Dropping by Atami’s Akao Herb and Rose Garden

A person who wants to see some nature to escape their busy cities should visit Akao Herb and Rose Garden.

If you are in Shizuoka, Atami City will surely appear in your radar. After all, Atami City is a popular city during Summer because of its beaches. However, once a person is in Atami City, you will only hear about their famous Onsen 温泉 (Hotsprings). After all, that’s what Atami is most popular for. When I went to Atami, I decided to stay there for 1 whole day, so I had the time to tour the city. I did not expect to find a huge, and I say hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, garden housing variety of flowers, trees, and many cafes. The place is called Akao Herb and Rose Garden (アカオハーブ&ローズガーデン).

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An Afternoon in Kiyosu

I am currently on a mission to visit all the castles in Aichi, and while mapping out my target locations, I came across pretty Kiyosu. Kiyosu is a small city near Nagoya. Prior to going there, I had no other intention to do there other than to visit their castle, but it turned out, I actually had a great afternoon around the neighborhood. Why? Well, read ahead!

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#LearnFromTheWorld: The 80-year-old Volunteer Guardian of Mt. Nokoyama in Japan

Us, humans, have abused nature in our way to creating a modern civilization. The number of forests we cleared, mountains we flattened, and animals we slaughtered can no longer be fathomed. That is why, it is truly inspiring to find people who devote their selves in protecting nature. I have been given the privilege of meeting one of those kind hearts. This inspiring soul is an 80-year-old volunteer Environmentalist. We all call him Ichida-san; Mt. Nokoyama’s Guardian.

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Climb Mt. Hamaishidake (浜石岳) with us!

Climbing the famed Mt. Fuji on Winter might be prohibited, but you can still revel on its mesmerizing view by visiting Shizuoka Prefecture. Winter is when the snow-capped Mt. Fuji is prettiest and most visible. Want to see this majestic view? Standing on top of Mt. Hamaishidake is the best place to be!

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The Magic that is Nabana no Sato

Nabana no Sato was in the itinerary of the pre-booked tour that I booked for that Saturday. Unfortunately, I missed the tour despite being there 30 minutes before the meetup time. Yes, I missed my packaged tour, but I figured that I shouldn’t let it hinder me from visiting this beautiful place. After spending a whole day there, I’ve never been so grateful of missing a pre-booked tour in my whole life.

Come and see the magic that is Nabana no Sato!

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Cherry Blossoms in Autumn? Visit Obara!

Cherry Blossoms have always been equal to Spring. In the best of our knowledge, there’s just no way Cherry Blossoms can be seen in Autumn. Well after meeting this place, I guess, we have all been proven wrong. We now know the only place in Japan that allows us to witness both Autumn Leaves and Cherry Blossoms at the same time!

Come visit this magical place with me. Come meet Obara.

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Top Cherry Blossoms Spots in Nagoya

When we say Japan and Cherry Blossoms, Nagoya City do not usually appear on people’s radar. Even after living in this peaceful city for half a year, I only really knew that this city has great Cherry Blossoms view when I started seeing them daily around the city. Nagoya City actually has some great Cherry Blossoms views!

So without further adieu, here are my top spot picks for Cherry Blossom viewing in Nagoya City:

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A Weekend in Osaka City for less than ¥19000! (Itinerary, Guide, and Summary of Expenses included)

Osaka is such a huge and diverse city that it is impossible to do everything in just a weekend. Moreso, it is such a famous tourist destination that travelling to it is just so costly. This blog is not here to disprove all of that. Instead, this blog’s purpose is to just guide you how to maneuver around the bush so that you will have the Osaka Weekend you’ve always dreamed of (with a minimal cost).

Okay, so where and what did we do in Osaka for a weekend, spending less than ¥19000? Well, here are the places we went to:

  • Osaka Castle (大阪城)
  • Doutonbori (道頓堀)
  • O River (大川)
  • Universal Studios Japan

Worth it for the expenses? Yes, right?
Okay, so let’s dive in to our experience, itinerary, travel guide, and summary of expenses!

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1-day USJ Itinerary: 8 Attractions, Good Foods, and lots of Shopping!

To be honest, I only wanted to go to Universal Studios Japan because of their Harry Potter attraction. Yes, I was guilty of belittling USJ. laughs But let me take it all back.  Universal Studios Japan absolutely took my breath away in the sense that it genuinely made me happy for a day. I became a kid again and it was a quick taste of freedom.

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Because I am very kind haha! I will give you our USJ itinerary to spill how we were able to visit 8 attractions that day, with 2 double rides, eat delicious foods, and many many shopping!

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Living the Potterhead Dream at USJ’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

All those who are very close to me would know that I am such a huge Potterhead. I never missed a year since 2011 without having my HP series movie marathon. I, of course, took the Sorting Hat test and was sorted to Ravenclaw. From then on, every Halloween Party, I would dress up as a Ravenclaw student, except when I needed to dress up as Darna one specific year. Enjoyed my student life at Pottermore failing my Potions subject and winning my duels. I almost cried when I received my hardbound HP books as a gift last year. Lastly, going to all parks of Universal Studios with HP attraction is one of my biggest dreams as a Potterhead. Last weekend was a weekend to remember, because I got to live that dream. I visited Universal Studios Japan! And of course, I wouldn’t dare miss The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Here’s how my Potterhead self lived the dream for a day!

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