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14 travelers at this place:

  • Day20

    Kyoto dag 1

    October 3, 2017 in Japan

    14,5km gestapt.
    Vandaag vertrokken we uit Osaka naar Kyoto. We zitten hier op hotel aangezien alle airbnb's al volzet waren, Kyoto is erg toeristisch.
    We vertrokken naar het westen en gingen daar naar een tempel en een klein bamboe bos. Er waren zoveel toeristen dat het eigenlijk niet zo tof was om daar rond te lopen.
    Erna gingen we naar het manga museum en nu gaan we House of flying daggers kijken omdat daar ook bamboe bossen in komen waar er wel schreeuwende chinesen in rondlopen maar het geen toeristen zijn.Read more

  • Day109

    Next Stop: Fukuoka

    March 23 in Japan

    Next stop on our trip through Japan is Fukuoka. For us it is just a short stopover because we had to pick up our railpass here. For the next 7 days we will be traveling by rail. Starting with Hiroshima tomorrow morning.
    Nevertheless Fukuoka is a nice city as well. Here you can find some pictures from Fukuoka. Tonight we had a "traditional Japanese" dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe :D

    Der nächste Stop auf unserer Rundreise durch Japan ist heute Fukuoka. Für uns ist es eigentlich nur ein kurzer Zwischenstopp, weil wir hier heute unseren Japan Rail Pass abgeholt haben. Ab morgen geht es dann mit dem Shinkansen weiter nach Hiroshima.
    Aber auch Fukuoka an sich ist eine ganz nette Stadt, daher hier noch ein paar Bilder. Heute Abend hatten wir dann auch noch ein ganz "traditionelles japanisches Abendessen" im Hard Rock Cafe :D
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  • Day347

    Alles ein wenig anders

    July 8 in Japan

    Schon kurz nach der Landung in Japan viel mir eines auf, es war überall Sauber in den Straßen. Kein Müll, Zigarette oder Kaugummi auf dem Boden. Das war das komplette Gegenteil zu fast allen Orten zuvor. Interessant daran war, dass so gut wie keine Mülleimer in den Straßen. Wie ich später heraus fand, ist das auf einen, ewig zurückliegenden, Bombenanschlag in einem Mülleimer zurück zu führen.

    Die Japaner sind ein absolut zuvorkommendes und höfliches Volk. Auch wenn es oft mit der Sprache haperte, sie versuchten immer zu helfen oder kümmerten sich darum, dass einem jemand half. Es gibt sogar Japaner, die offen auf einen zugingen und ihre Hilfe anboten. Manchmal hatte diese Höflichkeit aber auch etwas leicht unterwürfiges. So
    Verbeugen sich Bahn-Mitarbeiter immer, wenn sie ein Zugabteil betreten oder verlassen. Das gleiche sah man in Supermärkten, wenn die Mitarbeiter in einen abgesperrten Bereich gingen, z. B. Büro oder Küche. Selbst in der Straßenbahn wurde jeder Fahrgast der aussteigt (der Ausstieg ist vorn beim Fahrer) einzeln verabschiedet und es wurde sich für die Mitfahrt bedankt.

    Auch das Stille Örtchen ist anders als bei uns. Zuerst einmal stehen in den Toiletten extra Toiletten Hausschuhe. Lässt man sich dann auf dem Tron nieder, wird es kompliziert. Viele Klobrillen haben eine Art Fernbedienung. Es gibt Sitzheizung, volle- bzw. halbe Spülungen und unterschiedlichste, automatische Duschen, zum reinigen nach dem Geschäft. Diese Duschen kann man natürlich auch noch im Winkel und der Intensität variieren.
    Die genialste Erfindung ist gleichzeitig auch die simpelste. Auf dem Spülkasten der Toilette ist ein Wasserhahn installiert. Jedes Mal, wenn man spült, wird das neue Wasser, welches bei uns direkt in den Spülkasten geht, durch den Wasserhahn geleitet. So kann man sich direkt die Hände waschen und beim nächsten mal mit diesem Wasser spülen.

    Die Unterkünfte unterschieden sich auch etwas von den voran gegangenen. Es waren entweder typisch japanische Futon (oder auch einfach nur eine DICKE Matte auf dem Boden) oder Kapsel Hostels. Letzteres war wirklich praktisch, da man durch die Abtrennung nach außen so etwas wie Privatsphäre hatte und das trotz 30 Betten Zimmer.

    Ein ganz großes Thema waren auch Spielhallen und Manga Shops. Das scheint offensichtlich der Haupt Zeitvertreib nach Feierabend zu sein. Besonders die Spiele Center, teilweise über 7 Etagen und zum bersten voll mit Japanern. Bei den Spielen hatte ich allerdings keine Chance durch zu sehen.

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  • Day63

    Rauchen in Japan

    October 28, 2016 in Japan

    In Japan herrscht in den Innenstädten einiger Großstädte Rauchverbot, auf das durch Verbotszeichen auf den generell sehr sauberen Gehwegen hingewiesen wird. Die Strafgebühr liegt bei 2.000 Yen. Es darf nur in ausgewiesenen kleinen Raucherecken geraucht werden. Manchmal sind sie durch Gitter abgetrennt, dann stehen die Raucher dahinter wie in einem Käfig im Zoo. Im Zug gibt es eine eigene Raucherkabine und manche Restaurants haben ebenfalls Raucherbereiche eingerichtet.Read more

  • Day63

    Essen & Trinken

    October 28, 2016 in Japan

    Im Schaufenster nahezu aller Restaurants werden die verkauften Speisen als Plastikvariante zur Ansicht ausgestellt. Typisch sind der Verzehr von Ramen (japanische Nudelsuppe), Sushi, Reis, Fisch, Meeresfrüchte, aber auch Kobe-Rind usw. Yakitori sind gegrillte Fleischspieße, vorzugsweise mit Innereien und Bento-Boxen sind kleine Kisten, in denen die verschiedenen Häppchen getrennt voneinander gelegt werden. Außerdem essen Japaner gern Crepes, die kalt oder warm, süß oder herzhaft angeboten werden. Grundsätzlich an jeder Ecke gibt es süßes Gebäck aller Art. Besonders beliebt ist eine Füllung aus Kakoa und Bohnen. Zumindest schmeckt es so. Die Nationalgetränke sind Sake (Bild 5) und grüner Tee, den es auch oft als Geschmacksrichtung für Softeis gibt. An jeder Straßenecke stehen außerdem mehrere Getränkeautomaten, die Wasserflaschen und andere Softdrinks verkaufen.Read more

  • Day23

    Fukuoka

    October 23, 2014 in Japan

    Cesar, who I met in Seoul highly recommended Fukuoka so obviously I had to check it out. It was rated as one of the best places to live in Japan.

    Day 1:

    I took my first Shinkansen (bullet) train from Tokyo and it was amazing. It only took 5 hours to cover over 1,000 miles, I had WiFi, loads of leg room and it was so smooth. The trains are bang on time making it so easy to get around and work out where you're going. So different to China. Unfortunately for me I will have to use National Rail again when I get back to the UK ?

    When I arrived I met 3 guys who had just finished cycling all day. There was a Brit (Mike), Canadian (Tanner) and Korean (James). They offered me a beer and we got chatting about our trip so far and future plans. They were really nice guys and we decided to head out together for some food and drinks. I arrived late so there wasn't much else I could do.

    The owner of the hostel told us that there was an Oktoberfest going on in the park. We had to check this out. It was only 5 but this tent was rammed. I don't think the Japanese knew much about Oktoberfest but it was an excuse to have a few drinks. It was so much fun, there was a German band on stage, the usual sing a long, many "prosts" and a conga line. It turns out Tanner knows some Japanese. He claims he only learnt it 3 weeks prior to coming Japan but he was chatting away with some cool older guys behind us that were singing and dancing along and even invited us out for food. Then Tanner started chatting up a secretary we was sitting next to who was so shy.

    It was amazing to see the locals open up when a tourist can speak some broken Japanese. They were so friendly. I really wish I could speak a little Japanese as it would have been a very different experience.

    James apparently got to a semi final of a Korean drinking contest so Tanner bought him a half pint to down. This guy had nothing on my mate Dave but it was probably impressive for a Korean.

    We all had the munchies so headed to a yatai, basically a street food cart where you walk through a curtain and sit down. We pointed at a few things and the food was delicious which we washed down with some sake. Tanners Japanese was in full flow, I don't believe he had only been learning this for 3 weeks but it was impressive nonetheless and the locals were loving it. I was a little jealous. Maybe I'll have to learn some Japanese and comeback.

    Day 2:
    Not much to report. I basically rented a bike and cycled for 7 hours taking in the sites of the city. I sat on my first beech of the trip and wondered around this gorgeous park. But there weren't many attractions. This place comes alive at night but I couldn't afford to go out after Oktoberfest so had an early night to grab an early train the next day. Before going to bed I ate my first Sushi in Japan. It was one of those conveyer belt places. It was quite cool, you sit down and place your order on the touch screen above you and this Scalextric car zooms around and parks in front of you and you take your dish, press a button and it zooms back off to the chef. Each dish (2pcs) was less than a pound and much better than anything you would get in Wasabi.

    So not only will I be going back to shit trains in the UK I'll also be going back to bad sushi. Any jobs going in Japan?
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  • Day7

    Fukuoka

    March 22 in Japan

    After the short night we packed our stuff and met with Peter in the lobby of our hotel. He’s an informatics Master who also studied in Jena where René met him with something related to Japan^^ Unfortunately Claudi couldn‘t join us in the morning beause the she had to go to some instiuion to unregister from the city of Fukuoka. So us three first went to the Tochoji temple again but this time we could go inside. But to do so we had to pay 50 Yen each burn some incence smoke sticks and light a candle to calm the buddhist gods. Beeing inside we saw a huge, well at this point I though huge^^, wooden sitting buddha statue. And underneath it was a small path symbolising the way from hell and paradise with some crude relief pictures and a wound pitch black path symbolising hell. Well it was dark until some korean women lit there mobile phones and we had to tell them to turn them off! Anyway a very interesting experience :-)
    Even thought yesterday we were anxious of the weather because it was supposed to rain all day we seemed to have calmed the buddhist gods and were even grantd with some sunshine :-)
    The next stop was the Kushida Shrine another beautfiul building (ADD SOME INFO ABOUT IT) and we did another prayer there. After pleasing the god with some money we all rang bell to get his attention, inclined our heads twice, clapped twice and make long inclination again asking some wish of the god.
    Then we went to a small museum showing a tradional loom with LOCHKARTEN including a person using it and could admire the beautiful fabrics it can produce. Soon after I bought a small cute wallet out of silk for my coins made with exactly this techniqute. Right next to this museaum was another one showing the traditions in the the very old distict where we were:Hakata. Even though many things were only in Japanese they also had many descriptions in English and I could follow most of things. They have some very cool festival where every sub district (nagata) build a huge palanquin with decorated puppets and run with theis huge heaving thing 5 km through the city carrying it on their shoulders using tree trunks... Very impressive and we could even watch it with some virtual reality glasses!
    When we left the museum it was already lunchtime and we reunited with Claudi to eat some Ramen from Fukuoka (tukotsa? ADD INFO) in the Hakata main station. I had already tried a Ramen dish in Zurich but here with extra garlic and eggs it was especially delicious!

    After lunch and going to the observation desk above the 10th floor of the station we took a train to the biggest bronze Buddha in the world which is 30 min outside of Fukuoka in the mountains. For the way we bought some croissant where a huge queue indicated something special. But tasting them they were quite not even good for Swiss standards. Only the fish egg topping or the sweet potato filling made them interesting. When we arrived in the small sleepy village we first went over a very cute bridge whose rails were turned into a xylophone like instrument which plays a pleasant Japanese tune when played in the right speed. After playing with the toy we took the small hike up to the statue. On the way we found a small shrine in a pond where many people tried to throw coins on. Selling of indulgences is still a very big thing in Japan. Basically on all holy objects you see tons of coins lying around. So we also had to throw some coins there :D. From this shrine there were three paths: one leading to a temple one up the mountain through a row of Toriis and the last one to the Buddha statue.
    We went to the statue first which also was a small path along the mountain with many many small Buddha statues in all kind of shapes. Many of them wearing cute knitted heads. Going up there we could already see the big Buddhas head which already seemed quite big but when we reached the statues the sight was sheer amazing! A 42 m long bronze Buddha lying on the side in a relaxed pose is really something different. It was written that it's the biggest bronze Buddha statues in the world. In front of it were 366 urns for evere day of the year and many more small Buddha statues with somewhat mean faces! When came to the feet which were maybe 4m long and had many golden buddhist signs including swastikas on them. People go there lean with their forheads against them and pray.
    On the way back we found a way underneath the Buddha in a room which appeared like a temple. Since noone was there we took of our shoes - one has to take the shoes in basically every residential house or room or holy building - and went inside where we found a big maze of of small cabinets with family emblems on top. At some point we found an open one and found out that it were small family shrines of dead people with items they liked. When finally someone spotted and of course asked us to leave they lady told us that she always opens the shrines of the people who died on the current day and people can go there to pray for them. But as usual the people are icredibly friendly and even if the lady was pissed she didn't show it to us.
    Afterwards we went to the temple which is nicely carved into the mountain and found a big statue of a war god. In front of it was a small device with 100 meteal rings which can be pushed from one side to the other and also some instruction how to use it. One should go around a tree which is 10m away and for every circle one can put one ring on the other side. And of course someone of us had to start it... So working together we walked around the tree until we moved all rings from one side to the other and are incredible blessed now by the war god :D
    Still having lots of time we tried ourselfes hiking up the mountains on a very cool path through a bamboo forest - the first real bamboo forest I've even seen! Going there we had to climb through a small cave and inside the forest we even found some clay pots. We expected some other shrine or temple on the top of the mountain but the only thing we saw was a appalled tanuki which was running away from me. But anyway hiking up throuh this bamboo forest was very cool. On top op the mountain were just a few houses so we turned around and took the next train back.

    Back in Fukuoka we went to the Canal City a very big shopping mall with water ponds and fountains in the middle. There we ate lunch at a kaiten sushi and had many very interesting types of sushi! Ika (squid), tamago (egg), different types of clams, ume (pickles plums) with spices a small patty and many more - very delicious! :D The reason we came to the shopping mall was a light and music show with the fountains. But before it started we went to a typical game station and played Taiko where you have a big drum and have to play the rythm of the song hitting the drum with different patterns and on the top and side of it. A very fun game a little similar to guitar hero which we played and pairs and had lots of fun! Unfortunately you can only play japanese songs there which is why played some cool anime themes with increasing difficulty which was including the many other loud noises inside the game station a little too hard for us in the end :D
    With the money we payed we could exactly play three songs which was perfect to go the the water show on time. And this show was also very cool! In yard of the 5-story shopping mall with many long balconies on one side and a glass fassade on the other they were closing the shutters on the glass windows and used it as a projection area. The theme of tonight was One Piece, an anime which I also like. And together with the music the pictures they were elaborately projecting and the fountains it was absolutely beautiful and the 8 minutes were over much too fast...

    This night we decided to spend in a night bus carrying us to Hiroshima. So we went to the bus terminal and were a little confused that the long distance buses were supposed to leave from the third floor. But actually when we went there there were actually buses standing outside^^ When we were leaving it felt like driving on the roof :D Even though the bus was quite old it was very comfy and I could also more or less sleep. But it was stopping quite often and cold air flowing at the windows so the sleep was not the very best...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Fukuoka, فوكوكا, FUK, 福岡市, 후쿠오카 시, Fucuoca, Фукуока

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