Japan, Day 9: Universal Studios (Osaka)

MARCH 14, 2017 The day we have been waiting for because 1) theme park rides, and 2) HARRY POTTER LAND! We left our Airbnb early and arrived at the theme park at around 9AM. Hello UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN! Good thing we already bought our tickets online + Express Pass Standard 4 because the lines were …

Japan, Day 8: Nara >> Osaka

MARCH 13, 2017 Another daytrip that we did from Osaka was to visit Nara. Our train ride was about an hour and a half, which gave us enough time to sleep because we woke up early. NARA KOEN was our first destination but we were confused where to get off (while on the bus) so …

Japan, Day 7: Himeji >> Osaka

MARCH 12, 2017 Our 2nd daytrip was in Himeji, almost 2 hours away from Osaka by train. From Himeji Station, we rode the Himeji Castle Loop Bus which looked like an old-fashioned bus… Our main stop here was the famous HIMEJI CASTLE (UNESCO), which is also known as “shirasagi-jo” or “white heron castle”. It was …

Japan, Day 6: Kobe >> Osaka

MARCH 11, 2017 Time for our daytrip in KOBE! After about an hour and a half of train ride, we reached Kobe-Sannomiya Station. We bought onigiri and bread for a quick breakfast before walking to our first destination – MAIKO MARINE PROMENADE. It is an observatory located right under AKASHI KAIKYO BRIDGE, the world’s longest …

Japan, Day 5: Kyoto >> Osaka

MARCH 10, 2017 Our first stop for our last day in Kyoto was KINKAKU-JI (UNESCO) – also known as the “Golden Pavilion”. It is one of the famous Zen temples which has its top 2 floors covered in gold leaf. This golden structure overlooks a pond, which is a real sight to see.     …

Japan, Day 4: Kyoto (Central & Downtown)

MARCH 9, 2017 We started our 4th day in Kyoto a bit later than the previous days since our first stop was just a few minutes away (walk) from our Airbnb – NIJO CASTLE (UNESCO)! While walking along one side of the Nijo Castle, we realized how huge the castle ground was since it took …

Japan, Day 3: Kyoto (Fushimi, N. Higashiyama)

MARCH 8, 2017 Another early start for us since our first stop for our 3rd day in Kyoto was in FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA and we wanted to avoid the crowd. The place is well-known for its senbon torii (thousands of torii) spread across an entire mountain. The whole hike usually takes 2-3 hours according to …

Japan, Day 2: Kyoto (Arashiyama)

MARCH 7, 2017 We started our 2nd day in Kyoto quite early since our goal was to get to the famous bamboo grove without the big crowd yet. When we got off in Arashiyama Station, there was a sign which exit was for the bamboo grove but we were not sure how to get there …

Mount Pulag

JANUARY 21-22, 2017 DIFFICULTY LEVEL (according to TA site): 4/10 Last December, Tin and I spontaneously booked a hike in Mt. Pulag (via Ambangeg) with Trail Adventours. It was scheduled in late January, which meant that we would be there in one of its coldest days (a lot of people say Jan-Feb are the coldest months). Our …