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Chubu Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route full day itinerary

We have always heard so much and seen many spectacular views of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, especially the classic snow wall but have never gotten to visit it as we were previously travelling to the more typical touristy destinations. With this longer break, we had purposely planned our itinerary to include the Alpine Route, which was …

Chubu Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Seasonal Festival 2: Fuji Shibazakura festival in Kawaguchiko

If you ask anyone for famous views in Japan, you are likely to hear “Mt Fuji” and “Sakura”. If you are visiting Tokyo between mid April to end May, you must head to the Fuji Shibazakura Festival in Kawaguchiko! The land of pink mosses with the magnificant view of Mt Fuji in the backdrop~~~ trust …

Food Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Kanto (Tokyo) Street food and fast food

Matsuya – eating on a budget

I have always preached that “eating out in Japan can be very affordable” and this can be achieved by dining in Japanese fast food restaurant. Well, I’m not referring to the Western meal of burgers and fries but our typical “Asian” meal of rice and soup. With over 800 restaurants in Japan, Matsuya (松屋) is …

Hokkaido Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Seasonal Festival 1: Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in Hokkaido

Calm blue sky, puffy marshmellow clouds, a million sunflowers – the three elements which form the ever-picturesque view on various print and digital medias, were presented right before me at the Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in Hokkaido. This biggest sunflower field in Japan transformed into a huge yellow landscape in the Hokuryu town every summer, with its annual Himawari …

Chubu Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Kawazu Zakura Cherry Blossom Festival, daytrip from Tokyo

Sakura viewing season in late March or early April is one of the most popular tourist visiting periods in Japan. Travelling during this period also requires early planning to secure flight and accommodation arrangements, which are usually at a premium price. If you would like to avoid this peak period or have the intention to travel …

Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Kanto (Tokyo) Transport Transport - Rails

HyperDia-Tips to plan travel routes in Japan

What is HyperDia? Anyone who first come into contact with the Japanese train system map would be shocked by the massive train routes operated across the country. Sure blurr and stressss at first sight! How do we decipher this colourful criss-cross line map and know which is the best train route to take based on our …

Cafe Floral themed cafe Japan Kanto (Tokyo)

Floral theme Cafe 1: Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

The Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is the first floral theme cafe I have visited and boy, it certainly did not disappoint and remains as one of my favourite theme cafe! A little background about the Aoyama Flower Market: This Japanese flower chain is commonly found in train stations as well as shopping malls in …