[Japan Travel] Kawachi Fujien – Wisteria Garden

I saw the Wisteria Tunnel on a list of Magnificent Flower Tunnels years ago and was immediately enraptured. Who wouldn’t be? It looks like a page from a fairytale! Japan’s Wisteria Tunnels became one of my top bucket list places to visit!

And now, BUCKET LIST DONE! *throws confetti*

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[Japan Travel] Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園, Uminonakamichi Kaihin Kōen) is a huge, sprawling park located outside Fukuoka, Kyushu. The park has many sections: areas of different flower arrangements like the Rose Garden, Hydrangea Path; wooded areas like Forest of Seasons; children’s area, petting zoo etc.

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Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week in Japan in the one week which has 4 National Holidays (April 29, May 3, 4, 5) and is considered the most popular for traveling etc. I’ve been hearing about Golden Week for a long time but this year I actually spent it in Japan. \^_^/ I used it to travel and visit surrounding places around Fukuoka.

Here are the places that I visited during the golden week:

Friday, 29th April 
Dazaifu Shrine, Fukuoka (blog)
Kyushu National Musueum, Fukuoka (blog)

Saturday, 30th April
Tenjin, Fukuoka

Sunday, 1st May
Disaster Prevention Center, Fukuoka
Momochi Beach, Fukuoka

Monday, 2nd May
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Fukuoka (blog)

Tuesday, 3rd May
Suikyou Shrine, Fukuoka
Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka
Hakata Canal City, Fukuoka

Wednesday, 4th May
Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Gardens (blog)
Hakata Dontaku Parade, Fukuoka

Pretty good for a week, right? 😀

[Japan Travel] Dazaifu Shrine and Kyushu National Museum

Dazaifu Tenmanguu is a Shinto Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan and is dedicated to Tenjin(天神) , the god of learning and scholarship.

The Legend
Dazaifu Tenmanguu Shirine is built upon the grave of Sugawara no Michizane, a learned scholar and poet who composed many poems dedicated to his favourite plum trees. His rise in power in political circles was viewed as a threat by the Fujiwaras who were dominant and they exiled him to Kyushu. Michizane spent his life in exile, studying and learning. When, Michizane died a few years later, several natural disasters ravaged the country and it was attributed to his angry spirit. To appease him, the spirit was deified as Tenjin and shrines were built.

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