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 …

Japan 8 days Self Drive – Chubu/Central Region – Day 1- Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture

Japan 8 days Self Drive Chubu/Central Region – Day 1 – Gifu Prefecture                   ( 21 Nov 2015 ) I have been to Japan many times, and I also lived and studied in Kyushu for few years. However traveling to Chubu region was my first time.  Chubu …

Taiwan Self Drive Round The Island – 8 Days Summary Itinerary

We were glad to achieve the 3 Biggies in Taiwan during our 8 days round the island trip. Biggest Lake in Taiwan – Sun Moon Lake Biggest shopping premium outlets in Taiwan – E-DA world in Kaohsiung Biggest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan – Fo Guang Shan This itinerary include : Night Market – Keelung Miaokou …

Taiwan Self Drive Round The Island – Day 8 – Taoyuan – Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum in Cihu

Taiwan 8 days self drive round the island – Day 8 – Taoyuan ( 23 Oct 2016) Day 8 – Itinerary Cihu /Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum in Taoyuan Return car at Taiwan High Speed Rail Station near Taoyuan Taoyuan Airport Lang Kei Motel provided us with free coupons for McDonalds breakfast which was just nearby, within …

Taiwan Self Drive Round The Island – Day 7 – Sun Moon Lake & Zhai Ming Shi Taoyuan

Taiwan Self drive round the island – day 7 – Sun Moon Lake (22 Oct 2016) Day 7 – Itinerary Renyi Lake Hotel at Chiayi to Sun Moon Lake ( 97.5km ) about 2 hours Sun Moon lake 法鼓山斋明寺/ Zhai Ming Temple Lang Kei Motel Renyi Lake Hotel Renyi Lake hotel served pretty simple breakfast. …

Taiwan Self Drive Round The Island – Day 6 – Alishan Chiayi

Taiwan Self 8 days Drive round the island – Day 6 – Alishan Chiayi (21 Oct 2016) Day 6 – Itinerary Evergreen Plaza Hotel to Fenqihu/奋起湖老镇 (111km) – 2 hours Fenqihu/奋起湖老镇 to Alishan (24km)  Alishan to Renyi Lake Hotel (53km) -1.5 hours Breakfast at Evergreen Plaza Hotel There was good Halloween atmosphere once I entered the …

Taiwan Self Drive Round The Island – Day 5 – Fo Guang Shan and Anping Fort

Taiwan self drive – Kaohsiung to Tainan – Day 5 – (20 Oct 2016) Day 5 -Itinerary E-Da Skylark Hotel – Fo Guang Shan/佛光山 (9km) Fo Guang Shan/佛光山 -Tainan Anping Fort/安平古堡 (67km) Chihkan Tower/赤崁樓 Evergreen Plaza Hotel (3.2km) Breakfast at E-Da Skylark Hotel We had our breakfast at E-Da Skylark hotel before departing to Tainan. …