|Narita-Hakata(Fukuoka) Sun 27th Narita 07:00 7.5°C, cloudy - Hakata 17:00 11°C, sunny.
Took the hotel shuttle bus to NRT T2 at 07:40, Mel made the last of our shinkansen seat bookings at the JR East Midori-no-Madoguchi. We have green (1st class) passes, so we're travelling in style.
Boarded the Narita Express from NRT terminal 2 to Shinagawa, about an hour long trip. Narita airport is a lo-ong way from Tokyo! At Shinagawa we boarded the Shinkansen Hikari to Shin-Osaka, smooth and fast ride at 285 kph. It is better to change at Shinagawa as the previous station, Tokyo, is much larger to negotiate.
The cloud cleared from Yokohama on so we had a very nice clear view of snow-capped Mt Fuji, with a strong wind blowing the snow from the top.
Had an hour and a half in Shin-Osaka before travelling in 1st class aboard the Shinkansen Sakura to Hakata. This is the life, 300kph in comfort.
Checked in at the Fukuoka Tenjin Mystays hotel, plenty of room in the standard twin, close to the subway and all the action in Tenjin.