I went around Fukuoka City for a day, and I’m going to tell you a little bit about my trip this time around. Riding the Kamome Line from Isahaya Station, I arrived at Hakata Station and proceeded to go around Fukuoka from the Hakata Bus Terminal next door.
I think the most famous food in Fukuoka is tonkotsu ramen. Because my friend and I are foodies, we went to what can be considered as the most important target when it comes to tonkotsu ramen. For Chinese, when they want to eat ramen in Fukuoka, isn’t “Ichiran Ramen” the name they would normally remember?
We promptly researched about the main branch of Ichiran Ramen upon arriving at Hakata Station, then we went there by bus. The main branch of Ichiran ramen is in Nakasu, Hakata. From the bus terminal next door, we rode on bus number 100 and went to the shop. If going by subway, once you get off at Nakasu-kawabata Station, it should take only a minute before you get to the shop.
The main branch of Ichiran Ramen has first and second floors. The first floor is a yatai (food stall) where you can also order gyoza, so that was where we ate. Ichiran Ramen has a really good atmosphere, and the staff were kind. You can modify the spiciness of the soup and the thickness of the noodle according to your taste. We ordered Hakata tonkotsu gyoza, Hakata tonkotsu ramen, and beer. The gyoza was crisp and crunchy, and Hakata tonkotsu ramen is possibly the most delicious out of all the ramen we’ve had before. We want to go here again.
After leaving Ichiran Ramen and walking for a bit, we turned into a quiet Hakata street and arrived at Kushida Shrine. The history of Kushida Shrine is a long one, having been built in the year 757 and carrying up to 1258 years of history. It’s a highly popular place where the god or guardian of Hakata resides. We entered the shrine while embracing the thought of reverence.
Though it was quiet outside the shrine, it was bustling inside. There were tourists like us, of course, but there were also Japanese families and even company employees who visited Kushida Shrine.After checking up on it a bit, the reason why it seemed busy inside the shrine was because of the yearly Okunchi Festival held every October 23 and 24.
The atmosphere of Kushida Shrine was slightly different from the other shrines we’ve been to. As a tourist spot, there were certainly a lot of tourists in Kushida Shrine, but aside from that, it seems like a lot of residents in Fukuoka normally come here a lot. Kushida Shrine quietly looks over the growth of Fukuoka City and its people from its corner among the busy streets of Fukuoka where the city and the calmness of the shrine meet and spread out.