Hakata Tues 21st Nov. 4.4-15°C, clear & sunny.
Went by subway to Hakata Stn. Strolled 10min to Sumiyoshi Jinja, said to be the oldest of 2,200 "Sumiyoshi Shrines" in Japan.
This shrine has a deep connection to sumo since ancient times, and hosts the Asakayama Stable for the November Japan Grand Sumo Tournament. Peaceful and quiet, with many areas to explore in a natural setting amongst large mature trees. Easy to spend an hour or two here.
Hakata Station is a huge shopping complex with restaurants, cafes, etc. There is a viewing area on the roof where you can watch planes land in the centre of the city. A balcony on the west side has nice city views.