Fukuoka: Mangyo-ji, Kushida-jinja, Canal City

In Mangyo-ji Temple, one can find the tomb of Meigetsu, a faithful buddhist from the 1500s.

How do you get over seeing cherry blossoms in full bloom? You don’t.

I managed to catch Fukuoka in its best state ever, and the image of sakura skies will forever be etched on my mind. It’s been 8 months since then, and I’m still crossing my fingers I get to see cherry blossoms again in 2017.

If you want to see cherry blossoms, best to book a flight to Japan first week of April. The forecast changes every year but first week of April is always the safest. You’re sure to catch them in full bloom or at least the tail end when the ground is covered in pink petals.

This trip was short but memorable – I was only in Fukuoka for 2 days, and Nagasaki for less than a day before I had to fly back to Manila. But no complaints here – I’d be happy for a single day in a pink-covered park.

Fukuoka hasn’t changed much since my last visit in 2012 – I went to the same shrines and temples, ate at the same restaurants, and shopped at the same malls from 4 years ago. Seeing all trees with leaves and flowers was different though – I guess I got used to seeing Fukuoka in the dead of winter (end of December/early January).

You can read about my previous visits to Fukuoka here.