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Japanese Oden – Eating on a budget series

Who loves oden as much as I do? ?? Oden, in my opinion is the Japanese version of Yong Tau Foo (without the rice/mee/bee hoon), that’s warm and comforting to the soul. Oden is typically sold as takeaways in convenience stores during winter, as well as during cool periods during other seasons, such as typhoon period …

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Tokyo Central Post Office – Postcards and souvenirs for tourists

The Tokyo Central Post Office at Kitte Building in Marunouchi Station, Tokyo is unlike any typical post offices. Besides the main posting and delivery services, it also has a wide range of unique souvenirs for tourist! There are many limited edition postcards and seasonal greeting cards on sale. Perfect spot for tourists to select a …

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Garbage sorting in Japan

A major stressful chore during my long stay in Tokyo last year was compartmentalising my garbage. ? I remembered how the building management emphasized on this house chore during key collection on my first day. And, I went blur ?at this instruction sheet. Even in the apartment, this instruction note is already laminated and pasted on the kitchen …

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JR Vacation Travel Talk #6 – Japan Railway

This is the Hayabusa-Komachi Bullet train that runs along the Tohoku Shinkansen line. Both trains are connected at this end and runs as one train from Tokyo to Morioka. At Morioka station, the trains will take several minutes to disconnect. The green Hayabusa train then continue its journey towards Aomori (and now Shin-Hakodate) while the …

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First solo trip- staying in Dormy Inn Ueno Okachimachi

Had my first solo Japan trip in summer 2015. I decided to stay in my regular hotel chain – Dormy Inn for a peace of mind, and was lucky to obtain a good rate for the newly opened Dormy Inn Ueno Okachimachi! Well, that’s my only visit in this property as the room rates have …

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Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo

JR Vacation says… Summer is incomplete without viewing hanabi (fireworks)! Our first hanabi viewing was in Summer 2015 at The Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo. Many Japanese dressed up in Yukata and were at site way in advanced, placing their picnic mats in a very orderly manner. We were watching it from across on …

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Yunokawa Snow Monkey in Hakodate Hokkaido 湯の川雪の猿

After our morning trip to Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭), we decided to visit some snow monkeys at the Yunokawa Onsen area. The hot spring is one of the top recommended destination in Hakodate Hokkaido, famous for it’s spa, Hot-Tubbing monkeys as well as a botanical garden. 早晨去了五棱郭之后,我们决定到湯の川温泉地区看看一些雪猴。湯の川温泉是北海道函馆最受推荐的景点之一。以温泉雪猴和植物园而闻名。 And that was the hot tub where a couple dozens monkeys …