It was pouring with rain when we arrived. Great. 12 years of waiting, and it RAINS when I get to Japan? Not even a bit of drizzle, but a full on downpour?
|Cute little sign at the front desk of our hostel|
Not to worry, the next day it was as though nothing had ever happened. Blue skies and temperatures of 22˚C and up. Hooo~ Until then, though, we had some lovely people stop to help the two lost and wet-looking gaijin, and the lady at the hostel kindly gave us some towels to rub down with. We stayed at the Fukuoka Hana Hostel, near Kushida shrine and Canal City. I'll post a proper review in a separate blog entry because I have so many wonderful words to say about it!
Late-night food and exploration under the jump!
|One final hurdle: setting up a futon. Eep.|
|The first of many vending machines I saw.|
Anyway, fearing that the shops might close soon (around 9pm), we hurried over to a 7-Eleven and grabbed a couple of drinks as well as some bits for breakfast the next day. Seeing that nothing was anywhere near closing, we decided to have a bit of a look around while we were still fairly alert.
A slight overshoot past our hostel brought us to a shrine, which although fairly deserted still had lots of areas lit up, and people seemed to use the general area as a thoroughfare, so we poked around for a bit. Every time someone turned up I was scared we'd get asked to leave, but even the security guard that eventually appeared on patrol just walked by, so I assume we were good to go. I later found out that this is actually quite a large and well-known shrine in Hakata/Fukuoka called Kushida-jinja.
|The pretty lanterns that initially lured me in.|
|We were too scared of doing something wrong/offending someone by going too close to the shrines, so a lot of these pictures are taken on a zoom. At night. Sorry for any blur! >_<|
|We had no idea what these were for, until we read much later on that it's for washing your hands.|
After that, we felt like we'd been loitering a little too long, and the last of our energy was wearing off, so it was back to the hostel and bed for us. Pretty sure it was lights out as soon as heads met pillows.
Until tomorrow, then!
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