Friday, May 3, 2019

[JAPAN] HONSHU: KYOTO MUST VISIT + TRANSPORTATION

KYOTOOOO!

Finally i was back to my all time fav city in Japannn ♡ super clean - not so crowded, KYOTO. Japan late capital city before Tokyo has tons of peaceful place to visit. So here it is! Some mandatory visit in Kyoto and how to explore it

HOW TO EXPLORE IT 
i used daily kyoto bus pass ¥500/day for exploring the city. Super convenient and easy to ride if you stay around Kyoto Station. But you can also take subway but ofcourse with higher cost.

BEST PLACE TO STAY
i can said, kyoto station area. Connect to all transportation systems and super city center. There are some hotels but we stayed at Piece hostel just 5 mins walk away from station. Located in a small alley but superrrrr clean, cozy lounge and even random "thursday" takoyaki night very recommended for couple or single traveller

PLACES TO VISIT
#1 ARASHIMAYA BAMBOO FOREST
How to go: Bus no.28, from Kyoto st - Nonomiya bus stop (+/- 55mins)
I found it super touristy yet crowded so come in the morning is a must! That day i remember it was so glommy so everytime we took photos it looked super mystic and just dark and i hated it but as i edited and was seeing it continueously i turned up love it! Ya must visit but i thought the bamboos is not the main attraction but long river at the side of main road before you entering the forest. That huge river gave me super calming feeling dont know why ♡

#2
FUSHIMI INARI
How to go: JR nara line, inari station (10 mins) 
Greatest shinto temple in Kyoto that offers you thousands of tori ( gates in japanese). Super intagramable yet emotionally hard to get a great photos so many people passing by but it is all about timing. If you like hiking you can do hike to the top of mountain if the way open


#3
NINENZAKA STREET & KIYOMIZUDERA
How to go : take bus no.22 get off at kiyomizu-michi
I never thought of this street if not because of starbucks HAHA while i was looking for the only tatami style starbucks in Japan, i found that it located in beautiful traditional houses area of ninenzaka. You can also find %arabica, and other local cafes and restaurants here and direct short cut to biggest buddish temple in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera. You have to pay ¥500 for enteance fee of the temple, unfortunately when i was there, the main pagoda is underreconstruction and dont know either it has done or not. You can also do some fun with walk through love stone and drink local 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

[JAPAN] HONSHU: KOBE ONE DAY TRIP GUIDE + CHEAPEST KOBE COURSE

KOBE ONE DAY TRIP

KOBE? KOBE? what's come first in your mind when you heard Kobe? Beef! Right luxurious kobe beef. But suprisingly, Kobe city is one of city that i loved. It just so lovey, not so crowded and modernly beautiful but too bad that day (because of storm) it was raining all day long so it's quite hard to enjoy the trip since i used umbrella HAHA but here it is! My kobe trip 

TRANSPORTATION TO KOBE
Just take regular train from osaka station or namba station to Kobe sannomiya station (around ¥320/oneway) it takes only around 30mins away

TRANSPORTATION IN KOBE
They has local train station or bus, but actually all places are quite close to each other.

MUST VISIT

#1 KOBE MOTOMACHI
It's like a long alley with shops along the way with canopy HAHA best way to avoid rain.

#2 KOBE CHINA TOWN
china town in Kobe is legit. I totally forget that we were in Japan HAHA so many tjings to see and street food! But becareful so many vendors sell unfresh food, ask for warm newly made stuff and its good! I recommend pork bun (¥500) its warm and the pork belly is super melting!

#3 DECK AREA
Super pretty waterfront area where you can enjoy kobe view as port city but too bad that time because of rain, it super foggy :( 


#4 KITANO IJINKAN
uphill area where famous with its cafes and unique bistro around. You also can find unique old american style starbucks dominated in green and white super instagramalbe place.



LAST BUT NOT LEAST
you are not in kobe IF you dont try famous kobe beef! but because we were backpacking, so we decided not too spend all of my budget on A5 kobe which the best class of meat that cost around USD 200/150Gram so after i browsed, i found this fakily restaurant very small and limited seat so you have to make reservation from their facebook.

TOR ROAD STEAK AOYAMA

                          2 Chome-14-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0011, Japan











Well its not A5 level because i felt like i'm not deserved eating that (a.k.a broke). So me and my boyfie tried A3 beef course cost around ¥5.200 or around IDR 700.000 for 160g beef and salad and coffee lalala. And . . . . .  :""" speechless already can't imagine A5. This steL already melting in our mouth and 160g actually far from " enough" for filling our stomach super wooortthh it the best steak cut i've ever eaten.
TASTE 10/10

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

[JAPAN] HONSHU: MT FUJI ONE DAY TRIP GUIDE

MT FUJI TRIP FROM TOKYO
it's super common to do a trip to Mt fuji area while you stay in Tokyo. It can be done in 1 day or like us, we stayed for 1 nights here in a small hotel near by Kawaguchiko st. It was such a relaxing trip! No hectic day no too much people and also car. Unfortunately those 2 days were raining so we mostly saw Fog instead of Mt fuji ( it's a sign that we have to come back then ㅋ) and throw back long time before our trip, i searched so many ways and so many things to do in Mt Fuji and super confusing and ended up with a simple note of doing nothing BUT luckily, rain helped us to find some unique places that i've never been before HAHA 

TRANSPORTATION FROM/TO TOKYO
Instead of train, JR or whatever, we chose Bus from Akihabara station to Kawaguchiko station ( around 1 hour 30 mins drive) for 1800yen/person that we booked from here

TRANSPORTATION AROUND MT FUJI
Right at Kawaguchiko station, you can buy mt fuji loop bus ticket for 1500yen, pass that you can use 2-day-straight for exploring all tourist places around. For route map and timetable you can click here

WHAT TO DO?
well it is super questions since it has so many answers for it. Depending on the weather and time, you actually can explore so many places around mt. Fuji, but that day i had no plan so i just randomly chose some places that suprisingly beautiful!

#1
FUJI NATURAL LIVING CENTER
well.. i was looking for mt. Fuji but it totally fogggyyyyy couldnt even see it but i found heaven around living center. I thought it just a "souvernir shop" but when me and my boyfie explored, it had beautiful garden and fog even made it looked misty yet pretty at the same time. And behind it has a small complex with cafes and some local shops. Totally recommended!

#2
FUGAKU WIND & ICE CAVE
NAH this one was biggg suprise for me and my boyfie since we totally totally random decision to visit this place. It located far around 45 mins away from Kawaguchiko station. We was looking for ice in summer HAHA so actually here they has 2 cave, wind and ice. The one we visited, wind cave has easy tracking and also can sed ice at the same time. We suggested wind cave compared to Ice cave cause we just want a simple traking not a pro one that makes use exhausted. Entrance fee around ¥300/pax but it totally worthitttt ♡ it takes around 1 hours go and back.

#3
CONVENIENT STORE
i think this is a must when it comes to Fuji area. When rainy and gloomy, you need something comforting. And TAA-DAA warm bowl of odeng? I dont know how to call it in Japanese. Soups with frozen balls HAHAAH bought this and some cups of ramen to the hotel and best spend ever HAHA

Overall, mt fuji one day or overnight trip is very recommended just for relaxing because sometimes spending too much time around cities also can be tiring ♡

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

[JAPAN] HONSHU: DISNEYSEA ULTIMATE GUIDE


WHO DOESN'T LOVE DISNEYLAND?

here in Japan as many people knows, they have the only Disney that own and manage not only by Disney corp. But by local, DISNEYSEA. with more adventurous rides and hugeee varieties of land. 

TICKET PRICE
¥7400 yen /adult or IDR 900.000

HOW TO GO FROM CITY
Take any train to Maitama St., transit and buy other special disney railroad around ¥250/ way or ¥500/ onedaypass.

1DAY IS MORE THAN ENOUGH
If you can manage your time well, so i suggest you to start from west area to east. For some best rides, they provide Fast pass. Just scan your ticket at fastpass machine around the ride and fast pass ticket will come out with exact schedule when you can use it. P.S Fast pass only can use after you've done using the one ( so you can't take multiple fast passes in the sametime)


MUST RIDE!
( west area to east)

#1 TOWER OF TERROR (*FP)
American waterfront
*fasspass available
Can be said as the most famous ride in Tokyo Disneysea. You are inside an old hotel that destroyed by a black magic, and when you are taking the elevator up, it suddenly slam down! Super fun adn thrilling rode

#2 DISNEY ELECTRIC SKYWAY
American waterfront
Lazy of walking? Take skyway to cross the way from American waterfront area to Port discovery area and enjoy the view around from up.

#3 NEMO AND FRIEND SEARIDER (*FP)
port discovery
Just an indoor show HAHA best place to take a nap or ngadem lol

#4 INDIANA JONES (*FP)
lost river delta
High speed indoor ride wowowow really feel like inside Indiana jones movie.

#5 RAGING SPIRITS (*FP)
Long river delta
Mini cooster with 360° loop !

For arabian coast and mermaid lagoon i found nothing special but if you bring kids, these r your best places to go.
FOODY TIME!
Nobody said that food in theme park is cheap, it always be expensive but please. . . We come to enjoy the holiday right? 

What we ate?
MICKEY MINNIE SORBET
¥600
Super refreshing lemon pinapple and lemon strawberry sorbet really fresh me up especially we came here in summer day

&
SANDWICHES @ SEBASTIAN's CALYPSO KITCHEN
Around ¥1000/set
Great huge sandwiches stacks and of course! Dont forget make your set with Disney ice coffee it's just superrrr gewddd black coffee.

And beside it, i've also tried
CASBAH FOOD COURT @ ARABIAN COAST 
it sell great indian curry and oh oh!! TANDOORI CHICKEN ♡
And around 8.30pm, we enjoyed closing ceremony because it's Disneysea you wont see disney castle dont forget. Usually big ceremony will held at Mediteranian coast. But it was super fun and festive!!
Hope this post will help you manage your time playing at Disneysea