The not to be missed cuisine when you are in Nagoya. There is a saying that if you are in Aichi Prefecture, you should have at least one Unagi (Freshwater eel) meal and the best place to try would be in Nagoya city.
One of Nagoya’s famous dishes would be Hitsumabushi, and Atsuta Horaiken is the only restaurant that have their grilled unagi registered as “hitsumabushi”.
A half day visit to the Atsuta ward which is located at the southern part of the Nagoya City. We went to Japan’s second most respected Shinto shrine, Atsuta Jingu and the old vestige pier, Shichiri-no-Watashi which is now a park where the locals and tourists can have a short walk or rest. (more…)
When you are in Nagoya one of the must-try cuisines would be the TanTan/Dandan Men. My friend was saying I should try out the Tantanmen in Nagoya. To be honest, I am not sure why? But it was listed in my “to eat list”.
We were staying near the Nagoya Station and were pampered with lots of good and famous food nearby. The underground shopping street ESCA is the place for quick meal if you are stopping by at Nagoya station. I got to know this restaurant as it was ranked the top 7 restaurants for Tantanmen in Nagoya, you will see long queue during lunch and dinner time.
Decided to head out to the suburban area of Osaka as we are not staying in the city centre. We stayed near to this ward called Sakai. Not many people have heard of it, however, if you have been to Osaka a few times you might be interested to visit this place. It has always been on my go-to list because of the photos I have seen online. Recently, it has garnered some attention due to the advertising that is done for its annual new year event.
One of the reason to visit Sakai ward would be to ride on the Chin Chin Densha which would pass by the residential area and the older district of Osaka. In this post we will be looking at how to purchase the tram pass and some of the places to visit.
When visiting Osaka, I will always try to search for a good okonomiyaki restaurant. At first, I had a few restaurants in mind but in the end, this restaurant stands out and it was introduced by my Japanese friend. We gave it a go and even though that there is not much review anywhere even in Japan site. However, it was the up and coming “B class” gourmet which was listed in 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand.
A special treat for our family during Chinese New Year, we decided to stay at the Marriott Miyako Hotel for 2 nights. Have been hearing about since it was opened as it is located on the high floor of Abeno Harukas, Japan highest skyscraper. What to expect from this hotel would be its stunning view from your room, easy access to train station and more.
HARUKAS 300 observatory is the MUST visit place when in Osaka, It is best known for its sunset and night view. Situated at the Osaka city Abeno ward, Abeno Harukas open in March 2014, also known as the tallest skyscraper in Japan. Standing tall at a height of 300m, the building consists of a department store, restaurants, museum, hotel and offices. (more…)
A day visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Shirakawago, the famous traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses and some of which are more than 250 years old. The annual lightup event during winter was the reason we were there, we explored the little village after we got our tickets to the observatory deck.
However, if you are unable to get a ticket up to the observatory deck, you can still walk around the village and get up close to the light up gassho house at night.
I have listed down on some of the place of interest to visit, not to be missed photo-taking spot and where to have your meal when you are hungry and need to replenish energy.
Situated right at the back of the Kanazawa station west exit, at a convenient location where there is not only train service available but also a bus terminal which is able to bring us around Kanazawa. Initially, during the planning, this hotel is not on my list as I did not come across it during my search, hence I went and book another hotel next to it. However, when I made another search again for a better deal, it was then, this hotel appeared. For the same location and room size, this was cheaper than my previous booking, of course, this was my final decision and I am happy with it.