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Mount Katsuudake Summit

Hiking in Okinawa: Frozen with fear at Mount Katsuudake (Day 6 – Part 3)

  Looking to do some real hiking in Okinawa? How about Mount Katsuudake, a mountain that takes just 30 minutes to get to the summit. Psst, this place offers one of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. You’ll be blown away by the 360-degree sweeping view of Nago city!    It’s almost unfair to think that one can enjoy …

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Hira Falls

A Challenging Hike to Hira Falls – Our “Private” Waterfall in Okinawa (Day 6 – Part 2)

Game for some adventures in Okinawa? How about a hike to Hira Falls – a waterfall that turned out to be the most rugged and secluded waterfall we’ve ever been to.  Watch us navigate through the rarely-trodden path before we found our way to our “private” waterfall. This post continues from Day 6 (Part 1) where we spent a wonderful …

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Typhoon in Okinawa

How Japan Typhoon Disrupted My Travel Plan (And Lessons Learnt)

“Warning. Typhoon will hit Okinawa, Japan on 1 July!”. That was the message my Airbnb host sent me a day before I was to check out of his residence and make a two hours drive from north to south of Okinawa. My checkout date happened to be on 1 July, the day Typhoon Prapiroon was forecasted to hit Japan. How ‘lucky’! …

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What to buy in Japan

25 Things to Buy in Japan that are Inexpensive & Loved by Locals

  What do we buy in Japan? Today, I’m going to share 25 things to buy in Japan that appeal to both locals and tourists alike. Yes, we are going to skip the touristy souvenirs – those that are so steeply marked-up that locals would shun. So, come take a look and check out the practical and functional stuff that …

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Things to know before visiting Okinawa

18 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Okinawa

Summer is a great time to travel to Okinawa. Have you booked your tickets already? Let me show you 18 Important Things to know before visiting Okinawa. These are points I’d diligently jotted down when traveling in Okinawa and I hope they will be useful in your travel planning. I’ll address points like: “Which month is best to travel to …

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Tottori Sand Dunes

What to do around Osaka? Let these 20 Unique Attractions inspire you (Osaka Itinerary – Part 2)

  Hey there, ready for Part 2 of my 2-Week Osaka Itinerary where I share unique ideas on what to do around Osaka? This post will bring you to fascinating places such as Tottori Sand Dunes, Uradome Coast and even “spooky” and cute manga-theme towns. I’m confident that by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be thinking about venturing …

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Ookini Osaka Hotel

7 Budget-Friendly Hotels in Osaka & Around That I’ve Stayed In (Review & Favorites)

Need ideas on where to stay in Osaka? Today, I’ll show you 7 budget-friendly hotels in Osaka (& around). These are hotels I’ve personally stayed in and are priced between S$80 to S$130 nett per night for 2 pax* (as at time of my booking). Hotels in Japan are known to be small and expensive. Hence, this price range is …

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Ki Castle Japan

15 Days Osaka Itinerary: What to do in Kansai Region beyond Kyoto & Kobe? (Part 1)

Some of you have asked for recommendations on the things to do in Osaka. You ask, I give. :) Check out my 15 Days Osaka Itinerary which offers not just inspirations on places to visit in Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. With the help of a rental car, you’ll see us ventured out to cute manga-theme towns, dipped in public hot …

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Osaka Kansai Airport Limousine

Why Choose Osaka Airport Limousine Bus Over a Train for Osaka Airport Transfer?

  How do you get between Osaka Kansai Airport and Osaka City Centre? One way is to take the Osaka Airport Limousine Bus. Today, we’ll share how we made use of the bus to bring ourselves and our multiple pieces of heavy luggage from Osaka Station to Kansai Airport. Now, although we use this Osaka Airport Limousine Bus on our …

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Pretty ladies in Japan

I’m Missing Japan Badly. Here’re 11 Things I Love About Japan and I know you would too!

I’m missing Japan badly and want to share with you 11 things I love about Japan. Do you want to make a guess what they are? Why am I planning a revisit to the land of the rising sun even though I’ve been there four times already? Did you say Kawaii stuff? Indeed, Japan is known for its “cute” culture. …

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Kansai Airport Station

How to Get from Osaka Kansai Airport to City Centre at a Bargain? YOKOSO Ticket Review

  Hey guys, today I want to share with you one cheap and fast way to get from Osaka Kansai Airport to Osaka City? If you are planning a trip to Osaka soon, read on as this YOKOSO ticket will help shave a big sum off your transport costs in Osaka, I promise! I’ll first share with you the various options …

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