JR Beetle Ferry from Busan to Fukuoka

Personally, I can never get sick of Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Kyoto, Fuji but not Fukuoka. Not many people really think of Fukuoka when you speak of Japan however they’re quite known for their ramen noodles.  Sometimes flight tickets can be expensive and ferry tickets can be reasonable. Since I took the JR Beetle ferry to Fukuoka from Busan, that’s what I’ll focus on.

I bought my ticket online through their website, unfortunately, the site is only available in Japanese and Korean. I had my Korean friend help me but it’s not that hard to buy if you’re using a card that’s not korean. If you are, I highly recommend getting a korean friend to help because sometimes when purchasing things online there’s a lot of process due to security and might have to download the card app on your phone. Now because I purchased my ticket during golden week the prices were still high (240,000won total) but on a normal day they can go as low as 50,000won I think. There are 3 time tables for going and coming back,

8:30 – 11:35
12:10 – 15:15
15:50 – 18:55

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When you get to Busan Port International Passenger Terminal go up to the 3rd floor to check in, you’ll have to pay the fuel surcharge, I think I paid 6,000won. You also get to pick your own seats, I recommend the first floor near the locker storage so you can quickly get in and out. Always try to arrive an hour before checking in at both places. When you go through check-in, the security is quite laid back. I think there is a certain size you have to bring as a carry on but they don’t check the weight or care if you have a water bottle or liquid. I think the weight limit is 20kg but not 100% sure, I can’t read korean well but on my e-ticket it said 20kg so I’m going to assume that’s the weight limit even though they didn’t check.

Just like going on a plane you can bring your own food, however, you can even buy your food before security and eat it on the ferry. If you didn’t bring your kimbap no worries, it’s a 3-hour ride and you can buy food on there. I forgot what they had but just small snacks like a donut, candy, chips, sandwiches, maybe ramen? and coffee or tea.

When you arrive in Japan you don’t need to do another security check but just immigration, very quick. And after that, you take a bus to Hakata station (I think I went on a free shuttle bus, sorry can’t remember).

Coming back from Fukuoka was also quite swift and easy. I took the bus across the street from Hakata Station at bus stop F and you can take either the 88 or 99 bus (maybe there are other buses but those are the only two that I know) and the fare is 230 yen. You have to pay the EXACT change and if you can’t, you could also get change for 1000yen on the bus and pay the exact amount. When you arrive at the terminal you first check in and again, pick your own seats. Afterward you go upstairs and near the entrance to the boarding gate, there’s a machine to buy the fuel surcharge ticket which is 500yen. There was no security check as you leave Fukuoka, I left with two bottles of calpis in my luggage and again, nothing happened. After you show them your boarding pass with the fuel surcharge ticket and passport you go to the boarding gate and that’s where you do your duty-free shopping which is quite small but they did have Royce chocolate!

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Arriving in Busan is when they do the security check which is very quick. I arrived back to Busan around 6:55ish and made it to my KTX train to Seoul at 7:45, you can take a taxi or the shuttle bus, I took a shuttle bus and paid maybe 1,100 won and only had about 10 minutes to spare so the quicker the better.

There are other websites where you can purchase ferry tickets from Busan to Fukuoka, however, I’m not familiar with them or their regulations and supposedly JR Beetle is popular for their quality.

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Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo 공룡알빙수 Dala 100% Chocolate in Busan

Okay, honestly, I’m not the best at blogging so I’ll just try to keep it short and simple. While I was down in Busan (second biggest city in South Korea) I went to visit Dala 100% Chocolate cafe in Seomyeon (서면). Supposedly the chocolate here is really popular although I came here for the Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo which is also called 공룡알빙수, 공룡 means Dinosaur and 공룡알 together means Dinosaur Egg, 빙수 is shaved ice, a popular dessert in South Korea. Since I went to Busan alone I ordered the Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo just for myself. I think it was 11,000won which is maybe around $10usd? The Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo came with a small cup of chocolate syrup, a hammer to crack the egg, and the

The Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo came with a small cup of chocolate syrup, a hammer to crack the egg, and the bingsoo itself, shaved ice on the bottom topped with chocolate shavings, other sorts of chocolate crunches and the egg. In the egg, there were some more chocolate with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and a chocolate dinosaur. In my personal opinion, I have a huge sweet tooth but this was overly sweet. I didn’t think the chocolate was that great, to me, some

In my personal opinion, I have a huge sweet tooth but this was overly sweet. I didn’t think the chocolate was that great, to me, some korean chocolates aren’t very rich, it’s a little tiny bit bland and tastes more of the oil rather than the cacao. So if you want to come to this cafe and looking for some real good chocolate, I wouldn’t recommend in ordering the dinosaur egg bingsoo, but if you want a good picture for the instagram or social media, then come with a friend and snap away.

I put the address that was provided on their facebook page into my navigator (naver) and turned out that it was wrong so I tried to follow directions that was from another blog but was still sort of lost. It’s right next to ESPACE cafe. From Seomyeon Station, I would get out from exit 6 and walk straight until you see NC Mall then turn right and walk two blocks the turn left on Jeonpo Cafe street and walk straight for a little more than two blocks then it should be on your left side. The cafe is quite small but has some nice interior.