931 Meters Above Sea Level: On Top of Mt. Rokko

The city of Kobe sits between the Rokko mountain range and the sea. Its location made it an important port city beginning in the 19th century. The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake hit Kobe and some nearby cities in January of 1995, killing thousands of people and causing much damage to the city’s infrastructure with tremors and the resulting fires. Looking at Kobe today, however, you’d never … Continue reading 931 Meters Above Sea Level: On Top of Mt. Rokko

A Kyoto Day Trip: Otani Hombyo, the Pokémon Center, and Some Snacking

Having already been to quite a few tourist spots in Kyoto – including Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – we decided to go elsewhere this time, and ended up at Otani Hombyo temple. We also made a stop at the Pokémon Center. Otani Hombyo serves as the mausoleum of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect. Otani Hombyo is also the … Continue reading A Kyoto Day Trip: Otani Hombyo, the Pokémon Center, and Some Snacking

Up Close and Personal with the Historic Himeji Castle

Himeji is a city rich in history. It’s about an hour and a half away from Osaka by train. One of the most popular attractions in Himeji is UNESCO World Heritage Site Himeji Castle. The history Before the towering structure that exists today was in place, a simple fort was built on the grounds in 1333. After 13 years, it was rebuilt into a castle. … Continue reading Up Close and Personal with the Historic Himeji Castle

A Nature Walk Through Time at Koko-en Gardens

After touring Himeji Castle, take some time to explore Koko-en Gardens. It’s a short walk from the castle and only costs ¥300 (~Php140) to enter. If you plan to visit both, you can get a combination ticket for ¥1,050 (~Php500) and save ¥250. Koko-en officially opened to the public in 1992. It gets its name from Koko-do, a school for literary and military training originally … Continue reading A Nature Walk Through Time at Koko-en Gardens

Japan Master List

On this page, you can quickly access links to my blogs and the resources that helped make my trips to Japan more comfortable, more convenient, and all around easier. Happy travels! Blogs Tips for staying on budgetFood gallery part 1 | part 2Makeup and skin care haul✾Kansai Region Attractions (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara)Osaka: Hinata No Yu onsen spaKyoto: Otani Hombyo and the Pokémon CenterHimeji: Koko-en Gardens … Continue reading Japan Master List

Five Tips for a Japan Trip on a Budget

I experienced Japan for the first time in August of 2019. After researching, planning, and actually taking the trip, this post summarizes how I managed to make the most of my time there without overspending. Book your flights during seat sales or at travel fairs I spent less than Php8,000 both ways because I booked my flight via the AirAsia app. Most non-sale round trips … Continue reading Five Tips for a Japan Trip on a Budget