Monthly Archives: May 2016

Japan-Day 8


We started to Nikko and visited the yumato Onsen first and then after 4pm we visited the famous three shrines at Nikko.

We spent the night at a hotel in Nikko and had a traditional Japanese dinner. I would have never spent so much for a dinner but the dinner and breakfast is part of the hotel service so enjoyed it happily.


Remember to carry a small hand kerchief and a small towel. The toilets outside the main cities don’t have hand dryers or paper towels.


Japan – Day 6


We allocated the whole day for Kyoto and Nara but at the end realised that just to see all the temples and shrines in Kyoto would take 2 days. It is a very beautiful place.

Kyoto is like Tanjore in South India. Not sure if I can compare them like that but it is so crowded with Shrines.

Since I was havin high fever, we started only at noon from our hotel and directly went to see the Bamboo Garden. After getting down at the station, there is a bicycle hire place within 50m from the station. We wanted to mainly see the Bamboo Garden but since my little boy was also tired, we hired bicycles and it’s worth it. We could cover all the streets and shrines within the next 4hrs in this suburb (??). It is a very beautiful place and riding a bicycle after 15 years was really worth it.

Don’t miss the tax free shops in the basement mall where they sell the Kyoto famous sweets. I couldn’t buy or eat anything as my sweet tongue was also down with fever and cold.

Japan – Day 5


We started with USJ again and quickly finished our Jurassic park and Harry potter kids rides and went to Wonderland and met Snoopy and Hello Kitty.

Do not miss the Jurassic park water ride… It is worth the wait. My little one enjoyed it and wanted to go again the second day.

I felt so funny in the Hello Kitty ride (is it a ride??). Father’s of little girls, beware!!!

Cute and little rides for little kids in the colorful Wonderland…

We left the Studios a little early and went to the Osaka Aquarium by taking a ferry from the Universal city port.

We can touch sharks and stingrays in this aquarium. My little to be fisherman boy enjoyed it very much.

With high fever and cold, finally our Osaka visit came to an end and we started to Kyoto and checked in at a hotel very near to the Kyota train station.

Japan -Day 4


Universal Studios…

Everything is so well organized and well done.

When the gates opened, all the young school kids and teenagers started running crazy and their final destination was the Harry Potter Hogwards ride…150 mins average wait time within 15 mins after opening the gates.

Smile is the one common thing I saw on all the staff’s face today. I didn’t see anyone without a smile for even a fraction of a second irrespective of the scorching weather. Beauty was everywhere in the form of cute Japanese women. I never felt that I am not girly enough but, Japan, the women in your country are so pretty and girly with frilled socks and cute shoes even in a theme park. I wish I could have carried a empty suitcase just to buy ladies socks, shoes, bags and Umbrellas (but I’ll look funny with those in Australia).

Don’t forget to collect the show timetable and the studio map in English at the entrance of the studios. The English map and brochures are at the gates only so collect them without fail else it will be hard to understand the Japanese version studios guide brochure.

If you are staying for the end of day parade then make sure you go to the tax refund for the items that you have bought before the parade. Once the parade is over, the tax refund office will also close in 5 minutes as it will be very crowded and for 2 day pass holders remember to get your tax refund on the same day of the purchase else you won’t be eligible to claim it.

Don’t miss the day and night parade. It is worth all the wait and money (atleast for the kids).

We were so tired that I fell sick at the end of the day and I still had one more day in USJ.

15th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan….

The ride which the kids were running crazy for is at this castle… Harry Potter…

Cute girls wearing cute shoes at the Studios…

Great and good looking shoes will take you to great places… (May be…)

End of day parade…

Japan-Day 3


Packed our bags to Osaka and did some homeware and cute ‘Made in Japan’ shopping. Visited craft shops and beads sections in Craft shops.

Shinkansen – Nozomi (Bullet Train) to Osaka

Toys shop in a mall named Apita…

DIY craft section in a mall…

Universal Studios, here we come…

Japan-Day 2


Famous Asakusa Sensoji Temple…

The shopping street that leads to the temple is so crowded and busy and like the South Indian temple streets with shops on both the sides… Yummy warm fresh made Japanese cakes with potato and red bean fillings are a must to have while we visit Asakusa Sensoji.

We missed the Koshikawa Korakuen which was in our list for the day. The gates closed by the time we reached there…

Went back home with lots of snacks from the Temple streets…

Crowded shopping street in front of the temple entrance.

Food displays… I am seeing a lot of this pretend food kept as displays in all the shops… Very tempting looks that would trigger our mind and make us feel more hungry.

From Sensoji gardens.

Warm fresh made Japanese cake with filling.

Japan -Day1


From Haneda airport to Tokeichiba to brother-in-law’s house. Yes, we are staying at my bro-in-law’s place. It is a little far from Tokyo like almost equal distance from Sydney airport to Penrith.

We wanted to get used to the train and bus so we took a bus to Shin-Yokohoma and then a JR train to Tokeichiba and a taxi to home. A real local Japan suburban locality and a super typical 3 bedroom Japanese home with ceilings of less height (really nice with wooden and mat carpeted home). 

First we headed to Kamakura… Trains and buses are almost similar to Sydney except the lining up at the train station forming a proper ‘Q’ and the interval between each trains…

At Kamakura station…

Kannon Shrine at Hase…

Enoshima, a cute little island…


Where there is a will, there is a way…

Lovely small train routes with houses on both sides with tiny teeny gardens and farms on the sides… Every garden looks like a Bonsai garden to me…


Enoshima electric railway…

And we can walk in between the train tracks… See the road crossing the train track in the below photo.

All the shops that we saw were like fairy tale like shops selling the smallest sized tea pot, souvenirs, Buddha and Kannon statues, a lot of local delicacies and ice creams in super different flavours…

Finally ended the trip with slight drizzles.



Waiting at the airport to board my 9hrs Qantas flight from Sydney to Haneda, Tokyo.

Family visit, sightseeing, shopping are in the list but it has been raining on and off in Japan and I’m not sure how much of my plan would work out this time. Hope it won’t end up like my last India trip (dreams shattered)…