Tag Archive: japan

Kagawa and its Gem, Ritsurin Garden

[2018.04.01] We took a break from the pilgrimmage circuit on our 3rd day to drive out to the neighbouring prefecture north-west of Tokushima, Kagawa 香川. It was a decision that did not sit… Continue reading

Shikoku Henro by Car I: Temples 09 – 16

[2018.03.30-2018.03.31] We managed to complete 11 temples on the first day, of which 8 were covered in the previous post. Under usual circumstances, we would have wanted to visit the temples in the… Continue reading

Shikoku Henro by Car I: Temples 01 – 08

[2018.03.30] After a good night’s rest, we were ready to embark on this unique spiritual journey. As a general rule of thumb, the temple stamp offices 納経所 operate from 0700hrs to 1700hrs daily.… Continue reading

Sakura Season in Tokushima: A Photo Gallery

Here is a compilation of sakura we saw in Tokushima as we visited the 23 temples on the Shikoku Henro. We were very fortunate to have been in the prefecture when sakura was… Continue reading

Prelude: The Shikoku Henro by Car, in IV Parts

Being homebodies, one of our favourite past-time at home involves travelling of another kind – watching travel programmes on the TV. Quite by chance a decade ago, this favourite Taiwanese travel programme of… Continue reading

NBH-108 Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari in Kyoto is famous for one signature sight – seemingly neverending rows of Torii that counts in the thousands. This shrine is perhaps one of the top 3 most-photographed spots in… Continue reading

More to Matsumoto

On the 5th and final valid day of our Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass, we made a quick day trip to Matsumoto (松本) primarily to see the famous Matsumoto Castle (松本城). Notwithstanding, while a… Continue reading

That Magnificent ‘Crow Castle’

Castles in Japan are tourist magnets, akin to churches for Italy and fjords for Norway. Think Osaka Castle (大阪城), Nagoya Castle (名古屋城), Himeji Castle (姫路城)… and I think you’d get the drift. While not… Continue reading

NBH-021 Great Buddha of Kamakura

Great Buddha of Kamakura is another of my favourite nanoblock design, although it took us years before we finally made this day trip out of our numerous visits to Tokyo. The real bronze… Continue reading

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Revisited

A vacation of several firsts this was – our first driving trip, the first trip the mister took to planning entirely on his own, and the first time an itinerary was drawn up based on… Continue reading

NBH-003 Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go

As promised, this is the mister’s favourite at the moment. I think it has a lot to do with the memories he has of the trip we took, not so much of how… Continue reading

NBH-007 Kaminarimon

This was the first Sights-to-See nanoblock I purchased back when I was in Japan a couple of years back. Loved it because of its very Japanese-styled architecture including a gigantic paper lantern that… Continue reading

Concert-Going in Japan

* As of 13 Oct 2015, I am locking comments on this post. This blog is first and foremost a travel blog. I really do not wish to answer any more questions on… Continue reading

Braving Osaka As a Lone Female Traveller

… and returning home to the mister in one piece. This was the primary aim of the missus’ quick week-long trip without him by my side. Work exigencies (and extreme bad luck at… Continue reading

Tokyo for a First-Timer Part II

Tokyo (東京), like any other metropolis in the world, offers activities diverse enough to satiate the voracious appetite of any type of traveller. Eating, marathon running, shopping, sightseeing, trekking… you name it, Tokyo… Continue reading

Tokyo for a First-Timer Part I

I don’t profess to know Tokyo (東京) extremely well – don’t think we even covered 50% of this awesome metropolis despite having been there 5 times the last 5 years – but with… Continue reading

Epilogue – 2013 冬の北陸旅行記

We are back from our tour of Western-Central Japan! It was cold, but we had fun! And brought home 3,400 worth of pictures to prove it. Admittedly, I would not have planned for… Continue reading

Nagoya, in a Nutshell

It used to be that Nagoya (名古屋) could not evoke any sort of interest in us. That would have totally explained why despite it being one of the five SIA Japan destinations (the… Continue reading

Planning – 2013 冬の北陸旅行記

Planning for 2013 冬の北陸旅行記 (Winter in West-Central Japan) commenced way earlier than expected, a little more than 7 months ahead. It may even appear to be needlessly excessive (as it did initially, to… Continue reading

Beautiful Spring Blooms of Central Japan

[2009.05.03] It was unfortunate that we chose to make this short trip to Tokyo during Japan’s Golden Week, notorious for crowds everywhere one turns. Incidentally it was also a great time to make… Continue reading

10 Things About Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. There are about 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone. 2 airports serve Tokyo – Narita Airport… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D6: Yokohama, Revisited

It was a Monday, and very likely a public holiday in Japan because E didn’t need to report for work (can’t remember it now, it being almost 5 years later). Instead he gamely… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D4+5: A Walk in the Park, Mostly

And the park in question here? Yoyogi Park (代々木公園), one of Tokyo’s largests parks located adjacent to Harajuku Station (原宿駅) and Meiji Shrine (明治神宮). The discovery of how interesting a mere park could be… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D3: Asakusa & Odaiba

Asakusa (浅草) is located on the north-eastern side of central Tokyo and is most famous for Senso-ji (金龍山浅草寺), an ancient Buddhist temple. Senso-ji is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, is apparently the oldest… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D2: Imperial Palace & Tokyo Tower

Not many tourists to Japan know this little snippet but with some prior planning, anyone could apply to attend a free tour of the Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居). This is also the only… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D1: Harajuku & Shibuya

Finally, we were properly according some time to explore Japan. Apart from this being our first time together to the Land of the Rising Sun, it was also landmark in it being our… Continue reading

First Permanent Capital and City of Vitality

Without a doubt, the cities I am referring to are Nara (奈良市) and Osaka (大阪) respectively. Nara, formerly known as Heijo (平城), was Japan’s first permanent capital, established in 710. Due to its… Continue reading

Kyoto and Its Rich Cultural Heritage

And Kyoto, the old Imperial Capital of Japan, was up next. Resources (from books to reviews from friends) reveal that Kyoto is one of the most, if not the most beautiful city in… Continue reading

In Search of The Elusive Fuji-San

After a quiet and peaceful night sleeping at an Onsen Ryokan in Hakone (箱根), we left early the next morning in search of the elusive Fuji-san (富士山), otherwise more commonly known as Mount… Continue reading

Of Ramen and Hello Kitty

It’s a wonder what one night of good rest could do to a person. From the grouch I was the day before I transformed into someone in considerably better spirits the next morning.… Continue reading