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First solo trip- staying in Dormy Inn Ueno Okachimachi

Had my first solo Japan trip in summer 2015. I decided to stay in my regular hotel chain – Dormy Inn for a peace of mind, and was lucky to obtain a good rate for the newly opened Dormy Inn Ueno Okachimachi! Well, that’s my only visit in this property as the room rates have …

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Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo

JR Vacation says… Summer is incomplete without viewing hanabi (fireworks)! Our first hanabi viewing was in Summer 2015 at The Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo. Many Japanese dressed up in Yukata and were at site way in advanced, placing their picnic mats in a very orderly manner. We were watching it from across on …

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Ryokan Experience, Kourakuen in Otaru 小樽宏楽園温泉旅館

Staying in a Japanese Ryokan is one of the unique experience that visitors to Japan must try. These japanese-style inns offer traditional facilities like onsen, tatami floors, futon beds and multi course meals known as Kaiseki. As part of our Hokkaido trip, we went to for a day stay at Kourakuen Onsen Ryokan in Otaru. …

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Hello Kitty Cafe – Cafe de Miki, Tokyo

Being a longstanding fan, I’m absolutely over the moon to find a Hello Kitty cafe in Odaiba, Tokyo! Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty is a partnership between Hello Kitty and Paris Miki Holdings, a popular eyewear company in Japan, which explains a bespectacled Kitty-chan logo. Had a super lovely time in the cafe! Love the Hello Kitty themed …

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Exploring Himeji in A Day (Himeji Castle)

Himeji (姫路市 Himeji-shi) is a city in Hyogo Prefecture, which is well-known for its magnificent and enchanted Himeji Castle, both a UNESCO world heritage site and a national treasure. Located less than an hour away from other major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, Himeji makes a great destination for an accessible day-trip within the …

Chugoku Featured Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Tottori Sand Dunes – The largest sand dunes in Japan

If you have always reminisced childhood sand playing at playground or envisioned visiting a desert, visit the tottori sand dunes (also known as Tottori Sakyu, 鳥取砂丘) to satisfy your dream! Located in the east of Tottori prefecture at western Japan, Tottori houses the largest sand dunes in the country, spanning an area of over 30 …

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JR Vacation Travel Talk #3 – Miyajima Torii Gate, Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

JR Vacation says: We embarked on an adventurous multi-cities winter trip in 2015, which brought us to Osaka-Kyoto-Hiroshima-Miyajima-Hokkaido-Tokyo-Kawazu all within 6 days! Here we are at the famous great Torii Gate during low tide in Miyajima (the Torii Gate also signifies the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine). During high tide, the Torii Gate will be partially …

Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Breathtaking view of 4.5 million Nemophila Flowers In A Sea Of Blue at Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki

The miharashi hill at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki dawns a blue coat of nemophila (also known as “baby blue eyes”) every mid April to May, and I finally witness the magnificent sight today! Another highlight at Hitachi Seaside Park is also their Tulips Garden! So.so.so beautiful. ? Nemophila Harmony- the blue landscape of nemophila. …

Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi 足利フラワーパーク, 栃木県 – The World’s Most Beautiful Wisteria Comes Alive At This Park, And Lots Of Beautiful Tulips Too!

Last month, we went to Ashikaga Flower Park for the most beautiful great wisteria in the world. The full bloom is expected to be right now (early May) and we were one or two weeks earlier. The flowers and wisteria were still spectacular enough! There is a new JR station named after the Ashikaga Flower …

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JR Vacation Travel Talk #2 – Our longest ever train ride, Wagyu beef and Autumn leaves at Kawaguchiko

JR Vacation says: This photo was taken in our longest-ever train ride (approximate 6-7 hours) from Ueno in Tokyo to Hakodate in Hokkaido in winter 2014. We wanted to experience traveling from a non-snowy city to a snowy city; the magical moment of witnessing snow when the train travels out from the tunnel. It was …