Friday, August 24, 2007

Trip to Japan - Kobe, Osaka & Kyoto

Over lunch while talking about some places where we have been travelling to, reminded me of my trip to Japan with my hubby 2 years ago....how time flies!

One of the colleagues was saying she may be going to Japan end of this year and was asking me for some interesting places that she MUST go to. I realise...shucks! I've forgotten many of those places' name! So I told myself, I have to blog it down before i totally forget about the whole trip, haha!

We covered 3 cities in Japan - Kobe, Osaka & Kyoto.

Oh...reminds me of the FANTASTIC Kobe beef experience - the BEST beef I've ever had in my whole life! It melts in your mouth, trust me! And I was lucky to have a chance to try Kone beef in different types of cooking - Tepanyaki & Sukiyaki. I personally LOVE Tepanyaki by far more than Sukiyaki....Besides Kobe beef, this is how Kobe looks like at night :


Kyoto is a city full of history...Famous tourist spots we went to included : Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto Palace, Ginkaku-ji, Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Some pictures taken as below :


























Oh before i forget, there's this place which I would think is seriously a MUST-GO : the Japanese On-sen (Hot spring). This is my first time entering an On-sen and I got a culture shock! Hahaha! Ofcoz the male is seperated from the female area...And there are just many many types of hot spring, some even open-air! I truely enjoyed the experience and this is the On-sen we went to (One of the best Japan) ...

Alright, so that's really summary of Kyoto & Kobe...now OSAKA! Shopping is soooo good in Osaka! We were staying in Dotonburi (not sure if I got the spelling right) and it's near Shinsaibashi with whole lot of shoppings! Besides that, we also visited the Osaka Castle & the Umeda Sky Tower, check out the photos...One very special thing about this Umeda Sky Tower is the floating garden which worth a visit...







9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're so lucky you got to visit so many places. And you got a lot of beautiful pictures too! When I went to Japan, I just was in Tokyo, if you don't count the Narita Airport. You should tell your friend about Tokyo Tower and NHK Studios. Hibiya Avenue is a very popular place too.

I was only there for a week, so that's all I can really remember.

Alvin said...

i've never been there :( *sighs* let's hope i can win the grand final..then they will send me to tokyo for free. LOL.

ok, better go bk to daydreaming session

sharlydia said...

Anonymous - I havent been to Tokyo, my trip was only to Kyoto, Osaka & Kobe. A close friend from Tokyo came by to bring us around instead of us visitng her in Tokyo...Will surely visit Tokyo 1 day if i have the chance...

alvin - Thanx for dropping by.
I'm sure Tokyo is cool and I wish to go there for FREE too! hahaha :D

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Anonymous said...

I really want to go to Kyoto! It's the Buddhist capital of Japan, and it's just interesting for me to learn about that kind of stuff, even though it's not my faith. Kyoto is also one of Japan's ancient cities. I want to find a teaching job in Tokyo, but I plan to visit Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya, probably the last 2 when I visit my friend in Ise since he goes to Osaka and Nagoya a lot.

Oh, and for anyone who's interested in visiting Japan, the best time to be there is either when the sakura (cherry blossoms) are blooming, or during the New Year since that's the most important day in Japan, and there's a lot of celebration going on.

sharlydia said...

anonymous - let me know after your visit, i'm sure u can share more after your trip!

I went there in Aug, so I din get to enjoy the awesome view of sakura :(

Dio Brando said...

It is my dream to visit the land of the rising sun. Must plan and save lots of $$ to go there.
Love the photos :)

sharlydia said...

dio brando - no need to save too long, it's not really that ex to visit japan, but again it depends on which part of japan u'r planning to go to...

i really quite like japan and i think i'll go back, at least must visit tokyo!

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