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[28 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,007 views]
喫茶下下味亭 Review, Nara Japan

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喫茶下下味亭 Review, Nara Japan
In our trip to Nara, Japan last year, we found a hidden gem in the land of the deer. It is a small restaurant by the name of 喫茶下下味亭. On our way back from visiting Todaiji Temple, we stumbled upon a small restaurant beside the Himuro Shrine Nara 氷室神社.

It is located on the first floor and we were greeted by the usual warmth welcome by the staffs there. It was cold outside and we were there for coffee. It has beautiful view of the main road of …

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[25 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,178 views]
Yasaka Shrine Gion City Kyoto

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Yasaka Shrine Gion City Kyoto
If you planning to visit Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto, you will need to go to Gion and eventually you will pass by the Yasaka Shrine.

The Yasaka Shrine is once called Gion Shrine and is a shrine in the Gion Disctrict of Kyoto. It is situated at the east end of Shijo-dori (means Forth Avenue) is near the Gion’s train station Gion Shijo (Keihan Line).

Gion-shijo station (Keihan Line).
It took us one an half hour to travel from Namba, Osaka to Gion Shijo, Kyoto with a few train …

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[18 Dec 2012 | 4 Comments | 5,130 views]
Kuramae Onsen Sassa no Yu (蔵前温泉さらさのゆ) Sakae-shi Osaka

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Kuramae Onsen Sassa no Yu (蔵前温泉さらさのゆ) Sakae-shi Osaka
Onsen or hot spring is one of the highlights of Japanese tourism, culture and tradition. While many will go to private or resort owned onsen, we opted to visit the common or public onsen during our trip to Osaka. It is a hidden gem and our friend who resides in Osaka had no idea about this place.

Let’s go and find that Kuramae Onsen Sassa no Yu (蔵前温泉さらさのゆ)! 
It is called the Kuramae Onsen Sassa no Yu (蔵前温泉さらさのゆ) in the town of Sakae-shi. The best way …

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[28 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,337 views]
How to find good restaurants in Dotonbori Osaka?

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How to find good restaurants in Dotonbori Osaka?
Dotonbori is located in the city of Osaka and one of the most important places to visit. It is just a single street alongside the Dotobori canal between Dotonborisbashi Bridge and Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of Osaka. It was said that this was a former pleasure district famous for its historic theatres but those theatres are all gone now.

Now, Dotonbori is popular for it flashy and colourful neon signs. Hence, Dotonbori is also now a popular spot for food as there …

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[15 Oct 2012 | One Comment | 1,721 views]
Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺 Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺 Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
There are two places in my mind when we travelled to Kyoto Japan earlier this year in January. They are the Kiyomizu-dera temple and Kinkaku-ji, The Golden Pavilion. For your information, Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji  are listed as the Unesco Heritage List under Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities).

Kiyomizu-dera temple
I visited Kiyomizu-dera temple in the afternoon and traveling from the temple to Kinkaku-ji took us more than an hour by local bus. Thanks to our local friend, Mariko we managed to reach …

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[31 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 2,251 views]
Kai Oh Maru 海王丸 Sakae-shi Osaka Review

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Kai Oh Maru 海王丸 Sakae-shi Osaka Review
In one of the most unexpected places to find a local hot spring, we stumbled upon a restaurant for our lunch at Sakae-shi, Osaka. We were in the quest of locating Kuramae Onsen Sassa no Yu at this small town of Sakae-shi.

A typical street at Kuramae-cho, Osaka.
The journey took us 40 minutes from Umeda Station to Kitahanada station and it will take another 20 minutes of walking to the hot spring. In between we found a restaurant for a quick lunch. It was not …

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[24 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | 3,741 views]
Onitsuka Tiger Chayamachi Osaka Japan

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Onitsuka Tiger Chayamachi Osaka Japan
For Onitsuka Tiger fans looking for the official store in Osaka, don’t worry as we found it! It is located at the Chayamachi building which is a stone throw away from the Osaka Umeda Station.

The Onitsuka Tiger Chayanachi Store is walking distance to the Osaka Umeda Station.
We were there earlier this year for holiday and it was a lucky day for us to stumble upon the Onitsuka Tiger store near Umeda Station.

Lots of choices in the shop, this are the new designs at the The Onitsuka Tiger …

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[8 May 2012 | No Comment | 2,492 views]
Sukiya Restaurant Review Namba Osaka Japan

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Sukiya Restaurant Review Namba Osaka Japan
If you are like us taking the AirAsiaX flight to Kansai International Airport from LCCT Malaysia, you will reach there late. It takes another 40 min by car to reach Osaka and by that time, you will be hungry.

We checked in at Smile Hotel Namba and we asked the receptionist for restaurants and they were everywhere near the hotel. We chose Sukiya Restaurant for our supper.

On top of their attractive menu as I can’t read Japanese and Rachel can picked up a few Kanji (Chinese) …

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[17 Apr 2012 | 7 Comments | 3,470 views]
Kansai Thru Pass Review and Where to Buy?

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Kansai Thru Pass Review and Where to Buy?
Many who will be traveling to Kansai on their own will have this dilemma. There are two different passes available for foreign travellers in Kansai, the JR West Rail Pass and the Kansai Thru Pass. We blogged about how to purchase a JR pass in Malaysia last year and you still can read about it at..
So we have a choice, JR West Rail Pass or Kansai Thru Pass? With our research and our experience traveling in Kansai earlier this year, we chose Kansai …

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[28 Mar 2012 | 3 Comments | 1,530 views]
Issen Yoshoku Review, Gion Kyoto Japan

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Issen Yoshoku Review, Gion Kyoto Japan
If you are a big fan of Okonomiyaki, you should read about this. On our recent trip to Kyoto, we had our experience on a slightly different version of Okonomiyaki, the Issen Yoshoku.
What is Okonomiyaki ?
Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き o-konomi-yaki?) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked” (cf. yakitori and yakisoba). Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, …

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[3 Mar 2012 | One Comment | 1,689 views]
Kōfuku-ji , UNESCO World Heritage Site at Nara, Japan

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Kōfuku-ji , UNESCO World Heritage Site at Nara, Japan
We have put up two stories so far on Nara and we will keep on going with Kofuku-ji and Tōkon-dō (East Golden Hall).
For those who didn’t know about Nara, Nara is located in the Kansai Japan.
Nara (奈良市 Nara-shi) is the capital city of Nara Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The city occupies the northern part of Nara Prefecture, directly bordering Kyoto Prefecture. Eight temples, shrines and ruins in Nara, specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, and the …

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[28 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 1,646 views]
Himuro Shrine Nara 氷室神社

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Himuro Shrine Nara 氷室神社
This is our second story on Nara (yes, there will be more coming). You might have read on our first story onDaigoku-den Hall, Heijo Palace Site, Nara. If you have not, you still can read it at  Daigoku-den Hall, Heijo Palace Site, Nara.
As we mentioned in our earlier story, we bought the Kansai Thru Pass for 5000 Yen (RM 200 / US 66) for 3 days unlimited passes in Kansai and we made it worthwhile as we traveled to Nara from Osaka with it. Take the Kintetsu …

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