I woke up with a migraine on the day I set my mind traveling from Osaka to Nara (that was my 3rd day in Osaka). So, I did self head massage with the trusted Whiteflower (lol)… I slept for another few … Continue reading
The most expensive part of traveling in Japan is your transportation expense from one city to another. C’mon, they have very efficient train system, but I must say very expensive too! So, if you plan to travel to 2 or … Continue reading
My #SoloChicTraveler Japan trip has misadventures too! Not everything happened as planned, and those unplanned experiences are the most memorable one. If only I can just captured everything. So I want to share my misadventures in Japan too!
Taste of Osaka Too excited to sit and sip a cup of coffee, So I ran to Family Mart (2 minuutes walk from Hotel Chuo) and grab chicken shots (JPY 200) and a can of coffee (JPY 160), and have my breakfast inside the train. (Off … Continue reading
I’m happy and satisfied with my stay in these hostels’s I booked through Agoda and Hostelworld. Thanks to fellow travelers, who gives honest review and feedback. It helps a lot in deciding where to stay. Though I’m a budget traveler, … Continue reading
Kyoto, Oh Kyoto! Kyoto Perfecture in Kansai Region has it’s unique characteristics that every traveller would love, and definittely would love to come back. I came from the bustling city of Osaka and I enjoyed everything the city offers. But … Continue reading
Travelling in non-English speaking country is quite challenging, travelling alone in non-English country for the first time is really challenging! It’s vital to learn their language, at least the basic to survive. As for me I consider the following words/phrases essential during my travel in Japan. Believe me, I was able to survived for 11 days, having these few words and phrases in my pocket.
- Hello, ko ni chi wa
- Good morning, ohaya gozaimas
- Good afternoon, ko ni chi wa
- Good evening, kon ban wa
- Excuse me, summimasen
- Help, tasukete
- Can you help me, tasketekuremaska
- Can you speak english, eigo ga hanasemaska
- I’m goin to, watashi wa… Ni ittemas
- Where’s toilet, toire wa doko deska
- Where is,… Wa doko deska
- How far is it, donokurai tooii desuka
- Train station, densya no eki
- Train, densya
- What is this station, kono eki wa nan desuka
- Where’s the next station? Tsugiono eki wan nan desuka
- Bicyle, jitensya
- Tourist info, kankou annaijo
- Can I order. Cyuumon shitemo iidesuka
- What is it called? Nanto iimasuka
Having Japan language app in your phone or tablet will be helpful too, download free from app store!
“I read; I travel; I become”― Derek Walcott
Japan government will soon lift visa requirement for Filipino tourist in Japan by June 2014. So if you’re planning to go, here are some useful apps that really help me to wander around Japan and see the most beautiful gardens, temples, architecture, museum, taste their delightful ramen, katsu, cutlet, deserts, and experience the goodness and disciplined people, efficient process and technologies, rich culture, extensive train and bus system and a lot more.
Osaka and Tokyo Rail Map
Japan has a wide extensive train network, its the fastest and easiest way to travel. They have trains and bullet trains. Though transportation around Japan is not cheap, if you’re tourist they offer good deals of transport passes. Though, i find hyperdia.com more useful than these app. This app is free, you need internet connection to use this app. Though they have offline version that cost $4.99
Pocket Lingo and Learn Japanese
Japan is not an english speaking country. You will only encounter very few locals who can speak basic eigo (english). So its important that you at least know the basic for general conversation, transportation, direction, accomodation, restaurants and of course shopping! These app, contains all these basic words, written and spoken and its free.
Japan Guide with me and Triposo Japan
These offline apps are free. It contains all the information you need in every city in Japan. Jgwm and triposo, suggests what to see, where to stay, how to get in, how to get around, where to travel next, etc. This is my favorite Japan travel app, since i don’t have internet connection i always check from here where to go next those times I’m lost. You can also check out http://www.japan-guide.com i planned my itinerary from this site.
Download these apps from iTunes for free.
My daily #ootd packed in an 18×20 carry on luggage. I brought few clothes for Japan spring weather 5-12, my personal challenge is to mix and match, then travel in style! Top: GU Leather Jacket (bought while in travel Osaka), … Continue reading
My sister and I missed cherry blossoms during our trip in Seoul last month, so I started asking God to see Sakura in Japan. Everyday, I’m monitoring Cherry Blossoms report of Japan-guide.com – a week before my trip (April 11-20, 2014), … Continue reading