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Winter Hike at Yamadera, Tohoku Region with tips

Shortly after a warm welcome into 2018, JR Vacation reached a new milestone! We embarked on our first winter hike at Yamadera! It was an exhilarating experience, as well as one of the most memorable highlights of our recent Tohoku winter trip. A little background about Yamadera: Located northeast of Yamagata City, Yamadera (literally translated …

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Little Birds Themed Cafe – Kotori Cafe Omotesando

Sipping exclusively available Hawaiian-Japanese coffee, tasting delicious and exquisite home-made tarts and cakes, admiring colourful birds, surrounded by their beautiful singing and chirping. This very blissful scenario took place at a cozy “little birds” themed cafe – Kotori Cafe in Omotesando. Admittedly, I am not an aggressive bird lover but at the end of my visit, …

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Celebrating New Year’s Day (Ganjitsu) in Japan

1st January, New Year’s Day also known as Ganjitsu is the most important holiday in Japan. For your information, Gan means “beginning” and Jitsu means “Day”. Ganjitsu is a joyous holiday that marks a new and fresh beginning into the year. After your New Year’s Eve countdown (you may refer to another entry here: New Year’s Eve Countdown Options in Japan), you may want …

Cafe Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Shopping Shopping malls and streets Themed cafes

Orange Street, Osaka (cafe and shopping) (Part 2)

After a short walk and delightful lunch at Timeless Comfort Cafe, let’s continue to explore the rest of Orange Street! –> After Timeless Comfort, you will see a relatively industrial looking shop with an interesting signage of multiple faces. That is ASOKO. ASOKO sells miscellaneous affordable lifestyle goods. The concept reminds me of Three Coins …

Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Autumn Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park near Tokyo

The beauty of Japanese flower fields is widely acclaimed and you are able to enjoy stunning colourful natural flower landscape at Hitachi Seaside Park, which is located just less than 2 hours away from Tokyo! Hitachi Seaside Park is situated on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast and is home to beautiful flower blooms …

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Cheap Udon Restaurant – Sanuki Udon Hanamaru

Throughout our vacations in Japan, we are always on a lookout for restaurant chains that are economical and delicious! If you are a fan of Japanese noodles, particularly UDON, we are happy to recommend to you this udon franchised chain restaurant in Japan – Sanuki Udon Hanamaru. Some informative facts about udon: Udon is a …

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Rilakkuma X Tower Records Cafe (Kiiroitori Diary)

During my recent long summer vacation in Tokyo, I visited the Rilakkuma (Kiiroitori Diary) themed cafe hosted by Tower Records Cafe at Omotesando. This pop-up cafe was a little unique as it revolved around Rilakkuma’s friend – Kiiroitori (the yellow chick)! Some fun facts about Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori: Rilakkuma is produced by San-X, a Japanese …

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Orange Street, Osaka (cafe and shopping) (Part 1)

If Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is too touristy, mainstream, crowded and loud for you, then I would recommend you to explore the nearby ORANGE STREET Osaka, located just within a leisure 20-minute walk. The 800 meters Orange Street is gaining popularity among the hipster crowd in Osaka with its small cluster of quaint and chic cafes, …

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Hair Salon Euphoria Ginza Grande Tokyo (English speaking)

One of the distinctive characteristics of Japanese culture is their impeccable grooming standards, especially their perfectly groomed salon hair. In fact, there are aplenty hair salons in Tokyo but language barrier pose a huge hurdle for tourists like us. Unfortunately, Japanese hair salons in Singapore are extremely pricey. Finally 4 years ago, I found a …

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Night Activities in Tokyo for Non-Clubbers

First-time visitors to Tokyo who have just finished dinner are often surprised and disappointed to find shops and malls closing as early as 8pm to 8.30pm. Now feeling re-energized after dinner and you are ready for 1 more activity/place to visit before calling it a day.  If you are a late owl yet a non-clubber, …