On my way back from Michinoeki Munakata, a roadside station near Mother's house in Fukuoka Prefecture, I happened to change the course and thus came across Kono-Minato harbor after quite a few decades.
I would come here for a sketch class through the junior-highschool program, and what all I remembered about the place was an isolated shabby fisherman's wharf. As driving close by the small seaport, I spotted a fresh-looking ferry terminal that said so in three languages, Japanese, English and Korean. Oh well, did we have an "international" terminal unknowingly? At the place where we'd used to finding nothing but "serviceable" rectangular co-op building and its occupants, shy fishermen?
So, I decided to park the car at the parking belonged to the port to find out what it was, and shortly discovered the terminal was a well-equipped and state-of-the-art facility to provide convenient and comfortable waiting place for the passengers to Oshima and Jinoshima islands off Munakata coast.
Particularly, Oshima island, which is just 25 minutes ferry-ride away from Kono-Minato, looked a pretty interesting place to walk around. I will come back to the terminal again in a few days to travel to the island once Siddharth joins us in Fukuoka. Stay tuned!
Fishing nets being dried under June sun.
Ahead triangle roof is "the terminal."
Ferry ticket counter in the terminal.
From the second floor.
From the observation deck of the terminal.
It looks like tourist bus is running in Oshima Island.
Parking is super-cheap, 200 yen after 12 hours.