Fukuoka tips?

Old Oct 21st, 2007, 04:33 AM
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Fukuoka tips?

Hi - I'm traveling from South Korea to Fukuoka on a visa run and will be there for a night or two. Any recommendations for affordable accomodations, places to eat and things to see would be greatly appreciated. And I'd love to go to a hot spring, if there's a good one around. Thanks for your help!
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Old Oct 21st, 2007, 09:29 PM
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If you are going there in November then you could catch the grand sumo tournament. November 11-25.

The onsen resort city of Beppu is a short train ride away.

South of Fukuoka is Takeo Onsen. Further south is Unzen.
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Old Oct 21st, 2007, 09:51 PM
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Wish I could go later, but no choice... Thanks for the onsen tips! Have you been to the Futsukaichi onsen? I was thinking of stopping there to/from Dazaifu shrine if the timing works out. And any budget hotel suggestions?
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Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 01:58 PM
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No on both questions.

At Hakata station as you walk on the main floor heading from the shinkansen tracks to the Fukuoka side of the station you will pass a bakery that makes great cinammon rolls. Definitely stop, you won't miss it because of the aroma. There will be a long (fast) line.

Fukuoka is know for mentai - a foul flavored fish roe thing. I can recommend a seafood restaurant in the city. They have big tanks of live sea creatures, so your meal is definitely fresh. I forget the name but could look it up if you are interested. It is not budget, tho.
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I stayed in the Sky Court Hakata a few years back and found it to be good value for money. Back then it was a youth hostel. no frills but well located, close to the subway and walking distance from JR station. Current costs seem to be around the 7000 yen.
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I meant to post a link

http://www.asiarooms.com/japan/fukuo...rt_hakata.html
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There are several Toyoko Inns in Fukuoka. Not everyone here approves of them (violations of codes for the disabled), but they are good value and have a functional English web site.

The one at Hakata Gion is right by the elevator at exit 6 of the Gion subway (on the line from the airport, one stop past the train station). Do not get the cheapest rooms. The others are fine at Y6,000
http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00017/index.html

Some of the main temple and shrine sites are nearby.
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Sky Court Hakata is a terrible deal with Asiarooms. They charge $62.00 for a single...direct booking is ¥4300 - 5200...or $37.00 to $47.00 with availabiity every day in November, with tax but not breakfast, but the breakfast in places like this are about ¥1000 and not good...so skipping hotel breakfast and going elsewhere is prudent whether it's includes or not.
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Any onsen that you can visit as a day trip from Fukuoka? Please also advise on logistics using public transportation.

Thanks!
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