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Tsukuba Wanwan Land: A Chance to Pet 500 Dogs and Cats!

Basic Info

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)
Admission:
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
Access:
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.


Review

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One of the dog pens at Tsukuba Wanwan Land

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!

Bloom: An Ode to Cherry Blossoms

Tokyo Past 3’s YouTube channel is back, and it opens its 2017 run with a short piece on mortality and cherry blossoms, recited over shots of spring in the Kanto region.  Shogyō mujō (諸行無常) or “the temporality of all worldly things” happens to be one of my favorite themes, and more often than not I incorporate it in things I make. There’s only so much you can capture given the limits of time, erratic weather and a 9-to-5 job, but overall, I’m rather happy that I got to see them while they lasted.

BGM is “Koi to Komorebi no Toshishitsu” by Ryo Lion. Special thanks to Chihiro for looking over the piece for grammatical and spelling mistakes. He still thinks I cursed him because I sent him a birthday message in Tagalog.

Girls Gone Kyoto: Monkeys, Spice Challenge and the Scariest Shrine We’ve Been To

Aoi visits her hometown and sees it anew. Mizhelle gets pensive as she goes to a shrine for cutting ties. Mihyun drinks, and drinks again.

A Filipino, a Japanese and a Korean – let this troublesome trio take you to the breathtaking scenes of Kyoto, as they forge friendship with good food, great fun, and a gargantuan appetite for Nihonshu… I mean life. An appetite for life and all its ups and downs.

Our Itinerary:
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Of Flowers and Lanterns: The Zama Sunflower Festival & Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi

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Summer is sizzling in Tokyo and the heat is just unbearable. You’d think that because I’m from the Philippines I’d  be immune to the summer heat, right? Not quite. Japanese summer is just way too humid for my liking.

So what’s the most sensible thing to do during this season? Well, you can either surrender to the heat and laze about, or attempt to beat it by going out and having fun. I obviously opted for the latter, and so here’s a rundown of two summer events I went to: the Zama Sunflower Festival and the Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi. Continue reading Of Flowers and Lanterns: The Zama Sunflower Festival & Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi

Mother Farm in Chiba

A three-hour ride from Tokyo Station, Mother Farm is a good place to visit if you want a relaxed day trip where you can be surrounded by lush greenery and adorable animals. The farm caters to both adults and children with various events and attractions such as fruit picking, animal feeding, cow milking, jam making, etc. A small amusement park for kids is also available on site.

Access

JR offers a round-trip ticket including lunch for as low as ¥5500 for adults and ¥3500 for children. (Prices vary according to date.) The train leaves from Tokyo Station via the Sobu Line Rapid Service. The ticket is for the green cart, with no seat reservation. You then get off at Kimitsu Station, and from there you can take the highway bus, or the free shuttle to Mother Farm, which operates at fixed times.

For more information, check the English website.