South Korea Round the Island – Day 3 – Mt Seorak and Jeongdongjin Railway

Day 3 – Mt Seorak and Jeongdongjin Railway Delpino Golf & Resort We had breakfast in Delpino Golf & Resort, the range of breakfast was fantastic.   We could see beautiful mountain view from the restaurant where we had our breakfast too. Delpino is very big and it is located in the mountain, it is also …

South Korea Round the Island – Day 1 & 2 – Nami Island

Scenic Rusty Korea 8D6N with Chan Brothers – Day 1 & 2 We choose this tour mainly because this package did not include Jeju Island.  We wanted to do Jeju Island on our own next time.  Not this time. This was my second time to Korea, my first was almost 10 years back and it …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Summary Itinerary

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Summary Itinerary We like to self drive within Japan outskirt cities, driving within major big cities is not recommended due to the heavy traffic and extremely narrow roads.  Most sign are posted in “Romaji”- in English which is readable for foreigner. If you read Kanji/Chinese Character, …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 8 – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 8 – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture  Hakone Hotel Kowakien This hotel is well located in a beautiful garden.  It was very pleasant to walk around the huge garden and admire the beautiful scenery early morning after we woke up. It was very nice to see the …

Japan self drive in Central Region – Day 7 – Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

Japan Self Drive in Central Region – Day 7 – Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture  Hotel Mt. Fuji The weather was really great when we woke up in the morning in Hotel Mt.Fuji, we took more pictures from the garden with Mt Fuji at our background.  It was a sunny day but with strong winds.  It was a …

Japan 8 days Self drive in Central Region – Day 6 – Mt Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture

Japan 8 days Self Drive in Central Region – Day 6 – Mt Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture  Matsumoto Castle This morning we checked out early from our hotel and went to visit the Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest castle in Japan, it is also called “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior. …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – day 5- Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – day 5  – Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture  Early hot spring bath in Hotel Morinokaze Tateyama Since the hotel provided the hot spring bath with very beautiful mountain view, I took the opportunity to rise early and soaked in the outdoor hot spring.  Outdoor hot spring …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 4 – Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 4 – Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture  Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route We departed very early from Tonami Royal Hotel and arrived about 1 hour later in Tateyama.  There is a timetable for the train and we were rushing for the earliest departure at Tateyama station.  We parked …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 3 – Tonami, Toyama Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 3 – Tonami, Toyama Prefecture Takayama old town – Nakabashi Bridge We departed early to Takayama old town to check out the famous red bridge – Nakabashi Bridge. Most shops were still not yet opened and there were not many people yet as it was still …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 2 – Takayama, Gifu Prefecture

Japan 8 Days self Drive in Central Region – Day 2 – Takayama, Gifu Prefecture       ( 22 Nov 2015) The distance from Nagatsugawa to Takayama was slightly more than 2 hours, 178km.  We stopped by a countryside park, slightly before Gero, we actually wanted to look for some hot coffee but the shop …