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Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

 

Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka’s skyscrapers. The building is 173 meters tall and offers a birds eye view of the city of Osaka. It is distinct with its form having two parallel structure and an observatory connecting them at the top. It is one of Osaka’s popular landmarks. The building was completed in 1993.

 

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Yakiniku M Dotonbori

Yakiniku M Dotonbori

Yakiniku M Dotonbori is a grill restaurant that specializes in Matsusaka beef. I know that Kobe beef is very famous in the world. In Japan, the top three beef are Matsusaka, Kobe and Ohmi beef. All of those beef are raised in the Kansai region of Japan. Matsusaka beef is the meat of a Japanese black cattle brought up in certain conditions in the Matsusaka region of Japan. The Matsusaka Yakiniku M Dotonbori restaurants specializes in that kind of beef. Only 2,500 Matsusaka cattles are slaughtered every year that is why the prices are quite high. From our hotel, we took the Osaka Loop and transferred for Namba station at Tennoji because of our JR pass.

 

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Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka Review

Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka Review

Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka review is my experience on staying at this aparthotel located close to the Shin-Osaka station. We chose Residential Hotel Hare Shin Osaka mainly because of it’s size. We were looking at rooms on booking sites and they were usually 10-15 square meters. The rooms at this hotel are 35 square meters. It’s also a walking distance from Shin-Osaka station which is very convenient for transportation and food options. We got to the hotel from Kansai International airport by the Haruka limited express which is just two stops away from the airport.

 

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Kansai Airport to Osaka

Kansai Airport to Osaka

After our long flight, we were itching to get to our hotel to put away our luggage and get some rest. Kansai Airport to Osaka is relatively easy to reach but which kind of transport you take depends on which part of Osaka you want to go to. From Kansai International airport, you can go into the city with car, buses, taxi, ferry or train. Kansai airport is also the closest airport to Kyoto. It can easily be accessed by train. When I was researching information for our trip, I found that it depends which train companies you will use the most to get the most value. JR trains were the best option for us for what we wanted to do. We were also staying near Shin-Osaka so the fastest and most convenient for us was the JR Haruka Limited Express. It’s also great value if you go to Kyoto.

 

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8 Days Japan Itinerary

8 Days Japan Itinerary

Our 8 days Japan Itinerary was full of amazing experiences. It was the schatje’s first trip to Japan and my fourth. 90 percent of what we did was also new to me despite having been there before. It just means that Japan has a lot to offer. I divided the trip into two parts, around Osaka and Tokyo. We also wanted to ride the Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo which takes 2.5 hours, also a first for me. It was expensive but definitely an experience. This is the schatje’s second foray into Asia after the Philippines. I thought it was a really nice place to explore for in Asia. We plan to visit at least one other Asian country whenever we go to the Philippines. It was also made possible¬†with the good flight deal we had with Finnair and Cebu Pacific to the Philippines

 

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Flying with FinnAir

Flying with FinnAir

Flying with Finnair was a mixed bag. Some things were nice and some can certainly be improved. It was my first time flying with them. They had good prices for Asian routes so we bought our tickets with them. We planned a trip to Japan and chose to fly through Osaka. They also fly to other cities in Japan like Tokyo and Fukuoka. Love their blueberry juice! You can read through my experience below.

 

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What to buy in Switzerland

What to buy in Switzerland

Switzerland is popular for many things like the Swiss Alps, the Swiss guards and Roger Federer. It’s also one of the most developed country in the world. Their public transport is impressive. Part of traveling is buying unique items from the country you visit or bringing something home for loved ones. If you have the chance to visit this wonderful country, I’m sure this has crossed your mind. So, what to buy in Switzerland? Below are the items that I recommend.

 

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Family Reunification Belgium

Family Reunification Belgium

 

Family Reunification in Belgium is a process that you have to go through if you want to join your partner or family and live in Belgium or vice versa. The process is tedious but I suspect most procedures like these are. There are different set of requirements and conditions depending on your situation, your partner or family’s situation and where you are from.

 

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Rice Restaurant Princesa Garden

Rice Restaurant Princesa Garden

 

Rice Restaurant is one of the three restaurants at Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan. It’s the same restaurant where they serve the complimentary breakfast. They also are open for lunch and dinner. We had a pick out of the three and we decided to try this one first. It serves Filipino and International cuisine. Their hotel website says that they show cultural presentations on occasion outdoor but it was not the case when we were there maybe because it was low season.

 

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Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan

Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan

 

Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan is one of the top hotels in Puerto Princesa. It has a top location. Puerto Princesa is just an hour flight from Manila or Cebu. The hotel is a short distance from the airport and the town proper so it’s very accessible but away from the hustle and bustle. The resort has a number of rooms, suites and villas. They also have an in-house spa facility if you like massages. There are three different restaurants in the resort.

 

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