The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Tips for a worry-free muggle trip

Travel Date: December 2016   The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWoHP) is among the theme park highlights of the Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Since USJ is one of the top attractions in Osaka, it’s busy and crowded almost all year round. Believe me, you can’t just hastily go there and expect to have a... Continue Reading →


How to travel from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX) to the City proper

Osaka is one of the cheaper alternative entry points in coming to Japan (instead of via Tokyo) through the Kansai International Airport (KIX) .  There are direct flights here from Manila (about 4 hours) via Jetstar or Cebu Pacific. The airport has two terminals and the Kansai Airport Information Desk is located at the 2nd floor... Continue Reading →

Kyoto: My Favorite City

Travel Period: November 2016   Kyoto is one of my favorite places ever! It’s such a beautiful ancient city. Kyoto’s most picturesque sites are the numerous temples and shrines showcasing Japan’s rich traditions and culture, which I think were carefully preserved amidst its fast modernization. This year, I got the chance to come back and... Continue Reading →

Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

Travel Date: 24 November 2016 Winter Illumination in Nabana no Sato  The annual illuminations are one of the most anticipated events in Japan signalling the coming of winter and the Christmas and New Year season. The light festivals are simultaneously held in various cities across Japan and Nabana no Sato’s winter illumination in Nagashima Resort is... Continue Reading →

Obara Shikizakura: When Autumn meets Spring

Travel Date: 22 November 2016 The Obara Shikizakura Just when you thought the cherry blossoms or sakura can only be enjoyed during spring time, here in Obara, Aichi, Japan (or perhaps only in Japan), rare species of sakura trees called Obara “Shikizakura” bloom twice a year, first during spring and then again during autumn. Obara... Continue Reading →

Autumn in Korankei

Travel Date:  21 November 2016 The Korankei Autumn Festival Korankei is known as one of the best spots in Aichi to enjoy viewing of autumn foliage and scenery, or what they call “momijigari” in Japan (similar to the Japanese tradition of “hanami” during spring time). The autumn festival (or momiji matsuri) in Korankei is usually... Continue Reading →

Day Tour of Hakone

If you have a few days to spend in Tokyo, I would highly recommend that you include in your itinerary a side trip to Hakone, either for a day tour or an overnight stay. I treated my parents for a Hakone day trip during the spring season in Japan and was so happy to have... Continue Reading →

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