“Seasons” is the theme for this year’s family travel: Spring and Fall to be specific. We can only afford 1 or 2 travels per year so winter would have to wait till next year 🙂
There were various destinations that offer picturesque sceneries livened up by spring but none so dreamy as Sakura in Japan.
There were no promo fares for Tokyo and Osaka on the travel dates we wanted but there was in Fukuoka!
Wait! Fukuoka?! I honestly don’t have a clue what’s there but what the heck, it’s still Japan.
We “gambled” on first week of April travel date. Gambled because Full bloom dates for the Sakura is totally up to Mother Nature but Japan do provide forecasts based on historical bloom dates.
Turns out, Fukuoka is the perfect place for families with little kids who want to experience Japan for the first time.
We went to Tokyo with the kids 2 years ago and we ended up wanting to take a vacation from that vacation. Tokyo is beautiful but too fast paced and too daunting when you have kids in tow.
Fukuoka is more manageable and has it’s own laid back charm. It has lots of space for kids to run around, explore and learn about Japanese culture.
We stayed at the Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel. The location is perfect. It is right inside the Solaria Plaza and right outside is the Kego Park and the Kego Shrine. It’s also a few steps away from the nearest train station , grocery, family mart etc. When I asked my kids what the highlight of their trip was, they said it was the bath tub time at the hotel 🙂
My husband detests itineraries when on vacation because… Well, vacation 🙂
So yep, we let where the wind took us for this holiday. We had a side trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima, we went twice to Maizuru And Ohori Park which has fantastic cherry blossoms and we also went to the beautiful Nokinoshima Island Park.
Other than that, we enjoyed walking around in Fukuoka in the nice and chilly spring weather and we filled our bellies with wonderful Japanese cuisine.