“We travel not to escape life, but so that life does not escape us” – unknown
2013 was blessed with lots of travel opportunities. And with them came adventure, new experiences and wonderful memories.
So it seemed fitting to end the year, and kickstart a brand new one with another short getaway to Fukuoka.
Fukuoka is fast becoming one of our favourite travel destinations. A comfortable 5 hour flight from Singapore, just a short 2 subway stops from the airport direct into the city, home to the famous Ichiran and Ippudo ramen chains and a springboard to day trips around Kyushu island – we are in love with Fukuoka. And oh, did I mention the amazing shopping?
Our year started with good food, lots of fun and great company. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the year! Here are some of my favourite snapshots from my phone.
Waiting for the first sunrise of the year at Atago Shrine
Taking in the reclining Buddha at Nanzoin
Enjoying local company
Enjoying local snacks
Punting in Yanagawa
Peaceful Yanagawa canals
One of the best ungai meals I’ve had
Appreciating a quiet moment
Tofu haute cuisine
Enjoying Dazaifu in winter
Fun at the Fukuoka Trick Art Museum
Mmmm … sushi
One of my favourite bits of Japan – the abundance of vending machines
Pretty twinkling lights at Hakata Station
Discovering a new ramen favourite at Nagahama