Japan: Exploring Kyoto ~ Kinkakuji Temple

January 31, 2018

Kinkakuji Temple, or the Golden Pavilion, is one of the two temples we visited at Kyoto.  It is one of the most famous temples in Japan.  It is a Zen temple and its top two floors are covered in gold leaf, thus the label Golden Pavilion.  It is a sight to behold and once you see it, you would probably…

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Japan: Kyoto by Day and Nara by Night

January 29, 2018

Kyoto After exploring Osaka, the next city we visited was Kyoto.  Kyoto is Japan’s old capital.  Most tourists prefer to visit Kyoto than any other Japanese city.  At first I was confused, but when we explored Kyoto, I understood why. Kyoto is where the ancient and modern Japanese culture merges.  You will see all the old houses, buildings, and structures all…

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Japan: The Potterhead at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (USJ)

January 27, 2018

Disclaimer: I am a Potterhead and this post is photo heavy.  If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you would agree with me that visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in your bucket list.  Aside from owning a copy of Harry Potter books (from The Sorcerer’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows, to the new additions such as…

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Japan: How to Have a Wonderful Time at Universal Studios Japan

January 25, 2018

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of the three major theme parks in Japan (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are the other two).  This theme park is one of our to-visit attractions when we were planning our itinerary simply because I am a Harry Potter fan and USJ is where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is. We spent quite a lot…

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An Overnight Stay at Go Hotels Timog

January 22, 2018

There was one time during the Christmas holiday last year that our family needed to stay overnight in Cubao.  Searching online gave me a lot of hotel suggestions in the area.  But since we were not there for staycation, we opted to try a hotel that would suit our need: an overnight place to stay – nothing fancy. We chance…

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Japan: Maximizing The Osaka Amazing Pass ~ Day 2

January 20, 2018

On our second day in Osaka, we still used the Osaka Amazing Pass as we bought a two-day pass.  If you bought the two-day Osaka Amazing Pass, you have to use it for consecutive days.  Here are the tourist attractions we went to on our second day. Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street The first stop listed in our itinerary for our second day at…

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Japan: Maximizing The Osaka Amazing Pass ~ Day 1

January 18, 2018

The first leg of our Japan 2017 trip was dedicated to Osaka area in Kansai region.  We allotted three days in Osaka, 2 days of which are for touring the city.  We availed the 2-day Osaka Amazing Pass and we were able to save a lot.  Now let me share with you the different tourist attractions we visited using the Osaka Amazing…

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Japan: The Osaka Amazing Pass

January 16, 2018

Japan is inviting more tourists to visit their beautiful country.  However, the notion that traveling to Japan is expensive has always been one factor that hinders travelers to visit Japan.  As such, Japanese government had devised ways in which to help tourists save while they visit Japan.  These include transportation passes, tourist attraction passes, and even tax-free shopping! One of…

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Japan: Our 11 Days Itinerary

January 14, 2018

  Our Japan 2017 trip was a very memorable one.  We spent eleven (11) days in Japan, visited five (5) cities, had fun in four (4) different theme parks, and toured a lot.   To be able to do it, we had a really jam-packed itinerary and tight schedule, but we were able to follow it all.     Our 11…

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