Hokkaido, Japan (Winter Edition) : The Land of Seafood, Seaweed and Ice Cream

This first meal marks the start of my 6 day adventure in Hokkaido. It was a long-awaited family trip as my brother wanted to visit Japan so badly and here we are, on a package tour to Hokkaido. I don’t recommend following a tour because the best trips are the ones you conquer a foreign…

Kyushu, Japan: Day 6 – Sakurajima

One of the highlights of this tour is to visit the active volcano, Sakurajima which is still rumbling where we were there! We took a ferry (including our bus) to Sakurajima-Kinkowan Geo Park. It’s a short 15 minutes ferry ride from Kagoshima port to Sakurajima. Sakurajima is currently still rather active!  It is originally an…

Kyushu, Japan : Day 5 – Minamata Disease Museum and Shiroyama Observatory

Minamata Disease Museum Our day began on a solemn note as we entered Minamata Disease Museum which triggered a memory from my secondary school days where I studied about how the fishes at Minamata bay poisoned its people through bio-accumulation of toxins. The Minamata Disease museum was built with the aim to educate the world…

Kyushu, Japan : Day 4 – Kumamoto Castle, Grapes Picking and Kumamoto Kita High School

The visit to Kumamoto castle took us through the history of Japan where the samurai warriors fought their way through victory. There was a bunch of historic information shared by our tour guide, Fumiko, but it was information overloaded. Yes, there’s only so much information you can retain while at the same time, soaking into…

Kyushu, Japan : Day 2 – Umi Jigoku, Honda Sun Co., Ltd and Oita Maizuru High School

Umi Jigoku It’s a place of hell because the hot springs here are REALLY boiling hot. It is literally translated as ‘sea hell’. Their Jigoku pudding and onsen eggs are their special delicacies available there. Honda Sun Co., Ltd Visiting Honda Sun was one of the highlights of this trip as it was a rare…