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JPN05: Togetsukyo, Arashiyama

I’ve been reading about Arashiyama so much that I felt a sense of satisfaction and tingling of happiness when I was finally there. At the station, one can rent bicycle for Y300 or Y500. Satkuru wanted to cycle but I didn’t want to because it’s cold and the attraction is all walking distance. I even pointed to him that the Tenryu-ji temple is just 8 minutes walk from the station and his argument was because it’s just 8 minutes so we can cycle. At last we didn’t cycle (and I was happy to save that Y300 or Y500) and we…

JPN06: Tenryu-ji

We followed the crowd found ourselves to be facing a white and wooden facade building. “This building must be Tenryu-ji”, I told Satkuru. He just looked back at me, meekly. Used to him not answering me, I went to him and dragged his arm to make him move faster. Suddenly he called for stop and walked to the side with his DSLR ready in his hand. Curious I followed him. Just right beside the souvenir shop, he found this rectangular space where wooden benches are placed conveniently in front of the vending machines and cigarettes ash post in the middle.…

JPN04: of subway and train… and tram too!

On 2nd day, our plan is to get to Kyoto as soon as possible. From Namba station (M20), we took Subway Midosuji Line all the way to Umeda (M16) for 230 yen per person. After clearing the automatic ticket exit gates, we looked at the train lines with the fare besides each station on the white board above the ticket machine again. In our itinerary, I wrote that we’ll be heading to Karasuma with Hankyu Kyoto Line Ltd Exp for Y690, but in the board we found Karasuma with the fare (Y390). That time we didn’t have any idea on how…

JPN02: To Osaka, we go!

When Air Asia X launched its new route to Osaka somewhere in 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2011, we were just trying our luck to see if we could secure any cheap tickets. Little did we know, we did! Without much hesitation, Satkuru got ourselves two tickets. Then only we were thinking if we could make this trip as dirt cheap as we did for our previous trip. Slim chance, as the cheapest accommodation we could find would cost us at least RM100 per person, not per room! Not to mention a bowl of noodles would cost us RM20-RM30. Then…

JPN03: First Cabin Midousuji-Namba

I came across this hotel when I was googling on capsule hotel in Japan. An article on world special lodging mentioned First Cabin and instantly I clicked on the link. The website shows a night stay starting from Y4,800 per person but luckily we managed to secure a cheaper rate at Y3650 per person from Booking.com. Without much hesitation, we placed booking for our first night stay in Japan. When the day finally came, we took exit 13 from Osaka Namba (Nankai-Namba) station as mentioned on the First Cabin’s website. Not only it was so freaking cold, there was wind…

Japan trip 6 : The minus-7-years-egg!

Continued from yesterday’s post.  We walked all the way up, battling tired leg, cold wind and foul smell to see this place… The rotten smell came from this boiling ‘ponds’, which was bearable if there’s no wind. But when the wind came, oh my, even mask nor double layer of shawl couldn’t stop the smell from entering the nose! Yes, it was that stinky. Wanted to linger there longer to snap more pictures, but couldn’t bear the foul smell, therefore walked down to bus after snapping enough pictures. Plus, I heard that breathing in too much of those gas will…