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Seeking Hiroshima : 8 Things To Do / Places to Visit in Hiroshima, Japan

If you have a day to spend in Hiroshima, chances are you will have difficulty in deciding where to go to first. One day is not enough to enjoy what Hiroshima has to offer, but let me help you with my Top 8 things to do / places to visit in Hiroshima.

1. Ride a JR Ferry to Miyajima Island
Are you a JR Pass holder? Then you can get to Miyajima island by riding the JR Ferry for free.  Miyajima island is one of the top three spots in Japan and if you are visiting Hiroshima for the first time, make sure to check on this island.

2. Try Hiroshima Oysters
Hiroshima is famous  for Oysters and Miyajima is a great place for oyster lovers.  How can you not resist a big, succulent, sweet Hiroshima oysters? 

3. Take a selfie at O-Torii Gate
Spend a picture-perfect morning in Miyajima island and have a photo with the sacred O-Torri Gate on the background.

4. Say hello to the friendly local deer
Deer and human in Miyajima live together side by side, and they are really really friendly and kawaii.

5. Shop for souvenirs and Foods at Miyajima Traditional Craft Center 
A kilometer walk street offering different kinds of foods from fishcakes to oysters for your discriminate taste and also offers souvenirs for your eyes to feast on.

6. Understand the effects of Nuclear bomb at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, visitors can learn about the bombing of Hiroshima and the city's restoration from the countless number of artifacts that were left in its wake.

7. Learn history at the World Heritage Site, The Atomic Bomb
Approximately 160m from the Hypocenter, the hall took severe damage from the bomb and resulting fires that swept the city.

8. Pay tribute to the victims of war at the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
An underground hall dedicated to the victims of the A-bomb, visitors can see a collection of memoirs and views of the city from the hypocenter. A panorama of tile representing the total number of victims the first year after the bomb dropped can be seen.

A Guide to See Mt. Fuji in its Full Glory

Our 10-day trip to Japan includes Mt. Fuji in the itinerary. We decided to stay for a night at Fujiyoshida so we can be early and grab a nice spot in anticipation of that perfect moment with Mt. Fuji.

So we travel from the City lights of Tokyo to the Country-side, to the laid-back Fujiyoshida.

How To Get There:
Take the JR Chuo Line and go west to Otsuki Station, then transfer to Fujikyu Line. If you are a JR Pass holder, the Fujikyu Line is not covered by your JR pass and you need to pay 960 yen each from Otsuki to Gekkoji Station. Travel Time from Otsuki to Gekkoji is about 45 minutes.

Where to Stay:
We stayed at Mt. Fuji Hostel Michaels. The hostel comes with a view of Mt. Fuji and is a 4- minute walk from Gekkoji Station and 3-km from Fuji-Q Amusement Park.

We stayed at their ryokan style room with futon-style beds and chabudai dining table.

Best Spot to see Mt. Fuji:
They say that there is a higher chance of getting that picture perfect moment with Mt. Fuji in the morning. As early as 5:45am, we trekked to the iconic Chureito Pagoda on the hilltop facing Mt. Fuji in Arakuyama Sengen Park.

After 400 steps, the snow white-capped Mt. Fuji welcomed us in its full glory.

15 Things To Do / Places To Visit in Tokyo

Minsan nangarap akong magkaron ng sariling travel show. Dahil hindi naman ako celebrity, nag self-produce nalang ako :-)

Inspired by Sandy Daza's Food Prints and Travel Channel's Pacific, I asked my husband to take videos of me and follow my lead during our 10-day travel in Japan. (hindi lang producer, director na din!)

Click here for the 10-day itinerary

We stayed in Tokyo for 5 days and here is our itinerary:

Day 1
Check-in at Hotel Horidome
Shibuya Crossing
Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Day 2
Tokyo River Cruise / Sky Tree
Day 3
Ueno Park
Tokyo Imperial Palance
Sensoji (Asakusa) Temple

Day 4
Tokyo Disney Sea

Day 5
Travel to Fujiyoshida

The video below highlights our Tokyo trip. It was tiring yet happy that we were able to pull this off without any guide. Hindi kami naligaw! yahooo!

Tips and Tricks 

1. Buy a 4G Unlimited internet SIM. It is easy to get lost in Tokyo. You need google maps for directions and local train schedules and apps like Hyperdia for shinkansen schedule. Thank me later!

2. Buy a 72-hr Tokyo Subway Metro Card. It will save you money and a lot of time than buying train tickets using the machine.

3. If you are visiting more than 7 days in Japan and will also be traveling to Osaka, get a 7-day JR Pass. It actually depends on your itinerary and length of stay, pero if magpapabalik balik kayo, this is super sulit.

4. The average meals in Japan costs around 1,000 yen or 500 pesos, sa mga nagtitipid, you can get real meals at 7-11 for only 150 to 500 yen or 75 to 250 pesos. Try also Yoshinoya, our comfort restaurant in Tokyo. 

5. Good Luck!

 1 Chome-10-10 Nihonbashihoridomecho, Chūō, Tokyo 103-0012, Japan

What I love about this hotel is that they provide their guests free use of smartphone with unlimited internet which you can use outside during your stay in the hotel. But of course, you have to return it upon check-out.

It is also near subways which will take you about 10 to 20 minutes walk
Comment here and please feel free to ask questions, I'll be very happy to make chicka with you.

10 Days in Japan Itinerary for First Timers

If you were given 10 days in Japan, where will you go?

After preparing for at least a year, we were able to visit 5 prefectures in Japan during our stay from 30 November to 09 December 2018.

Here is our itinerary for 10 days. Of course, it depends on your preference and priorities, but for my husband and I, this is the perfect itinerary for us. This is a full-packed itinerary and involves a lot of walking and shopping.

Day 1 - Arrival at Tokyo / Shibuya, Shinjuku
Day 2 - Odaiba, Ginza, SkyTree,  Harajuku
Day 3 - Ueno, Chiyoda, Asakusa, Roponggi
Day 4 - Disney Sea

Day 5 -  Travel to Fujiyoshida
Day 6 - Chureito Pagoda, Travel to Osaka

Day 7 - Universal Studios  Japan, Dotonbori

Day 8 - Fushi Inari, Gion District

Day 9 - Miyajima Island, Peace Park

Day 10 - Cup Noodles Museum, Osaka Castle

EXPENSES for 10 days (for 2 pax)
Cebu Pacific Tickets with 20kls baggage allowance and travel tax - 31,000
Visa single (promo at JTB at 600@) -1,200
7-day JR Pass (Klook) for 2 - 25,220
72 hrs Tokyo Subway Pass for 2 (Klook) - 1,382
SIM Card 7 days for 2 (Klook) - 1,500
4N Hotel Horidome (Tokyo) - 12,013
1N Mt Fuji Hostel Michaels (Fujiyoshida) - 3,644
4N Hotel Chuo Oasis (Osaka) - 13,665
Universal Studios Japan - 6,984
Tokyo Disney Sea - 6,600
Food, Pasalubong, Shopping Pocket Money Other Fare etc. - 30,000
   (average meals cost 500 pesos per meal)

Total : 133,2018 or 66,6104 per pax

I will blog about the details on my next posts, for the meantime, here is a teaser during our trip. Hope you enjoy!

Ace Hotel Suites and Water Spa : Through the Eyes of a First Timer

Sa dalas namin sa Ace Hotel and Water Spa (once a month na ata), it is difficult for me to give a review about the place that first-timers can relate with.

And since October is my birth month, I tagged my officemates, including aspiring millennial vlogger "Benedikt with a K" at Ace Water Spa, for them to experience what it feels like.  Sabi nga, hindi sya gino-google, ine-experience sya.

Please check out this video, and alamin kung ano etong flavored water na sinasabi nya sa vlog na eto.

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