Costa Victoria North Asia Cruise: Arrival in Fukuoka, Japan
If you are following my social media accounts, you probably know how much of my time is dedicated to traveling. And that does not include meetings and errands that I fix just to maximize my time in Manila. With so many things to explore and do, I even missed a flight for a luxury staycation in KL last month.
What I love about my job is the travel opportunities it brings and, of course, the new friends I meet along the way. A couple of months back, I joined tour operators in exploring Romblon‘s potential cruise ship destinations courtesy of DOT MIMAROPA. A few months later, I got an invitation from Travel People to join their Costa Victoria North Asia Cruise Online Influencers Fam Tour. Travel People is the Philippines preferred sales agent and shore excursion operator of Europe’s leading cruise company, Costa Cruises.
That’s what I love about traveling. Apart from the beautiful experiences, it also opens up a lot of opportunities for me.
Day 1: Arrival in Fukuoka
Due to tight security measures following a terrorist attack in Davao City, travelers were advised to come to the airport at least four hours before the. With too much excitement and just to make sure I will not miss my flight, I arrived at the airport half an hour earlier than the required.
I immediately went to the check in counter and was surprised it was already opened unlike before where check in counters will only open usually 2 hours before the flights. As to the additional security measures, I can’t see any difference at all but overall, it was fast and efficient process.
Our PAL flight was also impressive with only five minutes delay. It only takes 3.5 hours to reach Fukuoka from Manila airport which makes it a short haul flight.
From the airport, Wil, Cora, Daniel and I went straight to Hotel Nikko Fukuoka (hotel info) to check in and rest before our scheduled dinner with Regina from Costa Cruises. At around 7pm, we walked towards Hakata Central Train Station to have some dinner at Ishikura Restaurant. I ordered Pork in Soy Sauce Bento since I’m cutting down on seafood. I recently found out that the uric acid in my blood is quite high. Pork may not be the healthiest but it’s the safest option I have on their menu.
Our host mentioned that Fukuoka is known as one of the best food destinations in Japan and I couldn’t agree more after having our dinner at Ishikura Restaurant. After our hosted dinner, we walked back to Hotel Nikko which is just five minutes away from Hakata Station where we had our dinner.
We would have loved to stay longer to chat with bloggers from Hong Kong but we had to sleep early for our second day activities in the City of Fukuoka.
Watch Cora’s Youtube Video about how she got lost during our first day in Fukuoka, Japan