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
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.
We don’t normally write travel guides for theme parks. But Tokyo Disney Resort turned out to be much more complicated than we anticipated. Yes, complicated. As soon as I began burning my first hour queueing for my first ride, I knew this super popular theme park would merit its own
If it isn’t too obvious yet, Japan is The Poor Traveler‘s most-loved destination. Between Yoshke and myself, we have been to the Land of the Rising Sun a total of 14 times over the past 4 years. Sometimes, it can be easy for us to think that we’ve experienced the
It was as though life was preparing me for Japan. When I was a High School sophomore and our History teacher assigned everyone in class a country for a report, I was given Japan. When I was a college sophomore, I was assigned Japan in both our World Cinema and
Tokyo and Osaka are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, so it’s no surprise that those flying to one also intend to visit the other. And these days, it’s not that difficult at all. Several options are available. It’s just a matter of choosing what fits your