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Ramen-Shops-in-Japan-(Kyoto-&-Tokyo)-Worth-Visiting

Ramen Shops in Japan (Kyoto & Tokyo) Worth Visiting

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish that originated in China. While it was once considered a simple and cheap staple in many students' diets, it has today grown into an iconic national dish...

Dinner buffet at NOKA Roast and Grill, Intercontinental Osaka

In all my buffet-eating experiences - on cruise ships, in RSL clubs, school camps and the like, I’ve always found that they tend to lure you in with the spectacle of plenty - plates...
Day 1 - Japan/Hong Kong

Day One – Japan / Hong Kong

On July 17th, Mum and I set abroad QANTAS to Hong Kong for an 11 day adventure in Hong Kong (Mong Kok, Kowloon) and Japan (Osaka, Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo).
Day 4 - Japan/Hong Kong

Day Four – Japan / Hong Kong

Today, we arrive at Kyoto via the Shinkansen (bullet train). Kyoto has approximately 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. The city exposes the well-preserved Japanese architecture and gardens. This is the Heian Jingu Shrine.
Day 2 - Japan/Hong Kong

Day Two – Japan / Hong Kong

Abroad the Cathay Pacific flight to Kansai (Osaka) Airport, I was fascinated to discover that there was a channel to view the camera which was mounted beneath the plane. This shot was taken a couple of minutes after take-off.
Day 7 - Japan/Hong Kong

Day Seven – Japan / Hong Kong

We spent the majority of today in queues. A cloudy day does not stop tourists! A great thing about Tokyo Disneyland in comparison to Universal Studios Japan is that the fast-pass is free! The limitation is that you're only allowed to take 1 fast-pass at a time, but each pass gives you an hour's duration to return to the venue. Later in the night, our tour guide arranged for these freshly boiled (delivered defrosted) Hokkaido Crabs to be delivered to our hotel rooms for supper. Hokkaido crabs are also known as Tarabagani or the Red Sea King Crab. The crab's meat was sweet and put a new meaning to "king" crabs... very satisying indeed!

Shanghai Sundays: Shangri-La Hotel, East Pudong

Shangri-La translates into Lost Horizons, which is fitting considering it’s easy to get lost in Shanghai, where the horizons of possibility and opportunity are endless. The city is an incredible mix of cultures, food,...
Takoyaki-in-Osaka,-Japan

Takoyaki in Osaka, Japan

One of the first things I looked for as soon as we landed in Osaka was takoyaki. Takoyaki are one of Osaka's most favourite street foods. These dumplings consist of a batter with chopped...
Sisen-Ramen-Japan

Sisen Ramen (四川辣麺)

One of the greatest successes of fusion cuisine would have to be tantan-men (担担麺), the Japanese version of dan dan noodles, a Szechuan specialty. Sisen Ramen is a chain of about eight ramen stores...

Waldorf Astoria Beijing – Brasserie 1893

Many know Beijing as the city home to China’s first ever Olympic Games back in 2008, but it is so much more than that! Beijing acts as a cultural and political hub and is...

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