(Yes, that's yesterday. And pretty much every other day.)
This weekend, we had a couple sunny days and some friends from Korea in town on a visa run. The tower was on the top of their list, so we were more than happy to oblige. Perfect timing, too: we got to the top just in time for sunset.
|Looking up from the base. As you can see, the thing's actually empty -|
just a run-of-the-mill radio tower sheathed in reflective glass.
|Looking north, over "our" beach.|
|Looking east, over Hakata Bay.|
|Looking south, towards the mountains.|
|Hey, I can see my house from here!|
It's down by the confluence of those little rivers.
|Looking west, towards Itoshima.|
|That mountain is Gofuji, which is Japanese for "little Fuji."|
Of course, the views aren't the only attraction on the observation decks - the tower is also home to the obligatory kitsch. Take, for example, this, um, sculpture?
|"Something will happen when the lovers touch the wings."|
|Seems me and Nana were the only ones without the spark.|
Also a thing? Tiny Shinto shrines, 123 meters up in the air.
Bonus: Some cool night shots, as we made our way from the tower to Nishijin.