Japan 2016 (5 of 7) Uminonakamichi Seaside

DAY 5

So, last night while we were eating dinner, everyone’s phone suddenly alarmed (except mine). I asked my Japanese friend what’s happening. She told me that it was an earthquake warning. A few seconds later, we felt the earthquake. Our seats and tables were shaking. I didn’t know if I should run and hide, but no seems to be panicking, so we just continued with our dinner.

So, I was supposed to go to Nokonoshima Island Park today, but since there was a strong earthquake (around magnitude 7.0) in a city below Fukuoka. I decided not to go ride the ferry to the island. Even though Fukuoka is not a tsunami zone, I just wanted to be safe!

So, I decided to go to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park today instead of tomorrow. But before that, I’ll go to the market to have sushi for breakfast!

I passed by this building, the rooftop access is open, but only on weekends so I’ll definitely come back another day!

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Took the train to Yanagibashi Market for some sushi (¥200). I think I arrived here a little late, because most shops are already closed. There was one shop owner who knows Filipino even though he has never been to the Philippines! He learned Filipino when from his Filipino co-workers back when he used to work in Alaska.

I found a shop that sells packed sushi that has been freshly cut. Not bad, but I feel like I could get cheaper and cleaner sushi from sushi chains.

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Now, off to the seaside park! Walked to the nearest bus terminal, google searched how to go to the seaside park, the bus number seems to match the information posted in the terminal. Both instructed me to take the 21A bus, and so I did.

Rode the 21A bus. And when there were only around 6 stops left, the bus stopped at a terminal and the bus driver told me that this was the last stop! I got off the bus in the middle on nowhere! I asked the bus driver for directions, but he can’t speak in English.

LOST. AGAIN. Walked around the area, there were no one there! After 10 minutes of walking, found some school kids, but they are from a different part of Japan and had no idea where I’m going. After another 10 minutes of walking, I finally found 2 guys who can speak in English! And they pointed me to the direction of the bus stop.

When I arrived at the bus stop, found out that I have to wait for 40 mins for the next bus! Checked google maps, the seaside park is 30 minutes away by walking. But I decided to wait for the bus cause I’m expecting a lot of walking in the park.

Finally, the bus arrived. Got on the bus, and I started to share with my friends what happened (on Snapchat, Facebook, and WhatsApp). I was too busy on my phone that I missed the stop! UGH! Not again!

Got off the next stop, and I started walking back to the last bus stop. But for some reason, I felt like I should ask someone if I’m going in the right direction. I asked someone was just at the same bus as I was. Good thing I asked her! Because the stop where we got off is also has an entrance to the seaside park, and it is also the place in the park that I wanted to go to! Thank God! Since she’s also by herself and going to the same place, I asked her if we can go around the park together, and for the first time, I had someone else to take a photo of me, no need to set up my tripod for each photo!

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If I took the right transportation, it will take me just an hour to get here, even less if I take the JR train. (¥830)

The first thing we did was rent a bike (¥400 for 3 hours) because the place is too big to walk around!

Our first stop is this field full of baby blue-eye flowers! This place is just breathtaking! This place must have thousands of flowers! After this, Katherine and I biked to the mini zoo. Most of them are sleeping, but the rodents look so cute and stupid.

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After going to the zoo, Katherine had to go ahead because her flight is in a few hours. So she went our separate ways.

The next place I went to was to the northern part of the park where the beach-side is. It was really peaceful here. There were absolutely no one! Just me, the wind, and the sea. I could just sit here listening to the sound of the sea for hours!

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Another one of my favorite photos. Climbed over the fence again, climbed down 5ft of rocky wall, walked down a grassy path, and here I am at the edge of the giant rock, closer to the ocean.

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The view from where I’m sitting. I’m afraid of heights but I had to sit on the edge of a cliff. What’s scarier about it is that the giant rocks are like shells, the whole thing is around 6 inches thick. You’ll see from the side that it’s hollow, like it could crack!

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After enjoying the experience, I had to walk back up and climb back up.

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Now, I had to ride back to the bike rental place because my 3 hours is almost up. The whole park has blue bike lanes showing leading you around the park. If you come here when Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, the whole path will be filled with Cherry Blossoms!

My tripod has a bit of an accident. it fell off my bike basket one time and it broke. But still standing to get this really cool shot of my biking.

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After returning the bike, walked around the pond. There are so many tulips planted around this area. (I’m very tired that’s why I’m lying down on the bench)

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I wanted to hop over the rocks on the pond!

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By this time, the park is now closed. They asked me to exit now, but I had to take this photo first cause I don’t have a really nice sunset photo this whole trip.

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On my way out, I fancied a matcha ice cream. (Taking advantage of the sunset)

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Took the train back to the city this time, took me less than an hour and it only cost me ¥460. Got off at JR Hakata Station to shop for lots of calligraphy & lettering pens at Tokyu Hands.

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I love this mall. They have an open rooftop where you can get a view of the city. They also have a garden with a shine, really cool.

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Now I’m very tired. Took the train back to the capsule hotel. Luckily, Ichiran was just like a minute away from where I’m staying!

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Now, I can rest, or so I thought…

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