Why visit Saga? Just a 13-minute train ride away from Fukuoka, this small prefecture on the beautiful island of Kyushu is rich in nature and nestled between both sea and mountains. It offers a wide range of experiences from gourmet dining, deep cultural history, plenty of natural landscapes, globally famous potteries, hot springs and colorful festivals to name a few!
Here are a few reasons why you should visit Saga Prefecture…
The Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, located just a stone’s throw away from Festive Walk shopping hub and right next door to the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), making it ideal for business travelers, vacation goers, and participants of MICE events. Plus, the wedding of my cousin was in ICC, so it was the perfect hotel for my family to stay in during the preparations.
If you’re looking to enjoy upscale accommodation and world-class hospitality during your visit to Iloilo, checkout my staycation in Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo…
When you think of Saga, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yup, Saga Beef!!!
Saga is known for one of the most high-quality beef varieties in Japan, alongside Matsusaka and Kobe beef. Imagine a cow that never experienced stress throughout its lifetime, that has a BMS of 7 and above—the only kind that can pass as genuine Saga Beef. Have a taste of marbled perfection, buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture and, sweet beefy richness that can only come from one of Japan’s best Wagyu beef brands.
If you want to know more about Saga’s local specialties, here’s a list of our recommended dishes you must try on your trip…
The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2020! If you love to eat good food, spend staycations with the family or are more into the club scene here’s a list of New Year Eve’s parties and packages happening around the Metro…
Our party-planning guide won’t be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.
If you need a vacation, how about a stay in one of Boracay’s fabulous resorts? There are so many resorts to choose from all over the island, but CITIC HOTEL BORACAY might just tick all of your boxes. Location at Station 1? Check. Premier rooms with direct connection to the pool? Check. Massive outdoor pools complete with inflatable floats? Check. Delicious food and cocktails? Check.
Citic Hotel, sitting along Boracay’s quiet Station 1 with 339 spacious and creative rooms, features 4 spacious dining facilities that serve both local and international cuisines. The hotel is accessible from the main road and less than a 3-minute walk to the famed white-sand beaches that have constantly won Boracay the title of the world’s best island.
Here’s a photo essay of our staycation at Citic Hotel Boracay…
When you think of Fukuoka, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yup, Ramen!!!
Fukuoka is home to one of the best ramens you can ever taste in Japan, the birthplace of the tonkotsu (hakata) style ramen, known for its milky-white pork bone broth goodness that we are most familiar with in Manila.
But the Kyushu region has much more cultural and gastronomical feasts to offer. Situated in Japan’s third-largest island and close to Korea and China, Fukuoka has developed a unique interesting culture that has been influenced by Korean and Chinese cuisine.
These local specialties are probably best sampled at popular yatai street food stalls found around the city. Here are our top recommendations…
Fukuoka may be less known than Tokyo, Osaka Kyoto and Hokkaido, but it’s big enough for everything you would want to experience on a trip to Japan in a more budget-friendly setting. It is full of historical places and sightseeing destinations known for great local cuisine. Here, you’ll find yatai (food stall) dishes that can only be found in Hakata. And, of course, the best ramens you can ever taste in Japan! It’s the birthplace of the tonkotsu (hakata) style ramen, popular for its milky-white pork bone broth goodness.
Because Fukuoka is the gateway to Kyushu, my itinerary also includes nearby prefectures you can visit. Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island, is comprised of Fukuoka prefecture, Saga prefecture, Nagasaki prefecture, Oita prefecture, Kumamoto prefecture, Miyazaki prefecture and Kagoshima prefecture. Of Japan’s main islands, it is the closest to continental Asia, particularly China and Korea, and there has been notable cultural exchange as exemplified by Japan’s oldest Chinatown in Nagasaki.
11:25 AM Check-in at NAIA Terminal 3
02:25 PM Depart Manila to Fukuoka, via 5J 922
07:20 PM Arrive Fukuoka
08:30 PM Transit to Hotel
09:00 PM Meet at Hotel Lobby for dinner at Nurubon Yakiniku
09:00 AM Meet at Hotel Lobby, Leave for Ohori Park
09:15 AM Hang around Maizuru Park, Fukuoka Castle and Ohori Park
11:30 AM Leave for Hita(Oita Prefecture)
01:00 PM Lunch at Mamedamachi (Hitsumabushi)
02:00 PM Mamedamachi (Historic Preservation District )
03:00 PM Leave for Kurume
04:00 PM Persimmon picking (Migita fruit farm)
04:45 PM Leave for Hakata
06:00 PM Hotel check in at Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata
Dinner at Canal City Hakata (Ramen Stadium)
07:00 PM Explore Hakata area (Free time)
08:00 AM Meet at Hotel Lobby
Leave for Nagasaki
10:15 AM Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
11:30 AM Megane Bridge
01:00 PM Lunch at Dejima
02:30 PM 26 Martyrs Museum
04:00 PM Nagasaki Peace Park, Hypocenter Park
Atomic Bomb Museum
05:30 PM Leave for Mt. Inasa(Rowpway)
07:00 PM Hotel check in at ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki
Dinner at Kyokaen (Chinatown)
9:00 AM Leave for Nokonoshima Island Park
10:00 AM Hurry and Buy ticket at the Meinohama Ferry Terminal!
10:15 AM Ride the ferry
10:40 AM Ride Bus going to the park
10:50 AM Arrive at Park Entrance (Free time)
3:30 PM Marino City Fukuoka Outlet Shopping
08:00 AM Leave for Yutoku Inari Shrine
09:20 AM Explore Yutoku Inari Shrine
10:30 AM Leave Tenjin area
12:30 PM Lunch at Tenjin (Mizutaki)
01:30 PM Shopping around Tenjin
04:30 PM Transit to Airport
5:30 PM Check in at Airport
08:05 PM Depart Fukuoka to Manila via 5J 923
11:05 PM Arrive Manila
Great news Bacolodnons! AirAsia is now flying from Manila to Bacolod City, the gateway to Negros Occidental.
Known as the “City of Smiles” and the “Sugar Capital of the Philippines,” it’s a land blessed with wealth, charming people and indigenous cuisine that locals serve with pride! From historic sites and trekking adventures to places to eat and white sand beaches, Bacolod’s got you covered!
We do believe what people say: “After your visit to Bacolod, you’re sure to gain 5 pounds and a smile!” So make sure to check out our food guide in our 4-day awesome itinerary…
Just wanted to share this experience I had, where I didn’t need to hike to experience the breathtaking sea of clouds atop mountains where I felt like I was on top of the world!
There is a breathtaking spot in Hoshino Resorts Tomamu where you can see unkai (sea of clouds) just by taking a gondola. Japanese as well as foreign visitors come to visit during the peak season to enjoy this fantastic phenomenon that is unique to Hokkaido!