The bear is a mascot of Kumamoto region, it’s called Kuma-mon aka Kumamoto bear. It’s one hella crazy bear, the most popular in Japan, whereas everyone knows it in Taiwan as well. As in a marketing PR point of view- he really lets everyone know where Kumamoto is, or wanna travel to Kumamoto. Here’s some famous video clips of him: Kumamon pounding mochi + train ride, and he is a pervert bear as well…I seriously don’t get about this part 😐
@Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk– the hotel is superb, amazing architecture, nonetheless good buffet breakfast, and oh, there’s a family mart or was it a 7-11 in the ground floor of the hotel! 😀 Anyone who is fond of baseball, the Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome is right next to the hotel. Watch a baseball game on your next trip!
佐賀 aka Saga is a city in Northern Kyushu, many people in Taiwan know Saga due to a book “佐賀的超級阿嬤- The Amazing Grandma in Saga,” and I felt very surreal to be here wondering where is the grandma!! The book is about the life of a grandma and her son in Saga. And the reason the book is so well-known is because of the witty grandma, if her grandson is starving in the evening, she would hush him to bed to wait for morning breakfast. And of course if he is still starving after breakfast or lunch, she would made him do lots of work to let him forget he is hungry, and all those witty inspiring stories which I am sure some would think she is silly, but I somehow believes besides being smart and humorous, sometimes it’s better off losing a nerve on our brain to be less connected and break some rule.
Photos to keep memories vivid.
Here’s the Northern Kyushu Photologue and Guide.
I am sure when I look back one day on my travel trip just with my brain, all I can recalled is “it was fun, good, beautiful”, and tons of adjectives words. I do realize I tend to forget some tiny details as days, months, years past, which is one of the reasons I built the site to refresh my memories and to remember the good days I’ve had. Also an escape when I am drown in the reality world, and need a getaway as in- if I can’t get a real getaway with my body, please let me do it with my soul and spirit!!!
A bit of what can be find in Northern Kyushu in 5 days
Day 1: arrive in Kumamoto, delve into the nature, up to Mount Aso to the volcano crater, by luck you’ll get to go on the cable to see how it puff! A night at igloo-hobbit village AsoFarmland , do not have to travel all the way to Finland for the starry igloo night (which that is still one my bucket list :P)
Day 3: breezy sailing Kujuku Island, dine in at voted by Japanese office lady No.1 hot spring destination-Yufuin, it’s a small town that can be stroll within a day. If have more time, I’d suggested to stay there over night, not to have a rush schedule. A must visit to Daizaufu- Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine and one of the top 10 designed Starbucks in Japan (on the way to the Shrine.) *Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine is a shrine to pray for education, go get some luck if you are aiming for something recently or pray for knowledge or better memories. Evening at downtown Fukuoka, finally a mall in sight and awesome Uniqlo deal. Get mix up with Hakata-ku and Fukuoka? Hakata-ku is an area in Fukuoka, and often be mistaken by Hakata-ku=Fukuoka, which I got confused in the beginning as well. It’s an essential transportation hub having Fukuoka Airport, the seaport, the Fukuoka city hall and other important gov factors. A night at Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk with Fukuoka Dome next to the hotel and sea view sunsetting good night.
Day 4: Cross Saga, stop at a Shrine known for beauty, up to Aso Kuju National Park visiting the largest suspension bridge in Japan- KoKonoe Yume Ootsurihashi with a hot fresh milk besides a dairy farm. Back to downtown Kumamoto visit Suizenji Jojuen Garden, with a night at Dormy Inn Kumamoto. We actually had a corner room and thought it would be a bummer having a small room, to our surprise we had the biggest room from our group even having a massage chair easing the long tour stress. *Dormy Inn is a petite boutique chain hotel throughout Japan. Can’t go wrong with them.
Day 5: wonder Japan top 3 premier castle-Kumamoto Castle, and off to airport back home sweet home
Above are my itinerary with the travel group, it’s a travel reference, not a sponsorship post if you are wondering. And please forgive the yucky dot from the not spotless tour bus. I really wish I can go and wash that piece of window where I did all the photoshooting.