How to Be Welcomed as a Traveller Anywhere in the World

The one single thing you should learn to be welcomed in any country is it’s language. A desire to learn the language shows the locals your sincere desire to make authentic relationships and to get to know their country deeply and that resonates with ALL PEOPLE. And if there’s one phrase you should start with, it should, of course be “Hello!” greeted with a smile on your face. Continue reading “How to Be Welcomed as a Traveller Anywhere in the World”

Travel App Series: All Your Must-Have Mobile Apps for Traveling

Planning for your next travel destination should be as much fun as actually doing it. It used to take a laborious amount of time going through travel magazines, brochures, and websites to come up with a complete travel plan, from booking an airfare, choosing where to stay, places to go and what to do and coming up with a budget. But thankfully, with the emergence of mobile applications, this planning process has been made so easy, so convenient and most importantly, extremely fun that it has become as much if not more exciting than traveling. Continue reading “Travel App Series: All Your Must-Have Mobile Apps for Traveling”

Things You Must Know When Travelling Overseas for the First Time

Everyone gets overly excited and anxious over their first overseas trip and that’s normal. But here are some advice to travel like a pro even on your very first travel destination.

A Detailed Itinerary is Not Necessary

Have a general plan. Planning where to go and which sites to visit is important. It ensures each day of your precious vacation leaves is not wasted. But very detailed planning can be stressful and ineffective as it removes any flexibility from your travel. Plan which places you want to visit but space them out appropriately so as to make room for changes. Continue reading “Things You Must Know When Travelling Overseas for the First Time”

Manga Kissa – An Alternative Budget Accommodation in Japan

Manga Kissa or Manga Cafe are computer shops with a Japanese twist. Unlike your regular computer shops with aisles of desktops and computer chairs you can rent hourly, Japanese computer shops come with rows and rows of manga on the shelf which you can read while inside the cafe. Continue reading “Manga Kissa – An Alternative Budget Accommodation in Japan”

10 Inspirational Travel Quotes For 2017

 

Travelling can mean all sorts of things to different people. To most, it is a form of relaxation, to some an escape, to others a therapy. Whatever travelling brings to you, may this year be the year you pursue more adventures. Here’s a list of inspirational quotations that will make you want to travel more this 2017.

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3 Awesome Fukuoka Day Trips You Shouldn’t Miss

Travelling around Japan is very convenient because everything is accessible by train or bus. Walking is also pleasant because the city is clean and safe. Here are a few recommended places to go to for day trips around Fukuoka. Continue reading “3 Awesome Fukuoka Day Trips You Shouldn’t Miss”

Late for Autumn? Where to find Koyo in Kyushu Before Winter Arrives

The best spots to see the changing of leaf colors from green to red, oranges and yellow start from the north down to the lower parts of Japan starting August to early September. But if you find yourself travelling to Kyushu in late September, perhaps due to a seat sale or a flash discount for travel miles you accumulated through your credit card, do not fret! You can still see koyo in the southern parts of Japan even in late September. Continue reading “Late for Autumn? Where to find Koyo in Kyushu Before Winter Arrives”

3 Reasons to Visit Yoshinogari Japan in 2017

Yoshinogari is a massive 73.7 hectare-wide national park and an important archaeological site in Saga Prefecture. It showcases the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD) with its unearthed and reconstructed moat-surrounded villages containing watch towers, shrines, high-floored storehouses, ceremonial halls and other dwellings. It is believed to be the long disputed ancient country of Yamatai mentioned in early Chinese chronicles “Gishi Wajinden”due to the location and layout of the village, making it a national site of special historic importance.

Discover a Great Treasure of Japan

Visiting Yoshinogari Koen is a fantastic way of discovering ancient Japanese culture. From the fortified dwellings they resided in to the minutiae of their daily lives, you will learn what clothes they wore and how they gathered and stored food to live.

Interactive Workshops

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Equipment used during the Yayoi Era

There are tons of activities you can participate in to learn more about the ancient Japanese life during the Yayoi era. You can join their fire-making class, bronze mirror making and pendant-making workshops. The pendant making workshop is highly recommended – you get to bring home the ornament you have crafted as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Perfect for events

Yayoi Period Clothing and Equipment
Yayoi Period Clothing and Equipment

The large park also includes other recreational areas perfect for families and groups of friends such as a sprawling open field where people can have a picnic, play sports, relax and unwind. There are also playgrounds, disc golf and miniature golf courses, and agricultural fields where flowers and various display crops are grown.

Yoshinogari Koen is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 PM. Entrance is 400 Yen for adults, 80 Yen for children and free for infants.

Visit their site http://www.yoshinogari.jp/en/ for more information.

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Mount Yufu Timelapse

Mount Yufu (由布岳 Yufudake) is a uniquely formed volcano located on the border of Yufu and Beppu, Ōita, Japan. It is the first thing that will greet you the moment you get off the train in Yufuin Station, a three-hour train ride away from JR Hakata Station. The shape of the volcano is unique due to its two peaks – ‘Higashi-mine’ (East Peak) and ‘Nishi-mine’ (West Peak) with the west peak being a meter higher than the east.

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The video site is on a bridge located a few hundred meters from Yufuin Lake, another popular tourist spot in the area. While shooting this timelapse, several tourists would drop by and take selfies in the middle of the bridge with the great view of Yufu and its camel peaks behind them.

This timelapse was created sometime late November and it was able to catch the remainder of Koyo or autumn season in Japan during the morning hours. The smoke is actually boiling steam coming from the river meeting the frosted morning air above. It was extremely cold while this timelapse was being shot and it took all effort not to jump into the hot waters of the flowing river.

This short video was edited using Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop CC and LRTimelapse. Enjoy  and hope you get inspired travelling to Yufuin with this video!