Selected news topics by Fukuoka Now from Fukuoka’s Shisei Dayori.
Open Top Sightseeing Buses Debut
Fukuoka City and Nishitetsu will begin operating double-decker buses on Sat., March 24, to the main sightseeing spots in the city. These are the first special order double-decker buses without roofs in made in Japan. There are two buses covering different courses. One is red and is designed to symbolize “the city”, with the Hakata Gion Yamakasa and other scenes on the exterior. The other will be blue and present an image of Fukuoka as a waterfront city. The fare will be ¥1,500 for adults, and ¥750 for children older than four and younger than 13. Children under 3 not allowed. The blue bus will be on the Seaside Momochi – Fukuoka Castle hour-long course touring Tenjin, city offices, Sea Hawk Hotel, Fukuoka Tower, and Ohori Park/Fukuoka Castle five times a day. The red bus will handle the Bayside – Hakata-machi course to Tenjin, city offices, Hakata Wharf Bayside Place, Hakata Station, and the Kushida shrine. There will be four hour-long circuits a day. The red bus will also go on a 90-minute night tour once starting at 18:30 from Tenjin to the city offices, Hakata Station, Sea Hawk Hotel, and Fukuoka Tower. Reservations for city office departures only and only by phone. No reservations are needed if there are empty seats. Tel: 0570-00-1010.
100,000 Tulips Tie Tenjin & Hakata Together
About 100,000 tulips are in bloom along a 2-kilometer stretch from Hakata Station to Tenjin, going from the station to Canal City Hakata, Seiryu Park, Hakata Chuo Park, City Hall and Kego Park. They’ll be at their best until mid-April. There’ll also be a gardening show at Fureai Hiroba on the west side of the city offices from Sat., April 7 to Sun., the 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will feature hands-on instruction, events, and a café, and the site will be decorated with flower beds and hanging baskets made by local people.
City Museum Reopens Apr 3
The Fukuoka City Museum at 3-1-1 Momochihama Sawara Ward is due to reopen on Tue., April 3 after being closed for remodeling. An open-air terrace has been built outdoors on the first floor, with tables and 20 chairs. Another addition is a nursery to enable visitors with infants. The museum is open from 09:30 to 17:30, with admissions ending at 17:00. Closed: Mon., or next day if Nat. hol.)
Yellow Sand Information on Website
Forecasts and information on airborne yellow sand and how to handle it is now available on the Fukuoka City website. There will be forecasts for the course of the yellow sand in a 10-kilometer radius for that day and the next two days when issued by The Japan Meteorological Agency. The objective is to prevent any potential problems from arising, and to caution people not to hang laundry outdoors, to keep windows closed, and to wash your eyes and gargle upon returning from outside.
Yipee! For FREE!
Hakatan Walk Stamp Spring Rally 2012
Try this stamp rally running until May 6 to 9 locations. Get more than three stamps and receive a badge at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan and the Hakata Traditional Craft Center. The free stamp sheet has a map with the 9 spots: Canal City Hakata, Hakata Riverain, the Tourist Information Center at Hakata Station, Shofuku-ji, Joten-ji, Tocho-ji, Sofukuzen-ji, Kushida-jinja, and Sumiyoshi-jinja and Joho Plaza, City Hall.
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Fukuoka City Bulletin
Fukuoka Shisei Dayori is City Hall’s official magazine published bi-weekly on 1st and 15th of each month 23 times per year. It’s available in Japanese online too. Consider using it for Japanese study! ふくおか市政だより Website: www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/kouhou-hodo/shiseidayori/
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn160, Mar. 2012)