[Trip] Japan, Gifu – A day at Shirakawago during Winter

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.

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[Stay] Japan, Kanazawa- AB HOTEL Kanazawa Review

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.

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[Help] Japan, Gifu- Helpful guide for winter Shirakawa-go Light up

Getting to the annual winter light up event has been a huge challenge every year.  Shirakawago is the must go to place for its famous traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses which looks like a praying hand and the architectural creation which can withstand the heavy snowfall during winter, The roofs are built without nails and there is a large attic space being used to cultivate silkworms. People flock to Shirakawago to see the light-up annually during winter to have a glimpse of the beautiful traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses being light-up and winter picturesque.

However, due to its overwhelming popularity, Shirakawago has been facing overcrowding and a new system is implemented every year. To limit the visitors visiting it, we are lucky that we got a chance to visit the 2018 event and it was not easy during the planning stage trying to understand the rules. Thus, I have put up the information here so that it will be easier to understand.

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The ticket system has changed in 2019, advance reservation is required and only limit visitor numbers are allowed during the light-up event.

Scroll below to know more details for 2019 Schedule and information.

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[Stay] Japan, Nagoya- Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Station Shinkansen-Guchi

The hotel we stayed is about 5 minutes walk from the JR station. The reason why we chose this hotel is not only because of its location but also it is the only hotel that provides 3-beds at a reasonable price. As we were travelling with our parents, comfort will be the utmost important thing for us and secondly, the price should be reasonable.  We found this hotel the most suitable for us to stay around the station.

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[Trip] Japan- What to do a day in Kanazawa?

What are you going to do if you are given a day in Kanazawa?

After the opening of Hokuriku line in 2015 with only 2.5-hour direct shinkansen ride from Tokyo to Kanazawa, more and more tourist are flocking to this beautiful city which is famous for it well-preserved buildings and history, the next place to visit after Kyoto. I have made a simple compilation on what to do, eat and see in Kanazawa. (more…)

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[Trip] Japan- Half day to Shin Takaoka from Kanazawa City

A day where we did not plan anything, I search on the web on where should we go. I chanced upon Takaoka, i do not know much about this place except that this is a hometown for the famous robot cat, Doraemon, which I believe that most of us will know about it.

This will be a compilation of the transportation which you can take to Takaoka and what are the places you can visit if you have extra time to spare.

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[Eat] Having high tea at Vivienne Westwood Café in Taipei

A day where we had plan to go to HsinChu city for a half day trip, however, due to bad weather we cancelled the trip and decided to stay in Taipei city.

Did a quick check on interesting cafe or places where we can spend our afternoon. We chanced upon Vivienne Westwood Cafe in Taipei, we thought that it is quite cool, hence we went over to have our afternoon tea there.

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[Move] Travelling between Nagoya and Central Japan International Airport

After arriving at Central Japan (Chubu) International Airport, we hop onto the airport express train which took last than 30 minutes for us to start touring around this mesmerising Nagoya city.

A simple consolidation of the airport express train, here are some information and things to know when getting the ticket. Hope that this could be a guide to help friends who are going there soon.

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