Accommodation Event Hokkaido Japan

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. …

Chubu Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Unique view of Shiraito Waterfall in Karuizawa 白糸の滝

As part of our Karuizawa trip, we decided to wander into nature and explore the famous Shiraito waterfall. The Shiraito no Taki is a short but wide waterfall, measuring 3 metres high and 70 metres wide. It looks almost man-made, like those seen in urban shopping malls. Shiraito waterfall is easily accessible from Karuizawa JR …

Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Visiting the Doraemon Museum in Kawasakiドラえもんミュージアム

Doraemon manga and anime had always been part of our childhood and we were excited to visit the Doraemon Museum (officially known as Fujiko F. Fujio Museum) in Kawasaki city. The museum was built to honour Doraemon’s creator, Mr Hiroshi Fujimoto (pen named Fujiko F. Fujio), and it features lots of fun activities as well …

Event Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Exhibition Vol 2. Featuring iconic manga from the 90s

I visited the Shonen Jump Exhibition at Moro Arts Museum at Roppongi Hill. This is volume 2 of the exhibition that features 1990s flagship manga. Volume 1 are older manga prior to 1990 and Volume 3, scheduled to start in June, will be on manga from 2000s onwards. Although I do like some of the …

Cafe Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Themed cafes

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 …

Castle First Timer Itinerary Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Places of Interest Visiting

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 …

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

CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA Japanese-style Curry

CoCo Ichibanya – Another eating on a budget series in Japan One of our favourite chain restaurants in Japan is the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya. With over a thousand stores in Japan alone, you can easily find one at major shopping streets. CoCo Ichibanya is also inexpensive and each curry rice comes in huge generous …

Chugoku Japan Japan Talk Kanto (Tokyo) Kyushu Places of Interest Random Japan Visiting

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 …

Castle Chubu Japan Visiting

Kanazawa Castle 金沢城 – Located beside the Kenrokuen Garden

The visit to Kanazawa Castle wasn’t intentional. We had only wanted to see the fame Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa instead. But since it was just nearby, we decided to go see it and walk around the castle grounds. 其实我们并没有特别想造访金沢城。只是既然都到了兼六園,城堡也在附近,我们就决定去看看它,然后在城堡前的地面上散步。 The castle park is a big area that is accessible from many sides, with the more …