(These next two photos are from a week earlier when I stopped off at the Castle Ruins by myself on my way to Tenjin. By the time I returned with Kat, this beautiful Japanese maple tree had completely lost its leaves)
Back onto the bikes, we went in search of lunch. Unknowingly, it seems to have become routine protocol for me to bring guests to the Keurig Neko Cafe lately. With a room full of adorable rescued stray cats (nora-neko) to play with and good lunch and drink options you can't really go wrong.
Continuing our bike ride through Daimyo's streets after lunch, we popped into a few vintage shops before hitting Tenjin. Here's Kat outside the landmark ACROS building with its lush garden still green and summery.
Some Moomin bubble tea from Canal City was enjoyed riverside in Nakasu as the sun went down (we needed the sugar-energy to get us all the way back to Nishijin on the mamacharis!)
Day two: With enough of the city sightseeing out of the way we hopped in the car on Monday and headed out to the mountains; our goal was Wakasugiyama. I posted lots of photos about the first time Kam and I hiked there last month, so this time I was less snap-happy with the camera. You can see more photos of the mountain trail here.
It was Kat's first time hiking in Japan and she had an awesome time. The sun was out again, the hike was peaceful and full of amazing big sugi (cedar) trees, and we had a well-deserved lunch at the top of Wakasugiyama.
Driving home, we decided it a fitting end to the day to show Kat the landmark of Fukuoka's Momochi Beach: Fukuoka Tower.
By then, it was all over but the goodbyes - a short but very sweet little trip. Thanks for visiting, Kat (and thanks for turning on the sunshine for two perfect-weather days, Fukuoka!) Whenever I get the opportunity to show people around I feel proud and happy to call this beautiful city home.