Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Trip (part 1)

My first trip to Japan was to Okinawa last year. The warm welcome of the Japanese people, squeaky clean environment, interesting sights, food and shopping, and the list goes on. “Who doesn’t want to go Japan?!” My friends say. They have been talking about holidays in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Hokkaido, Kyushu… And I missed a trip […]

By |April 11th, 2013|Japan, Osaka|10 Comments

Okinawa – Hawaii of the East

Recently, I had the privilege to embark on a charter flight to Okinawa with Commonwealth Travel Corporation Services (CTC Travel), Singapore’s leading full-service travel agency. During the 5-day trip, we were well-taken care by the professional guides from Okinawa Tourist Service.

Day 1

After a 4-hr direct charter flight from Singapore, we arrived in Okinawa and were […]

By |May 5th, 2012|Japan, Okinawa|2 Comments

Tokyo Mega Web,Sensoji Temple,Tokyo Tower

Guess Kelly was trying to shop for the latest car model, but realised that she had not gotten her driving license yet at that time… Every visitor can enjoy different car driving simulators, admiring at the latest models of cars and buying them at the Mega Web, a giant multimedia amusement and exhibition centre of motor vehicles.

A futuristic car, certainly belongs to the future!

The real Samurai swords are definitely not for the faint-hearted to handle! Take my stroke!

Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺,) is the oldest ancient Buddhist temple in Tokyo. […]

By |June 23rd, 2008|Japan, Tokyo|8 Comments

Kiyomizu-dera temple & Osaka Castle

This is another UNESCO World Heritage listed site in Japan – Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺, Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, literally means “Pure Water Temple”), one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Kyoto. (Contributor: Kelly)

The flamingly beautiful autumn leaves at Kiyomizudera.

Osaka breaking news: A mysterious sighting of a humongous “Spider-crab” making its way up the building…

… and a Singapore tourist had devoured one of those jumbo crab legs!

The magnificent Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous castle popularly visited by thousands during […]

By |June 19th, 2008|Japan, Osaka|20 Comments

Shirakawa-go Village 白川郷

Kelly visited Shirakawa-go Village, one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in the world. This small traditional village, located near Takayama, is also one of the snowiest places in Japan, with 95.7% of Shirakawa covered by forest.

The uniqueness of Shirakawa-go Village is its showcase of distinctive Japanese style of buildings called gasshō-zukuri, literally means “clasped-hands” style.

This night scene of Shirakawa-go Village is just so mesmerizing! Oh man! They look like yummy chocolate X’mas log cakes!

Photo credit: Wikimedia […]

By |June 18th, 2008|Japan|17 Comments

Takayama morning market

An excursion to Takayma market (asaichi). Takayama is a city nestled in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Perfecture. It has retained a traditional touch with its beautifully preserved old town. (Contributor: Kelly)

Awesome sceneries in Takayama during winter.


By |June 18th, 2008|Japan|1 Comment

Tokyo Disneyland

Kelly shares her experience and photos taken from Tokyo Disneyland during her Japan trip in winter 2007. Christmas was around the corner in Disneyland:

Tokyo Disney was the first Disney Park built outside of the United States. It is now the fourth-most visited Disneyland park in the world, behind the American and European sister parks, the Magic Kingdom Orlando, Disneyland Anaheim and Disneyland Paris. (Eunice also visited Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando, USA!)

I remembered when I was in Tokyo Disney, Mickey and Minnie spoke in Japanese…they sound so funny to me!

The iconic Cinderella Castle in Disneyland. Top left: Watt Disney and his Disney’s alter ego – Mickey Mouse.

Minnie’s pinky house, it’s so lovely!


By |June 16th, 2008|Japan, Tokyo|17 Comments

Japan here & there

Photos are contributed by Kelly during her Japan trip in winter 2007.

Japanese manga.


By |June 14th, 2008|Japan|4 Comments

Japanese cuisine 日本料理 – Oishii!

Wee Lai’s Japanese food encounter and a visit to the famous Daioh Wasabi Farm during her Japan trip in Winter 2007. Japanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonality of food, quality of ingredients and presentation.

Nabemono (one pot “steamboat” cooking, 鍋物) – Sukiyaki, with thinly sliced beef and vegetables.

… with Japanese side dish. […]

By |June 14th, 2008|Japan|3 Comments

Japanese style hotel bedrooms

Wee Lai spent some decent nights in Japanese style hotel bedrooms during her Japan trip in Winter 2007:

During my Japan trip, I had a chance to visit 3 very authentic Japanese style hotel bedrooms. Usually, such hotels are accompanied by attractive hot springs (Onsen). It is especially cozy to have a dip during wintertime, of which I screamed my way towards the pool (for one is required to be nude within hot springs areas). But the freezing stopped when my whole body was submerged into the hot water. What came after that was a mixture of wintercold breeze and smoldering-like water—an easy recipe to make anyone fall asleep. Falling asleep in Onsen must be avoided of course, as prolonged stay can be hazardous for your bleed pressure. Japanese take the division of males and female Onsens very seriously and any intentions/attempts to burgle into Onsens for the opposite sex is severely dealt with. Even photo taking outside the Onsens will attract rude stares by passerby.

As seen from the picture, all Onsen hotels provide a few sets of light cotton robes called the “yutaka”. It is easy to put on and take out, making it very suitable for Onsen trips, especially for shy users like me, who just can’t walk around without any clothings. I was in Hotel Awara, Osaka.

A unique feature about traditional Japanese hotels is sleeping on the floor! (Tatami). The “bed” is essentially a large size of cotton mattress. While it seems very snuggle from the many Japanese serials I have viewed, sleeping on Tatami was bad for 3 nights. I have backaches every morning. While it’s an experience to try, sleeping on the floor at home should get a close feel about it. […]

By |June 13th, 2008|Japan|10 Comments