Our last breakfast in Japan. There were salads, a vermicelli/potato/carrot cold stew, teriyaki mackerel, cured salmon, miso, porridge, rice, soft-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, tofu, frankfurts, a nice selection of interesting breads, cereal (corn flakes, chocolate cereal and granola), lychee, oranges and grapefruit. There was a little bowl of bonito next to the tofu too. [gallery order="DESC" columns="2" ids="1523,1525,1526,1527"]...

I’ve heard that the ramen at Ichiran is among the best in Fukuoka and that it had a unique eating experience. I was desperate to try it. We filled out the English order forms at the front, paid for our meal tickets at the machine then waited for some booths to empty out. Luckily it didn’t take long for four seats in a row to become available. All of us had the ramen and a hard-boiled, salted egg (¥790+100). Mum also added in some ‘laver’, which she believes...

After dinner we walked to Hakata Station and went around the food level of Hankyu to try food samples and look at their bread and sweets. I love sweet potato, so I was going to get a slice of a sweet potato cake that seemed pretty popular. Dad and I managed to get a sample of before buying it. It was creamier than I imagined it would be so I didn’t get any in the end. One slice was ¥250 and whole cakes were sold by weight. [gallery columns="2"...

Amao strawberries from Fukuoka are supposedly famous. The small tub of 4.5 strawberries was ¥198 from the Parco supermarket. Larger punnets were ¥580 – about 7AUD. The strawberries were a very pale, red colour and the inside was also very pale – almost completely white – but they were worth the expense as they were incredibly sweet. There are also Amao strawberries that look and taste more like the ones at home. Later in HK I spotted 500g punnets of imported Fukuoka Amao strawberries selling for nearly 20AUD each. [gallery...

After missing out on the opportunity to try this restaurant earlier today, we returned for dinner. This restaurant was a nicely decorated and cleaner restaurant, which also had Japanese-style private rooms available. The waitress convinced mum to order a small platter of various fish paste items for ¥1000. We also ordered two bowls of udon – one with the ‘original’ broth and the other with miso (¥890 each). Having curry broth costs extra. Mum thought the udon at West was nicer because hers was a bit ‘soggy’. I...