Japan | 10-day Trip Budget

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Total Expenses: about ¥110,000 (₱42,000or $920) Let me start off by telling you that it’s true, travelling to and Japan can be quite expensive but contrary to what most people think, it won’t cost you your entire life’s savings. Not even close. But if you compare this trip to any country in your Southeast Asian […]

JR Pass Explained: Is It Worth It?

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“Is the JR Pass worth it?” is a question travellers often ask before going on that dream trip to Japan. Let’s admit it, Japan has this reputation of being an expensive country to travel in and having to spend a hefty portion of your travel budget on a train ticket before you even get there […]

Odaiba | Gundam is Real!

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Before there were Transformers and before Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee, both the skies and my childhood were ruled by Gundam and Voltes V. Though at age 5 I didn’t understand much about heroes and villains, hearing my brothers talk passionately about this powerful robot made me sleep better at night knowing that Gundam is […]

Hozu-Gawa River: The Long Way to Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest

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I jumped out as soon as the train stopped and the doors opened and I dashed through the turnstiles to beat every other passenger heading towards the exit. I couldn’t contain my excitement to see the famous Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama. I already imagined myself in the middle of the forest with my samurai sword […]

The Anatomy of a Capsule Bunk

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When I came to Japan, sleeping in a Capsule bed was never on my “list of things to do”. Wait, what list? I didn’t even have a list. I never realized how interested people were to know how it feels to sleep in a Capsule bed until I posted a photo of my bed in […]

Moments: When Time Stands Still

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It was the peak of noon, the sun was directly on top of me and I was trying to find my way back to the train station from the Osaka Castle. Right before the stairs that led down to the fountain right in the middle of the Osaka Castle Park, I passed by a little […]

Faith Restored: Not Just Another Train Story

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Two days ago, during the Oktoberfest event in Odaiba, I was asked by a U.S.-raised Japanese guy and his girlfriend what I liked about Japan. Without any hesitation, I said “the people”. He simply said “Oh really?”. He must’ve thought I was talking about beautiful and sexy chicks but I wasn’t. I was talking about […]

Nakau: Kyoto’s Fast Food

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I’m currently on a trip where I don’t have to the luxury of time and money. Travelling to Japan can be quite expensive but don’t get me wrong, it’s still worth it. Being a budget traveller, I always try to save money every chance I get without sacrificing my time. That would mean long, brisk […]

Japan’s True Beauty Lies in Its Soul

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As soon as I settled in on the top bunk of my 10-bed hostel room 2 nights ago, I was so eager to write about how I’ve already fallen in love with Japan just 2 hours into the trip. From the moment I stepped out of the plane, to the time I bought my Kansai […]

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