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MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourist!

 

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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, the original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII, keeping most of its original wooden donjons and walls.

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)
Museum Price: Adult: 610 YEN
Children: 300 YEN
6 years old or under: Free
Phone: (0263) 32-2902

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Nikko Japan via Tobu Railways (Travel Guide)

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series


Nikko is one of the more beautiful places we have visited in Japan. Famous for its heritage sites and breathtaking mountains, it is also known for the many onsens built around the hot springs that dot the area.

About a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Nikko is the perfect destination for travelers who want to see a more rural side of Japan.

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HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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You can now fly directly from Manila to Hokkaido!

Winter in Hokkaido is an exciting season marked by gorgeous snow festivals and winter activities held throughout the country. It transforms into a gloriously white winter wonderland, filled with exciting bucket-list-worthy experiences from sparkling winter wonders, to thrilling snow activities and heartwarming onsen spas.

It may not be the first choice for many travelers going to Japan, but for most who have been to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Hokkaido is exactly the next Japan adventure we are all looking for! Good thing, you can now conveniently fly from Manila to Sapporo in less than 5 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.

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Here are my top 10 recommended experiences you should try when visiting Hokkaido…

Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!

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Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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One of my greatest joy, when traveling to Hokkaido are sampling the delicious cuisines!

Blessed with the surrounding ocean and bountiful nature, Hokkaido offers a paradise of ingredients from fresh vegetables, dairy farming to mouthwatering seafood. It is known for its ramen, king crabs, milky sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and fresh sushi!

Here’s a guide to Hokkaido’s must-try food, from home-cooked dishes to seasonal specialties that’ll make your mouth water…

Hokkaido

Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!

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#Travel, Japan, Taiwan

Star Cruises: From Manila to Visa-Free Taiwan and Okinawa!


Star Cruises is now offering visa-free tours to two of Asia’s hottest summer destinations.  This year, Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo will call Manila her home port from April until May.

The 5-day cruise takes you to Taiwan and Japan without the hassle of securing a visa.

UntitledThe SuperStar Virgo is a 13-deck luxury cruise ship with 935 cabins including ‘sea-view’ and balcony suites.

There are a wide variety of international restaurants that range from; Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Western, and an al fresco bar.

The ship also has a number of facilities such as Duty-Free shops, jewelry boutiques, a salon, a spa and gym, karaoke rooms, a child’s activity center, a game room, and a two-level theater that can comfortably seat 800 guests.

Outdoor activities include a 100-meter mega slide, an outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, and a calendar of themed activities.

Star Cruises
Home Port – Manila (until May) 
Phone – (02) 836 – 6080
Web BookingSuperStar Virgo
Email [email protected]

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Day Trip To Mt Fuji & Hakone (Photo Essay)

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Mt Fuji is Japans most recognizable geographical formation and one of the worlds most famous Volcanos.  Its nearly symmetrical cone shape has inspired Japanese artist, musicians, and poets for centuries and is considered to be one of Japan’s most sacred sites, playing an important role in Shinto traditions and Japanese culture.

Mt Fuji us one of Japanese Three Sacred Mountains and was officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Home to beautiful surrounding forests, Mt Fuji is one of the Japanese most scenic locations, with to a wide verity of plant and animal life.

Today Mt Fuji is a hotbed for tourist activity attracting Millions of tourist and mountain climbers from around the world.

Gettig a chance to visit such an iconic place is something that you will always remember.  The beautiful scenery and breathtaking views are an experience every tourist in Japan should try.

Sunrise Tours JTB Bus Tour (Mt Fuji & Hakone Day Trip)
Hanshu, Japan (Main Island)
Tokyo – Mt Fuji, Chūbu Region
9am – 8pm
JTB Western Japan, Corp.International Travel Division
608-9 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto, 600-8216 Japan
Phone:
+81-75-341-1413(Japan) 075-341-1413(domestic)
+81-75-371-7910(Japan) 075-371-7910(domestic)
Website: JTB Sunrise Tours
Email: [email protected]

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A Peek inside Japan’s Culture: Industrial Sightseeing in Aichi Prefecture

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Japan has always been in the forefront of Technology and Innovation, especially in the field of production, robotics, and automation. They have always pioneered various forms of creating new technology to improve and simplify the life of its people.

And now Japan is leading a new form of Tourism, one that aims at attracting foreign tourists to experience local areas in Japan that is unlike any other tourist destinations. Peculiar tourist destinations that let you immerse and explore Japan’s unique traditional and modern industrial factories in the form of Industrial tourism.

Today, join me as we take a look at what goes behind the high-tech world of Japan.

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@Planetyze: Family Fun Hostel Experience in Tokyo!

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I was hesitant at first to try Planetyze hostel because it was our first time to stay in a hostel with our four boys when traveling.

It was one of our most memorable and fun stays we had in Tokyo because of how Planetyze redefined the hostel experience for the family.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience and why you should stay here on your next trip to Tokyo:

 

PLANETYZE HOSTEL
2-24-9 Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81 3-5829-4554
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @planetyze
Instagram@planetyzehostel
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/Planetyze-Hostel-Cafe-Bar
Website: http://planetyzehostel.com

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Tokyo Helicopter Night Cruise (Photo Essay)

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The Tokyo Helicopter cruise is a fun and exciting way to see the beautiful city of Tokyo!

The 15minute ride takes you 600 meters high above the skyline, where you can enjoy the cites beautiful landmarks like Mt Fuji fading away in the background, or the famed Tokyo Sky Tree that darts from the ground like a neo-futuristic beacon made of steel and shimmering lights. 
  

Tokyo Helicopter Cruise: EXCEL AIR SERVICE INC.
14 Chidori, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0032,  Japan
Operating Hours: Open every day except Thursdays 
Telephone: +81 47-380-5555  
Website: excel-air.com   

Daily Flight Schedules:
Day-Flight 4 pm-4:15 pm
Night-Flight 7:45 pm – 8 pm

Book the lowest  Tokyo Helicopter Cruise rates from Klook!

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