Japan Kyushu Places of Interest Visiting

Kokusai-dori – A 2 KM shopping street in central Naha

Literally meaning “International Road“, Kokusai-dori (国際通り) in Okinawa is a 2 kilometres long shopping street cutting across central Naha. The street is one of the top attractions in Okinawa island attracting visitors from everywhere, especially Taiwan, due to its close proximity (Okinawa is actually closer to Taiwan than Japan). Kokusai-dori is easily accessible from the …

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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 …

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

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 …

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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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Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street – Right beside the Shinagawa JR Station

I stumbled upon the Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street located just beside the Shinagawa JR Station during a solo trip to Tokyo. Totally wasn’t expecting to find a hidden treasure like this under the overhead train tracks. The Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street is a collection of 7 different ramen shops lined side by side that offers consumers …

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Nagashima Resort in Nagoya – Nagashima Spaland Amusement Park

The Nagashima Spaland and Resort and  located just outside of Nagoya city area is a huge visitor’s attraction suitable for everyone. Consisting of 5 major facilities; Nagashima Spaland Theme Park Nagashima Water Park Mitsui Outlet Nagashima Hot Spring Spa Nabana No Sato Flower Park On this day, we only had time to visit the themepark, …

Japan Kyushu Places of Interest Visiting

Okinawa Ryukyu Mura 沖縄 琉球村 – ONE PIECE Village for all Luffy fans

On our second trip to Okinawa, we were fortunate to discover a special One Piece event in the Ryukyu Mura. Now, the Ryukyu Mura is a small theme park about Okinawan Ryukyu tradition and culture, not the most interesting place for us. The main attraction for us is, of course, the special One Piece event …

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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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Tokyo One Piece Tower – Theme park and Cafe

We finally visited the biggest permanent theme park featuring the insanely popular manga One Piece at Tokyo Tower at the third attempt. At the first visit, the attraction was closed for renovation and we missed it again the second time on New Year’s Day eve when it closed early. Known as “Tokyo One Piece Tower”, …