Hey there! We came back from our trip to Kyushu last week and I’ve basically been milling around, enjoying my final week of winter break. It was such a nice trip and I can’t wait to share the highlights with you guys today.
Here Kitty, Kitty
We had to wake up at around four to get to the airport and make our early flight. Finding out that we were on a Hello Kitty themed plane certainly helped to brighten my spirits.
I’ve Got Chills
After a short plane ride, two hours to be exact, we arrived in Fukuoka Intl. Airport. The first thing we noticed upon arriving in Japan was how cold it was. Okay, it was only in the single digits (Celsius) but that’s already way colder than the weather here.
Then, we headed straight for Huis Ten Bosch, stopping only for a delicious lunch of ramen. Huis Ten Bosch is a themed park, a really beautiful one at that, and it literally felt liked we had stepped into a tiny European town.
The sights were amazing.
They had a lot of teddy bears.
Including an enormous one.
And a replica of the pirate ship from One Piece.
Has anyone seen that cartoon? (I haven’t.)
On The High Seas
On our trip, we took three or four ferry boat rides.
One was large enough for our tour bus to drive on. There was also one that took us on a tour of 99 islands. Despite the name, there are more than 200 islands. Recognize this one?
It was in the opening scene of Tom Cruise’s The Last Sumari.
Let It Snow
On the third day, as we were heading up Mount Aso to see the volcanic crater, it actually started snowing! Real, actual snowflakes started falling which got everyone super excited.
We didn’t get to see the crater due to the icy roads but seeing the snow was totally worth it.
The amazing hot springs at our hotel certainly helped warm us up.
It was by pure luck that we got to see snowfall as it had started raining by midnight the very same day, washing away the snow bit by bit.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
We stayed at the Fukuoka Hilton on our last night in Japan. It’s super fancy and conveniently located right next to a baseball field. What’s so special about this stadium is that there’re a great many hand (molds) decorating its surroundings. There’s this giant one.
As well as many regular sized ones of baseball stars and celebrities. I didn’t recognize any of the baseball stars so I only took photos of the hands of celebrities.
And there was also a museum for this famous Taiwanese baseball player who played for the team.
Again, I’ve never heard of him but all the people my parents age have so I guess he was pretty amazing.