Saturday, April 21, 2018

Kyushu Expressway Pass for overseas customers.


RVing in Japan.
Kyushu Rental Camper is now offering KEP : Kyushu Expressway Pass.


A great deal for our overseas customers. Check out this link to read more about how to obtain this pass:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

An RV trip to Shikoku Island.


Friends Ayumi and Moses with their puppies 
took our pet-OK RV for a spin around Shikoku Island. 

A perfect 1 week destination from Fukuoka.


All on Board.


RV at rest.




Shikoku Island.
Well known for temples, scenery, pilgrimage and 
......more temples.









Who's Gonna Drive You Home...?

Explore by camper, way to go.
(pictures by Ayumi/Moses).

Mail us for info:

hikefukuoka@gmail.com

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Off the Beaten Track hike in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

Off the Beaten Track in Itoshima.

Are you ready to join our hike ?

How and Where?
Take the subway/train from Fukuoka
 and get off at  Imajuku Station.
Meet you at the 7/11 across the road.


The hike is:
a pleasant 2K walk through a small village, 
along rice fields & gardens.
 Then we follow a winding river 
untill ......


  ...the start of the hike.
To the top it is about an other 2K.
At a slow pace it takes about 45 minutes.


  Easy going does it.
Plenty of resting spots and great viewing.





 Then dependending , we can continue for another 2 hours along the ridge or make a U-turn.



This year, the weather at the peak of the Sakura Blossoming
was just plain perfect.
Lucky us.

Next flowers to look out for is: Fuji, aka Wisteria.
Peak: late April.







On the way back to the station, we spotted this mobile supermarket.
Aint it cute?


Want to join Off the Beaten Track?

hikefukuoka@gmail.com

Friday, March 30, 2018

RVing in Japan made easy 7

RVing in Japan made easy.

We dropped in at Omuta Hanapurasukan Rest Area.
One of the many "road stations" that can be found in Kyushu.
Great for a rest, feed, toilet or even an overnight (free of charge) stop.



See more about those road-stations 


or HERE  

Want to go and explore Kyushu or Honshu by camper?

Drop us a line at    hikefukuoka@gmail.com

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring is Here.

Drive N See went for a pleasant 
drive & hike including an
Ika Sashimi Lunch at Yobuko in Saga Ken.
On the way, we made a stop for a stroll
at the Karatsu Castle Gardens.



Quality time at Nanatsugama Park between Karatsu and Yobuko.
One of our favorite places to visit.
Great views over Genkai Sea.


 Yobuko is well known for its fish.
Most famous dish is fresh squid served as Ika-Ikizukuri.
Around town all sorts of fish are dried and seasoned.
Clearly, today was a perfect day to do so.


Yobuko, homeport for many fishermen.


Would you like to go for a Drive N See in Fukuoka or Saga?
Mail us for info.

hikefukuoka@gmail.com




Wednesday, March 14, 2018

RVing in Japan made easy 6

RVing in Japan made easy.

Where to camp for the night?

This picture shows Esther the RV parked for the night.
We found this possy off-the-road, next to a temple.

Btw, usually when you spot huge trees like these...there is a temple to be found.



After breakfast a hike into the hills 
treated us to these kind of sceneries.

Bet you wish you where here....

contact us for details at: hikefukuoka@gmail.com


Sunday, March 11, 2018

RVing in Japan made easy 5

RVing in Japan made easy.

Kyushu has plenty of winding mountain roads 
and hence plenty of mirror aids. 
Great for making selfies  .
This is @ Takachiho, Miyazaki ken.

Because there is limited parking available at the gorge,
we left our RV @ the car park on the top and walked this road, a pleasant 20 minute stroll.

Explore Kyushu by camper, way to go.






The gorge.


Contact us for a quote.
You'll be surprised how affordable, and fun, 
your Japan trip becomes.

hikefukuoka@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

RVing in Japan made easy 4


RVing in Japan made easy.

Where? Route R 388.
We made a stop at this road-station, located at a scenic lake. Good place for a stroll, a quick bite and some coffee.
It's OK for an overnight P, clean toilets, 24h.



The shores of the lake are covered with Sakura trees.
It must be awesome to visit this place in March.


And yes, they do sell ice cream....

Explore Japan by campervan,
Way to Go.




Monday, February 26, 2018

RVing Japan made easy 3


RVing in Japan made easy 3.


All camper-rentals in Japan come with car-navigation. BUT unfortunately they only work in Japanese mode.
We always use Google Navi via our tablet/smartphone/wifi.
Works perfect.



Thursday, February 22, 2018

RVing & sightseeing trip around Mt Tara, Saga ken in January.

In January we took Esther the RV
 for a weekend spin around 
Mt Tara in Saga ken, Kyushu.

This part of Japan and especially at this time of the year
 it is off-the-beaten-track.
Nice and quiet.
First day was exploring birdlife near the Ariaki Sea, next day was land-inwards.

There are truly zillion of soaking options in Saga ken, so of course we enjoyed a wonderful bath at one of the hot-springs.

Slept a peaceful sleep at the parking lot near a playground park (super clean toilets),
and woke up next morning to a wintery wonderland with snow at the higher altitude roads.
(Both hotspring and parking area are along route 444, 
not far from each other).



Typical mountain road...
1 car at a time.


The sudden change in weather made it into a magic scenery.


 Esther the RV.
Small, cozy and multi purpose. 


The fields across this valley have some tea crops.
So now you know how Iced Tea is grown ;-)



Traditional farm-house.
Luff those roof constructions.



Steaming hills.


Things you see when driving around Saga ken....


...and things you eat in Ureshino, small town famous for its hot springs and.....
Tofu nabe.
Wake me up any time!! 
Yummy.


See Marijke's blog for the birding part:


Want to rent a campervan?
email: hikefukuoka@gmail.com

Exploring Kyushu by RV, 
Way to Go.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

RVing in Japan made easy 2

RVing in Japan made easy.
Here and there but especially in the countryside,
you can encounter Honesty Fruit & Vegie stalls. Just drop the right amount of yen in the box and take your goodies. いただきます。


Sunday, February 11, 2018

RVing in Japan made easy 1


RVing in Japan made easy.




Here we made a pit-stop at one of the zillion convenience stores. 
Hot fresh coffee, good quality pre-cooked food, general food supplies, place to drop off small amount of rubbish, clean toilets (courtesy: ask the staff if you can make use of the loo).
Even an overnight stay is "okay" but not recommended as trafffic is coming and going all hours.
There are plenty of places to camp.

For free.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Do you smell it too? Is Spring in the Air?

Last Monday and Tuesday it was still weather like this:  


Confusing neh.


But then on Friday,
a warm weather front came to town.
So, quickly the hiking shoes got out and off we went to
Mt Kanondake in Imajuku, a mere 20 minute drive.


  Start of the trail, ample parking, a vending machine, a toilet
walking aids and more important: a mountain spring supplying fresh and tasty drinking water to fill the flask.


 At the top, facing West, Itoshima countryside.


Facing East.
Down there is Fukuoka.
So near, so far.


 Facing North.
Hakata Bay with Nokonoshima in the center.
That was a pleasant 3 hour hike.
Isn't Fukuoka a wonderful place to live at?
Town, sea, mountains. All nearby.


And oh boy,
Do i smell Spring....?