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  • Hey guys, my name is Micaela and this is what happened when I took a boat from Fukuoka,

  • Japan to Busan, South Korea.

  • This month, at the beginning of the month, was my dear friend Dana's birthday and Dana

  • is one of my favorite people in Fukuoka because she's always down for everything.

  • When I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday this year she told me that she

  • wanted to take the ferry from Fukuoka to Busan, Korea and spend a few days over there.

  • Do you want to go get some won?

  • So we've gone through immigration, we've got our tickets.

  • Everything is going according to plan except that today is quite stormy and they're saying

  • that the waves are between two and a half and three meters in height.

  • That's quite bumpy and if luck is against us today we might actually come back to Hakata.

  • We'll see how it goes.

  • I'm hoping we make it to Busan but, yeah.

  • The JR Beetle is a two-story high speed ferry that operates with two hydrofoils which lift

  • the hull above the water's surface, reducing contact with waves and minimizing seasickness.

  • It takes about three hours for the Beetle to navigate between Hakata Port and Busan

  • International Terminal.

  • It's normally smooth sailing between the ports, however on stormy days like today the three

  • meter waves can slightly resemble a three hour long roller coaster.

  • The good news, though, is that although they warned that they may turn back because of

  • the storm, the Beetle actually has a service rate of 97 percent and rarely cancels a voyage.

  • We did it!

  • We're a little seasick.

  • Oh my God.

  • We passed through a storm and it was raining, the boat was rocking, people were getting

  • sick, but we made it and it's so sunny in Busan and I'm excited about that.

  • Busan is the second largest city in South Korea.

  • It has a very similar vibe to Fukuoka City.

  • With cobalt blue seas and a mountainous landscape there's surely to be something for everyone

  • here.

  • At least that's what the guidebooks told us.

  • We arrived in Busan not knowing much about it at all, but the tourist office had plenty

  • of English resources to help us out.

  • We're in Busan Station and it's time for our first meal.

  • This is a beef bone dumpling soup.

  • It's a soup with a beef bone broth and dumplings.

  • It's pretty straight forward actually.

  • It's topped with seaweed and a little bit of egg.

  • Dana got the exact same thing, except hers has mochi in it too.

  • Dana: I think this is the mochi.

  • Oh there it is!

  • There it is!

  • Let's eat.

  • Navigating the subway can seem a little intimidating at first, but in Busan it's pretty straightforward.

  • The ticketing machines have an English setting and the station maps have station names written

  • in English as well.

  • Even without knowing any Korean we can easily find our way around the city.

  • We just came to Centum City which is a huge department store, shopping mall.

  • This mall structure is supposed to have the best spa facility in Busan.

  • We're really tired.

  • We've been up since 6 a.m. so the first thing that we want to do in Korea, in Busan during

  • this trip is relax at the spa.

  • Maybe take a nice hot bath, just treat ourselves.

  • When we first checked in the spa the first thing we had to do was have a shower and then

  • slip into a hot springs and cleanse ourselves, make ourselves ready to enjoy the sauna and

  • the rest of the spa facility.

  • Now we've switched into these really loose fitting comfortable pajama-like room wear.

  • We can lounge around the facility for four hours.

  • Admission was only $15, which is incredibly cheap.

  • Now Dana and I are outdoors.

  • We're enjoying a foot bath.

  • We're at the café where we just got jugs of pomegranate vinegar juice because it's

  • good for your health and beauty, apparently.

  • You guys that felt so good.

  • We ended up staying for four hours, for the whole four hours.

  • Yeah, it's so nice.

  • I am so glad we did this.

  • I feel totally refreshed but also very sleepy and lazy and hungry.

  • Hopefully now we're going to find something really good to eat.

  • If this is your first time in South Korea you cannot go wrong with samgyeopsal.

  • This is an easy choice even for the non-adventurous eater since you have complete control over

  • what goes in your mouth.

  • Here you go, beautiful lettuce wrap.

  • You can choose your cut of meat, you can choose how to cook your meat, and you can choose

  • what goes into your lettuce wraps.

  • It's filling, cheap and so satisfying.

  • When you visit Korea, if you're visiting for the first time, you're not sure what to eat,

  • check out Korean yakiniku, eat some samgyeopsal, it's amazing.

  • The next morning we decided to hang out around our Airbnb and explore Seomyeon.

  • The district known as the downtown of Busan.

  • It is supposedly one of the most populated areas of Busan.

  • Compared to the human congestion in Seoul, it didn't feel crowded here at all.

  • Here in Seomyeon we managed to do all of our shopping, stopping at all of the famous Korean

  • beauty brands and makeup shops along the way.

  • So cute.

  • When we were done we dropped into the underground shopping mall and headed for the subway line

  • to check out another popular district known as Nampo-Dong.

  • We're in Nampo-Dong, which is supposed to be a great place for shopping and food.

  • We found a little escalator and went up to see what we could find and now we're at the

  • top of the hill.

  • I just know once we're at the top of the stairs we're going to get a great view of Busan from

  • the top.

  • At the top of this hill stands Busan Tower.

  • For a small fee you can go to the top and enjoy a coffee over some breathtaking scenery.

  • Up here you can get a very clear idea of the layout of Busan City and admire the breathtaking

  • beautiful ocean.

  • Oh my gosh, you guys, this is so pretty.

  • We can see all of Busan from up here.

  • You can really appreciate the scale of the city.

  • I almost wish we came here on the first day so we could have had a better idea of the

  • entire layout of the city just so we could mentally visualize where we were.

  • If you're traveling to Busan for the first time I would recommend coming here

  • on day one.

  • That's very bright.

  • Nampo-Dong is home to another shopping district, although his area feels a little more urban

  • and commercially developed than Seomyeon.

  • With street merchants, brand name shops, food stalls and Busan Tower all located within

  • walking vicinity, this area is really popular with tourists.

  • This is a great place to test your courage and try out some street food.

  • Thank you.

  • Yay!

  • I know that food stalls like this can be a little bit intimidating for people who can't

  • read or speak Korean.

  • I can't speak or read Korean either but all we did was point to the foods that we wanted

  • and they're happy to do business with you.

  • We got our food cut into little bite size pieces and we're eating it here and it's lovely.

  • The next must eat food on our list is hotteok because in Busan the hotteok has a different

  • filling than in Seoul.

  • I don't really know, I haven't had one yet.

  • Apparently the most delicious place is this place with this huge lineup.

  • Now that Dana and I aren't angry any more we're going to get in line and see what all

  • the fuss is about.

  • As you can see inside the hotteok it looks like the filling is peanuts and sunflower

  • seeds and some dried fruit.

  • This is a little more salty and savory than the ones that we've tried in Seoul.

  • As you saw there were literally just fried in butter so these are going to be a high

  • calorie snack.

  • We'll probably get one more before we leave.

  • Here we are, Airbnb.

  • This Korean apartment is very big, very spacious and has a very tall roof, which is something

  • you don't really see in Japanese apartments.

  • It's very interesting.

  • Also the floors are heated, which is so nice.

  • The stairs to the loft where the beds are.

  • They are not made because we've slept in them.

  • This is what I thought was really, really funny.

  • It looks like a regular old cupboards over here but when you open this, this is in fact

  • the refrigerator.

  • It would be really hard to cook here because they only have this little tiny thing.

  • What is it?

  • A stove with two little burners.

  • Then down here I believe is the laundry.

  • I don't know why they put the laundry in the kitchen but I guess that's a thing in Korea.

  • Yes, Reimen, Reimen.

  • Some cold noodles, traditional Korean cold noodles.

  • This will be the last thing we eat before we go back to Fukuoka.

  • We just came back to the International Port in Busan and it's a beautiful day.

  • They are not forecasting any major waves and it should be clear sailing all the way to

  • Fukuoka.

  • This trip is incredibly easy to make if you're living in Fukuoka.

  • If you book early, the earlier you book the cheaper the ferry tickets will be.

  • We got our tickets, they were round trip.

  • They're 9,800 yen, so $98, under $100 which is really, really cheap.

  • I actually think that if you book months in advance they're even cheaper than that.

  • If it's something that you think that you would like to try while you're living in Fukuoka,

  • don't be afraid.

  • Don't be afraid.

  • I do wish we were staying longer but because it's so easy to get here and because it's

  • so cheap, I know that I'll just come back another time.

  • If you're staying in Fukuoka and you're looking for a nice weekend getaway that doesn't cost

  • too much but is still very exciting, consider it.

  • Consider coming to Busan.

  • It's not that scary.

  • If you could move from wherever the hell you lived before to Japan, I'm sure you can do

  • a weekend trip to Busan.

  • Toughen up.

  • It's really easy, the food's great, there's tons to do.

  • It's plenty interesting enough for a weekend.

  • Now you know it's possible.

  • Now you know that anything is possible.

  • Anything is possible.

  • Have fun.

Hey guys, my name is Micaela and this is what happened when I took a boat from Fukuoka,

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FUKUOKA TO BUSAN | Taking the Ferry from Japan to Korea

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