Kamakura Day Trip: Beaches, Ajisai, Temple and Shrines

Kamakura (鎌倉) is a coastal town endowed with not only beautiful ocean views, but rich history in its numerous shrines and temples. Only one hour away from Tokyo, it is no wonder that it gets extremely crowded on weekends, especially during the hydrangea season, which is right now in June. But as Kamakura is pretty big, […]

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How to eat like the Locals in Vienna

As we were brought around Vienna by DH’s Viennese friend, we managed to try quite a few local delicacies, and they were all delicious. Possibly the most palatable meals I have had in my honeymoon. In Prague and Budapest, most of the places we have been were questionable, with a few good exceptions. But everything […]

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Things to do in Vienna for Free

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city of grandeur. Their architecture is all huge and imposing, emphasizing the opulence of the city. Each and every building seems to be competing to flaunt their dazzling resplendence and glory. If you want to fully explore every attraction, the Vienna Pass would be a good choice, but […]

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One Day in Universal Studios Japan (Without Express Pass)

June is a low season for any theme park in Japan, as it is tsuyu (梅雨), the season of rain. Indeed, when we went on last Friday, it turned out to be a relatively wet day with intermittent rain and ominous grey skies. But it was also likely due to the rain that the crowds […]

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The Shinkansen Hero

With the recent terrible news of a murder in the Shinkansen on June 9, everyone is concerned about the safety of the Japan’s public transportation as the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approaches. I am indeed rather apprehensive in boarding the bullet train now, I must admit when I boarded it on Sunday, I couldn’t sleep […]

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Top 7 Sightseeing Spots in Odaiba

Odaiba is an artificial island in Tokyo Bay turned into a shopping and amusement centre with lots of sightseeing spots. There are plenty of things to do here, from shopping to playing in amusement parks, and even relaxing in onsens. But I’m more of a sightseeing person, because I’m not much of an activity person, and well, […]

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Kyu-Furukawa Gardens Rose Festival

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園, Kyū Furukawa teien) is a place for rose lovers. It can be separated into two parts, a western garden with an impressive European-style villa, and a traditional Japanese garden with a teahouse and some notable stone bridges. While the park entrance fee is ¥150, you can choose to have a guided tour […]

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