The Ultimate Seasonal Guide to Hokkaido in Autumn

For many of us, Hokkaido is the inspiring winter destination. The Sapporo Snow Festival is the major visitor highlight as the island transforms into a white winter wonderland. But this northern Japanese island is equally beautiful throughout the rest of the year. Spring cherry blossoms and autumn foliage create two of Japan’s most inspiring landscapes, filling the panoramas with a kaleidoscope of colours. During the summer, endless national parks and a mild climate help to make Hokkaido an outdoor playground, plus the Sapporo Summer Festival is a universal attraction. With so much on offer in Hokkaido, choosing the time of […]

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2016 Top Onsens in Japan

The new BigGlobe Onsen rankings for 2016 is OUT!!! Selected from the outcome of about 26,000 votes, with male votes averaging 50 years old encompassing 57% of the votes, while female votes averaging 30 years old encompassing 43% of the votes. For me personally, I don’t really look at rankings per se, but it does gives a good indication of rather good onsen areas or ryokens that could have fallen out of the rankings from the prior years and therefore out of our sight as foreigners that don’t live in Japan. Still, it would be reasonable to book early rather than […]

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Great Waterfalls one should visit while in Japan

If one has been to a Waterfall, especially a great Big One …. one can feel or know that there is an impressive amount of energy generated about the waterfall! The refreshness of the air, the cooling gusts of wind with moist water droplets, all created by the impact of falling water on water from metres above. When and if the sun shines upon the waterfall, one might even be blessed with the sight of a rainbow on the waterfall! While photo does show the visual beauty of a great waterfall, it is nothing close to the personal experience of […]

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How to see Mount Fuji at its Best

Mount Fuji, the tallest and most iconic landmark in Japan that is held in the highest respect and sanctity by Japanese, is a mountain known for its renown beauty. Rising almost 3776 metres above sea level, it projects its different unique personalities in all four seasons from different viewing vantage points, making it one of the most sought-after photographic-points and tourist attractions where everyone hopes to be able to catch sight of the pure essence of this majestic mountain standing tall in front of them and holding them in awe. Of course as we all know, Mount Fuji’s splendor can […]

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Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work Blitz (Part 2)

Continuing on where I left off in my last post of Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work holiday after a blog post filled with photos just from my Day 1, Day 2 proved to be equally exciting … that is to get close enough to Fuji-san and catch some picturesque photos! I guess it is hard to say that I have been to Tokyo if I didn’t make a trip to visit Mt. Fuji, one of the 3 sacred mountains of Japan with a perfectly shaped volcano. So taking the cute little train shown on the coverpage, we made our way to Fuji-san […]

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Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work Blitz (Part 1)

One of the benefits of a working trip is sometimes when you get a nice destination with your flight and accommodation (at least most part of it …) all paid for, all you have to do is extend the trip there for a few more days at your own cost to take in the local sights. And sometime during the working trip … if one is lucky … you get to try nice food for ‘free’  😎 At the closing of my last second day for my working trip in Tokyo, our group was fortunate enough to be treated to […]

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8 to 10 Days Travelling Itinerary to Osaka / Kyoto / Nara

Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara cities are all located within close proximity to each other (within an hour train ride) and well-connected by the Japan railway network, so a single point accommodation in Osaka is actually sufficient as a base to start from for visiting attractions located in the other 3 nearby cities. Looking back on my travels where I had 5 and 1/2 days spent in this 4 cities, my family and I took up 2 different accommodations during this period, not so much that it was essential, rather it was to let us experience the difference between a AirBnB […]

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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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