Nikko(日光) is a city north of Tokyo in the Tochigi Prefecture. If you’re staying in Tokyo and want to get away from the busy city then Nikko is the place to go. This small and quite city offer natural sceneries, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, hot springs, temples and shrines. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is one of the main tourist attraction and is a registered World Heritage Site.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

How to get there by JR Pass?

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Bau House Dog Cafe

One of the most popular animal cafes in Seoul is the Bau House Dog Cafe. So what is this dog cafe all about? Well it’s basically a place where many dogs roam around while you can enjoy a cold drink and some cuddles here and there. There’s no barista there to make you coffee despite being called a cafe. The entry fee is 8000 won(as of September 2017) and this price includes a cold drink from the fridge(eg. 500ml Lipton Peach Ice Tea). Not bad, ey?

The cafe is split into two sections: One for small dogs and the other for big dogs. You can also buy dog treats(about 3000 won) but they can only be fed to the big dogs.

How to get there?

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Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island is located just outside Hiroshima, Japan. It is well known for the torii gate at the Itsukushima Shrine that looks like it’s floating on water during high tide. The island will make a wonderful day trip if you’re in Hiroshima. The island also feature many souvenir stores, restaurants and natural scenery. You will find deer roaming around the island as well. In this post I will explain how to get there plus some details about the Itsukushima Shrine. Continue reading “Miyajima Island”

Nara Deer Park

Nara Park is one of the biggest attractions in the city of Nara, Japan. Over 1200 deer live and roam freely in the park. The deer are friendly although you may find them sniffing at your bags looking for treats, but they don’t bite. There are people within the park selling deer treats(some form of biscuit) for you to feed them. Just be careful not to feed where it is crowded with deer because you will get surrounded by them which can be overwhelming.

Other than the deer, Nara Park is close to temples and shrines as well.

Nara Park Entrance Fee?

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Arashiyama and the Bamboo Grove Forest(Kyoto)


The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most photographed and visited sites in Kyoto Japan along with the Fushimi Inari Shrine‘s torii gates. You will be walking through a pathway surrounded by tall bamboo trees. The path is about 500 metres so completing the walk should be under an hour.


There is no entrance fee to enter the Bamboo Forest. It is also open for 24 hours everyday.

How to get there?

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Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)

Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka and is the first ever to be built in Asia. Therefore, it is common to see many tourists from countries nearby Japan visiting this themepark. The biggest highlight of this themepark is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you’re a Harry Potter fan then this themepark should not be missed.

I visited the themepark early September 2017 to avoid the crowd since I knew summer vacation for the school kids just ended. Despite that is was still crowded. The popular rides such as the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has a waiting time of slightly over 2 hours.

Currently the themepark is split into nine worlds: New York, Hollywood, San Francisco, Minion Park, Amity Village, Waterworld, Jurassic World, Universal Wonderland and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can view more details of each world and attractions from the map here.

Where to get the tickets?

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Fushimi Inari Shrine – Hiking on Mt.Inari

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most photographed sites that attract millions of visitors to Japan. Located in Kyoto it sits at the base of Mt.Inari. The main attraction of the shrine are its mountain trails lined with thousands of red torii gates also called Senbon torii. In August 2017 I decided to climb Mt.Inari through the mountain trails. It is estimated to take about 2 hours to climb the mountain but we took a little longer(about 3 hours) due to the heat where more rest was needed.

In this post I will go through how to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine and provide details about the hike.

How to get there?

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Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is one of the major attractions in Tokyo. It is the second tallest structure in Japan standing at about 333 metres, second to Tokyo Skytree. Under the tower is FootTown, a four-level building that consists of shops, restaurants and museums. Above the FootTown are two observatory decks: the Main Observatory which has two levels and is at 150 metres, and the other is the Special Observatory at 250 metres and gives visitors a bird’s eye-view of Tokyo.  Unfortunately, while I was there in August 2017, the Special Observatory was closed for renovations, therefore this blog will only focus on the Main Observatory.

Tokyo Tower Entrance Fee

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Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is the one of the themeparks of Tokyo Disney Resort. It is a separate themepark from Tokyo Disneyland and require its own ticket to enter. On August 2017 I’ve decided to give the ever so popular Tokyo Disneyland a miss and try out DisneySea.

DisneySea consists of seven themed-areas: Mediterranean Habor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront. Click here for the map.

I personally enjoyed this themepark and would come again. Throughout this blog I will explain how to buy the tickets and how to get there.

How to buy the Tokyo DisneySea ticket?

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Takayama(高山) is a city in the Gifu Prefecture known for its beautiful townscape. Similar to Kyoto it has many well preserved traditional streets. The Takayama Festival is considered as one of the best festivals in Japan and is held twice per year(April 14th-15th and October 9th-10th).

Old Town

How to get there?

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