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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

 

8 Days Japan Itinerary

 

 8 Days Japan Itinerary

 

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

 

 

  • Shinkansen train from Osaka to Tokyo
  • check in at Tokyo Hotel
  • Shibuya crossing

DAY 5

  • Mario cart around Tokyo experience
  • Asakusa
  • Tokyo Skytree

DAY 6

  • Meiji Shrine
  • Harajuku
  • Maid Cafe in Shinjuku
  • Ichiran Ramen Shinjuku

DAY 7

  • Odaiba
  • Asimo the Robot
  • Panasonic Center
  • Toyota City Showcase

DAY 8

  • Tokyo Station
  • Imperial Grounds
  • Flight to the Philippines

 

We had days that were really busy on this 8 Day Japan Itinerary but we also had easygoing days. The stress on our feet from walking so much had to be eased. We averaged 17,000 steps a day. It was a really good trip. We were glad that the weather was nice the whole time we were there. It was mostly sunny and we only had one day of rain.

 

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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Zhi Ya Tarlac

Zhi Ya Tarlac

 

Zhi Ya Tarlac is a massage place with reasonable prices and good atmosphere. They specialize in Chinese massage that applies techniques of acupressure.

 

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Hungry Yard Tarlac

Hungry Yard Tarlac

 

Hungry Yard Tarlac is the city’s first food park. It is built on container shelves like most food park in the Philippines. The place has about 25-30 food stalls. It can be packed on weekends especially on holidays. Hungry Yard Tarlac has varied selection from comfort food to desserts and craft beers. It is located on the San Sebastian/San Vicente diversion road which is basically the back of SM Tarlac which has been becoming like a restaurant row since a lot of food establishments have opened there in the last few years. That area is very much alive at night.

 

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Antwerp Chocolate Week

Antwerp Chocolate Week

 

Antwerp Chocolate week is an event that goes on for about 10 days wherein you can visit several participating chocolate stores. You can exchange any of your 10 vouchers for chocolates offered in store. Some stores lets you choose and some stores have it already packed. Locally this event is known as “Antwerpen Week van de Chocolade” and for 2018, it goes from March 2-11. It’s a very short window of time. I was supposed to do it with a friend last Saturday but we didn’t have enough time so I decided to do it after class today.

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How to apply for a Philippine Passport in Belgium

How to apply for a Philippine Passport in Belgium

How to apply for a Philippine Passport in Belgium? You can read on the details below. The good thing about it is that you don’t need an appointment. The Philippine Embassy in Brussels does not require an appointment. You just walk in and proceed to apply for your passport as long as you have the complete requirements.

 

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