But this time I’m with my dear friend Racie Botehlo, who has never been here before. So it will be like traveling to this part of Japan through the eyes of a newbie — and that always makes it more fun and interesting.
I was lucky enough to be part of Hawaiian Airlines‘ inaugural flight to Fukuoka last year, marking my first time to the prefecture on the island of Kyushu. At the time, I knew nothing about this city — the sixth largest in Japan with a population larger than Kyoto, believe it or not.
It’s the cultural and historic center of this area with tons of shopping and temples and — of course — great food. I couldn’t wait to take my friend around and introduce her to such Fukuoka delights as mentaiko and tonkotsu ramen.
We landed in the evening, so there wasn’t much to do but walk around. And trust me, that was an experience in and of itself!
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