[Trip] Japan – Places to visit in a day in Nagoya city

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Having a free and easy day in Nagoya, we decided to plan for some sightseeing around the city area. It was not that difficult to think of the place we wanted to go as it is our last day in Nagoya we focus more on the important tourist attraction and shopping to get our last minute shopping spree.  (more…)

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[Eat] Japan, Nagoya- The not to miss unagi meal at Atsuta Horaiken Main Restaurant

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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”.

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[Trip] Japan, Nagoya-Getting to Atsuta Shrine and to the old vestige pier Shichiri-no-Watashi

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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…)

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[Eat] Japan, Nagoya- Get a bowl of the spicy dandanmian at I Want to Eat TanTanMen Restaurant

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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.

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[Trip] Japan, Osaka – Half a day to Sumiyoshi-Taisha and ride on “Chin Den”

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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.

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[Eat] Japan, Osaka- Bubu Tamatsukuri Okonomiyaki 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand

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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.

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[Stay] Japan, Abeno- Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel Club Room Review

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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.

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[See] Japan, Osaka- Abeno HARUKAS 300 Observatory (Update: 2018)

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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…)

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