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  • December is one of the most festive times of year to be in Fukuoka City, when the sun

  • goes down, the lights go up, and the spirit of Christmas fills the air.

  • Whether you're visiting with friends, family, or a loved one, there's sure to be a Christmas

  • holiday event that fits your style.

  • So we're here at the Hakata Christmas Market.

  • This is the fourth year, I think?

  • The fourth year that the Christmas Market has been held here in Hakata, and every year

  • it just gets better, there's so much to do, so much to eat, so much to see!

  • And now there's music.

  • Live music!

  • So, let's check it out, let's have fun together!

  • With live music and entertainment, sizzling hot street food, hot chocolate and hot wine,

  • this German inspired Christmas Market in front of Hakata Station is a great place to drop

  • by to grab a bite of food or listen to some music before catching your train home.

  • The stalls are often staffed by foreign language students, giving the entire market an international

  • and multicultural feel.

  • Got some hot chocolate and some chocolate!

  • The most interesting part of the christmas market for me though, are the souvenir stalls.

  • This Christmas Market imports traditional and handmade Christmas decorations from Europe,

  • bringing a bit of authenticity to the Japanese Christmas tradition.

  • Many of the souvenirs here are things I had often grown up with, but for many Japanese,

  • they are seeing them for the first time.

  • These are so cool!

  • They have, like, Christmas scented incense cones.

  • That'll be nice.

  • Local artists from Fukuoka are also selling their own handmade Christmas ornaments here.

  • Definitely stop by Hakata Station if you're looking for a fusion of Japanese and Western

  • Christmas culture.

  • Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, there's Tenjin, the popular shopping restaurant

  • district.

  • Here you can also enjoy the Christmas Market--but don't be fooled.

  • Although it is, the same German Christmas Market, there are a few subtle differences

  • that separate it from the one at Hakata.

  • The first difference, is the crowd.

  • Hakata is a transit station, and Tenjin is more of a lifestyle area.

  • Instead of attracting salarymen and singles on their way to the station, Tenjin definitely

  • feels morefamily friendly”, with Santa statues, and glowing christmas trees decorating

  • the area.

  • Another difference?

  • Well, the food is slightly different here too.

  • If you're feeling homesick for some Christmas turkey, then you're going to want to stop

  • by Tenjin!

  • There's no way to look good eating a turkey drumstick.

  • Oh, but don't worry, it's not completely different, you can still get the Christmas

  • Market's signature hot wine here too, wuth a limited edition mug to take home when you

  • are done.

  • So good.

  • And if you're looking for a place nearby to take a break, Keigo Park is a great place

  • to visit as well.

  • Normally a gathering spot for young locals, it's a popular place to sit and take a break

  • from all the excitement in the city.

  • During the holiday season, they also have an ice skating rink in the park.

  • This is a great people-watching spot, and if you want to be surrounded by people without

  • being overwhelmed, Keigo park is the place to go.

  • Finally, my personal favourite place to visit during this season is Fukuoka Tower.

  • There's something about the atmosphere here that is very calming.

  • While it is a popular tourist spot, the holiday set up is so romantic, you'd have to have

  • a heart made of stone to come here and not feel anything.

  • From the top of the tower, you can watch the lights flicker across the vast cityscape,

  • the halls are kept dark and are lit with candles, which really helps set the mood.

  • It's hard not to be charmed by the atmosphere here, making it one of the most romantic spots

  • in Fukuoka to bring a date.

  • And if you're here to celebrate your love, you can do so by taking photos together, or

  • by hanging a lock on the guard rails of the tower.

  • So, if the Christmas Market is a little too busy, and you're looking for something more

  • quiet, secluded, romantic, come to Fukuoka Tower.

  • This is beautiful.

  • I really wish I would come here like, on a date, but every year I come here by myself.

  • Come hang out here!

  • It's nice, romantic, kiss your favorite person, take selfies like this!

  • You'll love it.

  • So, for those of you who are planning on visiting Fukuoka this Christmas, I hope this helps.

  • What would you say your style is?

  • Where would you like to go?

  • Let me know in the comments below, and I'll talk to you next week!

  • Oh and before I forget, if you did like this video it would help a lot if you would press

  • that like button, it helps the youtube algorithm know that this is a video worth watching.

  • And this year I'm also participating in VLOGMAS on my second channel, that means I'm uploading

  • a video every day until Christmas.

  • So if you're interested in checking those out, click the playlist below!

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