Monthly Archives: November 2014

Taxi fares in Japan are way too expensive!!!

Narita — Here is my advise to first -timers in Japan. Taxi cabs are expensive everywhere. The flag-down rate is ¥730. If you are sure that where you’d be going is just a few blocks away, then you can take … Continue reading

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Shinkansen (Bullet train ride from Osaka to Tokyo)

Tokyo– As a first-timer in Japan like me, I must say I am really impressed on the efficient railway, subway and Shinkansen (bullet train) systems. We are on our way to Tokyo from Osaka as I write this entry, boarded … Continue reading

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Traveling on a thrifty budget in Osaka and Tokyo

Roppongi Hills– We thrived on authentic ramen, takoyaki balls and microwaved food from Lawson or 7-11 stores. Yes! That’s for about nine days entering Osaka via Kansai International Airport and exiting Narita via Narita International Airport. We booked at http://www.agoda.comContinue reading

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Takoyaki Balls (how to find them in Japan)

Takoyaki balls are just one of the street foods we enjoyed eating in Tokyo while in between looking for the temple & wandering in the shopping areas like the one on Asakusa. There also many ramen and other food shops … Continue reading

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Kinkaku-ji Castle (Temple of the Golden Pavillion) and The Imperial Palace in Kyoto

Kyoto- This is a tourist-friendly place where one finds rich nature, culture and nice people. Let’s start with Nishi, a young lad whom we met at the Imperial Palace National Garden. My friend Hannah and were planning our next IT … Continue reading

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Harry Potter meets Hello Kitty

Osaka– I write this as we tour the castle of Harry Potter here at USJ. I must admit having watched the movies, but not read the popular series. Since I cannot yet go to Europe to see the actual settings … Continue reading

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Universal Studios-Japan

Osaka — I still remember the Christmas gift from my late godmother when I was a kid— its a Charlie Brown comic book. I really did not appreciate it at once but I read every page anyway. Those were the … Continue reading

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