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Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 5)

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On our last day in Tokyo, we took the train going to Odaiba, (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 4)

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Day 4 in Tokyo was a Sunday, and our activities for that day are: to visit Ueno Zoo in the morning and then Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in the afternoon.  These are the "non-negotiable" items in our Japan trip, and being there on a Sunday with expectedly more tourists and locals made it all the more exciting and memorable. Here's why we wanted to see Ueno Zoo so bad: The ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 3)

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Our 3rd day in Tokyo (a Saturday) was spent at Hakone, a mountainous area west of Tokyo that is also at the foot of the magnificent Mount Fuji. The initial plan was to book a day tour package through Japanican.com but but after reading about the Hakone Free Pass at 2AussieTravellers.com , AJ and I decided to take the ‘road less travelled’ and do a DIY trip all the ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 2)

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Our 2nd day in Tokyo was full of commuting, walking and picture taking! Breakfast was at Tully's Coffee, which is just a few blocks away from our apartment.  Obvious bang bagong gising k'me dito?  Hihi. After breakfast, we walked going to our first stop for the day: the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Oftentimes referred to as the "Petronas Towers of ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 1)

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The hubby and I just spent six (6) full-packed days in Tokyo last week, and this being our first trip together abroad (and our first time too in Tokyo), we wanted to make the most out of our stay by visiting as many places as we can, try as many authentic Japanese food as we can, and - a "must" for me of course - stop (not shop) at every Hello Kitty boutique I can find there ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 5)

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We spent our last day in Osaka at Universal Studios Japan (USJ).  Despite having explored already some parts of USJ the previous day (see related post here), AJ and I still went there early.  We had a quick breakfast at a McDonald's restaurant we found just outside USJ, before starting our day there. The early morning crowd was kinda thick already - even at 9:00 ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 3)

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After 2 full days in Kyoto (with side trip to Nara), we are now ready and excited to explore our home base, Osaka! Since AJ and I are both history buffs, we dedicated our 1st day to learn about Osaka's history.  And the best way to do that is to tour Osaka Castle! Touring the castle grounds alone would already take the whole morning, with approximately 60,000 square ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 1)

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The first 2 days of our trip was spent in Kyoto, and in those 2 days we have to commute all the way from Osaka because of the 'slight' change I had to make with our AirBnB booking.   As mentioned in my previous post, the original plan was to stay overnight in Kyoto (so from the airport we would have traveled directly to Kyoto) and  then move to Osaka on the eve of our second ... READ MORE