Moving from a ryokan to modern city hotel

We travelled from Yufuin by coach to Fukuoka City. The journey took about 2 hours and 30 mins,mostly via expressway. The cost of the coach fare was about S$30 each. The ride was smooth without traffic jam except in Fukuoka City whereby the traffic was a bit heavy. We booked a hotel (Forza) a minute from the Hakata Railway Station. The hotel was modern with bath and shower. It was reasonably priced at S$150 a night for 2.

Hakata Station is a major railway station in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. It is the largest and busiest station in Kyushu, and is a gateway to other cities in Kyushu for travellers from Honshu. The Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka ends at this station. The station was rebuilt in 2011. The main building was torn down and a new, larger station building—as well as office buildings and new platforms—was constructed. The station reconstruction project was initiated specifically for the Kyushu Shinkansen extension from Hakata to Shin-Yatsushiro Station which continues southward through its existing route to Kagoshima-Chūō Station. The new station building has Hankyu Department Store, its first branch store in Kyushu, as a tenant, as well as other first-in-Kyushu branch retailers including Tokyu Hands.

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