Life, by Okinawa

Okinawa, “Hawaii of the East”, is known as the subtropical paradise of eternal summer. The southernmost prefecture of Japan is made up of hundreds of islands, a popular destination for honeymooners, marine lovers and holidaymakers attracted to the diversified cultural assets, gastronomic delights, Ryukyu traditions and so much more.

Did you know that Okinawa has […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Asia, Japan, Okinawa|0 Comments

Gifu Day 4: Gero, Nakatsugawa, Ena Valley

Continuing from Gifu Day 3

After staying overnight to experience Gero’s onsen at Suimeikan, one of the largest ryokan in the heartland of Japan, we checked out early for a morning jaunt to the nearby attraction that’s just 10min away.
The Gassho Village of Gero Onsen (下呂温泉合掌村) is an open-air museum that mirrors UNSECO World Heritage […]

By |November 1st, 2013|Gifu, Japan|3 Comments

Gifu Day 3: Okuhida, Shirakawa-go, Gero onsen

Continuing from Gifu Day 2

Okuhida is the mecca for onsen pilgrimage in the Northern Alps of Gifu. Nestled deep in the mountains, there are 170 open-air hot spring baths across five onsen villages, namely Hirayu, Fukuji, Tochio, Shinhotaka and Shinhirayu where we stayed overnight at Nakadaya onsen ryokan.
Shinhotaka Ropeway
Besides onsen, another must-do in Okuhida […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Gifu, Japan|6 Comments

Gifu Day 2: Hida Furukawa, Takayama, Okuhida

Continuing from Gifu Day 1: The Northern Hida Region

After a well-rested night at the ryokan, we were all charged up for the cycling tour in the picturesque countryside of Hida Furukawa (飛驒古川) fringed by the Japanese Alps. It’s a great way to immerse into the local community and get closer to nature if travellers […]

By |October 19th, 2013|Gifu, Japan|6 Comments

Gifu Day 1: The Northern Hida Region

Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県) has much to offer to Chubu, central Japan. From the Japanese Alps, the little Kyoto in Takayama and Shirakawa-go’s timeless hand-clasped houses to the therapeutic hot springs in Gero, we’ve got a taste of the northern Hida region in four days.

Some would like to know how long it takes to go […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Gifu, Japan|5 Comments

Going Gifu, Japan

Japan is one of the few countries I’d love to go back to again and again. The warm hospitality of the people, exquisite cuisine, efficient transport, natural beauty, vibrant colours and ancient traditions … the country never ceases to amaze me. We are going there soon – our first time to the Gifu Prefecture […]

By |September 26th, 2013|Gifu|1 Comment

Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 5)

Continuing from Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe (part 4) …

On the last day in Osaka, our departure time for AirAsia X flight was after 11pm. We could still fill the day with sightseeing, yummy food and last minute shopping at Takashimaya Department Store in Namba  and Rinku Premium Outlet.

Founded in 211, Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine is the main Sumiyoshi […]

By |May 16th, 2013|Japan, Osaka|4 Comments

Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 4)

Continuing from Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 3) …
A day after Kobe trip, we took Hankyu Railway again out of Osaka to Kyoto, using the 2-day Hankyu Tourist Pass (rail.hankyu.co.jp/en/hankyu_tourist_pass.html) which costs ¥1,200 for unlimited train rides between Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. En route to Kyoto, we stopped by Arashiyama, a scenic spot popularly known for cherry blossom […]

By |May 10th, 2013|Japan, Kyoto, Osaka|4 Comments

Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 3)

Continuing from Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 2)…

We started the day early with a trip to The Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda, Osaka – the hometown of Momofuku Ando, founder of Nissin Food Products and Inventor of the world’s first instant ramen.

The museum exhibits the history gallery of chicken ramen, how instant noodles was invented in 1958, […]

By |May 3rd, 2013|Japan, kobe, Osaka|5 Comments

Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 2)

Continuing from Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 1)
Osaka Castle
Built in the 16th century, Osaka Castle is one of the main attractions in Osaka, famous in Japan. It is situated at the city centre, near Kansai International Airport, so we visited the castle on our first day of arrival in the morning before city sightseeing.

If only we were there […]

By |May 1st, 2013|Japan, Osaka|0 Comments