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

Arashiyama 嵐山 – Bamboo Groves and Togetsukyo Bridge in Kyoto

Arashiyama in Kyoto prefecture is most famous for its Bamboo Groves and the Togetsukyo Bridge. The area is conveniently connected by at least 4 train stations making it very accessible and frequently visited by even locals living around Kyoto. On this hot summer day, we visited Arashiyama eager to see the world famous bamboo grooves. …

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Breakfast and Snacks on Japan Shinkansen and Trains

In Japan, travelling between on trains is the fastest and most convenient method, especially using the Shinkansen. To save time, we usually have our breakfast on the long haul train rides. Simple bread or cakes, and a can of coffee is standard train breakfast for us. There are food carts on the Shinkansen but we …

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Buying Goodies and Snacks from our Japan Trips

Japan has some of the most amazing snacks and goodies for every visitors, young or old. All of them are beautifully packaged and are the perfect souvenirs for friends and families. In most of our Japan trips, we will usually spend thousands of yen on the last day on snacks and goodies, enough to last …

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Mori no Tokei “Forest Clock” Cafe 森の時計 at New Furano Prince Hotel Ningle Terrace

We visited the Ningle Terrace in New Furano Prince Hotel back many years ago. Deep inside the snow covered forest, there is a nice little coffee house called the Mori no Tokei 森の時計, meaning Forest Clock. This cafe and surrounding hills were made famous by the 2005 Japanese Drama Yasashii jikan《優しい時間》starring Ninomiya Kazunari (二宮和也) and Nagasawa Masami (長澤まさみ). Fans …

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3 Best Japan Hotels for Budget Travellers and Couples

Choosing an accommodation is always the hardest part during a vacation planning, especially in a major city like Tokyo and Osaka. Hotels in the higher tiers are expensive, ranging from $300 a night upwards. Luckily for us, we always travel in two and can choose to stay in business hotels that are more affordable. Although …

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Tempura Tendon Tenya 天丼てんや – Best Tempura Chain Restaurant in Japan

Whenever we are craving for some authentic Japanese Tempura, we will head over to the nearest Tempura Tendon Tenya (天丼てんや) restaurant. With over 500 shops all over Japan, Tendon Tenya is a really popular Tempura chain restaurant among both locals and tourists. The most famous Tendon Tenya outlet is located in Harajuku after Justin Bieber …

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Collecting souvenir magnets from our Japan trips

What souvenirs do you buy back when on a vacation or visiting a new place? For us, we love to collect magnets from the different attractions that we visited in Japan. Here is what the metal door of our store room looks like. The magnets are arranged to form the dragon shape of Japan, with Hokkaido …

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Staying in Airbnb in Japan under the new law

Early this year, a new law was passed in Japan that forbids short term rental of Minpakus (private homes). Many Airbnb hosts were affected and we are seeing thousands of cancellations. New Airbnb Law In Japan for Minpaku Airbnb in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka are extremely popular due to high hotel costs. Booking …

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How to play PachiSlot in Japan Pachinko Parlour

The GoGo PachiSlot is my favourite game in a Japanese Pachinko Parlour due to its simplicity and fast paced gaming. A pachinko parlour may seem daunting for new visitors, but it is actually a really fun place to hang out and spend some time, with a chance of winning some dinner money. GoGo Pachislot In …