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
A more detailed, updated version of this article can be found here: Osaka Travel Guide Kyoto Travel Guide 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
Hokkaido’s kitchens have, for a long time, offered a warm refuge from the region’s famously harsh winters, and out of those havens of heat, some of the most iconic Japanese dishes emerged. For a region that gets buried in snow for half the year, Hokkaido enjoys a reputation as one
It was mid-summer when I set foot in Kyoto for the first time. The deciduous forest of the Arashiyama district was very lush and green, awfully green. Green is great; I love green. But as a guy who hailed from a tropical island carpeted in evergreen rainforests, it was not
We were about the approach the platform when we noticed a woman running after us. At first, we didn’t think it was us she was chasing, but she stopped and motioned that we follow her. She couldn’t speak English, but we recognized just one word — ticket — as she
Osaka has something to offer to almost any type of traveler. For tourists seeking family-friendly fun, there’s Universal Studios Japan, which is one of the most visited theme parks in the world. History buffs will find a visit to its cultural landmarks like the enormous Osaka Castle an enlightening experience.
My most recent trip to Osaka was my fourth time in the city. But I still vividly remember the first. Osaka was the first destination in Japan that we set foot in. We were travel newbies back then: lacking in knowledge, wisdom, and confidence. Every single day of that trip,
This guide is for applying for a VISIT VISA. If you’re traveling to Japan as a tourist, we have a separate visa guide for that. Read: Japan Visa Requirements for Tourists When my sister moved to Japan as an OFW, I found another reason to return to Japan over and
Whether you’re applying for a Japan Tourist Visa or a Visit Visa, the first thing you need to do is to get hold of a copy of the application form and fill it out appropriately. You can download a copy of the application form below with instructions.
Gifu Prefecture is fondly called the Heartland of Japan because of its location and, coincidentally, its shape. Right at its core is the city of Takayama. You could say that Takayama is the heart of the heart of Japan. And if that alone doesn’t strike a romantic chord in you,
This travel guide covers cities of Tottori and Kurayoshi and the towns of Hokuei and Misasa. You’ll find a sample itinerary and budget breakdown towards the end of the post. We’ll be creating a separate travel guide of Yonago City, Daisen, and Sakaiminato. All thanks to Detective Conan! Detective Conan
There’s a weird reason why I associate Hokkaido with my childhood. Back when I was a kid, if you were to ask me what Hokkaido is, I’ll probably give the same answer any other oblivious Pinoy child would’ve thought of first: canned mackerel. Let me explain. Back in the day,