One of the most difficult questions I usually get is: What’s your favorite destination? It’s tough to pick just one when a mere mention of the word “favorite” opens a floodgate of memories that include the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey; camping journey across the Australian Outback; the sights and
It was the trip I was so afraid to take. The notoriety of Japan as an expensive destination hovered over my head for the longest time. Even when airlines offered bargain deals for flights to Osaka, I was reluctant to book. Not only was I worried about the visa not
It was as though I entered a completely different theme park. My first visit to the Universal Studios Japan was in late 2012. It has been five years since then, and man, WHAT AN UPGRADE!
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of the top attractions in Osaka. And if you’re one of the millions of people who will be paying it a visit this year, you might be wondering how to reach this super popular theme park. USJ is located in the coastal fringes of
When I think of Japan, my mind automatically conjures up images of these attractions: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Mt. Fuji, anime, and cherry blossoms. But there’s one image that is forever etched in my memory from now on — Shirakawa-go.
Between Vins and I, we’ve been to Japan 16 times so far, spanning over a dozen cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Takayama, Ibaraki, Biei, and Sapporo. Seven of these trips happened in winter. Our obsession fascination with winter probably stems from the fact that we spent 30
With affordable airfare popping up left and right, travel has become a more realistic goal for many. Some have the privilege to travel for work, others relish traveling with friends, and a good number of adventure junkies crave solo backpacking. But being raised in a family-oriented culture, I often think
The Kansai Region is the perfect destination if it’s your first time in Japan. It is rich in cultural heritage, evident in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot its map, yet its biggest city, Osaka, also feels undoubtedly modern and futuristic. It also prepares you for the
This post is for Philippine passport holders who plan to visit as tourists. When we were invited to speak at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul in early 2016, our excitement quickly morphed into worry when we realized Filipinos are required to get a visa to enter Turkey. It wouldn’t
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-gō is one of the most picturesque destinations in Japan. Cradled in Gifu Region, often nicknamed the Heartland of Japan, this small, rustic village offers a break from the crazy, busy life in major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
I’ve been trying to come up with a good intro for this article, but you know what: Screw that. LOL. Let’s get right to it! Here are some sample Japan itineraries for Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto for 4 days, 6 days, 7 days, 8 days, and 15 days. Each itinerary
Okay, first things first: Tokyo Disney Resort is not in Tokyo. Surprise! Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are located in the city of Urayasu in the Chiba Prefecture. Thankfully, Urayasu lies just next to Tokyo, which makes it easily accessible for tourists staying in the capital.