Monday, May 8, 2017

Osaka Itinerary (Osaka + Kyoto + Nara + Kobe + Universal Studio Japan) - Jalan Jalan Cari Makan 走走美食团

OSAKA (3 Days)

We spent 2 days in Osaka by using the Osaka Amazing Pass, and 1 days Free and easy.
We heavily rely on the Google Map (Pocket Wifi is a MUST HAVE item) to find the direction to reach those facilities we short listed below.
We also visited:-
1. Umeda (you can do a lot of shopping + Pokemon Center) - if you use the Osaka Amazing Pass, some of the facilities near to this area.
2. Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street Next to Dotonbori
3. Dotonbori - Food Paradise (our accommodation near Dotonbori, I walked over this place almost every night)
4. Joshin Super Kids Land - Toys paradise  =)
5. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (purchase the entry pass at Osaka Airport with discounted price - entrance + Transportation)
6. Kuromon Ichiba Market 黒門市場 - Many great food stalls (close at 6pm)
7. Don Quijote Dotonbori Store - huge selections like grocery items, chocolates, souvenirs, cosmetics

Food (Must Try):-
1. Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 is known as one of the best ramen in Japan - at Dotonbori
2. Mizuno Okonomiyaki at Dotonbori
3. Street Food at Kuromon Ichiba Market 黒門市場 walking distance from Dotonbori
4. Toki Sushi (search this place from Google Map)
5. Egg's n Things (English Breakfast)
6. Kani Douraku Dotombori Honten (The crab restaurant in Dotombori, easily identified by the giant moving crab billboard)

Purchase the Osaka Amazing Pass (2 days pass) 3,300 Yen
1. Use the pass and get on trains and buses.
When you let the pass go through the automatic ticket gate, you can ride unlimited all day (or 2 consecutive days for a two-day pass) on that day! It allows you to travel easily, so enjoy going around many areas.

2. Visit facilities with your transportation pass.
You can enter about 35 facilities for free once at each place when you present the pass at the counter of the facilities. Valid only on the day of use of the pass. (Two consecutive days for a two-days-pass.)

Out of many facilities, we shortlisted below:-
1. Tombori River Cruise
2. Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory
3. HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
4. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
5. Osaka Tennoji Zoo
6. Osaka Museum of Natural History
7. Osaka Castle Museum
8. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Osaka
9. Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory
10. Natural Hot Spring Naniwa no Yu
11. Tsutenkaku Tower

KOBE (1 Days)

Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum
Direction: Ten minute walk from Iwaya Station

Meriken Park
Direction: Meriken Park is about a ten minute walk south of Motomachi Station or just across the sightseeing cruise terminal from Kobe Harborland.

Kobe Harborland -  two largest shopping complexes in the area are Mosaic
Just outside of JR Kobe Station and the Harborland Subway Station.

Shin-Kobe Ropeway - Nunobiki Waterfall and the Nunobiki Herb Garden
Direction: hiking trail from Shin-Kobe Station

To access the hiking trail to the waterfall, leave Shin-Kobe Station through the exit on the first floor to the south (the ticket gates are located on the second floor), where you will find a tunnel that leads below the station building northwards to the forested mountain.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Direction: short walk from Maiko Station on the JR Sanyo Line (25 minutes, 300 yen from Sannomiya Station by local train) or Maiko-Koen Station on the Sanyo Railway Main Line.

Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Direction: Nankinmachi is located a five minutes walk south of Motomachi Station, a ten minute walk southwest of Sannomiya Station or a five minute walk north of Meriken Park.

Ikuta Shrine
Direction: 5 minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station

Starbucks Kobe

Lunch: Steakland Kobe (Must Try)

NARA (1 Days)

Todaiji Temple
Direction:  Take bus from Kintetsu Nara Station, Get off at Todaiji Daibutsuden from where it is a 5-10 minute walk to Todaiji's main building.

Kasuga Taisha
Direction: Take bus from Kintetsu Nara Station, Get off at the Kasuga Taisha Honden bus stop (190 yen, frequent departures).

Nara Park
Direction: five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station

Nara National Museum
Direction: 15 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, or by bus

Kofukuji Temple
Directon: five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station

Lunch: Wakakusa Curry Hompo (Must Try)

KYOTO (2 Days)

Kyoto Tower Standing 131 meters tall just across from Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is Kyoto's tallest structure and a rare modern iconic landmark in the city famous for its ancient temples and shrines.
Direction: Kyoto Tower stands on the north side of Kyoto Station.

Kiyomizudera - One of Japan's most popular temples. It stands in the wooded hills od eastern Kyoto and offers visitors a nice view over the city from its famous wooden terrace. The busy approach to the temple is lined by dozens of shops and restaurants that have been catering to pilgrims and tourists for centuries
6am-6pm ~ 300Yen ~ Kiyomizudera can be reached from Kyoto Station by bus number 100 or 206 (15mins, 220 yen). Get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, from where it is a ten minute uphill walk to the temple. Alternatively, Kiyomizudera is about 20 minutes walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station along the Keihan Railway Line.

Upon exiting Kiyomizudera, walk down the temple approach while exploring the shops along the way. Turn right just before the fork in the road and head down the scenic Sannenzaka Stairs onto the somewhat quieter shopping streets below. Continue past the Ninenzaka Steps. There are many interesting things to see along the path including Ryozen Kannon. There are plenty of tea-houses and restaurants here if you feel like a break.

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto, especially between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine, where the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops invoke a feeling of the old capital city.

The streets in Higashiyama are lined by small shops, cafes and restaurants which have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. These businesses retain their traditional design, although many have been renovated through the years, and they continue to serve customers today, selling local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, pickles, crafts and other souvenir.

Maruyama Park  - is a public park next to Yasaka Shrine. During the first half of April. when he cherry trees are in full bloom, Maruyama Park becomes Kyoto's most popular and most crowded spot for cherry blossom viewving and hanami parties. The centerpiece of the parks is a tall shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree), which gets lit up in the night.

Yasaka Padoga, the last remnant of Hokanji Temple, is one of the most visible and recognizable lanmarks in the Higashiyama District. Visitor may climb up the inside of the five story pagoda, which is a rare opportunity as most pagoda can only be viewed fro the outside.

Lunch: Nishiki Market (Must Visit)
Direction: on foot in less than five minutes from Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line (4 minutes, 210 yen from Kyoto Station) or Karasuma or Kawaramachi Stations on the Hankyu Line.

Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja), also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto
Direction: The closest train stations are Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line and Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.
Alternatively, the 20-30 minute walk from Kiyomizudera through the narrow lanes of the Higashiyama District to Yasaka Shrine is highly recommended.
Day 2 in Kyoto

Fushimi Shrine 
Direction: Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station, not served by rapid trains).

The fastest access from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama is provided by the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line). The one way ride to Sara-Arashiyama Sation takes 15 minutes. From Saga-Arashiyama Station, central Arashiyama can be reached in 5-10 minute walk.

Visit Arashiyama, a pleasant touristy distrcit in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherryblossom and fall color season.s

Go to Togetsukyo Bridge (15-20 minutes walk) to enjoy the view of Hozu River. The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama most iconic landmark. The bridge looks particularly attractive in combination with the forested mountainside in the background. A riverside park with dozens of cherry trees is located just adjacent to the bridge. Many small hops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby (i.e. Arashiyama famous bamboo groves)

Bamboo Grove - The walking paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth.

Universal Stuidio Japan (1 Day)
Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan - Plan the rides you want to visit to maximize your experience.
Some money are not worth saving, unless you want to stand in queues for hours (depending on season, for peak period, average waiting time per ride > 120 minutes). Hence, get your Universal Express Pass.
I SKIP the kids Zone - Universal Wonderland (Sesame Street Fun World). I personally find below rides are the BEST and would like to recommend to you guys:-

1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D
During you visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, find the giant Butterbeer caravan, Try a mug of butter beer (taste like caramel root beer)

2. The Flying Dinosaur (played twice - BEST)

3. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D  (played twice - BEST)


5. Jurassic Park – The Ride

6. Terminator 2:3-D

Suggest you look for accommodation near to
Kintetsu-Nippombashi Station (Nipponbashi 日本橋)
Dotonbori 道頓堀; or
Namba Station 難波駅

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Seoul Itinerary (Korea) - Jalan Jalan Cari Makan 走走美食团 - Part 1

After my second visit to Seoul in 2014, it’s official ~ Seoul is one of my favourite cities in Asia and if you haven’t yet been – it’s time you started planning your adventure there.

If you’re travel in group or couples, or looking for the BEST value in money option…I can speak from experience of absolutely LOVING this Guesthouse… 

IB Vielle Guesthouse

Walking distance to Myeong Dong (Reach by Train - Come out of the station through Exit 3 of Myeong Dong station)

My favourite Breakfast place - Isaac Toast  [韓國必吃]
How to get there:-
明洞的 Isaac 早餐店 (吐司脆,高麗菜絲也清脆)地鐵4號線「明洞站] 3號出口 Pacific Hotel  太平洋酒店左邊的馬路直走在右邊

Dinner - Two Two Chicken [韓國必吃] -
How to get there:- 
6-4 Namsandong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Subway Line 4 Myeongdong station Exit 3, walk straight towards Pacific Hotel and Two Two Chicken is on its left

Shopping at dongdaemun 
Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district comprising traditional markets and shopping centers. These giant malls have every type of clothing from cheap printed t-shirts and accessories to handmade products by young designers. 
You can visit:- 
Hellow APM / Migliore / Doota (doosan Tower) / Freya Town / GoodMorning City  
How to get there:-
Seoul Subway Line 2 Dongdaemun Stadium Station, or Line 1 or 4 Dongdaemun Station

      Gwangjang Market [韓國必吃] - Awesome Korean Street Food in Seoul
       one of the oldest traditional markets in Seoul
      黄豆煎饼Bindaetteok & 紫菜包饭 mayak kimbap , Tteokbokki – rice rolls
How to get there:-
Jongno 5-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 8
Euljiro 4-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & 5), Exit 4

Namsan Park + N Seoul Tower       +  爱情锁圣诞树 "Must Go"
How to get there:- 
walk for about 10-15 minutes following the street of the right side of the Pacific Hotel (1 min walk from IB Vielle), after coming out of the exit 3 of Myeong-Dong station (line 4) 首尔地铁4号线明洞站3号口出来后,朝里拉小学方向步行10-15分钟

Take Cable car to reach N Seoul Tower - Adult return ticket 8,500 won

Lotte World (Theme Park + Shopping) - 1 Day
Lotte World is the perfect spot for entertainment and sightseeing. It is a theme park filled with thrilling rides, an ice rink and different kinds of parades, as well as a folk museum, a lake, and much more. 
How to get there:- 
Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8) and Exit 4. - Lotte World is directly connected to the station.

Daily passport ticket - 52,000 Won

Lotte Mart (Lotte World)
How to get there:- 
Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 4.  – walk 200m towards Lotte World

Gyeongbokgung Palace -    (2.5 Hours) "Must Go"
How to get there:-
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5,  3號線景福宮站5號出口,徒步約5分鐘

Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2, 5

Adults: 3,000 won

Tips:- If you plan to visit another 3 Palace - [Integrated Palace Ticket]
Four Palaces (Changdeokgung Palace (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine 
Ticket is 10,000 won and is valid for use for three month after purchase.

      土俗村蔘雞湯 Tosokchon Samgyetang Chicken [韓國必吃]
       How to get there:-
      首尔特别市钟路区体府洞85-1  (景福宮站 2號出口步行5~10分鐘看見便利超商S25左轉馬上就會看到囉

Sinsa-Dong Garosu-gil  新沙洞林蔭道 (Shopping & Cafe)
Sinsa-dong is commonly called ‘Designer’s Street.’ All along the ginkgo tree-lined street are picturesque artist studios, galleries, designer clothing shops, interior design shops, and cafés. many boutiques on the street and mix of imported brands and original creations by young Korean designers.
How to get there:-
Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8.
Go straight (250m), until you see the street on the left.

      Mug For Rabbit (Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil 가로수길)
      How to get there:-
534-25 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 1F (서울 강남구 신사동 534-25 1)

The cafe itself isn’t hard to find – just walk along the side of Garosu-gil that leads to the huge Forever 21 store (you’ll spot it quite a number of blocks before F21) and keep your eyes peeled for the shop name.

      新沙站 Market O Café
      這家CAFE樓高兩層, 地下這層的主要是以CAFE吃甜點輕食為主. 而二層就是餐廳可以在上面吃個豐富一點的午餐或晚餐建议不要在这里买Market O Brownie, 这里价钱比较贵一点
      How to get there:-
Address: 91-6. Monhyeon 2-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Changdeokgung Palace昌德宮 "Must Go"
How to get there:-
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight for 5min. 3号线安国站3号出口步行5分钟

Admission FeesIndividuals: 3,000 won

Samcheong-dong 三清洞 & Bukchon Hanok Village

Samcheong-dong is famous for its Bukchon Hanok Village. Hanok is Korean traditional houses and Bukchon is where the aristocratic classes lived during the Joseon Dynasty.

How to get there:-
From Exit # 2 of Anguk Station (Subway Line # 3) walk straight for approx. 700 m

From Exit #5 of Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line # 3), walk 10-15 min along the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the starting point of Samcheongdong Walkway

仁寺洞 Insa-Dong 艺术, 购物综合文化小街 "Must Go"
建议和昌德宮 景福宫 + 三清洞 景点安排在同一日安國站6號出口直走就會到 Anguk Station Line 3 exit 6

Starbucks 星巴克
世界唯一韩文Logo星巴克 - 来到仁  洞,必见到这间全球唯一以韩文字作Logo星巴克咖啡店。
Anguk station exit #1, on the right side.

Miss Lee Café 摇摇便当 [韓國必吃]
How to get there:-
安國站6號出口直走,看到遊客服務中心(i)繼續前行,就會看到Miss Lee了,大大招牌就在便利店G25的楼上

仁寺洞最潮商场- Ssamziegil
How to get there:-
安國站6號出口直走,沿仁寺洞街直行3分钟 Anguk Station (Seoul Subway line 3), Exit 6 

~To be Continue - Part 2~

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hong Kong Itinerary - Jalan Jalan Cari Makan 走走美食团

Hong Kong - One of my favorite travel destination! 
You can find the BEST food in town in my itinerary

Day 1

If you reach HK in late afternoon, I will suggest you to spend the first day to walk around the famous street in MongKok 旺角区

MongKok  旺角区 (Night Market) >> 旺角女人街(通菜街)  and  波鞋街(花园街) >> from Nathan Road walk all the way to Avenue of Star – Night 星光大道 (尖沙咀)

How to get there 如何前往 (星光大道):-
地铁:旺角油麻地 佐敦 尖沙嘴 >> 港铁尖东站 J出口,依路牌指示前往「星光大道」及尖沙咀海旁

Highlight:- You can find sculptures of Bruce Lee and abut 20 star handprint plaques.

Dinner at 新斗記
Address: 九龍佐敦 長樂街18號地下Jordan Station, Exit B1

利強記北角雞蛋仔 (Must Try)

How to get there:

港鐵佐敦站 D 出口步行約3分鐘

招牌菜: 格仔餅 雞蛋仔

Day 2

Breakfast at 金華冰廳 Kam Wah Cafe (Must Try)
How to get there: 
招牌菜: 奶茶 各款出爐麵包 蛋撻 菠蘿油 雞翼

黄大仙祠   (Wong Tai Sin)
How to get there: 
地铁:旺角 - 太子 - 石硖尾 - 九龙塘乐富黄大仙

New Town Plaza  &  史努比开心乐园(10:00a.m~8:00p.m) – Free Entrance
How to get there:
如何前往 史努比开心乐园~( 黄大仙)
黄大仙 - 九龙塘 (转东铁) -沙田
从沙田地铁站的出口直走走到尾端就是 SNOOPY WORLD 
地铁:黄大仙 - 乐富 - 九龙塘 - 大围 - 沙田

The Peak 香港山顶(太平山顶) & 香港杜莎夫人蜡像馆 
不管您是否已经看过世上其他都市的夜景,也不论您留港的时间有多短,一定要去太平山顶!The BEST night view! You will never regret!

How to get there:
  1. 中环MTRD1出口出..然后搭编号15C的巴士
  2. 尖沙咀码头坐天星小轮到中环,然后在新中环码头附近坐15C(开逢巴士)到缆车总站,这样就不用走很多路了。
  3. 於金钟地铁站B出口的力宝中心巴士总站,乘搭12S巴士
  4. 若您喜爱步行,则可从中环地铁站J2出口,沿著中银大厦及长江集团中心之间的花园道直上,需时大概20分钟就可到达缆车总站

麥奀雲吞麵世家 Mak's Noodle (Must Try)
G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong (Central MRT, exit at D2 exit, walk along Wellington St)

翠华餐厅 Tsui Wah Restaurant
蘭桂坊威靈頓街15-19 號地下至二樓(港式茶餐廳/冰室)

兰桂坊   (Central Station)
How to get there: 如何前往 (兰桂坊)
港铁中环站D2出口,沿戏院里和德己立街往兰桂坊方向, 步行约5分钟。
步行约五分钟后,还没有到兰桂坊之前一定会看到这间很大间的名牌 Coach 店。
兰桂坊就在这间 Coach 店的左边那条街走进去就是了。

*在自动扶梯中段设有一座提供八达通卡票价优惠的感应机器,只要将卡片在感应机上刷过,即可享受当日自湾仔、 中环及香港站搭乘地铁,折扣港币2元。

Day 3

Breakfast at 添好运点心(Must Try)
How to get there:
招牌菜: 古法糯米雞 布拉腸粉 杞子桂花糕 晶瑩鮮蝦餃 酥皮焗叉燒包
Breakfast at 澳洲牛奶公司早餐
How to get there:
招牌菜: 多士 / 炒蛋 / 燉奶

昂坪纜車來回票價:成人票平日HK$135元,小孩HK$68 (標準車廂)

再興燒臘飯店 (Must Try)
How to get there:
港鐵灣仔站 A4 出口, 步行約5分鐘
招牌菜: 三寶飯 (三寶有叉燒,油雞,燒鵝)

东荟城名店仓 (Citygate Outlets) 
How to get there:

Time Square & Sogo
How to get there:
MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit A

Harbour City
How to get there:
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1, walk along Haiphong Road for approximately 5 minutes

Langham Place - The biggest mall in Mongkok
How to get there:
Argyle Street, MongKok, Kowloon

庙街 - 四季煲仔飯 (Must Try)
How to get there:
港鐵油麻地站 C 出口, 步行約1分鐘
招牌菜: 煲仔飯 蠔餅

華嫂冰室 (Must Try)

How to get there:
港鐵天水圍站 A 出口, 步行約13分鐘, 近屏山文物徑, 坑尾公廁對面
招牌菜豬扒雞翼蕃茄湯通粉, 招牌菠蘿包


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