Sights to see around Kitakyushu, Japan

Some of you might know that I once lived in Japan for three years. That was in the early to mid-1990s. Besides having many fond memories and souvenirs of all kinds (including our son, who was born there), I also have some good friends there.

My friend, Yoshiko Harada, sent me these lovely photos today, and so the credits for the following photos go to her .

She attended the 6th Oktoberfest (held in April and May) in Kitakyushu earlier in the day. The timing for this month-long event is perfect: spring temperatures are very pleasant in Japan, and the rainy season is till a few weeks away.

Where: Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City, Kokura Kita-ku, Jyonai, Katsuyama Park
When: 4th of April until the 8th of May
Opening times: 11:00am until 21:00pm

Prost! (German) Kampai! (Japanese)

Oktoberfest Kokura Kita-ku, Jyonai, Katsuyama Park

For more natural beauty around Kitakyushu, visit the Kawachi Wisteria Gardens (Wisteria is ‘Fuji’ in Japanese).
Tickets for the Fuji Garden can be bought at 7-Eleven or Family Mart stores.

Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu

Visit https://kawachi-fujien.com/ for more information.

Last, but not least, there is the Kokura Castle. I don’t think I have ever seen in such beautiful darkness.

Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu

What to See near Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

While in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, most of my time was spent resting in the garden. If I wasn’t reading, then I was dozing in my lounge chair underneath a canopy of leaves.

Some mornings, we drove around the vicinity and stopped in other villages for lunch. The best place to have lunch is right there in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain though. Visit the La Grange (open from noon – 6pm) for its daily specials.

One of those morning trips took us back to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, where we had vacationed in 2003.

Châteauneuf en Auxois

There are busloads of visitors coming to Châteauneuf en Auxois, including students on field trips.

We also visited the Abbay of Fontenay one morning (entrance fee: euro 10 p.p.) In 2004, the gardens of Fontenay were awarded the National Label ‘Remarkable Garden’ by the Ministry of Culture.

I love trees, so was in awe when I saw the gardens’ gigantic bicentennial plane tree, which was planted in 1780 and measures approximately 40m in height.

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