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Katsuren Castle Ruin Okinawa

Why Okinawa Katsuren Castle Ruins is worth a visit, even on a Cloudy Day (Day 8 – Part 1)

  Hey, I’m going to show you another castle in Okinawa. It’s Katsuren Castle Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located right between Nago and Naha cities. We visited the castle on Day 8 of our Okinawa summer itinerary, which if you recall is the day Typhoon Prapiroon was expected to hit Okinawa. Yes, unfortunately, the typhoon would make a …

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Best Kobe Beef Travel Blog

Osaka Itinerary (Part 3): How we spent 5 Days in Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto

  Have you been waiting? Here’s Part 3 of my Osaka Itinerary where I spent the last 5 days of my two-week trip exploring Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka.   In this post, you’ll read about how we traveled from Tottori prefecture to Kobe City, did a Kobe City Walking Tour and then moved on to Osaka. At Osaka, we would do …

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Things to do in Okinawa

Okinawa Things to do (Part 2) – A Self-Drive Itinerary in Northern Okinawa

Booked a ticket to Okinawa already? If you are looking for things to do in Okinawa, you have come to the right place. In our recent trip, we covered all corners of Okinawa Main Island and will be sharing touristy attractions as well as those off the beaten path. This post continues from Okinawa Itinerary Part 1 where I shared what …

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9 Days Okinawa Itinerary

9 Days Okinawa Itinerary around the Main Island: All Corners Covered (Part 1)

Deep blue sea, white fluffy clouds and awesome great views every day! That’s how I would describe Okinawa. I’ve had a wonderful 9-day stay in the sunny Japanese island and would like to share with you my 9 Days Okinawa Itinerary. You’ll see me visiting tourist attractions as well as places off the tourist map. My 9 days in Okinawa …

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Hamazushi Nago Okinawa

Hamazushi Nago Shop is our Top 3 Best-Visited Restaurant in Okinawa (Day 7 – Part 3)

  Where’s a good place for dinner in Okinawa, Nago City? How about Hamazushi, a restaurant where you can indulge in a wide-ranging selection of delectable and affordable sushi? Read on as I’ll share our dining experience at Hamazushi, Nago and show you why we highly recommend this chained conveyor belt sushi restaurant (回転寿司) in Japan.  This post is a …

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Okinawa Chuarumi Aquarium

Don’t Skip Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Ocean Expo Park (Day 7 – Part 2)

  Not exactly an aquarium fan, I almost gave Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium a miss even though this popular attraction is regarded as Japan’s best aquarium. I’m so glad I didn’t skip Okinawa Aquarium as it was far more entertaining than any other aquariums I’ve been to. The visit also gifted me a romantic sunset at Ocean Expo Park. Check out how …

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Bise Fukugi Tree Lane

Bise Fukugi Tree Road: A Great Photo Spot near Okinawa Aquarium (Day 7 – Part 1)

  Most tourists to Okinawa would pay Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium a visit. When you are there and have some time to spare, consider adding Bise Fukugi Tree Road to your itinerary. This quaint seaside town offers great photo opportunity and is just 10 minutes walk from the aquarium. Over at Bise district (字備瀬), you can stroll through tree-lined alleys, capture …

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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 Affordable & 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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