Hustle and bustle
Hakata station pub-style yakitori
These places are just the ticket for anyone with a bit of time to spare before the last train and need to top up the food and drink a bit. All the pub favourites are there – cold tofu, crunchy chicken balls on sticks, various grilled fish and, of course, beer. Lots of. As it was getting close to last train time, the various establishments were starting to call it a night, leaving the final revellers concentrated in the last-place-standing; now packed with people, smoke and end-of-year back-slapping bonhomie.
Ask for Shirasukujira Hakata eki basutaminaru ten
(Hakata station bus terminal restaurant)