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Fukuoka, Japan for P23,385 per person ALL-IN

For the second part of our honeymoon series, we visited Japan for the second time. Nonetheless, it was our first time in the Kyushu Region (southern Japan), and the Fukuoka Prefecture. We were able to score cheap tickets from Manila via Cebu Pacific (approximately $120 each person, round-trip) and the trip was just in time for Japan’s Golden Week, when the wisterias of the Kawachi Fujien were expected to be in full bloom.

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Day 1

3:20 P.M. Departure from Manila, Philippines (Philippine Time)

8:20 P.M. Arrival in Fukuoka, Japan (Japan Time) and Check-in at our AirBNB near Hakata Station

Day 2

10:00 A.M. Leave Hakata Station for Nokonoshima Island

3:00 P.M. Leave Nokonoshima Island for Ohori Park

5:45 P.M. Leave Ohori Park for Dinner in Tenjin

Day 3

10:00 A.M. Leave Hakata Station for Nanzoin Temple (Reclining Buddha)

12:00 P.M. Leave Nanzoin Temple for Beppu, Oita (A two-hour train ride)

2:30 P.M. Arrival in Beppu, Oita

2:45 P.M. Start of Hells of Beppu Tour

5:45 P.M. Leave Beppu Station for Hakata

7:45 P.M. Arrival in Hakata Station

Day 4

8:00 A.M. Leave Hakata Station for Kawachi Fuji-en

10:00 A.M. Arrival in Kawachi Fuji-en

12:00 P.M. Leave Kawachi Fuji-en for Uminonakamachi Seaside Park

2:00 P.M. Arrival in Uminonakamachi Seaside Park

5:00 P.M. Leave Uminonakamachi Seaside Park for the Airport

8:20 P.M. Departure from Fukuoka Airport.


EXPENSES for 2 persons:

Round-trip flights (MNL-FUK-MNL) P6,000 x 2 = P12,000

Philippine Travel Tax P1,620 x 2 = P3,240

AIRBNB for 3 nights = P10,500

Bus from Airport to Hakata Station = 260 Yen or roughly P120 per person x 2 = P240.

Japan Railway 3-day Northern Kyushu Rail Pass = 8500 Yen or roughly P4200 per person x 2 = P8400.

Nokonoshima Island Park = 1000 Yen per person or roughly P450 per person x 2 = P900.

Hells of Beppu Tour = 3740 Yen per person or roughly P1600 per person x 2 = P3200.

Kawachi Fuji-en = 1500 Yen per person (blooming season) or roughly P675 per person x 2 = P1350

Uminonakamachi Seaside Park = 410 Yen per person or roughly P200 per person x 2 = P400.

Train from Hakata Station to Fukuoka Airport = 260 Yen or roughly P120 per person x 2 = P240.

Food for 3 Days and 3 Nights = P350 per meal x 2 persons x 3 meals x 3 days = P6300

TOTAL: P46,770 / 2 persons = P23,385 per person ALL-IN.

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Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI CITY TOUR FOR P1,999 (with Ferrari World at P4,500)

See also: Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the U.A.E. and is home of its President. It also houses the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the country.

Abu Dhabi City Tour consists of a visit to:

  1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  2. Abu Dhabi Corniche
  3. Emirates Palace
  4. Drive Through Presidential Palace
  5. Heritage Village
  6. Abu Dhabi Marina Mall
  7. Islamic Art Museum
  8. Dates Market
  9. Drive To Saadiyat
  10. Yas Island; and
  11. Ferrari World Photo Stop

 

 

 

 

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Miyajima (Itsukushima Island), Hiroshima, Japan

June 21, 2016

Still part of anniversary was our trip to Miyajima Island in the Hiroshima Prefecture. It is known for the floating Torii gate, which fronts the Itsukushima Shrine and is believed to be the boundary between the spirit and human worlds. The Torii gate is also part of the Three Scenic Views of Japan (just like Amanohashidate). We particularly chose to visit it at low tide, so we could walk around the gate and fly the drone (LOL).

Some scenes of the Wolverine movie were shot in this island, which also has cute deers roving.

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Amanohashidate, Kyoto, Japan

June 20, 2016

While looking for places to visit in the Kansai region, we stumbled upon articles on this quiet, little place called Amanohashidate, which is one of the Three Scenic Views of Japan, according to Edo period literary artist and scholar Hayashi Gaho. It is located in Miyazu Bay, northern Kyoto.

From Amanohashidate Station, we had to take a ferry and a monorail to the Kasamatsu Park and do “Matanozoki“ to see the breath-taking view of the heaven’s bridge through an upside down bend. We were also able to bike the 3-km. stretch of the Amanohashidate sandbar. It was good we purchased the Amanohashidate Pass (for just 1400 yen per person!), which already covered the ferry ride, chair lift, bike, and train ride from JR Fukuchiyama station (the farthest covered by our rail pass) to Amanohashidate station.

We highly recommend visiting this place!

 

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Osaka, Japan: Dotonbori

June 19, 2016

For Father’s Day this year, we had dinner at the Daikosusan Revolving Sushi in Dotonbori Street, Osaka. Dotonbori Street is known as a food haven for tourists and Japanese alike. After sushifest, we still had space in our stomachs to try out other Japanese food such as Okonomiyaki, Kobe Beef, and Takoyaki Balls.

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Kyoto, Japan: Toei Kyoto Studio Park / Toei Uzumasu Eigamura

June 19, 2016

Our rainy second day in Japan was spent at the Toei Kyoto Studio Park, which is home to many anime blockbusters (Dragonball, Sailor Moon, and the original Power Rangers), and where around 200 Japanese films are produced every year. The movie theme park also functions as an Edo period film set. In fact, some scenes of Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) were shot there.

Kyoto was once known as the Hollywood of Japan. Instead of spending a day at the Universal Studios Osaka, we thought of checking this park out to learn more about Japanese film-making. We were lucky to have been there on a Sunday as there were many shows happening and mascots roaming around. Truly worth every yen ($2200/person) spent!

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Palm Beach, Sariaya, Quezon

May 7, 2016

If you’re looking for a private beach for that barkada/family outing, you may want to check out Palm Beach in Brgy. San Roque, Sariaya, Quezon, which is approximately 2.5 hours away from Manila (via Maharlika Highway or the newly-opened Quezon Eco-Tourism Road). In this beach, one can enjoy the calm waters of the Tayabas Bay, brown powdery sand, and a view of the Mount Banahaw.

For more information, you may contact Mr. Al Gutierrez at 09088639148.

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4 Reasons Why Day Trips are Awesome

Most of our adventures consist of day trips near Metro Manila, where we are based.

When we started this blog, one of the challenges we dared ourselves with was to get back within 24 hours to show other people that day trips to seemingly far places like Baguio City are possible. Later on, we realized that more than just being possible, day trips are in fact practical. Here are some reasons why:

  1. You get to save money.

Decent budget rooms in transient inns/B&B’s start at P500 ($12) per head. Instead of spending at least a thousand pesos (approximately $25) on accommodation, we prefer getting back home late in the evening, and sleeping on our own beds. This may be tiring for some, but one can always sleep in the bus, or in the car, except of course if he or she is the driver (and that is why sometimes, we prefer commuting but we’ll save it for another article).

  1. You save time.

Other than the financial practicality of getting back home and sleeping in the bus, day trips are also sensible because the traffic is better in the evening. We don’t know if people realize this but usually, in overnight trips, the last day is just reserved for just breakfast and traveling back home. In short, you spend most of the day on the road, and when you get home, you’re still exhausted and just want to lay in bed. For people like us, who have regular day jobs, it would then be so hard to get to work on the next day. Day trips allow us to explore the world around us almost every week, and still become productive for work on the following working day.

  1. You get to pack light.

Since you are just going on a day trip, you don’t have to bring overnight stuff such as nightwear, and towels.

  1. Asking permission from your parents or guardians would be easier.

We don’t know if this applies to everyone but we think parents are more inclined to let their children go on day trips than overnighters. Since some of our readers are students, we believe this would apply. And yes, at 28, Janna still seeks permission from her parents.

Here’s a list of awesome day trips we’ve taken that you should try too. Click the link to redirect you to our blog post on every destination. (We’ll keep this page updated and add more day trip destinations but make sure to check our posts on other non-day trips too.)

  1. Dambana ng Kagitingan & Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan
  2. Balatoc Mines Tour & Bridal Veil Falls & Colorado Falls, Itogon & Tuba, Benguet
  3. Hiking Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet
  4. Boac & Gaspar Island, Marinduque
  5. Majayjay Falls / Taytay Falls / Imelda Falls, Majayjay, Laguna
  6. Magdalena: River Rafting, Cliff Diving, and Water Tubing, Magdalena, Laguna
  7. Pagsanjan / Cavinti Falls, Laguna
  8. Seven Lakes of San Pablo City, Laguna
  9. MJD Urban Escape Farm, Lucena City, Quezon
  10. Mt. Mirador / Mt. Pinagbanderahan, Quezon National Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon
  11. Bangkong Kahoy Valley, Dolores, Quezon
  12. Kamay ni Hesus & Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
  13. Hangga Falls / Maapon Falls, Sampaloc, Quezon
  14. Villa Sariaya, Sariaya, Quezon
  15. Hinulugang Taktak & Cloud 9, Antipolo City, Rizal
  16. Angono Art Galleries: Carlos “Botong” Francisco House, Nemiranda Arthouse and Balaw Balaw Restaurant, Angono, Rizal
  17. National Museum: Angono Petroglyphs, Angono, Rizal
  18. Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave, Padilla, Rizal
  19. Wawa Dam & River, Rodriguez, Rizal
  20. Hiking Mt. Pamitinan, Rodriguez, Rizal
  21. Ten Cents to Heaven, Tanay, Rizal
  22. Masinloc Ecotour: Giant Clam / Taklobo Farm, Bacala Guesthouse, Mangrove Islet, and San Salvador Island, Masinloc, Zambales
  23. Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan
  24. Buntot Palos, Pangil, Laguna
  25. Bantakay Falls, Atimonan, Quezon

Manila Zoo (Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden)

February 27, 2016

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, we checked out the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, which is commonly known as the Manila Zoo. It houses 90 species of over a thousand animals, including Mali, who is a 42-year old elephant, a hippopotamus, a Bengal tiger, a lion, and zebronkeys.

We admit it was kind of sad to see these lonely animals, especially Mali, who we think should be sent to the elephant sanctuary. Surprisingly though, we found the surroundings of the zoo cleaner than what we remember from our childhood days.

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