Japan : Den Den Town Osaka – The Animate Kingdom!

“Anime” – refer to Japanese animation “Anime” is a borrowed word from “animation” in English. Japanese has a lot of borrowed word from the west & China but I am not going to talk about it here. This post is about Anime Kingdom in Osaka – The Denden Town.  Let’s explore Japanese anime culture! Anime …

Japan Highway Rest Area Review – Awaji Service Area near Kobe Hyogo Prefecture, Kansai Region

This is my third time of doing self drive in Japan, the first is to Kyushu Island covering all the seven prefectures, second visit was to Central Japan region including the famous Shiragawa Go and now my third self drive in Japan; to Kansai, Shikoku and Chugoku region. I love travel with rental car and …

Japan : Whirlpools of Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku

Naruto 鳴門, Tokushima Prefecture 徳島県 When people mentioned about Naruto, people usually related it to the Japanese manga series, the guy with the yellow hair and a bandana on the head. The Naruto that I like to talk about is a coastal city on Shikoku Island in Tokushima Prefecture Japan. Just to give you an idea …

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Yashima 屋島 mean “roof island” is a flat-topped mountain 20 mins away from Takamatsu’s city center. We were heading to Yashima to stay a night there.  Yashima is famous for its sunset in Shikoku. Takamatsu City From Takamatsu city center, you still need to drive for about half an hour to reach Yashima.  You will …

Japan Shikoku : Japanese Neighbourhood Supermarket Tour at Takamatsu

During my self drive trip in Shikoku Island, I choose to stay in a remote area called Yashima. A roof top mountain about 20 mins away from Takamatsu city. Because Yashima is so remote, there is no restaurants and no shops operating after 5 pm so we decided to buy the food in the supermarket …

Japan Shikoku : Takamatsu Pride – Ritsurin Garden in Kagawa Prefecture 栗林公園

  3 Star Michelin Tour Guide One of Takamatsu (in Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku) top attraction is Ritsurin Garden, the Japanese style garden built by the local feudal lord during the Edo Period. It also gained more popularity after the garden was awarded with three stars as a place worth visiting by Michelin Tour Guide in …

Japan : Sanuki Udon, the Soul Food in Kagawa Prefecture Shikoku

When you are in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, you see udon shop in every corner even in the middle of rice paddies field. No kidding, we stopped in the middle of rice paddies field and went into the next door, a noodle restaurant which offer easy & free parking. There are about 800 noodle shops …

Japan : Mountain of Happiness – the Konpirasan @ Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku しあわせさん、こんぴらさん

If you are travelling in Shikoku region, you are mostly likely an advance traveller who loved to see some other local hidden gems in Japan beside Asakusa 浅草 (Tokyo) or Arashiyama 嵐山 (Kyoto). Konpiransan also known Kotohira-gu (金刀比羅宮) is a place you should not missed.  It is so important that it is a place that many Japanese …

Japan Ryokan Review : Experience Onsen, Futon Bed on Tatami Floor, The Sliding Paper Door, Ryokan Dinner in Yukata Robe, Manga Corner & Karaoke, all in Yukai Resort Dogo Saichoraku at Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku

We stayed a night at Matsuyama city and our hotel booked very near to the main attraction; Dogo Onsen, Dogo Onsen Shopping streets and Dogo Train Station. Within walking distance is about 10 mins. The hotel is called Yukai Resort Dogo Saichoraku. Japan Ryokan Style Japan offer several type of accommodation in both Japanese and …

Japan : Shimanami Kaido – The Cyclist Paradise & Interview with an Experienced Cyclist in Shimanami Kaido, Lynn who is also my school mate.

Understand what is Shimanami Kaido島波海道 Shimanami Kaido is a spectacular 60-70 kilometer road-and-bridge network connecting Japan’s main island of Honshu with Shikoku, passing over 6 small islands in the Seto Inland Sea 瀬戸内海. The starting point of Shimanami Kaido is in Honshu 本州 Island in Onomichi 尾道 city and end at Imabari 今治 City in …