I can’t believe it! It’s DAY 7 already! HAHAHA I just realized that it took me almost a year to finish blogging about my Japan trip. I’m not that busy! LOL
I mentioned in my previous post (DAY 6) that I’ll include Shibuya and Don Quijote on this post since DAY 6 is very lengthy already. LOL
Our last stop on our 6th day was actually in Shibuya District. And the photo below is the very famous Shibuya crossing which is tagged as the world’s busiest intersection or pedestrian crossing (not that obvious in this photo though haha)
Hachiko is definitely one of my favorite movies. It’s a heartbreaking drama based on the true story of an abandoned dog named Hachiko which was eventually adopted by a college professor. Hachi would escort his master to the Shibuya station every morning and return every afternoon to greet him after work. Until one day, his master did not return from work. He suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died. However, this loyal dog still waited for his master at the train station for almost ten years and that only stopped when Hachi died. 😥 So as a tribute to this legendary dog, a statue was erected near the Shibuya station (Hachiko Exit).
Being a fan of this dog, a photo with his statue is definitely a must! 😀
Don Quijote “Donki” is a very famous shop in Tokyo with over 160 stores. The one we visited is in Shibuya, just in front of H&M store. Donki sells almost everything! It’s a great place for souvenir items, chocolates and snacks like Kitkat and Oreo matcha, cosmetics, bags, shoes, gadgets, liquors and so much more. And I’m very sure you’ll like this, they are TAX FREE!!! 🙂 Just present your passport and pay at their cashier designated for foreigners. Prices indicated below are the prices per item. 🙂
Oreo matcha soft cookies 148 yen (P65)
Kitkat green tea 298 yen (P130)
Oreo matcha bar 298 yen (P130)
Cheapest one costs 97 yen (P43) and the most expensive one costs 199 yen (P90)
I honestly don’t know what these dried snacks are hahaha But I guess they’re all squid. LOL Slices, coated, shredded and strips! HAHAHA
Seasoned seaweed 98 yen (P44)
1 kg of chocolate pair (This is YUMMY!) 1,300 yen (P580)
Doritos Mix 129 yen (P58)
Disney pens 99 yen (P45)
Japanese lady pen 648 yen (P290)
Pores Cream 980 yen (P440)
Side ami supporter 600 yen (P270)
Masks 100 yen (P45)
I saw a lot of beautiful items in Shibuya and I really wanted to buy ’em all!!! BUT. There was no enough money left in my pocket. 😥 HAHAHA
On our way to our AirBnB, we saw a mini resto and decided to try their ramen.
Kotake to Ikibukuro170 yen (P75)
Ikubukuro to Nippori170 yen (P75)
Nippori to Narita International Airport1,030 yen (P460)
Obviously, my favorite. 😀 Takuyaki!!! 550 yen (P245)
Bought these from a souvenir shop at the airport.
Ref magnet trio 486 yen (P220)
Shot glass for a friend 540 yen (P240)
And the famous Tokyo Banana! 🙂 Click the left photo for the prices.
That’s all for our last day in Japan. 😦 Thank you for reading! 🙂 I’ll upload our Tokyo travel video in my Youtube account very soon! :*
Konnichi wa guys! 🙂 Osaka and Kyoto itineraries were already posted on my DAY 1, 2 and 3.
On this blog entry, I’m gonna share how I got to Tokyo from Osaka. There are actually 5 ways to travel between Osaka and Tokyo, and these are the following:
Duration: 8 hours
Price: Regular bus costs 3,520(P1,550) while Premium bus costs 10,000 yen(P4,400)
Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Price: 6,000 to 20,000 yen (P2,500 to P9,000) There are more than 60 flights per day operated by multiple airlines. It’s recommended to book months ahead to avail cheaper fares.
Duration: 6 hours
Price: Expressway toll costs 10,000 to 12,000 yen (P4,400 to P5,300).
By local train
Duration: 9 to 10 hours, 4 transfers
Price: 3,000 to 9,000 yen(P1,300 to P3,900)
By Shinkansen (Bullet train)
Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Price: 13,620 yen (P6,000) for a non-reserved seat and 14,200 to 14,500 yen(P6,300 to P6,400) for a reserved seat on a Nozomi train. You can also try Hikari and Kodama trains if you are using a Japan Rail Pass.
We took the bullet train because it’s one of the things we’ve been wanting to try in Japan. It’s also the most expensive one though! HUHU More expensive than our plane ticket. HAHA
But before heading to Namba station, we had our first meal at Pepper Lunch. This one below costs 780 yen(P350).
The Shinkansen’s gateway to Osaka is Shin-Osaka station. From Namba to Shin-Osaka, the fare costs 280 yen(P125). The picture below is my bullet train ticket. It’s a non-reserved seat via Nozomi train.
Our AirBnb in Tokyo is quite far from the center so I don’t really recommend it. But Niki, the owner, is really nice and friendly. Her space is also clean and very secured. The security lock for the locker was a bit challenging. HAHA For more details about her room, check my Japan Travel Guide here.
We arrived in Itabashi-ku (AirBnb address) at 4pm and decided to leave for Tokyo Skytree at 6. The nearest station from our accommodation is Kotake-mukaihara. And the nearest station to Skytree is Oshiage.
You can actually use Google to look for the best or fastest route. Just type “origin station to destination station”. See pictures below.
Choose the train option and it will give you different routes with duration and total fare.
Click your chosen route and it will show you the number of transfers and the stations.
Skytree is the tallest building in Japan which gives you a breathtaking view of Tokyo. The highlight of this tower is its two observation decks located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively. We paid an observatory admission fee of 3,000 yen(P1,300) each for Tembo Deck (Floor 350). For more details about Tokyo Skytree and ticket prices, you may check their website here. Or click the following link if you want to avail a discounted package of Tokyo Skytree and Sumida Aquarium.
Our last stop for Day 4 was the famous Shibuya crossing. From Oshiage to Shibuya, the fare was 240 yen(P105). And from Shibuya station to Shibuya crossing, you still need to walk for 7 to 10 minutes. Shibuya is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo which has a lot of department and fashion stores, nightclubs and restaurants.
I mentioned in my previous post that Japan is expensive. Thus, the pizza above was my only dinner for Day 4. HAHAHA In fairness, it was already enough. Wasn’t even able to consume it all. But the price? Shall I still mention it? Haaay. Alright. I paid 740 yen (P330) for that small pizza. HUHUHU
We enjoyed walking around Shibuya, jumping from one store to another without minding the time. That was why we forgot that the last trip for the train leaves at 11pm. 😥 We had no choice but to ride a cab and paid the most expensive taxi fare we’ve ever had – 5,680 yen(P2,500)!!! That time I really wished I have wings! HAHAHA
To sum it up, DAY 4 is the most expensive day of our Japan trip. HUHUHU It’s actually breaking my heart while writing this post and remembering how expensive this day was. HAHAHA
I hope this will make you realize to save a lot of money before going to Japan for you to really enjoy the country and every amazing thing there! 😀
Hello there guys! Happy happy New Year! 🙂 I’m so sorry for posting this late, hello 2017! HAHAHA
Before reading my Day 3 itinerary, I hope you’ve already read my DAY 1 and DAY 2. *winks*
We spent our third day exploring the cultural center of Japan – KYOTO! 🙂 Kyoto is famous for its classical Buddhist temples and imperial palaces. This is where I had my authentic Japanese culture experience which I will forever treasure and laugh about! HAHAHA To know why, keep scrolling! 😀
Kyoto is an hour away from Osaka. From Namba, take a train to Minamikata station for 240 yen (P100). Then transfer to Hankyu Line which is actually outside the station, maybe just a 2-minute walk. You may ask the officers for direction. Mwaah! When you reach Hankyu, you will see the HELP or INFO machine (see picture below), use it to start a video call with the assigned station officer. Uhhmeyyzing! 😀
Take the train going to Kawaramachi for 400 yen (P165). Initially, we just took the regular train but during our trip, we were able to talk with a local and he said that we may transfer to an express train going to Kawaramachi for FREE. If my memory serves me right, it was at Ibaraki-Shi station when we transferred to the express one. 🙂
After almost an hour, tadaaaa! Konnichi Wa, Kyoto! 🙂
Before leaving the station, we went to Hankyu Tourist Information Center to get some maps and travel guides -DIY travel essentials. HAHA
I don’t know but we instantaneously felt a totally different vibe when we arrived at Kyoto. Prolly because there are only few skyscrapers and a lot of locals are wearing their traditional costumes while walking down the street. The main roads are not that wide and there are numerous historical buildings everywhere.
Before we started our Kyoto tour, we must fill our tummy first. HAHAHA Burger King was our savior! LOL (can’t find the pictures, Gomenasai!)
Since we saw a lot of Japanese girls were wearing Kimonos, we asked them where we can rent such OOTDs. 😀 We really didn’t understand the direction they gave us but we easily found one. There are a lot of rental shops actually but the one below was the first one we saw. 🙂
Dress: 3,000 yen (P1,300)
Hair: 1,000 yen (P440)
Ribbon: 500 yen (P220)
Tax: 360 yen (P160)
TOTAL: 4,860 yen (P2,120)
We’re so lucky that we chose this shop because the owner/stylist was very nice and so friendly! 🙂 His name is Ryo. He’s very amazing because he finished styling or fixing my hair for just ten minutes! Woaaah! Kindly follow him on Instagram @ryo.first18 and @ryo.11.12 to see more of his beautiful hair creations. 🙂 Domo Arigato! *winks*
How do I look? 😀 We didn’t expect that we could wear this Kimono for the whole day around Kyoto for FREE! Unlike in South Korea, we only had our photo ops inside the shop. So yeah, we got really excited! Hooray!!! 🙂
First stop: Yasaka Shrine “Gion Shrine”
They said if you will visit this shrine, your body and mind will be blessed with beauty. Furthermore, if you will wash your hand and face with the “beauty water”, your heart and skin will also be beautified. ‘Twas too late for me to know about this, thus, I was able to wash only my hands and not my face (the reason why my face is not yet beautified atm haha)
I swear this is my favorite street food in Japan! Giant crab stick for 500 yen (P220). So delicious!!!! Oishi!!! Thank goodness I don’t have any food allergies! 😀
‘Twas so funny because while we were eating this, two Chinese tourists asked us to have pictures with them. HAHAHA I posted the video on my personal Instagram account but below are the screenshots. LOL
We decided to just walk going to our next destination not knowing that it’s very far! hahaha But it was still worth it because we were able to observe and discover many things along the street.
Second stop: Kiyomizu Temple or Kiyomizudera Temple “Pure Water Temple”
After more than 30 minutes of walking, we finally decided to take a bus.We took bus No. 100 and alighted at Higashiyama Gojo bus stop. Fare was 230 yen (P100). However, we didn’t know that it’s a long uphill walk to the temple plus the road was a bit crowded that time.
Yey! After ten attempts, I finally had a photo with only few photo bombers. LOL
There are a lot of Matcha, maaatcha, matchaaaa, MATCHA!!! and souvenir shops in the area. Some sell fruit shakes and ice drops to beat the heat. But this one below caught our attention. It’s called Iced Kuzu Mochi– a new sensation of Japanese sweets!
This is the entrance of the temple. We actually saw the temple from afar but were already too tired to go up because of the scorching heat of the sun. Entrance fee btw is 400 yen (P174).
Third stop: Fushimi Inari Shrine “Tori Gates”
ICYDN, we were wearing these traditional Japanese slippers called Geta while doing the deadly walkathon. LOL
We took bus No. 5 and the fare was 230 yen (P100). This bus ride was really unforgettable because a group of Filipinos thought we were pure Japanese. HAHAHA Their convo went like this…
Pinay 1: Girl, papicture ka dyan sa katabi mo (referring to me) para may panghawakan tayo na nakapagpapicture ka sa isang local.
Pinay 2: Nakakahiya girl at saka baka di nakakaintindi ng English.
Pinay 1: I-selfie mode mo lang phone mo, magegets nya na yan
Pinay 2: Wag na, nakakahiya.
HAHAHA We were going to the same destination so my travel buddy Naima and I decided not to speak Tagalog or Filipino anymore. LOL.
Wasn’t able to try this 😦
We weren’t able to see the whole place because it was already late and we must return our costume before 7pm. We took a cab from Tori gates to Kawaramachin (where the rental shop was located) for 1,200 yen (P500).
Tomodachi de itekurete arigatou Ryo! 🙂
Before leaving Kyoto, we looked for a resto that serves white rice! HAHAHA
Did this answer our prayer? LOL
Their Tandoori chicken was really good that we forgot to take a snap of it. 😀 Tandoori chicken meal costs 980 yen (P420).
Unexpectedly, we passed through this food festival something, I obviously don’t know what this is. HAHAHA
There were actually a lot of street food being sold but my phone battery didn’t want to cooperate. 😦
Time to say “Sayonara” to Kyoto! T____T One day was indeed not enough. We weren’t able to visit the famous Golden Pavilion. Well, it’s alright, at least I have another reason to go back to Osaka, Japan! HAHAHA
Kawaramachi (Hankyu Line) to Umeda (Limited Express ) : 400 yen (P174).
Umeda (Midosuji Line) to Namba : 240 yen (P100)
I made a short travel video for Osaka, just click this link! 🙂
That’s all for now tomodachi! 🙂 My apologies btw for the poor resolution of some photos (ALL photos I think hahaha) Thanks for reading! :*
I have already posted a travel guide for Filipinos who are planning to visit other countries. This time, before I will post my local travel experiences, I’d like to also give a guide for our foreign tourists who want to see the beauty of our beloved country – Philippines.
FIRST, let’s talk about the visa requirement.
Here is the list of the non-visa required countries who are given an initial stay of 30 days for free under EO408. Again, it’s exactly 30 days, not one month. Okay? 😀
You can extend your stay for a certain fee in any immigration office for another 29 days (a total of 59) and so on but take note that if your entire stay is 6 months or more, you need to get an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) at any immigration office nationwide (see list of offices here or a more detailed one here) and present it to the immigration officer upon departure. You may also avail the Visa Upon Arrival (VUA) at the airport to have the 59 days of stay ahead. If you plan to avail the VUA, make sure to prepare your Philippine peso before coming in to our country. There are money changers and ATMs in some airports though, but it’s better if you have Philippine peso on hand. Debit and credit cards are not accepted at the immigration cashiers.
For former Philippine passport holders who are now holding a non-visa required passport, you are given a Balikbayan privilege stay for 365 days. This privilege can be extended to your spouse and children ONLY if you are arriving together. You may be required to present a marriage or birth certificate to the immigration officer upon arrival to establish the relationship.
If you’re traveling with a minor who is not your child and who is 14 years old and below, under Section 29(a) (12) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, that minor is classified as excludable. In order for him to be admitted into the Philippines, he must secure a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration. For more information about this, click here.
For Brazil and Israel passport holders, you are given an initial stay of 59 days.
For Hongkong – SAR and Macau – SAR, you can stay for 14 days.
For British National Overseas and Macau – Portuguese, your initial stay is 7 days only.
Those countries which are not under EO408 and which are not mentioned above are considered visa-required countries. Visa-required passport holders need to apply for a temporary visitor’s visa at a Philippine Foreign Service Post at his/her country of origin or place of legal residence. However, there are some visa-required nationals who can still stay for a certain number of days here by using his visa issued by other countries.
Take for example, for Chinese passport holders, you may use your valid tourist, business, working, student or resident visa in USA, Japan, Australia, Canada and Schengen to have 7 days of stay. However, you must prepare a photocopy of the biopage of your passport or the visa of any of the said countries because our immigration officers are not allowed to stamp on a Chinese passport.
Indian citizens can also use valid USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and UK visa to have 14 days of stay. Transit visa of these countries is not allowed.
SECOND, your passport should be at least six (6) months valid upon your arrival. However, under Operations Order No. SBM-2015-26, below is the list of countries whose nationals may be admitted into our country with passports of less than six months validity from date of arrival.
THIRD, for holders of temporary visitor’s visa, Philippine visa is usually valid for 3 to 6 months from the issue date, it means you must enter the country on or before the expiration date. However, your allowable days of stay is different. The number of days is normally 14, 30 or 59 which is counted from the date of your arrival.
FOURTH, prepare your return ticket which is encoded in ENGLISH. Sometimes, hotel booking may be also asked or the name and address of your sponsor here in the Philippines.
FIFTH, make sure to fill out completely an immigration and custom form before going to the immigration area.
SIXTH, there are 12 international airports and seaports in our country (see the complete list here). Our major airports are located in Manila, these are NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Terminal 1 is exclusive for international flights. Terminal 2 is operated by Philippine Airlines (both domestic and international) while Terminal 3 is operated by various airlines (international) and Cebu Pacific (domestic). We also have international airports in Kalibo (Boracay), Cebu and Davao. So, you may book your tickets directly to these airports if it’s available from your country.
For more updated information, please check the official website of the Bureau of Immigration of the Republic of the Philippines at http://www.immigration.gov.ph/
SEVENTH, if you have connecting flights, you may avail of the Airport Loop or Airport bus to and from NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.
EIGHTH, if you have connecting flight from the other terminal in Manila, please allot enough time going there (like at least 4 to 5 hours gap) because y’know – TRAFFIC!!!
NINTH, Philippines is a tropical country so just wear and bring light clothes. We have two seasons – the wet season and the dry season. The rainy season starts in July and lasts until November. September and October are frequently the typhoon season. While April and May are the hottest months in the Philippines.
Lastly, in the Philippines, power socket type A is used but some of our virgin beaches or islands have shortage of power supply so bring your power banks or extra batteries for your gadgets.
This is just a basic travel guide. In my next posts, I will provide you a list of the best beaches or tourist destinations in the country and a list of the must-try food or delicacies or any list that I can think of, soon. hahaha
I apologize for this lengthy post but I hope you still find this useful. 🙂 Thank you for your time, I appreciate it a loooot! 😉
I prepared an easy challenge to all Korean series fanatics out there. 😀 I took all of these shots when I was in South Korea. Some of which didn’t match the place perfectly but at least I tried y’know. HAHAHA So for every picture below, tell me the title of the film (1 point), the name of the character/s on the photo (2 points each) and a short description of the scene (5 points). GAME? 😀 Write down your answers and we’ll check it at the end of this post. HAHAHA
Have you answered all the questions already? 😀
Great! 🙂 Here are the answers……….. Good luck! 😀
1. HEARTSTRINGS (You’ve fallen for me). Park Shin Hye (Lee Gyu Won or Nicole) and Jung Yong-hwa (Lee Shin or Kevin). This was when Gyu Won left the house for the camping trip and bumped into Shin outside their house. (Episode 9). This took place in Bukchon Hanok Village, for the complete direction to this place, check my other post here.
2. BOYS OVER FLOWERS. Lee Min Ho (Gu Jun Pyo). Jun Pyo asked Geum Jan Di to meet her at Namsan Tower. It was freezing cold that time but Jun Pyo still waited for Jan Di to arrive. This is one of my favorite scenes because they were locked inside the deck and they slept together inside the cable car HAHAHA (Episode 4). For direction to Namsan Tower, click here.
3 and 4. THE HEIRS (The Inheritors). Lee Min Ho (Kim Tan) and Park Shin Hye (Cha Eun Sang). Cha Eun Sang was absent from school to avoid Kim Tan. She spent the day wandering the city streets until Kim Tan found her inside the cinema. He followed her out while keeping his distance until she stopped in front of a store while staring at the dreamcatcher (Episode 9). This is actually an egg tart cafe named Pastel de Nata, just click here for the direction.
5. THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS (Wind blows in the winter). Jo In Sung (Oh Soo or Xander) and Song Hye Kyo (Oh Young or Yonna). Young claimed that Soo only went there for the money. Soo followed her outside to explain but when he tried to grab her arm and called her “the sister that I love”, she whipped around with her cane which gave him a minor cut on the cheek (Episode 2). This was filmed at Jade Garden, to know how to get to this place, just click this.
6. MY LOVE FROM THE STAR (You from another star). Kim Soo Hyun (Do Min Joon or Matteo Do) and Jun Ji Hyun (Cheon Song Yi or Steffi Cheon). Cheon Song Yi fell asleep until midnight while waiting to film her scene. She was all alone in the place but when she almost fell to the ground, Do Min Joon was able to save her. She got mad at him for playing with her feelings. She turned around but Do Min Joon suddenly did some magic, he switched on all the lights and Cheon Song Yi floated on air towards him. “What are you doing?”, she asked. He answered, “The most selfish thing I can” —- then HE KISSED HER!!! (Episode 15). This took place at Petite France, just click here for the direction.
7. PRINCESS HOURS. Yoon Eun Hye (Chae Kyung Shin or Princess Janelle) and Ju Ji Hoon (Crown Prince Lee Shin or Prince Gian). Chae Kyung Shin wanted to show Prince Lee Shin the world she used to live in. She took him for an ordinary date in one of the busiest streets in South Korea – Myeongdong. They ended their date with a kiss at the center of the crowd, sweetest thing ever! (Episode 23). For direction to Myeongdong Shopping Street, just click this.
8. ENDLESS LOVE – WINTER SONATA. Bae Yong Joon (Kang Joon Sang/ Lee Min Hyeong or Jun Kang) and Choi Ji Woo (Jeong Yoo Jin or Janice Jung). I honestly can’t remember the exact scene for this photo. hahaha. I guess this was just a promotional poster for the film. 😀 This was filmed at Namiseon Island which got very famous because of this film. They built a life-size statue for the main characters located at the spot where they first kissed. Click my previous post here for direction.
There you go folks, did you get a perfect score? HAHAHA What’s the best film for you according to the list above? 🙂 I hope you enjoyed answering and reminiscing at the same time those funny, sweet and happy moments of these different films. I actually wanted to prepare more of these but I didn’t have enough time. I still hope though that you enjoyed reading this post. Kamsahamnida! 🙂