Headed to Susukino for Ramen, Sapporo’s Red Light District

Nice pictures of Susukino!
Not many people take pictures of those “Information center”. I believe that forerigners are not familiar with the another side of Japanese night life. Anyway I am glad that you enjoyed your ‘not too salty’ ramen! Many Japanese including myself love salty foods. We must reduce salt in foods little by little.


// To recap, we signed up and went for Hong Thai Travel’s 8 Days Hokkaido / Tokyo tour package and in this post and the upcoming posts, I will be sharing them via the days (e.g Day 1, Day 2 etc) but if some locations interest me enough, I will share them in details in a post on its own! This is so if anyone is researching on Hong Thai Travel’s tour package, you can have an idea on what to expect. So stay tuned!

The overview of the tour package can also be found here. Day 2,  Day 3 and Day 4’s  itinerary is already shared in previous posts! Day 2’s post is here, Day 3’s post is hereDay 4’s post is here and Day 5’s post is here!


The last night in Hokkaido saw us hanging out late at Susukino, Sapporo’s Red Light…

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Traveling Tips within Japan

Nice tips. Thank you for sharing. I was surprised that foreigners expect the top of maps to be north. Thinking about it, I usually do not care about north and south of a map.

Being an expat in Japan

Japan is blessed with a good public transportation system: buses, subways, trains, and airplanes. But travel in Japan is different than travel in the States. Here is some practical advice about traveling in Japan:

Take the train. One of the nice things about traveling in Japan is that they have a great train system. Taking the bullet train is a great alternative to flying because there is less hassle boarding a train, the seats are bigger, there is more legroom, the air is better, and there is a view. Also, the train will take you to the center of town, while the airport is usually removed from the city, so a trip from downtown Nagoya to downtown Tokyo is almost as fast by train as it is by plane and connecting transportation.

Of course, you can’t take a train everywhere. Going to Okinawa, you need to fly or take a…

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Wakayama, Japan: Kimiidera Temple

Thank you for nice photos on visiting Kimiidera! I was born and raised near the Kimiidera temple. If my memory serves me correctly, the beautiful golden Kannon was not there in these days (more than 40 years ago!). As I have not visited the temple for more than 40 years, I was very surprised how they improved the temple on both inside and outside. If you like Kimiidera, I recommend visiting Koyasan if you have not visited yet.
Thank you for sharing.

2014 Travel Japan – Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya – Planning 017 Hotel Reservation – Using Jalan 1

A geat entry. I usually do registration filling in almost all of the fields (I am a japanese man over-50-years-old), but as you wrote, you do need to fill only a few of them. We do not need to give them more information, anyway. As a side note, I searched around the Jalan web and I found that they have an english page.

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2014 Travel Japan – Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya – Planning 017 Hotel Reservation

A. Before I Start

The one of the top sites that I use when making a reservation for hotels in Japan is Jalan. (Rakuten is another site that I used to use.)
In case the hotel is fully booked, I might check the hotel’s official website, but in most cases you don’t have any specific hotels in mind and you just search for any hotels around the area.
There is an English version, but as I mentioned it before, it doesn’t have the full options, so I decided to share how to use Jalan.

You’d think why would I need to use Jalan?? I can just use English sites. The are plenty of sites that do that like hotels.com, booking.com, agoda.com, expedia.com, etc.
Well, yeah… But in many cases, 1) they charge more 2) you have to pay upfront with…

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Sapporo, el Japón invernal.

¡Buenas fotos!


Frío, lluvia, mucho frío, viento helado…

Paragüas otra vez, bicicletas otra vez, sombreros otra vez, neón y carteles luminosos otra vez…


Una de las ciudades más grandes de Japón, al norte de la isla, pertenece al área de Hokkaido con más de 1.900.000 habitantes.
Famosa por su cerveza y sus galletitas de chocolate.

Temperatura anual promedio 8 grados, para mi insisto, frío!

La ciudad se cubre de nieve desde octubre a diciembre, alrededor de 130 días al año para mi eso es mucho frío…

En verano, aprox. 20 grados: para mi eso no es verano, ja! Por sí aún les quedan dudas, NO ME DIVIERTE MUCHO EL FRÍO…! Lo sufrooo! Jajaja, es verdad!

Del tamaño de Hong Kong, Sapporo funciona con ritmo de ciudad; mucha gente que va y que viene, taxi, tren y como dije antes, mucha bici (que esta vez, las pueden llegar a encontrar desparramadas en…

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Spring travels to Wakayama

Nice pictures. What a long drive, from Nagano to Koyasan to Hongu! I love the picture of tall trees. Thank you for sharing.


I’ll just write briefly about this 4-day getaway and let the pictures do most of the explaining. A good friend and I have been meaning to take a trip together and spring “vacation” turned out to be a good time to do it. (I put the quotes around vacation because one should not be fooled by the Japanese version of this word. Apparently, ‘yasumi’ in Japanese only means a break for the students; not the teachers or the foreigners who are paid to act like teachers. I think I fit into one of those groups. ) I originally suggested a visit to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, but we couldn’t reason going north for spring vacation and into colder temperatures.

We decided to drive my baby, a Suzuki Jimny, all the way to Wakayama, about 6 hours, instead of renting a car. We stayed in three different places over the course…

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The end of the trek across wonderful, beautiful Japan

Nice pictures of Koyasan. I am impressed that many people from other countries enjoy staying in Koyasan. Some Japanese, including myself, feel that the place is ‘too spiritual’. 😉 I belive spring season is one of the best time to visit Koyasan because of the not very cold weather and also there are not too many travelers. Thank you for sharing.


rail travel from Kyoto to Kyosan

It was a long journey from Kyoto to koyasan but very, very beautiful.
forest and Okunion of Mount Koya

These trees in the Okunoin Cemetery were around 1000 yrs old and the sign behind my son says “may peace prevail on Earth” I pray for that too.

Kyosan Temple lodging gardens

Our shukubo Temple Lodgings. So lovely.

Temple Lodgings meal

Delicious vegan fare and a garden that really was breathtaking!Bashful on cablecar from kyosan
Bashful on the cable car as we go back down the mountain to Gokurakubashi station.  A station along this route for CAT LOVERS is the famous Kishi Station,  AND is home to TAMA, the very famous cat, credited with saving a town.

We finish our grand adventure by taking Bashful shopping at Osaka. Here we stocked up on gifts and souvenirs for family and friends.  I could think of no better place than Don Quijote to round off our trip.                        …

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