Category Archives: Sightseeing

Miyajima, Hiroshima Japan

Updated on : September 6, 2016   *  Last modified on : September 10, 2016




I am writing about my home town today.

I was born and raised in Hiroshima. Have lived in several other places also :).

Hiroshima has one of the top scenic spot in Japan, called Miyajima.

Miyajima can be literary translated as shrine (miya) island (jima)

and as the name reveal, it has a shrine called “Itsukushima Shrine (“Itsukushima Jinja” in Japanese)”.

Itsukushima Shrine is uniquely built in sea area and it looks as if it is floating in the ocean when the tide is high.


Itsukushima Shrine


Shrine usually has a gate called “Torii” at the entrance

to separate god space and human world.

Otorii (= big torii) of Itsukushima shrine is famous as it is in the ocean.

When the tide is low, you can walk to the Otorii.

When I was little, I have been to Miyajima for clam digging at this Otorii area.

Miyajima Otorii in the evening

Miyajima is famous for wild deer also along with Nara (I lived in Nara for more than 6 years!)

Planning to go back~~~ for a very special reason <3.

Deer in Miyajima


If you are coming to Japan and would like to know more about Miyajima, visit following sites!


I am thinking about writing blogs on Japanese tourist info from now on,

if you have any suggestion to help me out, let me know from the comment!

Thank you!!



Adventure in Osaka kids alone! Day 2

Updated on : March 26, 2014   *  Last modified on : October 25, 2016



The second day of the trip!

The girls woke up a little past 7am, pretty surprised to wake

up early after long day trip the prior day.







The girls took a photo with strawberries resembling a TV magazine “Television”.

The actual magazine is taken with lemons it seems…..


The destination of the second day is Umeda, north area of

Osaka. Going to Hep five to shop and get on the Ferris wheel on the

building roof.


Hep Fiveでお買い物&観覧車に乗車!





Spending the time around Umeda area till 15:00, the girls headed back

to their home to Shimane.

Oh day 2 became a lot shorter than I expected.


Well, well it was fun having the girls!!




Adventure in Osaka kids alone! Day 1

Updated on : March 26, 2014



Hi there!


Today I am writing about my niece and 3 of her friends graduation trip

to Osaka last week! In Japanese… it would be


子供だけで 大阪探検!1日目 かなw?


This entry, I will try to write a bit in Japanese so my niece and her friends

will know what is written =).

Has gotten pretty long so just check the photos if you like!


As many of you know, the school year start in April in Japan.

My niece has just graduated from junior high this March, so

she and 3 of her friends planned a trip to Osaka for their graduation.

It was trip alone for the 4 kids!!


Leaving Shimane 7:00 am took about 4 and a half hours drive on

high way bus (the red dot on the left of the map below to the right dot).


Here is the photo from the moment they got on the high way bus.

We are ready to roll :D!!!



From the left to right, Tomo-chan, Kan-chan, Meru (my niece) and Non-chan!

Good friends from volleyball club.




The  bus arrived to Umeda station, Osaka before noon.

The kids headed to Shinsaibashi to roam around.

The destinations are Johnny’s shop, Adidas shop in

America mura (American village).

お昼前に大阪に到着、→ 心斎橋に移動~。



After shopping, ate Takoyaki at Sankaku Kouen park.

Sounds SO OSAKA!! The weather was really nice too!



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After the light lunch at Sankaku Kouen, the girls headed to Dotonbori.

One of the major spot in Osaka south area where there are bunch of

restaurants and shops. The famous Glico man is also here.

Yes yes they took the photos with the Glico man of course XDDD.


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This guy is also famous around Dotonbori area.

Kuidaore Taro. Man I did not know his full name till now :p.



Looking for place to eat and decided to eat in

Osaka Osho, raman and gyo-za restaurant chain.



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After supper heading to Nara via Kintetsu line.




Happy Tomo-chan to finally see the train to catch.

Running to the train!



Taking a photo in the train as well XD.



After 40 minutes travel by the train + 20 minutes drive by bus,

arrived at my place! Welcome~~~~!





2 shot with my niece Meru-chan!



My room is really small so we all needed to sleep on the floor.

From the left, Tomo-chan, Non-chan who fell a sleep at first

then Meru and Kan-chan :D!





Tomo-chan went down around 0:30 I think.

Meru, Kan-chan and I stayed up late to watch some videos on YouTube

and some videos on their cell phone.

I am glad I took a nap in the evening otherwise I would surely fell asleep

at first no doubt!







Uploading here since it is getting pretty long!

~ To be continued ;)! ~



Fun with Tony, Haruka & Miki!

Updated on : July 25, 2013   *  Last modified on : July 29, 2013




How are you doing?

I went to Osaka yesterday to meet up with my friend Tony and his 2 girls!


It was SO MUCH FUN~~~!

Tony married to a Japanese woman so he gets to come back to his idol land Japan every summer!

Bet very envious situation for those idol fans oversea XD!! Tony seems to enjoy every minute of it.


We met up last summer for the first time (met up twice) so this was the second time for us to meet.

Tony has 2 cute daughters named Haruka and Miki!

I met Miki last year but not Haruka. Haruka had a plan with her friend and could not come but this time, yay!!


This is Haruka, Miki and me at a 31 ice cream shop after Yakiniku.

Tony took me to the nice Yakiniku dinner. Thanks Tony———!!!


Haru, Miki, me

Hehe, love this pic!


This is Tony, Miki and me.


Tony, Miki, me


We met up a bit past 1 in the afternoon at Kid’s Plaza Osaka yesterday.

There are many fun stuffs at this plaza that we can try and experience a lot of stuffs.


You can try being a TV caster, reporter. This is how that came out!

Pretty cool, isn’t it?!?!

We have tried voice acting too! That was pretty much fun as well =D!


Haruka and Miki tried crafting as well.

Making a ghost with pieces of wood.

Left photo is Haruka and right one is Miki.


You cannot see it very well though, Miki (on the right photo) got really big and thick wood block.

I think it took her like 20 minutes to cut it XD. She got all tired up after this program XDDDDD.

Good job Miki and Haruka!!

This is Miki’s work.                                                                     And this one is Haruka’s.


The instructor showed all the kids’ work at the end.

Haruka & Miki with their crafted ghosts!



Miki enjoys drums and some other music instruments.


Miki and I played “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” together with the instrument on the right photo!

Dina-chan a friend of mine from Indonesia taught me that the instrument on the right photo is called

angklung” a traditional Indonesian instrument!! Cooool! Thanks Dina-chan!!


Haruka is a fashion girl, trying on all kind of ethnic clothes they had =D!



Close to this dressing section, they had a big globe that you can hear greeting and some other stuffs in many languages by plugging in a telephone looking tube.


It was so much fun!

Thank you Tony, Haruka and Miki!!! Let’s meet up again next year (^3^)!!!!!

Oh for the side note, Kid’s plaza allow us to go out and re-enter on the same day.

Maybe we can go there earlier if we gonna go again and in case girls want to be there longer =D.

Sounded they did (^ ^).


For those who are interested in visiting,

the admission fee is 600yen for elementary and junior high students.

1,200yen for adult.

For more info, check out the homepage.

Ah~ tanoshikatta——– (*^0^*) !!!!!!


P.S.  This is Miki last year.


Did not think she has changed that much as we met and played but comparing the photos,

she has changed a lot!!!

Her front teeth must have got the adult’s ones I just noticed by seeing this photo!!

She looked more small child like with rounder face line and all!!

The cuteness has not changed a bit though <3 <3 <3 !!



Meeting up with Ho-kun!

Updated on : May 28, 2013   *  Last modified on : November 14, 2016


Hi there!

I had a friend came over to Nara today~ =D.

Ho-kun from Canada!!!

I did not know it until after I meet up with him though,

he came to Nara to see me from Tokyo today.


He was in Hiroshima yesterday,
so I assumed that he stayed there in Hiroshima last night and
passing Osaka or something today, but he actually went back to Tokyo last night from Hiroshima
and then come to Nara from Tokyo today OMG OMG OMG!!!!


A snapshot of Ho-kun’s yesterday railway tickets (@<>@)!!!!

Leaving Shinagawa, Tokyo 6:34 in the morning to Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima.

Hummmmm as I checked on the internet, it seems

the distance between Tokyo station and Hiroshima station is about


Sugoi (= amazing).

Get to Hiroshima right before noon and tour around and go back to Tokyo in ONE DAY—- OMG!!!!

It is really amazing that people manage to travel around so much during their stay!!!


I am kind of lazy one who take a nap even when I go abroad, so people really amaze me!!!

When Ethan was in Japan, he also said something “Oh yeah, I can come over to meet you up one day” and he sounded like he was coming from Tokyo to meet me,
so I felt like “oh no- that is just too much traveling for you, isn’t it?!?!”
but… now I think people thinks pretty much differently from how I think (@.@)!!!!!

Bikkuri, bikkuri, bukkuri! (surprise, surprise, surprise XDDD).


Probably Ho-kun being Asian, I started to talk to him in Japanese today XDD

I think I do that to other people as well, but I think it was obviously more often today.

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We went to Yayoi-ken at JR Nara station and eat.

Ho-kun trying to buy a ticket for his menu.
And this is what he got :D. A Katsu-don & Udon set.


2 people with unexpected gifts being happy.

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After that, we went out and walk around a bit.


Ho-kun said there are temples and shrines everywhere in Japan.

Without him, I would just pass by the temple.

When I walk with people from other countries, I just notice that there are so many things just
do not get my attention and pass by everyday??

It is fun to walk around with people since they are like a little kid?!
Just looks like notice EVERYTHING they see =D!!!


Me in front of five storied pagada of Kofukuji temple.

I was kind of sissy today after getting over my recent cold, I needed ask Ho-kun to
take a break :p, so we went in to a Mister Donut, a donut shop and have some tea and chat =D.


It was fun!!

Thank you for the visit Ho-kun—!
Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay!!!!!



Osaka Castle with Ari!

Updated on : May 26, 2013   *  Last modified on : October 25, 2016



Ariel is now back in Argentina adjusting his body to Argentine time, and me

writing about sightseeing blog with him XDDD. Lazy me.

On May 15th Ari and I went to the Osaka Castle. We were looking around about a couple
of hours I think maybe about 3 hours? But if you want, you can spend whole day there.

Much to see.


Had neat conditioned walkway to the castle leading to a huge gate.


I think this was right inside the first big gate though, there were water place that we often see at the
entrance of temples and that sort. Seems it is called “Chouzubachi“.


At the entrance of the Castle Tower, there was this artillery gun looking thing.

Ari and I believed this was the actual gun used for wars, but it was said that this is used for
time signal.


The drawing displayed inside the Osaka Castle.
It was surprising that in those small drawing, people were recognized who that was.


The guy who built the Osaka Castle is one of the most famous military commanders back at the
time around 16th centuries. His name is Toyotomi Hidayoshi.

He was born as a son of farmer family and became a military commander, so was pretty rare success.

He is known to love GOLD, so you can see gold something in the Osaka Castle.


A glittering Shachihoko and there was a golden tea ceremony room in the castle, made me laugh.

In the souvenir shop, there were Shuriken set attracted me so much, but found out that was made by rubber,I did not buy…. it would be cool if that was made by metal.


We got hungry so gets out the castle and walked back to a nearby station.


Ari having a Teriyaki burger set.
I was pretty curious about the McDonald’s size of food and drinks, but according to Ari,
those size are pretty much the same in Argentina.

Boy when I went to the US, EVERYTHING WAS HUGE. Especially drink!!!
S size there was almost L size here, and L size over there was like served in a bucket, haha!!!!

We saw something similar to a Dog Cafe in the building of IMP (mall).


It says “This is not a Dog Cafe”….. but people were patting dogs…..

Maybe they don’t serve drinks and stuffs??? Was not sure what made them not a dog cafe….

The big white dog sat SO STILL that both Ari and I thought it was an ornament first XDDDDDD.

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Sigthseeing Osaka with Ari No.2

Updated on : May 23, 2013



How are you doing~?

Ari must be on plane now on the way back to Argentina.

I hope you are bringing back many wonderful memories with you ^ ^.

OK~ here come the after the Glico man in Shinasaibashi written yesterday.

We went to Hello! Project shop in Osaka. At the H!P shop,

H!P shop


They had a message box

that you can write a message to the members whose birthday is in this month.

I thought it was pretty neat idea for fans to be able to write some messages to their idols.

There were one of the members Ari liked, so wrote a message and put it in the box ^-^.


After a little look around and shop at H!P shop,

we headed to Umeda to go to the Umeda Sky Building.
(For the direction to the Sky Building refer here).

They had this LOOOOOOONNNN escalator from the


The Osaka view from high up and the exhibits they had on the buildings and places in the world with “sky” something were VERY INTERESTING!

I enjoyed much more than I have expected!

On the roof of the Sky Building there was an area for couples where they can put lock on with their names.
Apparently you can bring your own key lock but they also sell them at one floor down from the roof.

These are the locks.

Keys     LoverSanctuary

Says Lover’s sanctuary

It seems that people can have wedding at the Sky Building, saw wedding cake with Sky Building shape
at lower floor of the building.

The set with key lock and a wedding would be a good to have for a couple with some memories with this building.









~~~~ To be continued ~~~~





Sightseeing Osaka with Ari! No.1

Updated on : May 22, 2013


Hello there~!

How are you all doing~?!

I am having a cold and fever~~~~~ hahahaha….. * sigh *


Cannot believe that Ari only has one more day in Japan!

I am so happy that he did so many things in Japan!!! even though he got sick on the next day of his arrival….

you were pushing yourself too hard Ari XD,
anyways I think it is OK since you can get enough rest when you go back <3. Enjoy the very last day today!!

It is already more than a week has passed though, I am writing the day 1 with Ari now! May 14th!!!


In the morning of May 14th,

I woke up assuming that Ari will be in asleep until sometime in the afternoon, getting ready to leave my apartment then found a message from Ari on facebook that he is up XD!

Got ready and head to Namba where Ari was staying all excited :).

Arrived at his hostel “Base Point Osaka” at just around 1pm.

Went up and say hey and we went out to eat.


Lunch at Yoshigyu aka Yoshinoya,

one of the inexpensive Gyudon restaurant.


This is Ari with his very first meal in Japan!!!

Trying chopsticks! Ari says he does not use chopsticks at all in Argentina (he says he has one though XD).

For almost first attempt, you were doing great! I mean from what I see, you did not have any problem using it~~~ yay!!


And then we roam around Namba and Ari took some photos to make his AKB48 fan friends jealous XD.

Where he stayed was just

3-5 minutes from NMB48 theater + AKB48 cafe & shop!!

I am writing this to make his friends hate more, even with larger font  xp xp xp!!! Forgive my evilness Ari XD!!




And then we headed to Shinsaibashi, the next station to Namba
where H!P official shop in Osaka is.

We saw a Gusto restaurant on the way to Shinsaibashi.

Gusto     Cider

It was funny that so many things are related to his idol knowledge.

Gusto restaurant was used for one of the show that was H!P girls were in?!?! I do not remember exactly but the cider on the left above was one of the favorite ciders that one of the H!P girls love XD.

This is Ari and me at the famous Glico spot in Shinsaibashi, Osaka!

The man on the back with running outfit is the Glico man.
This bridge is known as pick up bridge XD.
In Japanese it is called “Hikkake bashi”.


Looks many more things to write~, will just post this here.

More comes later ;)!



How to get to Sky Building in Osaka Umeda

Updated on : May 16, 2013   *  Last modified on : September 11, 2017

Hi there!

How are you doing today?!

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Before writing on the sightseeing post in Osaka with Ari,
quickly updating this post for June since I think she needs the info tomorrow to catch the highway bus.

Ari and I went to the Sky Building 2 days ago and enjoyed the awesome views from 180 meter above!!!

Please be aware that this info is the translation of the instruction of the Willer Bus homepage.
If you are using this to get to the Willer Bus Terminal Osaka Umeda, make sure the terminal location has not changed when you read this blog!! Thanks!

OK! Here we go!


How to get to the Sky Building from JR Osaka station

“Chuo Kita Guchi” (north central exit).

It will be 12 minutes walk.


1) Follow the instruction of the signs in JR Osaka station to get to the “Yodobashi Camera”
(a big electric shop in Uemda) from Chuo Kita Guchi (central north exit).
The yellow board in the photo says “Chuo Kita Guchi”.


2) When you see the “Yodobashi Camera”, turn the left without crossing the crosswalk.
(You will see the “Yodobashi Camera” on your right at the moment)


3) Go straight until you get to an intersection.


4) Turn the left without crossing the road.


5) Go straight then you will see a trafic light on your right.


6) Cross the crosswalk here.
The glassy building on the left in the photo is the Sky Building.


7) Cross the crosswalk, you will see “GAP” in front of you.
* The bottom photo is the close-up of the above photo.


8) After crossing the crosswalk and cross another crosswalk on the left,
you will see an entrance to a underground passage.


9) Go straight of the underground passage.


10) You will see the steps at the end of the passage so go up the steps.


11) Go up the steps of the underground passage and cross the crosswalk,
you will see the “Sky Building”.


12) Get in to the ground of the Umeda sky building,
go forward about 20 meters to the right.


13) 1st floor of the Tower East, you will see the WILLER Bus Terminal.

Hope you will find it June ;)!!

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What to see in Osaka

Updated on : May 9, 2013   *  Last modified on : October 14, 2016

Hello there! How are you doing today?


I will write a bit about tourism in Osaka today since Franck is in Osaka now and also
Ariel my buddy is coming in to Osaka early next week!

Here below is the list of the ordinary sightseeing spots in Osaka

Noticed it is pretty hard to come up and list those spots by myself :p.


1) Umeda Sky Building floating garden


Nearest station: Umeda or Osaka station, about 10 minutes walk
360 degree view from 40th floor, admission for the floor 700yen
souvenir shop on 39th floor


2) Umeda Joy police, SEGA amusement park

Nearest station: Umeda or Osaka station, 1-5 minutes walk
For fees check out the site (it is in Japanese, you can ask for details if you like)!


3) Dotonbori

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Nearest station: subway Namba or Shinsaibashi station
One of the main tourist spot in Osaka.
Where you can eat Takoyaki, many shops on the street. Will be just fun walking around this area.
Can enjoy special atmosphere.


4) Amerikamura, aka American village
Nearest station: subway Shinsaibashi station, 2 minutes walk
Popular spot for young people. Many second hand clothes shops around this area.


5) Osaka Aquarium Kaiyuukan


Nearest station: subway Osakako station, 5 minutes walk
One of the biggest aquarium in the world


6) Spa world
Nearest station: subway Dobutsuen mae station or JR Imamiya station, 3 minutes walk.
Amusement type of bathing place with many kind of baths, European style, Asian style.
Has comic section, movie theater in the building where you can read comics and watch movie. Pool as well.
Fun place to go if you like bathing!


7) Osaka Castle


Nearest station: subway Tanimachi yonchome station, Morinomiya station
or JR Morinomiya station, Osaka Jo Koen station
A castle build by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a very famous warrior back in 16 centuries.
To get in side the castle, 600yen


Links to the Osaka tourist Bureau.

1) Osaka Government Tourist Bureau page
2) 1)’s Tourist Guide page — in pdf format and pretty neat

On this page of 1), you can check the seasonal event going on in Osaka,
might want to check if you are visiting the area.

This link is probably helpful to organize your trip.

The site would suggest you. Looks you can leave the keyword column blank,
did not get any result when I put a keyword lol.


If you are idol fan

If you are Hello! Project fans, you would want to go to Hello! Project shop in Osaka.
The shop is 1 minute from north exit of subway Ebisucho station (Sakaisuji line).

And there are also AKB48 & NMB48 shops in Namba station.