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5 cafe and coffee shop to get your breakfast in Japan

We usually start our day in Japan with simple breakfast like bread and coffee. There are countless chain cafe in major cities and it is so easy to find one of them along any street. We do not have special preference and will normally just hop into the nearest one. Here are 5 of our …

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Anami Kaigan Ancient Rocks – 穴見海岸安山岩

Sometimes, you don’t need a guidebook to explore off the beaten track places in Japan. Like how we discover the ancient rocks at Anami Kaigan, found at the Shin’onsen district of Hyogo Prefecture. While driving from Kinosaki Onsen to Tottori sand dune, we made a pit stop at the road side and saw some weird …

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Kobe Night View and enjoying Kobe Premium Beef

The night view of Kobe is among the Top 3 Night Views of Japan, together with Hakodate as seen from Mount Hakodate in Hokkaido, and Nagasaki as seen from Mount Inasa in Nagasaki. All of them are also known as ten million dollar views for the high costs needed to maintain the views. We were at …

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Katsuya Tonkatsu – eating on a budget in Japan

Katsuya Tonkatsu is another popular chain restaurant in Japan that is famous for its curry tonkatsu crispy fried pork cutlet rice. With over 300 shops around Japan, it is easily found and recognisable for anyone looking to get a cheap, nice and filling curry meal. If you had been to Japan or Tokyo, chances are …

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Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion Zen Temple in Kyoto

Kinkakuji (金閣寺) is one of the many top tourist attractions in Kyoto. This Zen temple is 3 storey high with the top 2 covered with gold leaf, making it an absolute beauty together with the surrounding pond and greenery. We visited Kinkakuji on a sunny summer day using the Kyoto area pass that allow unlimited …

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

An honest review of the Top 3 Konbini (Convenience Store) in Japan

Konbini, or convenience stores, can be found in almost every corner of a typical Japanese city street. As tourists, we frequent these shops almost every day, to stock up on snacks and drinks for the night. The 3 major Konbini are 7-11, Family Mart, and Lawson, with a combined of more than 50,000 stores throughout …

Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Places of Interest Visiting

Kinosaki Onsen 城崎温泉 – The Town with 7 Baths in Hyogo

Located at the northern coast of Japan is the charming Kinosaki Onsen Town that is hugely popular among residents in Hyogo, Kyoto, and even Osaka. With a river canal running across the town surrounded by nearby mountains, this onsen town is one of the best place in Japan for visitors to experience the unique japanese …

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Takeda Castle 竹田城跡 – The Machu Picchu of Japan

I’m sure fans of Hayao Miyazaki will be familiar with this animated film. The Takeda Castle is referred as Japan’s Machu Picchu by local residents as it seems to be floating in the air and therefore looks like the castle in the famous animated film. And this is the main reason why we decided to …

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Tips to survive the hot Japan summer – Part 2

Here are a few more tips to survive the hot Japan summer! 6. Enjoy the ice At some shopping streets, there are blocks of ice to help cool down the surroundings. Take advantage of these ice blocks to at least cool your hands. (But no licking of the ice blocks please….). This particular pretty ice …

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Tips to survive the hot Japan summer – Part 1

Japan is now plagued by the heat wave, which has gotten so bad that it is almost considered as a natural disaster. Indeed, even for someone who grew up in all-year summer Singapore, I also find summer in Japan quite distressing at times. Nevertheless, I have learnt to manage the heat and am happy to …