Autum in Japan’s Tri-City: Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto

This time of the year last year, my friends and I experienced autum in the Land of the Rising Sun – Japan.

WHAT TO PREP

Travel Documents: Aside from your handy Passport which should have an allowance of 6 months from the time of your travel, you should secure a Japanese Visa.

You can be awarded for a single entry with inclusive of travel dates only for first timers and a multi-entry up to 3 years for 2nd timers or more.

Routes: We booked a flight flying in via Narita International Airport, Tokyo, and flying out from Kansai International Airport, Osaka. This way you don’t need to go back to Tokyo and make use of that time to explorer Osaka more, or vice-versa.

Transportation: If you’re traveling from 1 province to the other, the best option for tourists is to secure a JR Pass (Japanese Rail Pass) which should be ordered before your travel date. This is especially offered to tourist which can get the most of if it, case in point with a tri-city itinerary.

You have the option and experience to take the shinkansen bullet train or their local train routes.

Just set aside coins when you go around the metro using other train rail options.

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Accommodations: We booked thru Air BNB with our stay in Tokyo and Osaka. Space is a luxury in Japan. Prepare to stay in a small space with limited bathroom coz each square foot counts in a Japanese home.


TOKYO

Places to Go:

Shibuya

Had the chance to visit this district during the day and during the night with same amount of vibe that makes this city one of the busiest places on earth.

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing: Literally a scramble where pedestrians cross from different points in an organized chaos.

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Hachiko: Dog lovers like me won’t miss this monument of the most loved dog in Japan who willfully wait for his master even after his death at the train station.

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Takeshita Dori, Harajuku: A haven for costume players, fanatics and observers alike like me will be wowed by the extent one puts from one’s costume and makeup to mimic their favorite manga or anime character.

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Disney Sea: The child in me screams for joy as we stepped in in this this wonderland. Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate which killed that excitement but made the most of the fun in their indoor entertainment

 

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Ginza: The finance and most expensive district in Tokyo definitely made it’s statement with its grand structures.

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What and Where To Eat:

Genki Sushi: Point and order to your hearts desire and it’ll come to you delivered in a conveyor belt.

Mt. Fuji & Hakone: Go on an out of town day trip to witness the majestic Mt. Fuji. Good thing we’re able to catch a glimpse of this mountain early in the morning in its entirety coz its always hides behind the clouds.

We attempted to climb on the other side of the mountain but to other dismay, weather didn’t permit because of the fog that disrupted our view from Mt. Romagate.

 

 

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Be mesmerized by quaint towns of Hakone and take a cruise along it’s the lake through the coast.

We missed visiting the temples in Tokyo because of the long holiday weekend where all were closed.


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Where To Go

Dotonburi: You can get the best of Japanese cuisine in this food strip which serve almost all but only take what can you chew.

 

 

Shinsaibashi: Aside from food, you’ll be tempted to go on a shopping spree of famouse stores like H&M, Forever 21 and GU.

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Universal Studios Japan: This is one of the 2 Universal Studios in Asia which has the only must-experienced Harry Potter and Back-To-The-Future attractions.

This ups the excitement and makes it more different than in Singapore.

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KYOTO

A day was too short to explorer this old capital and only visited these 3 sacred places on a one enchanting Thursday.

Where To Go

Fushimi Inari: An endless line of orange gates welcome you from the entrance and leads you to the top of the sacred mountain. Should only time be on our side, I’d surely climb the top.

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Eikando Temple: An old Japanese couple walked and led us to this serene temple. Autum is present in this sacred ground with the orange, yellow and red leaves make the grounds even more dramatic.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest: This was the last place we’ve visited IN Kyoto before the sun sets at 4pm, we walked through this forest graced by tall bamboos.

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So many places to visit, with so little time. Which gives me more reason to visit Japan on another season. They say, Sakura is another best time… see you soon Japan!

 

Heaven on Earth at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

I was all grin from ear to ear, my knees were shaking, with mixed emotions to the point of shedding a tear when I set foot on this private island resort cast over the vast and endless turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

This is by far, the best vacation that I can imagine, experienced and think of ’til now!

High 5s:

1. All-Inclusive Resort: This is one resort where you leave your worries and get your money’s worth from getting your own water villa, feast on 4 different food restaurants and island activities.

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Feel and live like a queen in your own Deluxe Water Villa with a spacious 42 square feet of living space that leads you to your own deck and access steps down to the blue lagoon.

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We’re one group that enjoys feasting on food and casual drinking, and everything is sky is the limit where you won’t worry about overspending. Sumptuos breakfast or Italian cuisine lunch buffet awaits at La Brezza as you wake up. Swimming and chilling with a drink will be on arms reach at the Waves Pool Bar. You can find yourself hanging at the Viu Bar having your afternoon snack or cocktails, and chasing the sunset while lounging at the catamaran. Dinner can take you as far as having a Thai meal at Suan Boa or a Middle Eastern culinary adventure at Al Khaimah which you need to book ahead of time.  And start and cap your resort experience with refreshing drinks at Giraavaru Lobby Bar before you head back to the airport.

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You’ll also get to enjoy the use of their snorkeling gears, kayaks, paddleboards and other available non-motorized watersports facilities. Even paying for the 30-min wakeboard ride is somewhat affordable when you have your own speed boat and the whole Indian Ocean as far a your eyes can see… this experience is just priceless!

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2. Affordable airport transfers

Airport transfers should also be a great consideration in choosing your resort coz this really costs a lot if you booked a resort further from Ibrahim Nassir International Airport. Centara being only 20mins away from the airport offered much less compared if you got billeted and need a seaplane that costs more than your own water villa. But no one’s stopping you to live the life if you have the moolah!

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3. Very private

Privacy is another luxury that you pay for this adult-only retreat ideal for honeymooners and couples. We’re the only group of friends in that resort for that weekend where we’re the only ones who are out and about from sunrise ‘til sundown enjoying what the resort offers.Maldives_CentaraSwim5

4. Feels like home with our ‘kababayans’ 

It feels like home when we get the chance to meet our kababayans or countrymen in this resort as performers. Their songs and performances where a hit whenever we either stay at the bar in the afternoon and at the restaurants in the evening.

It was an instant curiosity if we can apply to be a staff of the resort. But it was evident as well that staying for the purpose of working will make one miss home and their families terribly.

I salute our fellow kababayans who took the opportunity to work in far of places for purposes of taking care and sustaining their families needs at home. No matter how beautiful the place they are in, loneliness will surely kick in whenever you’re away with your loved ones.

5. Centara The 1 Membership

Centara is a group of luxury hotels throughout Thailand and Asia. This access also gave us more perks when we decided to take our 1st 2015 trip in Sri Lanka – from special room discounts, dining and spa services.

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Agree that this is on top of the list of the most romantic places to go on your honeymoon… but you can also enjoy this place as much if you go with your friends as well 🙂 And one day go back with your special someone 😉


Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa | North Male’ Atoll, Maldives , Maldives | +96 0664 3880 | crf@chr.co.th