I write a lot of posts speaking about specific areas of Fukuoka Prefecture but recently I realized that I have never really showed the atmosphere of the city, places that have no real interest in eyes of ordinary tourist but which are for me all the charm of this city .
Fukuoka is a city crossed by several rivers and streams. This is one of those rivers, the Naka River (那珂川) that, in the past, defined the cities of Hakata and Fukuoka.
They are part of my daily life : I cross the Naka River every morning and evening to go and come back from work, my company faces another river and I live next to a small stream. From my house , I like to loop along these rivers. For the first article of the serie, I take you with me over the water.
Note : Photos are taken on different days and at different hours of a difference between shot. There is a map at the end of the post.
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Today, I present a walk that I do very often since the New Year holidays. Winter in Japan is not a great time for parks and other nature landscapes. That's why I stay in town, waiting for spring to photograph some greenery.
No more talk, let's go!
I start my walk along the Naka River to the bridge before the Canal City Hakata shopping mall. This gigantic temple of shopping was named after its small artificial canal which takes place fountains shows every 30 minutes. I especially like to walk in the mall because of its delirious and colorful architecture, makes it a particularly pleasant place, whatever the season. In addition, there are always tons of mini-lives or performances on the main square on weekends. In Canal City, walkers are as many as the shoppers. There is even a lot of Chinese tourists groups with a guide! If there is a shopping mall you must goin Fukuoka, it's that one.
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Leaving the mall, I cross through a small bridge on the island of Nakasu and extend up through the ACROS building and the central park of Tenjin (Tenjin Chuo Koen 天神中央公園). Very nice and quiet, this small park is especially popular in spring thanks to its cherry trees below which locals like celebrating hanami. A portion is also currently in works to prepare the season, I guess.
I keep going on the pedestrian bridge "Fuku haka have bashi" (福博であい橋), literally "the meeting bridge of FukuHaka". Connecting Hakata and Fukuoka cities, it was named to encourage citizens of both cities to meet. Nowdays, the two cities became one but it is still a meeting place : there are four large tables equipped with huge parasols and ... gas stoves ! Ideal for a picnic at the weekend, it is a friendly place in the spirit wanted in the past.
Then I come back along the Naka River via the pedestrian promenade lined with flowers and sculptures before turning to the right and cross the island to reach the the Hakata River (博多川) . Even quieter than the area around the Naka River, you can see ducks and herons and enjoy the promenade to sit for a while and enjoy the view of shops, restaurants and traditional personal houses. On my way back, I walk in a small street, which faces Canal City and where the view is stunning !
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Here is a map of my walk :
This walk is about 4 km. Since decembre, I hardly use my bike but walk a lot : I love walking and even if it takes longer to reach a place, it allows to observe quietly the landscape.