Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Kurume: Ishibashi Cultural Center

Ishibashi Cultural Center
〒839-0862 1015 Nonaka-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka

It was a striking sunny Sunday afternoon when I arrived the area of Kurume. I was not expecting for much as I've already in rose festivities in Osaka (2014) and Nagasaki (2016), but the event happened to be an amazing one!

You'll be welcomed by rows of roses and snack bar.  Along with it is a violin concert where viewers can enjoy lying down on the grassland.

It was a long walk to the gardens and apart from roses, there are other varieties of flowers to check-out.

It was a family day for some, a playful event for kids and simply hang out with a violin concert for others.

But definitely, a cheerful even for photography enthusiasts.

While lying on the grass under these pine and maple trees, sipping a rose ice tea literally with petals, waiting for the violin concert - I suddenly got to recognize, " I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. ".  We are bound as one thru music, it was "Amazing Grace" that was playing at the concert stage.

Recommendation: I have enjoyed this place more for testing my photography skills (over the slightly failed Yanagawa walk).  It was a good stop for taking a break from the long walks I’ve been doing on the side streets of Kyushu.  Plus, it was a good spot to listen to violin recital on the background.  Visit the place during spring festivities.  Luckily, I was able to attend Spring Rose Festival (April 29 - May 21), read other festivities on their website.

How to get to Ishibashi Cultural Center

Take the Tenjin Ōmuta Line in Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan. Drop-off at Nishitetsu Kurume Station.  Go the bus terminal just on the ground floor of the subway station.  Go to Section #3, queue on the left side and await for buses no. #1, #9.

This page suggests other alternatives:
  • By train - A 10 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Kurume” Station on the Tenjin-Omuta Line
  • By bus - Take the No. 1, 7, 8, 9, 20, 22, 25, 40, 45 or 48 Nishitetsu bus to Bunka Center Mae stop; directly in front of the stop
Date Visited: May 14, 2017 - Sunday

Summary of 5 days itinerary in 2017 Fukuoka Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Karatsu Castle
Old Karatsu Bank
Shopping at Hakata Underground
Yayoi Teishoku Restaurant
Brunch @ Karatsu Station
Hakata Gofukumachi
Hostel Takataniya
Day 2
Wisteria Tunnel in Kawachi Fuji-en
Mojiko Retro
Hostel Takataniya
Day 3
Yanagawa (you can opt for Dazaifu)
Kurume Ishibashi Cultural Center
Our Lady of Victory (Daimyomachi Church)
FUK white mocha coffee
Hanamidori crunchy chicken
Hostel Takataniya
Day 4
Yufuin, Oita
Shopping at Hakata
Shopping at Canal Mall
Milch cheesecake
A La Mode Goemon - Cheese Tart
Blueberry Dango
Hostel Takataniya
Day 5
Temples and Shrines in Gion-Hakata
Nakasu-Kawabata Market
Tenjin Undeground Market
Yoshinoya - Beef rice toppings
Udon Soba with Fish Cakes
Hostel Takataniya