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Coco Ichibanya Curry, Den Den Town, & Ippudo

This place . . . if you are a hobbyist, a nerd, a geek, a crafter, a gamer, a manga collector, and/or an anime enthusiast . . . prepare yourself! This place will make you spend your money. The streets are lined with hobby stores, arcades, maid cafes, and electronic stores. But before you go and… Continue reading Coco Ichibanya Curry, Den Den Town, & Ippudo

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Nara Deer Park & Temples

Nara is one of the old capitals of Japan. You certainly get that feeling visiting the many World Heritage sites here. From Osaka, it is about an hour train ride via Yamatoji Rapid Service. Once there at the JR Nara Station, I was panicking because Google map indicated that it’s about a 30 minute walk to… Continue reading Nara Deer Park & Temples

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Osaka Castle

The first year we visited Osaka we didn’t get the chance to visit Osaka Castle. I remember riding on the subway at night and catching a glimpse of the castle all lit up. It was magnificent! This time I wasn’t going to miss the chance again. But first, girl gotta eat! The first time we… Continue reading Osaka Castle

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To Osaka! Dotonbori

For our first week, we picked Osaka as our base to explore Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. I love the Shinkansen, aka the bullet train! The ride from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station was smooth and scenic. My favorite thing is eating ekiben; “eki” means train and “ben” is short for bento or traditional Japanese… Continue reading To Osaka! Dotonbori

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Touchdown Tokyo, Japan

Finally going on vacation! I’ve been looking forward to my 2 weeks in Japan. This time we flew from Washington, D.C. area to Toronto, Canada and then to Haneda International airport via Air Canada. It was a beautiful day and I got to sit by the window to Toronto. Look at this view! Toronto International… Continue reading Touchdown Tokyo, Japan

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Custom Jiufen Tour Giveaway

  Custom Jiufen Tour Giveaway I am happy to announce that Round Taiwan Round is giving 3 of my readers a FREE custom Jiufen Tour. Jiufen is a foodie paradise made famous by Hayao Miyazaki’s movie Spirited Away. I’ve mention in my Jiufen post that a great way to explore Jiufen is to also bundle a couple of other… Continue reading Custom Jiufen Tour Giveaway

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2016 Taipei Taiwan: Traditional Chinese Breakfast, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall & Garden

On day 6, Sunday, the main attractions we planned to check out are Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple, and Ximending shopping district. It will be another long day of walking. Let’s do this! Ding Yuan Soy Milk (鼎元豆漿 Dǐng yuán dòujiāng) First, I was really excited to find an authentic hole-in-the-wall traditional Chinese… Continue reading 2016 Taipei Taiwan: Traditional Chinese Breakfast, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall & Garden

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2016 Taipei Taiwan: Pingxi & Shida Night Market

After Jiufen we headed to a  place called Pingxi (平溪 Píng xī) to set our wish-written lanterns into the sky. Every year there are several lantern festivals here in Pingxi. The sky is lit by thousands of lanterns with messages to love ones, prayers, and wishes. It is a magical sight that I still have… Continue reading 2016 Taipei Taiwan: Pingxi & Shida Night Market

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2016 Taipei Taiwan: Jiufen

The third place that the driver took us to after the big seafood lunch was Jiufen (九份 Jiǔ fèn). This place is a cultural foodie paradise! Jiufen is a small town northeast of Taipei. It takes a little over 45 minutes to get to from Taipei. Jiufen, historically known as Chiufen, was a gold mining… Continue reading 2016 Taipei Taiwan: Jiufen

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2016 Taipei Taiwan: Yehliu, Taiwanese Fruits, & Seafood

Okay, I officially cannot feel my feet and I have been passing out as soon as I hit the bed at night.  The night before, I was talking to my sister in her room and the next thing I remember was waking up and saying “Why am I still here?”. Signs of a weary traveler!… Continue reading 2016 Taipei Taiwan: Yehliu, Taiwanese Fruits, & Seafood