From Hiroshima our plan was to venture towards Aso San, and having to change at Fukuoka on the way. At this point Typhoon Usagi (rabbit) hit Japan and scuppered our plans!
Our connecting train was at 5:30pm in Fukuoka and when we asked which platform to go to we were told all trains out that evening had been cancelled because of the oncoming typhoon. All accomodation had also been fully booked due to the typhoon also - not good! I asked what we were supposed to do and the information lady justy shruggered - no suggestions.
I sat down and Matt tried phoning some places from our Lonely Planet. A Japanese girl was next to me and I started a conversation with her, thinking she was in the same boat as us (she wasn't). Matt returned and asked her what she suggested we do and at this point the true generosity of the Japanese people shone through! She walked us through the rain for about 10 minutes to an all night internet cafe, did all our talking for us and got us in there for the night, before walking back to the station to meet her sister! She was so lovely!
We stayed there in reclining leather chairs, with internet and TV, and drinks on tap, for 15 hours. All for 3000 Yen (about 13 pounds).
What was looking like it was going to be a nightmare of a night turned out very well indeed!
We woke the next morning to carry on our trip.