Japanese like to misunderstand or overuse the term “future”. Especially to describe parts of cities, which look aesthetically better than the rest and simply remind of a modern western agglomeration like Canary Wharf in London. Yet, I was intrigued by description of Momochi, Fukuoka’s seaside district. I rented a bike and pedalled my way up there.
The place is as futuristic as London being a desert. Although the place had only so much to do with the future, it was very different to an average Japanese urban area. Grid based blocks of flats and skyscrapers, wide bridges over human-made rivers and the baseball stadium with it’s 12 tonne retractable roof make it a very pleasant area to stroll in. On the very coast you will find rubbish-free sandy beaches with palms and the skyline of other side of Fukuoka fading into the horizon.
You will soon be surrounded with jogging and cycling people, training club members, kids laughter as water splash onto their hands and sounds of waves hitting the land. To be honest is somehow feels like you travelled, not necessarily in time, but someplace else outside of Japan.
Give it a go and discover the “futuristic” side of Japan 🙂