Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cool Japan at USJ

2 words: express pass! Pay the extra, buy early, skip the lines, thank me later. I failed to get an express pass and was only able to get on 4 rides the whole day (9AM – 8PM).

Geeking out at the Shingeki no Kyojin area of Cool Japan Universal Studios

Geeking out at the Shingeki no Kyojin area of Cool Japan Universal Studios

Since this is Japan, life-sized statues are a must

Since this is Japan, life-sized statues are a must

Beautiful recreation of Hogwarts at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Beautiful recreation of Hogwarts at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Trust me when I say that the inside is just as impressive as the outside

Trust me when I say that the inside is just as impressive as the outside

Kobe

kobeĀ is not just the place to get the best beef in the world, its also a pleasant city with a more laid-back vibe compared to osaka or tokyo. I enjoyed the port area a lot, it reminded mo of sydney. there are also plenty of artworks all over the streets, factory outlets for clothes and of course, the absolute best beef in the world (I can’t help but repeat this)!

the longest suspension bridge in the world: akashi kaikyo!

the longest suspension bridge in the world: akashi kaikyo!

kobe port area

kobe port area

iron man 28

iron man 28

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Koyasan

around 1.5-2 hours away from osaka is the center of Shingon Buddhism in Japan. not too many tourists, beautiful place to just walk around in, and you can even choose to have a taste of monastic life with many temples offering overnight stays! i’ll definitely try that next time.

I never thought I would enjoy walking through a graveyard

I never thought I would enjoy walking through a graveyard

supposedly even better at night!

supposedly even better at night!

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kongobuji's rock garden

kongobuji’s rock garden

Himeji Castle

around 1-1.5 hours away from osaka is the beautiful castle of Himeji. it is one of the best preserved castles in Japan and the main keep opened just last Mar 27 after several years of renovation. definitely worth a visit if you’re in the kansai area.

the white castle!

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the White Castle!

sipping on plum juice