Your Guide to Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival Guide 2017

It’s that time of the year again for Japan to celebrate its yearly cherry blossom festivals. Better known as Hanami in Japanese, which literally translates to “viewing flowers”, people gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drinks, entertainment, and of course to experience the dazzling beauty of the cherry blossoms. Here’s your guide to the perfect cherry blossom festival experience:

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The best cherry blossom viewing spot is undoubtedly Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo, a park encompassed by more than 1500 cherry trees. However, its popularity also makes it an extremely crowded spot, which might cause some viewers to feel daunted. Nevertheless, there are many other viewing spots that offer gorgeous views, such as Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi, Hirosaki Castle and many more. Here’s a viewing calendar to help you plan your Japan travels during cherry blossom season:

Cherry Blossom Viewing Calendar 2017

Japanese Cuisine

Besides cherry blossom, while in Japan one should not miss out on the opportunity to savour some of the local delicacies.

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Like your food grilled or skewered? Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku do both and they do them well. Kushiyaki, which essentially means “anything skewered and grilled” is a must try on your trip, be it grilled chicken, grilled mushrooms or even grilled blood- if you’re feeling a little adventurous!

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Whenever matcha is mentioned, a person’s immediate thought will flit to Japan, the origin of the matcha flavour. While any store selling matcha flavoured ice-cream might satisfy your palate, only Suzukien Asakusa will take you to 7th heaven with the 7 intensity levels of matcha ice cream! So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try the world’s richest matcha ice-cream in Asakusa.

Themed Eateries

If you’re looking to take a break from all the walking and cherry blossom viewing, pay a visit to the many themed eateries Japan has to offer!

Robot Restaurant, Japan

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Remember those childhood memories of playing with toy robots? Relive those fond memories again by visiting Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, where 10-foot-tall robots’ ballet dance, sharks with laser beams on their heads and even explosions happening all over the place.

 

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Are you a  Final Fantasy fan? Immerse yourself in the world of Final Fantasy by visiting Eorzea Café in Akihabara. When you enter the café, be prepared to be transported to your very own fantasy world, where weapons, armour and even cute Moogles come to life. Eorzea Café is certainly a MUST for Final Fantasy fans, period!

Other activities 

 

Cat Island, Japan

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Are you a cat lover? Who we are kidding of course you are! Pay a visit to Tashirojima Island a.k.a Cat Island to get your daily dose of fluffy feline cuteness. Over here, cats rule and are treated like kings – they are well fed and cared for by their humble servants (the few people who are living on the island).  The island is located at the Northeastern part of Japan, so if you are travelling around the area, Cat Island should be on your travel itinerary.

 

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Ghibli Museum is a showcase for the renowned animation studio as well as a playground for children. The museum combines a series of rooms with motifs of each and every animation of Studio Ghibli’s, including replicas from the animation. No doubt, this small but perfectly formed museum should be considered as one of the destinations to visit during your stay in Japan.


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16 Must eat desserts for the travelling Sweet Tooth in Asia Pacific

For the travelling foodie, street food is all the rage but nothing quite hits the spot like that little sweet something needed at the end of a meal. Here are some sweets for the dessert hunter around Asia Pacific:

Vietnam – Chè chuối

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A traditional dessert found around Vietnam, this pudding is made out of banana, tapioca, and coconut milk, best eaten when warm.

Malaysia – Nyonya Kuih

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Bite-sized desserts or tea cakes made with sticky rice, rice flour, palm sugar, coconut milk and more, there is a variety of them that range from the sweet to the slightly savoury.

Laos – Khao Thom Mad

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Easily found on the streets, this steamed sweet sticky rice dessert is filled with mung bean and banana and wrapped in banana leaves, making it vegetarian-friendly.

Cambodia – Num Sang Khya L’peow

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A delicious custard dessert, a pumpkin is hollowed out and then filled with a sweet milky liquid made with coconut milk, palm sugar, eggs, and then steamed.

The Philippines – Halo Halo

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This is a popular shaved iced dessert in The Philippines consisting of jellies, evaporated milk, fruits and boiled sweets, perfect for a hot day!

Indonesia – Kek Lapis

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Indonesian layer cake, or Spekuk is a labour intensive but delicious spiced cake of Dutch influence that is popular as a gift when visiting friends.

Japan – Daifuku

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Daifuku, which actually means ‘great luck’ is a Japanese sweet sticky rice cake with fillings. There is a myriad of different fillings that can be found, from green tea to ice cream!

Korea – Yakgwa

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This confection is a sweet biscuit or cookie made with wheat flour, sesame oil and honey. In the olden times, it was considered as medicine as it contains honey which was known for its health benefits.

Taiwan – Snow Ice

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A world renown dessert, Snow Ice is sweetened ice, sometimes frozen with milk that is shaved and served with toppings, sweet sauces and fruits.

Macau – Portuguese Egg Tart

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Sweet egg custard encased in a flaky pastry. How not to love? These little treats are a must eat, especially warm when in Macau.

Hong Kong – Mango Pudding

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Perhaps the world’s favourite fruit, mango pudding is a smooth pudding made with milk and fresh mangoes, often served with fresh fruit topping.

India – Palkova

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A sweet treat, Palkova is a candy made  by draining the water out of milk and forming the solids into bite sized pieces.

Australia – Pavlova

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A meringue dessert, crisp and airy on the outside, and topped with whipped cream and fruits. It is usually served during occasions and holidays especially during summer.

New Zealand  – Afghan Biscuits

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Afghan cookies or just Afghans have nothing to do with being from Afghanistan as the name may suggest. These cookies are baked with cornflakes, coated with chocolate and then topped with a walnut.

Singapore – Ice Cream Sandwich

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A staple found everywhere on the streets in Singapore. This dessert is basically ice cream on a slice of bread topped with condiments. A must have on a hot day out and about the city!


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7 must visit places for the animal lover in Japan

Kawaii!!! Perhaps one of the most popular words in the Japanese dictionary, kawaii, meaning cute, is something very much rooted in their culture, and what better way to celebrate all things cute than to pay a visit to the very cuddly animal residents of this Asian archipelago?

So here you have it, the must visit places for the animal lover when travelling in Japan:

Nasu Alpaca Farm

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The largest alpaca farm in Japan Nasu Alpaca Farm in the Tochigi prefecture has been dubbed as the farm that raises the world’s friendliest alpacas. Visit the 400 alpacas that call this place home and in fact, you could get an alpaca to accompany you down the aisle. What a way to calm those wedding jitters!

Zao Fox Village

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What does the fox say? Well, you’ll definitely hear the answer straight from the horse’s mouth at the Miyagi Zao Fox Village, located in the mountains near Shiroishi. The best place in the world for the fox enthusiast, if you are lucky, you just may be able to cuddle a baby fox on village grounds!

Nara Deer Park

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Hello, Bambi! Located in the centre of the city of Nara, this UNESCO Heritage Site is a favourite amongst travellers who pass through the area. The 1200 deer that call this place home share it with several historical monuments such as Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. For maximum fun, spend the whole afternoon exploring this area.

Ōkunoshima Rabbit Island

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If your life goals entail being completely smothered by a herd of rabbits, then Ōkunoshima Rabbit Island is just what you need! There are several theories as to why there are so many rabbits on the island, but in the end of the day, all that matters is that they are super tame and ready to say hello!

Nagano Snow Monkey Park

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Who says only humans know how to enjoy life? Clearly, these monkeys know a thing or two. Nagano is a paradise for these Japanese Macaques who come and sit in hot spring baths. When paying a visit, just make sure you don’t try to touch one of them lest you be rewarded with hisses and swpies.

Aoshima Cat Island

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Either a dream come true for your inner crazy cat lady or a total nightmare for the allergic, Aoshima Cat Island is just one of the dozen or so cat islands you can find in Japan. Outnumbering humans 6:1, these cats can be seen almost everywhere you go in this fishing village.

Izu Shaboten Park’s Capybara Onsen

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The Izu Shaboten Park in Ito, Japan, is home to the 10-20 capybaras who live on park grounds who love taking baths in the onsen built just for them! This was discovered by accident when a staff member found one of the capybaras soaking in a puddle and the rest became history.

Do you know of any other must-visit animal places in Japan? Do let us know in the comments below!


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Best Cities in Asia for the Coffee Addict

Cup of Joe, Java, Jitter Juice, Battery Acid, Elixir of Life, Brain Juice… Coffee by any other name still smells as sweet, or robust.

One of the most popular beverages in the world, Coffee can be found in almost every nook and cranny in the world and we’ve compiled a little list of cities around Asia should you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix.

Whether you like your cuppa strong and black or with a hint of milk, there’s always something a little exciting when it comes to a new coffee experience.

Ipoh, Malaysia

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Just two hours away from Kuala Lumpur is the best place to find one of the most popular coffees in Malaysia – Ipoh White Coffee. Roasted to a lighter degree than the average Malaysian coffee bean, some say it is called White Coffee due to its roasting while others claim it is from the (condensed) milk that is added to the mix.

Visit: Sin Yoong Loong 15A Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak or Nam Heong Coffee Shop 2 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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In Kuala Lumpur, speciality coffee joints can be found all over the place, just like mushrooms after the rain and because of this, one can never be lacking a good coffee spot to hang out in, and cafe hopping is considered a norm in this part of the world. Whether it is for single-origin beans or fancy Instagram shots, one thing is for sure; the cafe goer is spoiled for choice.

Visit: Artisan Roast Coffee 4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur or VCR 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Introduced by the French in the 19th century, the coffee culture in Vietnam is one that cannot go unnoticed. This Southeast Asian country brews its coffee in single serving filters called ‘Phin.’ As milk is a little harder to find and to keep in tropical climates, the Vietnamese use substitutes such as yoghurt, condensed milk or egg to add creaminess to their coffee.

Visit: Cafe Pho Co, 11 hang trong ha noi, 11 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống or Cong Caphe,

Jakarta, Indonesia

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The third largest exporter of coffee beans in the world (right behind Brazil and Vietnam), coffee has been a huge part of the Indonesian lifestlye with every region having their own form of coffee culture. In Jakarta, the modern coffee shop craze has flourished as more people are learning to savour differnt types of beans from different parts of the world.

 Visit: Tanamera Coffee Thamrin City Office Park Blok AA, 7, Jl. Kb. Kacang Raya, Kota Jakarta Pusat or Anomali Coffee 52, Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

 Seoul, South Korea

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Coffee culture has been prevalent in Korea since the Emperor had his first taste in the 19th century and turned into the countries’ first coffee addict. In fact, a study conducted in 2013 showed that Koreans were drinking more coffee than they were eating kimchi. This has led to a fiercely competitive market in the country with coffee shops almost 50 metres away from each other.

Visit: Ikovox Cafe 37 Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul or Café Coffee Mashineun Goyangi 19-1 Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Bangkok, Thailand

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In the Thai capital, the coffee culture has been growing at a steady pace. A couple of years ago, the quest to find a good cup of specialty coffee was not easy but nowadays, the coffee addict can find a range of speciality coffee shops serving various beans and different types of roast in Instagram-worthy hipster joints found in around the city.

Visit: Gallery Drop Coffee 107, 1st floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok or Rocket CoffeeBar S49 46, 21/13 Klang Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok

Singapore City, Singapore

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Singaporeans are generally accustomed to sitting down for long conversations over Kopi (Coffee) at the Koptiam (local coffee shop) but a new craze of speciality coffee shops have taken over. Not only serving various coffees, plenty of cafes in Singapore are well equipped with fantastic meals that pair will with their beans.

Visit: Common Man Coffee Roasters 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore or Chye Seng Huat Hardware 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore

New Delhi, India

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In India, tea trumps coffee any given day as the preferred beverage but the latter is slowly climbing up the ranks as the middle-class are slowly starting to embrace the coffee culture of cafes for conversations and remote working. In Delhi, the locals have a profound love for coffee. From young to old, almost everyone is accustomed to having their daily fix.

Visit: Cafe Lota National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi or DePaul’s Cold Coffee 22, Janpath Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi

Tokyo, Japan

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In Tokyo, people breathe coffee. One way or another, locals will have their cuppa at some point in the day, whether it is heading to a coffee shop or grabbing one from the vending machine. Because of this, good coffee can be found everywhere, even for a measly 100 yen at convenience stores like 7/11 or Lawson.

Visit: ARiSE Coffee Roasters 1-13-8 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo or Café de l’Ambre 8 104 0061, 8 Chome-10-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

Do you know other coffee-loving Asian cities or coffee shops you’d like to share with us? Do let us know in the comments below!


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10 best things for the hopeless romantic to do in Asia

There are few things more romantic than travelling with your Significant Other,  sharing new experiences, may it be exploring a new city or eating in a hidden cafe.

However, if you want to take it up a notch and impress your Significant Other, may it be for a romantic getaway, a honeymoon or even a surprise proposal, here are some activities that ought to keep the flames of love burning.

Hot air balloon ride over the countryside, Chiang Mai (Thailand)

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The Northern part of Thailand is rich with a gorgeous countryside landscape and the best way to take it all in is via a hot air balloon ride!

Handled by a professional pilot, you will be navigated through the skies while the sun rises. Add a little bit more pizzazz to your ride with a champagne breakfast to make it a trip you will never forget.

A Khmer Gondola ride down an ancient waterway, Siem Reap (Cambodia)

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Take a step into the past as you ride down waterways and past ancient temple ruins on unique Khmer gondola-type boats, a foolproof attraction for the history buff!

This excursion will take you past famous ruins such as the Tomb Raider famous Angkor Thom, the Royal Secret Path and City Goard Post. To top it off, canapés and champagne will be served, adding a little luxury to this historical ride.

Luxury Sky Dining in the Singapore Cable Car, Singapore

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Do you want something fancy and romantic but at the same time a little adventurous? If yes, this four-course romantic dinner in a cable car 330 feet above the sea is for you!

Definitely one that will wow your Significant Other, this luxury dinner will be accompanied by the gorgeous Singapore skyline and view of Faber Peak and Sentosa Island as you hover in a private dining cable car.

Day trip around the Yamanashi Prefecture, Chūbu (Japan)

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The perfect trip for the Japan enthusiast, this day tour will bring you around the Yamanashi Prefecture, just Southwest of Tokyo.

Visit the famous Katsunuma winery, a strawberry farm in Enzan, a 600-year old Erin-Ji temple, and Kawaguchi Lake which is famous for its cherry blossom and Mt Fuji view which is the perfect backdrop for photographs.

The ultimate relaxation tour, Hoi An (Vietnam)

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If you are worn out from travelling, or just love being pampered, this relaxation tour should be on your to-do list!

Located in the historical and charming Hoi An, you will be whisked away to a spa where you will be treated with a therapeutic massage. This will be followed by a relaxing boat ride down the Thu Bon River and a romantic dinner in a garden restaurant by the river.

Tour of Winter Sonata’s Nami Island, Seoul (South Korea)

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For the couple who love Korean drama and/or nature, this tour around Nami Island is one that will always be remembered.

Walk around the tree-lined paths of the ‘Naminara Republic’ with its views that vary from season to season. After which will be a short drive down to Petit France, a French-themed village consisting of little shops and a building dedicated to the author of Le Petit Prince.

Night at the Zoo with a romantic dinner, Bali (Indonesia)

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The ideal attraction for the animal lover, this Bali Zoo visitation, complete with a dinner on zoo grounds is sure to impress.

Meet and feed the elephants and pet several other animals who reside in the zoo. This will then be followed by a guided tour around zoo grounds before being led to an al fresco dinner under the stars.

Overnight private houseboat tour with a candlelight dinner, Kochi (India)

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Nothing quite screams romance like an overnight private houseboat cruise down the narrow canals in Kochi, while birds chirp in the background, the perfect way to spoil your Significant Other.

As you move along the crystal clear waters of  the lagoons, small lakes and rivers, top this off with a candlelight dinner on board a that could turn even the coldest of hearts into hot mush.

Watch the sunset from the Sky100 observation deck, Hong Kong

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The quintessential romantic experience is watching the sunset together, and what better way to do it than from a 360-degree observation deck?

Make your way up the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, where you can watch the sunset from 1289 feet above sea level, drape the city skyline with hues of orange, pink and blue, all while sipping on wine provided at the venue.

Overnight stay on a luxury Halong Bay cruise, Hanoi (Vietnam)

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Perhaps one of the most romantic destinations in Asia, people visit Halong Bay in the droves to witness the vista of its limestone islands and emerald waters.

Take a two-day cruise along the bay in a luxury junk boat as you sail past the 3000 limestone islands, grottoes, beaches and caves, complete with a swim in a secluded cove and sunbathing on the beach.

Do you know other romantic activities in Asia? Do let us know in the comments below!


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A tourist’s guide to etiquette in Kyoto [Infographic]

As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” and these words ring as true in Kyoto, Japan. The Japanese in general are extremely courteous and the last thing you’d want to do is offend your polite hosts.

Thankfully for us, the City of Kyoto, alongside the Kyoto Convention & Visitors’ Bureau has compiled a list of donts lest we embarrass ourselves on holiday.

Etiquette varies from culture to culture and sometimes, we have to leave some of our own back home; it’s all part of the travelling experience.

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Top Places to Visit in Osaka

Best things to do in Osaka

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Osaka is the largest port city in Japan, famous for its modern architecture, booming nightlife and delicious street food. From outstanding shopping experiences, breath-taking cultural monuments and scenic landscape here some of the best things to do in Osaka:


‘Tenjin Matsuri’ Festival at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

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Apart from being a place of adoration for one of Japan’s greatest scholars, Sugawara Michizane, the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine plays host to the biggest festival in Japan, ‘Tenjin Matsuri’ which takes place every July. The festival features breath-taking traditional Japanese performing art, music and bunraku puppets performances. Note to be missed is the highlight of the festival an exciting parade held at both on land and river.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

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Japan is famous for its beautiful sakura flowers and Kema Sakuranomiya Park is one of the best places to walk amongst breath-taking blooming sakura trees. The park houses over 4,700 cherry trees. This riverside park features a stunning river terrace between Kema Araizeki (overflow weir) and Temmabashi Bridge. The lush greenery, classical-style buildings and breath-taking cherry blossoms makes for a perfect evening walk around the park.

Nanba Grand Kagetsu Theater

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Laughter is the best medicine and same philosophy applies even if you are on holiday. Nanba Grand Kagetsu Theater is the headquarters of Yoshimoto, a Japanese comedy brand. Audiences can expect outstanding comedic performances, such as Shin-Kigeki (“New comedy”), Manzai (“comic duo”), Kontos (“comic chat”) and Rakugo. These performances run twice a day, for your entertainment. So get ready for heaps of laughs and a heartfelt good time.

Osaka Castle

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Surrounded by beautiful stone walls citadels, gates, turrets and a moat, Osaka Castle spans over two square kilometres of green space. The Nishinomaru Garden lay within the castle grounds, encompassing the former western citadel. The garden houses a lush lawn garden with 600 cherry blossom trees and a dainty tea house. This is also one of the most popular hanami spot during cherry blossom season.

Shinsaibashi

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The shopping district of Osaka, Shinsaibashi is a great place to unleash the raging shopaholic lying dormant in you. At the center of the district lays Shinsaibashi-suji a covered shopping street located north of Dōtonbori and parallel and east of Mido-suji Street. Shinsaibashi got its name from many town bridges (“Machi-bashi”) around the area. This is a great place to discover the local and latest pop trends.


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Exploring Tokyo

Sightseeing in Tokyo

Tokyo is a mesmerizing travel destination, housing natural and architecture marvels that keep travelers coming back for more. Beautiful dainty sakura flowers, ethereal ancient temples and pagodas, intricately composed local delights designed to tantalize your taste buds, all set against the modern Tokyo skyline.

Recently travel enthusiast and blogger Tommy Ooi wrote a blog post titled “How to Plan 7 Days Tokyo Trip for less than RM3,300 / SGD1200 per pax”, it was both informational and inspiring, especially if you are planning a trip to Tokyo in the near future. According to Ooi, an allocated budget of USD82 (RM301 / SGD110) per person is enough for sightseeing in Tokyo. Now before you go scratching your head and trying to do the math in your head, USD82 is a pretty decent budget for you to take in the sights and sounds of Tokyo.

Here are some sight-seeing activities you can embark on for only USD82 or less:


Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour 

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Price per pax: USD77.20 (RM294 / SGD106)
Duration: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Places covered: Meiji Shrine, Japanese House of Parliament, Imperial Palace East Garden, Nakamise Shopping Street, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Ginza shopping district, Pastel-Tei restaurant (lunch), Cruise of Tokyo Bay, Aqua City Odaiba and Tokyo Station.

This fully guided tour takes you on a journey through the best Tokyo has to offer and it’s also a great introduction if you’re new to the city. A perfect blend of culture, shopping and modern architecture, get to know the inner workings of Tokyo. This tour operates via coach so you can comfortably enjoy Tokyo.

Read more about the tour here.

Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour

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Price per pax: USD43 (RM164 / SGD58.90)
Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Places covered: Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Akihabara, Ueno, Ameyoko street market area, Nakamise, Ginza and Tokyo Station.

They don’t call it the land of the rising sun for no reason, watch Tokyo city come alive under the morning sky on this sightseeing tour. This fast-paced tour is perfect if you’re a morning person or if you only have a few hours to spare to explore the city.

Read more about the tour here.

Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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Price per pax: USD55 (RM209 / SGD75)
Duration: Varies
Places covered: Asakusa district

Located along the west bank of the Sumida-gawa Rive, Asakusa District is home to many traditional events in Tokyo. And what better way to explore the districts rich culture and traditions via a scenic rickshaw ride. Way before bullet trains and UBER taxis existed; travelling via rickshaw was the way to go. This rickshaw tour is a great way to slow things down and enjoy the sights while you explore Asakusa.

Read more about the tour here.

Mt Fuji, Yamanakako Onsen Experience and Outlets Shopping Day Trip

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Price per pax: USD75 (RM284 /SGD102)
Duration: 12 hours
Places covered: Mt Fuji, Lake Yamanakako, Beni Fuji no Yu, Gotemba Premium Outlets and Shinjuku district of Tokyo.

What is a trip to Tokyo or Japan in fact without a visit to Mt Fuji! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and travel to the outskirts of Tokyo to take on the natural beauty that is Mt Fuji. Travel up the slopes on the mountain to the fifth station, where you can get breath-taking views. Travelling as exciting as it may be can some time take a toll on your body, so how about a quick soak in natural hot spring. A day of adventure and relaxation, perfect!

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The hunt for Wi-Fi in Japan … may the odds be ever in your favour

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It’s surprising  that Japan, being a very tech-savvy country and all, it’s strangely difficult to get Wi-Fi access in most of the major cities in the country. This is a big inconvenience especially for travellers in the country. NTT, Japan’s largest telecom company, has just launched a new program to help travellers hunt for Wi-Fi access when in the country. Read more here.

Purple rain … purple rain …

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Yet another reason to visit the land of the rising sun. There’s no need to cosplay and a vast knowledge of anime to enjoy the best Japan has to offer. This (photo above) is a 144-Year-Old Wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan. This magnificent creation of nature creates a stunning blanket of pink and purple shades, drawing people from around the world to witness is awe at this breath-taking sight. Read more about this beautiful Japanese landmark here.