Customers from America January 18th, 2020

18.01.2020
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โœจ6 Adults โœจ

Traveling to #kyoto by Toyota ALPHARD with private English speaking driver.

Pick-up & Drop-off at #tempozanterminal in #osaka on #diamondprincesscruise
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Customers from America January 18th, 2020

18.01.2020
Customers from #america
โœจ8 Adults โœจ

Traveling to #kyoto by Toyota HIACE 2019 with private English speaking driver.

Pick-up & Drop-off at #tempozanterminal in #osaka on #diamondprincesscruise ๐Ÿฅณ#happynewyear2020๐Ÿฅณ
Travel destinations in #kyotojapan #japankyoto #kyototravel

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[DRAFT] ITINERARY
08:00~09:30 Pick up at Port of OSAKA and head to KYOTO Arashiyama
09:30~10:30 Visit Arashiyama (Bamboo Forest, Tenryu-ji, the town โ€ฆ)
10:30~11:00 Head to Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion
11:00~11:30 Visit Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion
11:30~13:00 Lunch
13:00~13:50 Head to Fushimi Inari Taisha
13:50~14:30 Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha
14:30~16:00 Head back to Osaka and arrive at the Port

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Japanese New Year 2020 at Sumiyoshi Taisha and Japanese Lucky Charms (Omamori)

Japanese spend a quiet and peaceful new year meaning no fireworks for new year count down. I came to Japan since 2013 and have been haunting for noisy and loud new year fireworks and countdown like many other countries.

However, I ended up at shrine/temple for my new year in Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka despite I witnessed the new year fireworks around 19:00~20:00 in Odaiba and Yokohama Port. All those fireworks are definitely before 00:00 and not the noisy one.

During this time, many Japanese go to the shrine to make a wish, ring the bell and eat soba. Soba is eaten during new year as biting soba is believed to cut old bad past and welcome the good new year. Some shrine offers you free soba now during new year after you ring the bell.

According to my own experiences, most famous shrines and temples are busy on the first day, second day and third day. Without any advanced planning and because of our busy tour schedules this year, we can only make it to the shrine on January 6th, 2020.

I was surprised to see so many people coming to the shrine on the 6th as at first I thought it would be only me and my parter.

January 6th is the first day at work for so many Japanese employees. Many of them come to the shrine/temple with their co-workers and bosses while they came with family in the past few days. Others came as they didnโ€™t have chance to come during the new year period like us too!

Sumiyoshi Taisha is a shrine thatโ€™s famous among business owners. If you come here during the first 3 days, you need to line up for 3-4 hours under cold weather.

Everyone must cross this bridge as itโ€™s believed to walk pass the old bad past toward the brighter and better new year.

Like other temples/shrines in Japan, there are many Lucky Charm designs at Sumiyoshi Taisha suitable for children, family, business people …

Following photos show the new year vibes. In case you wish to experience Japanese new year 2021 please donโ€™t hesitate to plan your trip with us ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kinosaki Onsen January 11th, 2020

A 1,300 year old hot spring village located at northern Hyogo Prefecture. There are 7 natural hot spring bathhouses that are โ€œTattoo Friendlyโ€ located all over the town.

Many locals and foreigners walk around the town in traditional Yukata to experience 7 Onsens with the price of ยฅ1,300 for one day access.

You can spend a day trip or 2 days trip here enjoying onsen, eating king crab and Tajima beef. There are Ropeway and Kinosaki Marine World located 10 minutes away from the town by car.

In case you spend a night here, many ryokan offer crab diner bringing to your room.

For lunch, we ate King Crab. The first floor is fish shop while the second floor is restaurant. We can choose crab from the tank and tell the seller your preferred cooking style.

Our King crab costs ยฅ26,000 and we requested for ยฅ4,000 cooking course. With this we divide our selected crab into three portions: Sashimi, grill and shabushabu. Kanimiso and King crab porridge were served as well.

Sashimi (Raw King Crab)
Grill King Crab
Shabu Shabu King Crab
Shabu Shabu King Crab
Kanimiso
King Crab Porridge

After lunch, we walk around Kinosaki Town and soak in natural hot spring. If you donโ€™t have time and plan to just try out one onsen, it costs you ยฅ800 for Satonoyu Bath.

Satonoyu Onsen is located just in front of Kinosaki Onsen Station which is very convenient as you can soak in the Onsen right after you arrive or before you leave the town easily (especially when you travel by train).

We drove to nearby Kinosaki Marine World. This one of my favorite aquarium as itโ€™s located along the shore with wide sea view! The best show for me is dolphin show.

[please click on our YouTube Chanel for more detailed itinerary of the trip] https://youtu.be/F3z4wEpj3fM

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Customers from Belgium January 5th, 2020

05.01.2020
Customers from #belgium
โœจ4 Adults โœจ

Traveling to #kyoto by Toyota HIACE 2019 with private English speaking driver.

Pick-up & Drop-off at hotel in #osaka
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[DRAFT] Itinerary
08:00~09:30 Pick up at hotel & head to Arashiyama
09:30~11:00 Visit Arashiyama (Bamboo Forest, Togetsu Bridge & the town)
11:00~11:30 Head to Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion
11:30~12:10 Visit Kinkakuji
12:10~12:40 Head to Higashiyama District
12:40~13:40 Visit Higashiyama District (Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka & Kiyomizudera)
13:40~14:10 Head to Fushimi Inari Taisha
14:10~14:40 Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha
14:40~16:00 Head back to Osaka & arrive at hotel

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