This morning, I wanted to enjoy one of the most recent beautiful day we had in weeks. I decided to get up early to enjoy the still sleepy and quiet city and go wandering around the largest park in Fukuoka Ōhori Park (大濠公園).
It is 7am, the sun is up for a few minutes, I rode my bike and go to the park! I began with a tour of the lake.
You can easily enjoy it by walk, run or bike with three well-defined trails that allow not to disturb other people or to slalom between pedestrians .
Oh! A pumpkin! This work of Yayoi Kusama is famous for its version on Naoshima Island Museum but the Fukuoka Art Museum owns a smaller version .
Then I cut by small islands in the middle of the lake. Gulls prefer the calm of the park in the morning rather than the sea nearby while herons wait for the crows that turn them around .
I had a little detour to the adjacent park of Maizuru to admire plum blossom like last year before climbing the walls of the keep of the castle, now destroyed, of the city where it has a great view on the city.
Fukuoka castle or Fukuoka-jo (福岡城), also called Maizuru-jo (舞鶴城) and Seki-jo (石城) was a castle built in the 17th century. Most buildings were burned, destroyed or abandoned but there is still few things to see. Important archaeological excavations are ongoing to update new vestiges. When cherry trees will bloom, the view will be even more poetic.