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Road Trip: Southern Cebu

College can be hard, stressful and sometimes overwhelming. Taking a road trip with friends isn’t. The most important reason why a road trip with your best friends is amazing is the fact that it is more fun with them.
Last October 17, 2017, my college best friends and I went on a spontaneous road trip towards the south. We didn’t have any idea where are we heading but we wanted to explore the south of Cebu. We left the house around 8:45 am and the adventure begins.
While on our way to the Molave Milk Station in Barili, Cebu to taste their ice cream and goat’s milk, we did a quick stop to take photos of the breathtaking view. Cebu never fails to amaze me.


When we arrived at the Molave Milk station, we immediately notice the improvements done in the place. It has more space for the visitors and more Instagram worthy backgrounds. We bought four different flavors which are strawberry, buko, avocado, mango which each cost around P120.00 per serving. My favorite was the avocado flavor.


While we were heading to our next destination, we did a quick stop to take our lunch at a resto-bar in Car-car which was located beside the beach. Their food was good and their place was clean but I must say that they have a poor customer service.


After that, we went to Toledo, Cebu to visit the Maze at Capilla Sta. Ana. The place has an entrance fee of P200.00 for tourists, P100.00 for adults and P50.00 for students. Well, I must say that the place is absolutely Instagram worthy.

Our last destination for the day was at West 35 in Balamban Cebu. It was such a breathtaking view. It feels like we are in the clouds. The place also has an entrance fee of P50.00


A road trip is for me is a different experience from a standard vacation. You are not bound by staying in one place or in one room. You are able to go to the places you wanted to visit without having to be at a specific place at a specific time. Spontaneous road trips are so much better than planning the places you wanted to visit. Get your best friends and take a road trip. A road trip with your best friends is something that you will always treasure in your heart and you will look for an opportunity to do it again and again.

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Malapascua Island: 6 hours experience

Malapascua is an island located in Northern Cebu, Philippines. Its main attraction is its rich marine sanctuary. I must say that this place is a haven for drivers out there. But surely this is not the only activity you could do on the island. If you wanted a peaceful and relaxing vacation, this island is for you.

 

The trip was completely random. My family and I decided to visit the island Thursday night and then we went to the island immediately the morning after that. It was just a quick vacation since my dad is a busy person and I still have school the next day. But even though it was just a short time, I definitely enjoyed our northern trip. So that’s why I decided to share my experience and hopefully, this will encourage you to see the beauty of Malapascua Island.

How to get to Malapascua Island?

From any point of the world, take a flight to Cebu (CEB). If you are already within the Philippines, commercial flights to Cebu are also available. Ferries are also available.

We lived in the Southern part of Cebu specifically in Talisay City. It was a 4-hour trip to the port of Maya. But if you don’t have your own car, well there are much more other ways to get there. First, through the public or private van. Approximately it would range around 150pesos for the fee. Second, through air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned bus in North Bus Terminal, Cebu City. Approximately it would range around 150-190pesos for the fee. It will also take around 4 hours to reach Maya port.

Afterward, you can take the ferry or boat from Maya port to Malapascua Island. In the port, there are many ferry/boat companies that can take you to the island.  If you are a big group you can charter a boat to accommodate you all. There is a trip every 30 minutes from 06:00 AM to 03:00 PM.

Tip: If you wanted the freshest and the cheapest Mangoes, Malapascua is your best friend. We bought 10 kilos of Mangoes and we spent only 500 pesos. Yes, believe me, guys.

Here are some of my photos in the Island:

 

 

 

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Heavenly Hong Kong

Hong kong is just a few hours away from the Philippines. This has been our 6th time to visit Hong Kong. Honestly, Hong Kong is one of my favorite countries because the life there is very calm and relaxing. I always look forward every time we will visit Hong Kong.

Our adventure started with shopping. Yes, you heard it right. Girls, shopping in Hong Kong is heaven. I would really recommend for you to visit Mongkok and Ladies Market. Most of their products are sold way cheaper than in our country. I don’t know with yours. What I love about shopping in Hong Kong is that they have a wide variety of brands from the most luxurious brands to the most affordable brands.

Our next stop was at Victoria Harbour. You will see the beautiful Hong Kong lifeline with its constant parade of vessels and breathtaking surrounding scenery of the city. This will surely take your breath away.

Our last destination was Heritage 1881. This place will transport us to Victoria-era Hong Kong.

I really love taking pictures of their road. I also don’t know why but for sure its Instagram-worthy photos.

Every trip has to end but for sure we will end ours with a bang. Til’ we meet again Hong Kong.

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Magnificient Manila

I have always been a fascinated with ART.  I may not be as artistic as Leonardo Da Vinci or Michelangelo but for sure I enjoy taking pictures with paintings. So last April, we went to Manila, Philippines. It was a short but memorable trip. And our adventure starts here.

Our first destination was the National Museum of the Philippines.

Our next destination was Venice Grand Canal at McKinley Hill, Taguig. This was inspired by one of Italy’s most romantic cities, Venice Grand Canal has elevated the shopping and lifestyle and dining experience in the Philippines.

Our last destination was at Bonifacio Global City to eat Cold Stone Ice Cream. Yay for food.

It was a short trip but for sure we had a blast. Til’ we meet again Manila.

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Beautiful Bohol

If you are looking to get a tan at white sand beaches, be fascinated by the Chocolate Hills or simply get entertained on a river cruise, visit ancient churches, name it and Bohol has it.

It is my 3rd time to visit Bohol. Bohol is just a short ride away from Cebu. Several fast craft company offers their services daily for tourist traveling from Cebu to Tagbilaran and Tagbilaran to Cebu.  Tagbilaran is the capital of Bohol.

Places to see in Bohol:

Chocolate Hills
It’s one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Philippines and the number one tourist place in Bohol. This hills of a generally conical and almost symmetrical shape are covered with a grass that turns to chocolate brown during the dry season.

Loboc River Cruise
Just imagine yourself enjoying a buffet lunch in a floating restaurant while sailing in the Loboc river which is surrounded by lush green plants while being serenaded. Overall,  the food was so delicious, the river was clean and beautiful, and the waterfalls at the end of the route were picturesque. Eating lunch has never been this fun and relaxing.

Tarsier Sanctuary
You Bohol Trip will not be complete without seeing and taking photos with tarsiers. It is sometimes known as the world’s smallest monkey but it is neither a monkey or even the smallest primate.

Hanging Bamboo Bridge
Shaky, slippery and scary. These were the words that entered my head while I was crossing the  Hanging Bridge especially because it was raining. Its railings were made of steel and flooring of bamboo, this bridge isn’t really the most calming or the safest bridge in the world. But at least it was fun.

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Man-made Forest (Mahogany Forest)
It is filled with mahogany trees, in different heights, the spread of its branches, and the thickness and shapes of their leaves give the forest its enchanting appeal. Every one of them was planted by a man.


Bohol Bee Farm

This is the place to be if you want to relax and unwind in Panglao Island. This place is all about organic. Try their ice cream and their unique cone. Surely, you’ll want for more.

 

Hennan Resort Alona Beach
One of Bohol’s most popular Beaches, Alona Beach on Panglao Island. The perfect place to relax, swim and indulge.


For sure this will not be my last not be my last visit in Bohol. See you again, Bohol.

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Visiting Vietnam

Our three day visit in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, was filled with of amazing food, cheap tours, a little bit of shopping and learning its rich history.

Our Vietnam experience started right at when left the airport. Streets of Ho Chi Minh is surrounded by hundreds of buzzing scooters, literally.

We arrived in Vietnam around 6pm. Vietnam is an hour late from the Philippines. As soon as we checked in our hotel, we went out in the streets of Ho Chi Minh to discover its culture and their unique street food. Luckily, our hotel is just a few minutes away from the central market which offers a wide variety of street food and good music.  After eating, we head towards the night market which was just a minute walk from the central market.

 

On our first day, we did a half-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels.  It is worth visiting because of all the stories behind the tunnels.

You will have a chance to enter the tunnel and crawl through 20 meters, but I didn’t try it because it was dark and yeah I’m a big coward. But my mom and sister tried going in the tunnel which they said that it really wasn’t that scary inside tho. The tunnels themselves were only a meter tall, and there was barely and light.  Many people in my tour exited only after halfway, because they couldn’t take the tiny space they had to crawl through.  I can’t imagine using those tunnels everyday for shelter and a method of transportation. Hands down to all soldiers.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral

 

General Post Office

The Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. When we went there the facade of the Post Office was still under construction but today the construction  is done. The Post Office is a  significant symbol of the city, just like its opposite neighbor Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. It has long been the busiest post office of the country.

 

Reunification Palace

The iconic Reunification Palace made its name in global history when in 1975 a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its main gate – thus signifying the end of the Vietnam War.The Reunification Palace is a landmark not to be missed by any tourist visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Read more at: http://www.vietnam-guide.com/ho-chi-minh-city/reunification-palace.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

War Remnants Museum

It primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, but also includes many exhibits relating to the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.

 

That was a short but a memorable trip. Nevertheless, I would return again to Ho Chi Minh City in the near future.

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Stunning Singapore

Singapore is without any doubts the most developed, urbanized country in Asia, if not in the world. I have visited the country for 3 times, which appeared to be not enough to fully discover this unique country-city.

Singapore is a fabulous place for a vacation, especially for families with kids. There are just so many attractions and things to do. I am sure you could spend a couple of weeks and still wanting to extend your vacation there. It is just such an easy place to visit just take a 3-4 hrs plane ride from the Philippines and Hello Singapore! Aside from its just a few hours away from my country, they have a fabulous transportation system and with English as their main language. It is also neat and orderly.

Climate

Located near the equator, Singapore basks in a tropical climate. Temperatures do not change much throughout the year, averaging 31 degrees Centigrade with a dip to 23 degrees at night. Expect rainfall nearly every afternoon and evening. November is the wettest month of the year, and February, the driest.

Transportation

The extensive MRT puts most popular destinations within easy reach. You can buy a ticket for each trip or if you have a top-up EZ-Link card you can easily swipe it at entry gates, or a Tourist Pass that grants unlimited travel for one to three days. The trains are accessible to those in wheelchairs, dragging rolling luggage, or pushing strollers.

Orchard Road

If shopping for global brands is high on your To-Do list, then stay along the 2.2 kilometers of Orchard Road, the city’s most famous shopping thoroughfare. Prepare yourself because you will be seeing glitzy hotels, cavernous eating complexes, and modern shopping centers that will surely blow you and your pockets away. Take underground passages to go from your room to different malls.

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Super tree grove

The Garden Rhapsody is a show that is held in Gardens by the Bay every evening. The futuristic looking trees/mushrooms are lighted up in different ways together with the music. Every detail is perfectly tuned to create an atmosphere that will give you a fantastic feeling of wonder and stimulate your mind.

TIP: The show is twice a day, at 7 45 p.m. and 8 45 p.m. and takes around 10 minutes. Make sure to come a bit in advance, so that you take the coolest spot!

Cloud forest

Singaporeans have created a whole new concept out there with planted walls, artificial waterfalls – somethings absolutely surreal! You can learn a lot about rare plants, take some great pictures, enjoy a magnificent view from to the Marina Bay Sands and just walk around this mysterious world built by man.

TIP: Make sure to have at least 1,5 hours of your spare time, and bring a jacket, as it is quite chilly and moist inside the conservation area.

Botanic Gardens

For all those parks and flowers lovers, this is a place specially made for you. I think I went to one almost in each country I visited! But the one in Singapore is such a beautiful park. You can wonder it’s alleys and get lost. It feels modern, fresh and ordered. Then, out of nowhere you can just wake up with a huge water monitor lizard in front of you.

The entrance to the Botanic garden is free of charge, but I also do recommend visiting National Orchid Garden. Unless you are some kind of Orchid expert you will discover a zillion new types of orchids which offer a sweet synthesis of visual beauty and matching fragrance.

It is inside the Botanic garden, but has a separate entrance.

Singapore Zoo

The zoo in Singapore is one of the top attractions. There are 4 options to chose from.

We went to all 4 options but fro me the best one is the  night safari. Imagine riding in a caged bus and being in the wild late at night seeing them in their real habitat. Isn’t it exciting? Different shows at each time are held, you will not get bored during the whole day. I recommend visiting the zoo if you are traveling with kids, or if you have more than 3 days to see the city.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a resort island featuring attractions, hotels, restaurants, and a casino. Although you can reach it on foot, by bus, or by light rail, the most unique method is to take the Singapore Cable Car, which balances on a cable held up by high towers. Getting around the island means taking a bus that plies circular routes, or the beach tram that travels on the sandy shores.

Three attractions will please admirers of the life aquatic. The S.E.A. Aquarium displays over 100,000 marine animals in 49 different habitats. Adventure Cove is a water park that immerses you in a coral reef or tropical grotto. To personally interact with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, participate in one of the programs at Dolphin Island.

The island’s largest attraction is Universal Studios Singapore, the Southeast Asian version of theme parks located in Hollywood and Orlando in the USA and Osaka, Japan. One ticket gets you into all the rides and shows in seven zones, including Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, and Sci-Fi City.

Other sights on the island include a 24-hour casino, beaches, historical forts, a trapeze school, and an evening water and light show.

Tip:  to save time and money you can use a day pass

Crane Dance

Who say’s love is only for man?  Well the Crane Dance will prove you wrong. Enjoy watching  a magical journey of love, with the touching story of a pair of mechanical cranes and how their love for each other transforms them into real birds.

A show that’s not to be missed, the combination of groundbreaking audio visual technologies, and stunning light and water effects perfectly illustrates the cranes’ graceful courtship ritual.

Tip: Since its a free admission, be at the Waterfront before the show starts for you to have better seats and better view. The show starts at 8pm.

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Travel Guide: Hong Kong

It’s my 5th time to visit Hong Kong and definitely not the last. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world. Hong Kong has one of the biggest hub airports in the world. Mentioning Hong Kong, endless shopping, delicious cuisine, Disneyland, Ocean Park, and superstars keep on running through one’s mind. Indeed, Hong Kong has become one of the must visit holiday destination for everyone.

Hello Hong Kong! Getting around Hong Kong is easy with its efficient public transport system such as MTR, buses and trams. Just print a MTR System Map and you are ready to go and stroll around the City.

Upon arrival, get yourself an Octopus Card at Airport or any MTR Station. Or if you already have one, you can simply reload your card at the nearest train stations.

Basic Octopus cards cost $150, with $100 face value plus $50 refundable deposit.Octopus card is virtually accepted by more than 1,000 merchants which includes Public Transports ( MTR, Bus, Tram, Ferry ), 7 Eleven, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Sa Sa Cosmetic and many more.

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For More Info : http://www.octopus.com.hk

Best place to stay.

When choosing an area to stay in HK, I would personally suggest Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Jordan, Causeway Bay and Central. These are the places you will travel to the most, where most restaurants and cafes will be at too!
Shopping
Hong Kong is one of the best shopping cities in Asia, yeah I will actually say the world! It is not the cheapest city though so be prepared to dig deep and find your credit cards. The best part is that most of the products sold here are tax free. There are so many huge shopping malls here, both on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, so there are plenty to choose from. You can also do great bargains at the street markets. Street markets are best for you when you’re yearning for some souvenirs, fake jade jewelry, vintage reproduction cigarette ads, fake designer handbags and more.

 

 

The street markets in Mong Kok

This area of Hong Kong has the largest and busiest markets in which to soak up the chaotic atmosphere, sights, and sounds of Hong Kong. The crowds and sellers really exemplify Hong Kong’s on-the-move essence. The two best markets for inexpensive souvenirs are the Ladies Market (bargain clothing, accessories, and souvenirs) and the Temple Street Night Market (flea market). But personally, I love shopping at the Ladies Market. Especially at night. Well, this is a must go for all ladies out there!

Visit Disneyland and Ocean Park — If you’re on a family trip, or you like adventure head to Disneyland or Ocean Park for a fun-filled day. Hang out with Mickey Mouse and shake hands with sea creatures. You can see Giant Pandas at Ocean Park, which justifies the whole visit.

AIA Great European Festival- Are you ready for the carnival like atmosphere in the heart of the city, crazy performers, exciting games and scrumptious food from all around the world? Well, you should be. All adrenaline rush junkies and food lovers this is a place made perfect for you!

 

Hong Kong Harbor is a real must when visiting the city. It is one of the world`s most busy harbors. Witness lights dancing in the walls of the tall buildings from the other island. The harbor view is quite breathtaking especially after dark when thousands of lights from all the skyscrapers are lit.

Ride 360 Ngong Ping     

This cable car runs a little over 3.5 miles, from Tung Chung across the bay toward the airport and then onward to Lantau Island, , where you can visit the Po Lin Monastery. The cable car gives you a panoramic view of the whole airport, harbor, and city before it travels through the surrounding mountains. Enjoy riding cute cable cars which are decorated with different famous characters. The ride lasts about 25 minutes. So enjoy every minute of the ride.

Day trip to Macau — Isn’t it amazing? Macau is just a ferry ride away from Hong Kong so you’ve got to grab this opportunity to visit two countries in one trip. The gambling mecca of Macau is a short boat ride away. For HKD $150, the 60-75–minute boat ride from Hong Kong’s ferry terminal will take you to this former Portuguese colony, where you can wander gigantic modern casinos, City of Dreams, The Venetian stroll historic streets lined with Portuguese-inspired houses, Macau Church ruin and dine on egg tarts, a famous local specialty.

Just walk around – Last but not least, you should put away the map and just wander around the streets of Hong Kong looking. Take in all of Hong Kong`s smells and noise. It is such a busy and wonderful city, full of colors!

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Travel Guide: Japan

Where to start? This was my second trip in Japan because I felt like I just didn’t have enough time the first time around and I really wanted to experience the city . I had no idea how much I would fall in love with Japan. I know you will too, so I put together this travel guide full of tips and recommendations during my one week stay there.

Though very expensive, Japan is one of the most amazing, beautiful, and friendly countries in the world. That’s why I love Japan. It was a dream come true to go there. Japan has delicious food, serene temples and shrines, zen gardens, national parks, and a culture with a long and rich history. It’s a great place and, while it may be an expensive country to visit, there are plenty of ways to make this country affordable. Don’t get scared off by the prices. You won’t regret your visit here because it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.

After You Arrive (Narita International Airport) – Arrange to have your Pocket WiFi Rental shipped directly to a 24-Hour Courier Counter at the airport. Or you can just simply register your email address at the counter of “TravelAccess” which is a free WiFi to all tourists but the connection is not available in all locations.  Just pick up your package and take the next Keisei Skyliner (high-speed train) to Nippori Station. Transfer from Nippori Station to a local train to take you to your hotel.

 

 

Vending Machines for everything – I love the vending machine culture in Japan. I wonder how convenience stores make money? Vending machines are located everywhere in Japan. They have the most high-tech vending machine which sells a wide variety of sodas to junk foods.

Believe it or not, those fancy Japanese toilets with all the push buttons aren’t only found in luxurious establishments. You’ll even find fancy Japanese toilets at the sidewalks or at fast food chains.

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Eat lots of Ramen – You will eat the best ramen of your life in Japan. I promise. Don’t get caught up in where or how because all the ramen their id so good you keep searching for more.

Do check out Tokyo Ramen Street located in the basement level of Tokyo Station. Just buy your ticket from a vending machine – insert cash first, look at the pictures and push the button of the ramen bowl you want. The machine will spit out a ticket and your change. Hand your ticket to your server and she’ll direct you to a free seat.

Must try their green tea ice cream or matcha ice is a Japanese ice cream flavor. This flavor is extremely popular in Japan.

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Crazy for KitKats. Name the flavor you want, they got it. Japan has a lot of flavors of KitKat to choose from. As a result a hungry traveler could eat scores of different flavors of Kit Kat.

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Universal Studios Japan was the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand to be built in Asia. You can enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels to thrilling roller coasters and simulators based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park.

In addition to rides, the theme park offers many opportunities to take pictures with popular characters’ mascots such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the puppets of Sesame Street. There are also various shows put on every day, including a night parade featuring illuminated floats that are paraded through the streets.

On your way to the Universal Studios, enjoy walking around the Universal City Walk. The city is best when at night because of the lights.  It also includes a number of restaurants selling signature Osaka dishes such as takoyaki as well as souvenir and retail stores.

Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.

Tokyo Disney Sea is a theme park unique to Japan and features all sorts of interesting and new rides you won’t find elsewhere. It was super cool just to wander around a Japanese theme park and see how different the snacks and souvenirs are too.10371478_873925735956871_5351392980322615110_n

The Osaka Castle is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine. The park is one of Osaka’s most popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in early April. Enjoy walking around the Osaka Castle which is one of the best places to view Sakura flowers.

The Osaka Mint Bureau is famous for the more than 300 trees, which stand on its premises. Over 100 cherry varieties, mostly later blooming yae-zakura trees (with more than five petals per blossom) can be viewed on the premises. Every year, the gates to the cherry garden are specially opened to the general public during a one week period in mid April.

Also one of the best places to view Sakura flowers. Imagine walking in a street full of flowers partnered with street food and a view of the city as well.

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The Bamboo Forest most beautiful spot is not at the beginning of the path, but further away past Tenryuji temple entrance, where bamboo groves grow further apart from each other, allowing it to become thick and beautiful.

You can rent a bike or stroll the path to enjoy the beautiful sight of sunlight shining through the bamboo grove, casting soft shadows on the path. Especially when the wind blows through, you can see moving images exuding a tranquil feel. That is the true charm of these forests of the east.

Strolling though the bamboo forest will cost you nothing. You just have to prepare yourself and your camera to take this wonderful path.

 

Tokyo Sky Tree is standing in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower.

The view is breathtaking and the city just seems to go forever and ever. The sky tree is the best place to view Japan 360 degrees. There are also some “look down windows” in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a café. When visibility is good, visitors can see the Tokyo Sky tree and Mount Fuji in the distance. I recommend booking ahead of time – it’s always busy. Many foreign and local tourists wants to experience Japan in another view. It only takes a one-minute elevator ride to get to the top of the tallest tower in the world.

Mt. Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.

Note however, that clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours than during the middle of the day.

Onsen Spa (Japanese Hot Spring) are numerous and highly popular across Japan. Every region of the country has its share of hot springs and resort towns, which come with them.

I definitely recommend hitting a traditional Japanese Onsen water spa on the last day of your trip. It’s like a spa theme park for adults with an indoor and outdoor water therapies, relaxation rooms and more. They also give you a kimono to wear during your visit. . You can never leave Japan without experience their Onsen Spa. Onsen is believed to heal body pains and also rejuvenate your body.

Shibuya For the ultimate people scramble, head to Shibuya Crossing to watch what is Tokyo’s version of Times Square. A wide selection of restaurants and fast food chains are located near the crossing and its neighboring streets. Also, local and international brands can found in the area. While you’re in the area, make sure to check out Shibuya 109 for some amazing shopping.

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Say Hello to Hachiko at Shibuya Crossing – Hachiko is the most loyal dog in the world. Remember the movie Hachiko? Well, guess what he is more than just a dog in the movie but see a statue of him at Shibuya crossing. He would show up to the station every evening to meet his owner and continued to do so after the owner’s death. The train station employees fed him, gave him water and took good care of him.

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Asakusa is the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), one of Tokyo’s districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Asakusa’s main attraction is a Buddhist temple. The temple is surrounded by a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.