Yanagawa is about 1.5 hours train ride from Hakata, making it perfect for a day trip. Here are two reasons why you should visit Yanagawa: (1) the boat ride through the canals, and (2) the local specialty Unagi no Seiromushi – steamed unagi (eel) rice. Since the boat ride takes 70 minutes, I purposely took the morning tour. Then we can eat the delicious eel rice for lunch right after our ride!
Let me start off by saying that I’m not a flower person. I’m not one to buy flowers for decorations nor like to receive them as gifts. However, if you happen to visit Japan during Sakura (cherry blossom) season, it’s hard not to fall in love with them. During this time, you will find also sakura festivals taking place at local parks. Let’s take a look at what Hanami, the tradition of flower viewing, is like in Japan.
Every time we visit Japan, we would eat rice balls or onigiri whenever we want a light meal or snack. That’s because they are delicious and convenient! While you can find onigiri in every convenient store, the best tasting rice balls I found were from specialty shops where rice is pretty much the only thing you can buy, such as rice balls or rice cooked with other ingredients. These places often have onigiri made with seasonal ingredients and I find the texture of their rice balls more superior (likely because they are made fresh).
In April, I took my parent-in-law and my aunts to Kyushu, Japan for a family trip. During our 12-day, self-guided tour around the northern areas of Kyushu we have:
- set foot in over 13 cities,
- rode on a mini cruise,
- visited local markets,
- soaked in hot springs,
- sat in a designer train, and
- ate lots of delicious Japanese food.
What’s the best part of the trip? Well, I loved everything! But if we must choose, here are the top 6 things to do in Northern Kyushu based on our experience.
When I cook bibimbap at home, I like to double the recipe. That is because I can use the same ingredients to make Gimbap or Onigirazu. Using one recipe and serving it 3 ways allows me to present the same foods to Mr. Chau without worrying that the meals are too repetitive. That’s because each presentation is slightly different.
Hey there, I’m Jan, a food and travel enthusiast based in Burnaby, BC. I enjoy cooking because I believe food brings people together. Plus, I think the best way to experience different cultures is through the belly! Here you’ll find easy to make and hubby approved recipes, with a side of my travel and dine out adventures.