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Abigail Javellana

#Travel, Japan

NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

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If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you might want to make a side trip to one of Japan’s best kept secrets!

Nagano Prefecture, besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year-old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple and the cute wild snow monkeys!

Here are 10 reasons why Nagano is worth checking out.

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

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#Travel, Japan

Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1,400-Year-Old Temple!

Nagano

The Japanese have long been told to visit Zenkoji Temple at least once in their lifetime. The 1,400-year-old temple is one of Japan’s most important pilgrimage sites since the 7th century and is regarded as a National Treasure.

 

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

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#Travel, Japan

SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!

This is the lake from Kimi no Na wa!

While the lake is fictional in the movie, it is based on Lake Suwa, a body of water in the central region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Lake Suwa, located in the middle of the city, is one of Japan’s most famous lakes. It is known for its hot springs (onsen) and the spectacular Suwa Fireworks Festival where 40,000 fireworks take off, enchanting tourists every summer.

The Suwa area is also known as the “Switzerland of the East”, home to many watchmakers, glassmakers, music box and other precision manufacturers.

Here’s our sample 1-day itinerary of Suwa City.

 

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!
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#Travel, Japan

MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!

Matsumoto is famed as one of Japan’s great sightseeing spots!

It’s Nagano Prefecture’s second largest city, home to the oldest and most beautiful castle in Japan and a gateway to the Japan Alps that’s known for its winter activities and hot springs.

Here are the top 10 activities we recommend to complete your Matsumoto City visit…

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!
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#Philippines

Wandererland Fest 2019: Magical 2-Day Experience!

Wanderland

On the celebration of its seventh year, Wanderland continued to exceed our expectations as they gave us another memorable year in the music and arts scene. This year, they made it bigger and better by making it a 2-day festival. Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club on day 1 and The Kooks on day 2, this year’s festival gave us a mix of old and new favorites from the best of foreign as well as local acts.

WANDERLAND
Filinvest City Events Grounds, Alabang
(March 9 & 10, 2019)
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest
Instagram: wanderlandfest

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#Philippines, #Travel, Japan

MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!

Nagano

It’s Japan’s oldest castle!

Matsumoto Castle is one of the five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. It’s over 400 years old, making it the oldest castle donjon remaining in the country.  Unlike many palaces in Japan, its original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII. That’s why it was able to keep most of its original wooden donjons and walls intact.

It is nicknamed as the “crow castle” for its contrasting color of black and white. It’s currently my favorite castle in Japan because I find it exceedingly rare to find a Japanese castle so well preserved in its original state.

It’s my second time visiting the famed attraction and here are some tips that I wished I knew on my first visit…

Matsumoto Castle Entrance: 
4-1 Marunochi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano
Saturday (8:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM)
Sunday (8:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM)
Weekdays (8:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM)
Entrance: Adult: 610 YEN
Children: 300 YEN
6 years old or under: Free
Phone: (0263) 32-2902

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#Restaurants, Food

HUI LAU SHAN: Opens in the Philippines!

Hui Lau Shan PH

Hong Kong’s mango dessert expert Hui Lau Shan opens its Philippine flagship store in SM Megamall on March 23!

Hui Lau Shan 許留山 is a household name in Hong Kong globally known for their 200+ innovative dessert creations and refreshments using Philippine carabao mangoes.

The first store started as a traditional herbal tea shop in the early 60s, selling herbal jelly and a variety of herbal teas, which are believed to provide Chinese medical health benefits. With their passion for innovation, they made a product breakthrough by adding the mango sago in the 90s, catapulting Hui Lau Shan to fame and earning them the title of Hong Kong’s Fresh Fruit Dessert Pioneer.

As a frequent flyer to Hong Kong, I found no difficulty spotting all the Hui Lau Shan shops located around the touristy spots. With over 300+ international stores in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam and Melbourne, it only makes sense that the Philippines should be part of the growing chain.

Here’s a list of our favorite menu items…

Hui Lau Shan PH
SM Megamall Atrium, Level 4 beside Army Navy

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#Philippines

PAL OFFERS AS LOW P78 and $78 PROMO FARES ON ITS 78TH YEAR (Over 2 Million seats available!)

Philippine flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, launches its biggest seat sale for the year in celebration of its 78th year in the airline industry. With offers as low as Php78 for domestic and as low as USD78 for international routes, passengers can now book as much flights as they want in 2019 as travel period runs from March 16 all the way to December 31, 2019. Booking dates are from March 1 to March 10, 2019.

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#Hotels, #Philippines

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu: A Five-Star Staycation in Mactan!

Movenpick Cebu
There’s nothing quite like paradise. Fortunately, this so-called paradise is just 12-minutes away from Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Cebu has always been a desired destination to visit in the Philippines. The tropical island has so much to offer whether you’re there for a relaxing beach getaway, a snorkeling & scuba diving experience in the coral reefs or an island adventure.

One of Cebu’s top hotels,Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a five-star Mediterranean-inspired beachfront resort in Mactan set in a beautiful coastline with white sand beach and breathtaking coral reefs. This resort is where the famous Ibiza Beach Club is, where you can enjoy that vital nightlife activity in the comforts of the hotel grounds.

Here’s a short blog of our staycation…

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
Phone: +63 32 492 7777, (032) 492 7777
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.movenpick.com
Facebook: movenpickcebu
Instagram: @movenpickcebu

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#Travel, Taiwan

Taiwan Lantern Festival 2019 Experience! (Photo Essay)

Taiwan Lantern Festival

Welcome to the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival! Be amazed by larger-than-life lantern displays, by thousands of visually spectacular lantern creations over more than 38 hectares of land and 200 hectares of water.

Every year, the Taiwan International Lantern Festival rotates among different hosting cities within the country, with this year’s festival being held in Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan. This notable year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration with thousands of crowds gathering to see the fireworks ceremony and stunning light-up creations open to the public from February 19-March 3, 2019 for free.

To make things a little different, the local government chose the “Giant Tuna“—a symbol of wealth and the leading produce of Ping Tung—as the main lantern, breaking the norm of using the Chinese zodiac as the theme image, although the pig will still be a prevalent lantern motif throughout the festival.

Here’s what you can expect…

TAIWAN LANTERN FESTIVAL 2019
Feb 15 – March 3
Ping Tung, Southern Taiwan
website: www.2019taiwanlantern.taiwan.net.tw

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