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

Where I Went in Japan

My journey-slash-vacation took me to three cities in Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Here I talk about the museums, temples, parks, and other tourist attractions on my itinerary. I’ve also included their business hours and how much admission costs, but keep in mind that you might be eligible for certain discounts, or you might get a better deal from a package. I highly recommend taking … Continue reading Where I Went in Japan

Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition

This is a gallery of some of the meals, snacks, and drinks I enjoyed on my eight-day trip to Japan. Grocery and convenience store meals Taking trips to the grocery store in favor of buying meals at restaurants can save you a good amount of money. The Fresca a few blocks from the hostel in Kyoto had a big selection of onigiri (rice balls), some … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition

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