World Heritage Sites (UNESCO) at Kyoto

Steeped in Japanese history, Kyoto is Japan’s 7th largest city in population, but home to about 25% of Japan’s national treasures, shrines, temples … It is also recognized by UNESCO World Heritage for 17 sites within and around Kyoto for surviving monuments and architectures of Japanese Garden concept (except Nijo-jo) that had a profound effect on the rest of the world from the 19th century onwards! From 794 to 1868, Kyoto was also the ancient Capital city and the Emperor’s residence. Even today, it is probably one of the few cities preserving the ancient art and traditions from Geisha schooling, Tea […]

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Winter Vacation at Rusutsu Resort

Rusutsu is simply a beautiful place, suited not just for ski-enthusiasts, young people, but also family with young children! It has something for everyone in every season. The 2 days I spent here out of the 11 days were really worth it and leaves sweet memories that I had in Hokkaido with my family! Rusutsu Resort was kind-of a last minute addition to our Hokkaido travel itinerary last year in 2014 during the planning stage. Well … sort of. There isn’t really much last minute additions in my plans unless it was planned to be such haha! This was a recommendation from […]

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Top 10 Onsen Ryokens

Ryokan are Japanese style inns found throughout the country. More than just a place to sleep in, ryokan are an opportunity for one to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style onsens and local cuisine, making them popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike. No two ryokans are the same, and the quality of ryokans can vary dramatically. There are entry-levels basic, no-frills ryokan experience, all the way to premium exceptional ryokan experience with wonderful food, a exceptional room, a Japanese cypress bath, a view of a Japanese garden and first-class service that comes with […]

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2015 Top Onsens in Japan

Onsen in Japan has been as old as history with Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture (Shikkoku) probably being the first recorded Onsen in Japan history in year 712. Throughout history from the 12th to the 17th century, the culture and practice of using an Onsen has been largely credited to Buddhism influence for the religious practice of cleansing and purifying the body. In addition, there is also the widespread recognized health benefits to be obtained from different types of Onsen. Of course, with its healing properties comes numerous myths and legends of various Onsens having miraculous properties where injured warriors […]

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10-12 Days Hokkaido Itinerary Ideas

This itinerary idea is based on my last year’s trip to Hokkaido for 11 days with my family of four. Hopefully this could also give others planning trips to Hokkaido for similar periods an idea of where to start and where to go. Starting point would usually be at Sapporo or Chitose where the international landing flights come into from all over the world. So Sapporo or Chitose would normally be the starting point of most itineraries in Hokkaido. And largely depending on the Season, and the MUST GO that one already has in mind, the time taken per place […]

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Event of the Year in Singapore: National Day Parade 2015 (SG50)

Every year on the 9th of August, Singapore celebrates her birthday to commemorate the young nation’s progress thus far. Since 50 years again when Singapore gain independence from Malaysia in 1965, the astounding progress that we have made … none has came close to us in history! This is something all Singaporeans are proud of, and something we all know cannot be taken for granted. Nevertheless, 9th August marks a day to be celebrated in style 🙂 And because this day is a day for celebration, there is lots of interesting things happening on this tiny island on this happening day! So […]

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A Winter Look at Otaru Canal

[Otaru Walking Guide] Otaru … one of my first point of visit upon reaching Sapporo, Hokkaido. There were quite a fair bit of snow on the ground around by the time we landed in Hokkaido in mid December from Singapore. But what made this place really memorable was that upon stepping out of the train station (Otaru Station), while orientating our direction to walk towards the Otaru Canal, the first snow flakes came dropping from the sky! While this was not the first time see snow flakes from the sky, nevertheless, it gives us a childish delight … like …. […]

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