Foremost, if you have been following our trip to Japan please let me just give you some unsolicited advice. As you may or may not know before going to Tokyo we were at Takayama. Takayama to Jigokudani Monkey Park is 3hrs travel time, while from Tokyo to Jigokudani Monkey Park is 4hrs travel time. Please plan accordingly. The Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑, Jigokudani Yaen Kōen) is … Continue reading Destination: Day 10, Jigokudani Monkey Park (Nagano, Japan)
Harajuku, the centre of teenage fashion and cosplay culture is one way to inject some youth to your morning. Takeshita street is the most popular street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants and crepe stands which is 400 meters long. Here you will see some “antenna shops” where the fashion industry tests their prototypes for marketing and upcoming fads. The Harajuku area does not only cater to teenage culture … Continue reading Destination: Day 9, Harajuku (Tokyo, Japan)
The Gifu prefecture is home to a few Michelin starred destinations, Takayama Old Town being one of them. Located at Sannomachi street you can experience beautifully preserved establishments from the Edo period (1600-1868) picturesque in any season. Old Town Takayama is not only well known for its carefully preserved infrastructures. It is also home to a range of artisanal merchandise, that has taken years with a … Continue reading Destination: Day 8, Takayama Old Town (Gifu, Japan)
Our original plan was to stay a couple of days in Takayama and simply just discover. Thanks to our Airbnb, it informed us of the local sites Shirakawa-go being one of them, alluring our interest. Shirakawa-go was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, famous for its 250-year-old Gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri farmhouses are domestic structures with steep thatched roofs, which resemble Buddhist monk hands in prayer. Its purpose is to … Continue reading Destination: Day 8, Shirakawa-go (Gifu, Japan)
If you’re a Japanophile but can’t get around the notion of public onsens, or just a newbie who has never heard of onsens. You may want to read on this because it’s an experience you may start looking for. The word onsen (温泉) derives from the Japanese word “hot spring”. A natural hot bath that has been heated geothermally, which must be at least 25 … Continue reading Destination: Day 7, Yuryo Onsen (Hakone, Japan)
The Venetian Glass Museum in Hakone has to be one of our more mature destinations in Japan. Also known as The Hakone Glass no Mori (箱根ガラスの森) an art museum that displays 15th to 18th-century Venetian glass art. It houses approximately 500 antique glass art from Venezia (Venice), Italy. But, only exhibits 100 at a time. From tree jewels, large garden onion sculptures, to the intricate glass chandelier, … Continue reading Destination: Day 7, Venetian Glass Museum (Hakone, Japan)
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince Museum is located in Hakone, which is a 1hr and 37mins from Tokyo. If you are a first-timer to Hakone you must know that there are numerous things to see and do there, and like most things, in Japan, 1 day is not enough to discover it all, even if you filter through it. Imagine Hakone to be … Continue reading Destination: Day 7, The Little Prince Museum (Hakone, Japan)
A 5 hour and 30 minute trip from Kyoto on the Shinkansen, we had activated our Japan Rail Pass a day before and reserved our seating for the following day. I advise you do this to avoid the early morning rush, avoid waiting in a queue and to assure you have a seat going to Yufuin. Yufuin by Shinkansen is an exhausting trip from Kyoto, passing Hiroshima and your … Continue reading Destination: Day 6, Yufuin (Oita, Japan)
After our Nara trip, we headed to Arashiyama. To do this, we had to return to Kyoto station and take a train there (San-In line) that took 30 minutes. If you can help it, you should NOT only allow half a day for Arashiyama, as it is jam-packed with things to see and do, even until the evening when everyone has gone home, Arashiyama is still … Continue reading Destination: Day 5, Arashiyama (Kyoto, Japan)
A trip to Kyoto would be incomplete without taking a side trip to Nara. Being the first permanent capital before Kyoto, it is full of Japan’s largest and historical temples. Today, it is known for Nara Park, filled with free-range wandering deers waiting to be fed. Nara’s 1000 deers have become the muses for the city, considered as the messengers of the Gods. You can … Continue reading Destination: Day 5, Nara (Nara, Japan)
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