Passes and tickets
Osaka

Day 13: Goodbye Japan

The End of Our 13 Days Journey The dreaded moment has come, reality is beginning to sink in; it is time for us to say goodbye, Japan. Clearly, the both of us were sad. Today, we took a photo of all the ticket stubs and attractions passes we’ve collected. Makes a nice collage doesn’t it? …

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Universal City Walk Osaka
Osaka

Day 12: Senkoji, Tempozan and USJ

Senkoji Temple, Experience Heaven and Hell Here Before we head down to Tempozan Harbor Village, we routed towards Senkoji Temple. Saw this online and thought it might be pretty interesting. The focus of this shrine was to give an experience of heaven and hell. It was pretty much like Singapore’s very own Haw Par Villa. …

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Cup Noodles Museum Ikeda
Osaka

Day 11: Cup Noodles Museum and Minoo Park

Cup Noodles Museum Osaka Ikeda Today’s plan is to go to the Cup Noodles Museum. We read that there’ll be an activity where you get to customize your cup before filling it up with actual instant noodles. Lots of tourist there, mainly family and kids. Why are we always doing kiddy stuff? So basically we …

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Shinsekai
Osaka

Day 10: Kani Doraku and Shinsekai

Osaka, Hello. Goodbye to the land of beef. Hello again Osaka, we are back! We were given a different room this time round, actually just right beside the original room. Have to say, the Japanese are the neatest. Our luggage were placed orderly in the room, futons and all setup neatly, spick and span. Actually …

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Rokkosan Pasture
Kobe

Day 9: A Trip to Rokkosan Pasture

Rokkosan, or Mount RokkĊ A few days ago we exchanged for our Rokkosan Tourist Pass. Remember that I said, spend some time exchanging all your passes in the first or second day? Without that we wouldn’t have had this amazing farm experience today. So up we go, to the top of Mount Rokko. The first …

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Kobe beef
Kobe

Day 8: To the Land of Beef

Kobe Beef, Here We Come! Not too sure which is more exciting. The traditional breakfast that Okami-san is preparing for us, or the Kobe beef we’re having for dinner tonight. Tough choice. I must say the breakfast was so damn good. Hearty breakfast, made with love, and passion. Thank you Okami-san. With every hello comes …

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Arashiyama
Kyoto

Day 7: Arashiyama and the Sagano Ride

The Arashiyama Bamboo Groove Again we woke up super early to start our day. After losing to the crowds at Fushimi Inari yesterday, we are determined to beat them at Arashiyama today. We are Singapore, Singaporean. Kiasu is in our bloodstream. Pro-tip: You better be damn early. Like way too early. Those Instagram shots of …

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Kimono
Kyoto

Day 6: Torii Gates and Two Kimonos

Fushimi Inari Taisha Had breakfast prepared by Okami-san before heading out to Fushimi Inari Taisha. So nice of her to have prepared some bites for us even though our accommodation didn’t include breakfast for today. Today we learnt that Japanese sweet potato is called Satsuma-imo. You know, that purple-skinned version that you see at Somerset’s …

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Kyoto
Kyoto

Day 5: Kyoto, the City of Temples

From Osaka, to Kyoto Experience has taught me that hotels in Japan can and will look after your luggage while you travel to other regions. Provided you come back for another stay that is! We left our luggage back at Ookini, and only took a backpack with enough clothes for the next 5 days. Kyoto, …

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Nara Deer Park
Osaka

Day 4: Nara Deer Park

Nara, Deer, Deer Everywhere Before taking the Kintetsu Line towards Nara, we popped by Family Mart again to buy our breakfast. This time round we got sandwiches. Damn nice! Henceforth it is decided that our breakfast would be settled via convenient stores. Period. As legend suggests, the God of Thunder, Takemikazuchi once rode a white …

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