A dash of bitter in an otherwise sweet review. Continue reading Tokyo’s Best Hot Chocolate (As Reviewed by a Jaded Romantic)
Out in Chiba, there’s a train line that takes you to tacky fish shrines and roof decks where you can summon aliens. Oh, and beautiful coastal views, too. Continue reading The Aliens and Fish Shrines of Choshi Dentetsu (Video)
Date Visited: December 19-20, 2017
Hiroshima may often be associated with atomic bombs and WWII, but outside its tragic past, Hiroshima is also a place of arresting scenery and mouthwatering eats. I went to Hiroshima City and Miyajima Island in mid-December and here are some of my tastiest finds.
Fall in love with the colors of fall at Hananuki Gorge in Ibaraki Prefecture! Continue reading Fall Colors of Hananuki
When Tokugawa Ieyasu died, Kunōzan Tōshōgū in Shizuoka Prefecture was built to enshrine his remains. They were lated moved to Nikko, but it is said that a part still remains in its original resting place. To this day, Kunōzan Tōshōgū remains a spectacular feat—an ornate shrine fit for a fearsome ruler. Check outthe video below for more information. Continue reading “[Shizuoka] Kunōzan Tōshōgū”
One of the most exciting ways to explore Japan is by rail. On the first installment of Railway Diaries, we ride Isumi Railway’s Moomin Train. Join me on a one-day trip to see Chiba’s gorgeous green fields and historic towns. More info to follow on a separate post. Continue reading Riding the Moomin Train in Chiba (Video)
Tsukuba Wanwan Land
Location: 〒300-4353 Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba, Numata 5-7-9 (https://goo.gl/maps/WguvrbDV77n)
Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM
Official Website (English, limited)
Adult (ages 13 and up) – JPY 1500
Child (ages 3 to 12) – JPY 700
Senior (65 and above) – JPY 750
Infant (ages 0-2) – free
By Bus: From Tokyo Station, take the bus for Tsukuba Center (approx 70 mins). From Tsukuba Center, take the bus bound for Mt. Tsukuba and get off at Tsukubasanguchi Bus Stop. Tsukuba Wanwan Land is a 10-minute walk from here.
By Train: From Akihabara Station, take the Tsukuba Express to Tsukuba Station.From Tsukuba Center, take the bus bound for Mt. Tsukuba and get off at Tsukubasanguchi Bus Stop. Tsukuba Wanwan Land is a 10-minute walk from here.
One of the things I miss sorely about Manila is being in the constant company of dogs and cats. Living the single life in Tokyo doesn’t allow much room for pets, especially if you’re always out and about. Of course, if you live in one of the major cities in Japan, you can very well visit animal cafes to satisfy your need for a furry companion. But with limited hours, overpriced drinks and at times overcrowded shops, I’d say heading out to the Tsukuba is a much better alternative. Continue reading “Tsukuba Wanwan Land: A Chance to Pet 500 Dogs and Cats!”