 10 STARBUCKS lists.
The interior features 2,000+ light wood blocks 
interwoven throughout the store.
Easily one of the most visibly appealing Starbucks out there. 

Dazaifu Tenmangu is the most important shrines in Japan
due to its relevance to the Japanese people.
Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, 
who is a Shinto deity of education.
Thus these shrines are very popular among students.

Like many shrines,
 wide range of 
good luck charms are sold here but
since this shrine is famous for education,
the most popular ones are education related believing to help pass exams. 
Check out the crazy amount of Japanese ema wooden planks being hung!
Each wishing to pass a different type of test 
(school entrance exam, language exam, etc).

Not too sure what this bull is all about...
but everyone went out of their way to touch it,

so we did too!


DAZAIFU TENMAN-GU
4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu, Fukuoka
๐Ÿš‰ Closest station: Dazaifu Station (ๅคชๅฎฐๅบœ้ง…) 

FROM HAKATA STATION (ๅšๅคš้ง…):
The easiest way is to walk to the Hakata Bus Terminal (ๅšๅคšใƒใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒŸใƒŠใƒซ)
and get on the Nishitetsu Bus to Nishitetsu Bus Dazaifu Station
⏰Roughly 42mins total
๐Ÿ’ด600yen

FROM NISHITETSU FUKUOKA (TENJIN) STATION (่ฅฟ้‰„็ฆๅฒก้ง… (ๅคฉ็ฅž)):
・Take the Nishitestu Tenjin Omuta Line (่ฅฟ้‰„ๅคฉ็ฅžๅคง็‰Ÿ็”ฐ็ทš) to Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station (่ฅฟ้‰„ไบŒๆ—ฅๅธ‚)
・Change to the Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line (ๅคชๅฎฐๅบœ็ทš), and get off at Dazaifu Station (the 2nd stop).
⏰Roughly 30mins total
๐Ÿ’ด400yen


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WE LOVE KYUSHU!!

There's ALWAYS good times to be had anywhere you go in Kyushu๐Ÿ’–


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