By MissCeliaJ

Visiting Kumamoto? Stay at This Lovely Japanese Hot Spring Hotel!

Ever feel like you want to stay somewhere with the luxury of a big, fancy hotel but with the quiet, understated charm of a ryokan? There are countless onsen hotels in Amakusa, with Shimoda boasting dozens to choose from. We stayed at the Amakusa Shimoda Onsen Garasha – a small Japanese style hotel with Western-influenced…

Waterside Tranquility: Take a Break and Relax at Nagasaki Seaside Park

When you’re on holiday, do you ever feel like you’ve overdone it a bit? Perhaps you’ve tried to squeeze a five-day itinerary into a long weekend, visited three major museums in one day, and laden yourself down with souvenir shopping. If you’ve pushed yourself to the limit on your trip to Nagasaki and want to…

Head to Tamana and Visit the Rengein Tanjyoji Temple for Peace and Quiet

On my first visit to Tamana in Kumamoto, we headed straight for the popular temple that houses a giant, 40-ton bell (which you can have the pleasure of ringing if you arrive at the right time of day). On the second trip, my friend was keen to see this famous site and we programmed the…

Calorific Deliciousness in Kumamoto ー Try Bubble Tea at Tapiking

I first tried ‘milk tea’ in China – what we would call ‘builders tea’ in England but made super sweet and super milky, and more often than not with little tapioca balls bobbing around at the bottom of the cup. Served with a jumbo straw through which to suck up the afore mentioned tapioca balls,…

Delicious Gyoza and Awesome Cheap Eats at Dumpling King in Japan!

Chinese food is popular with locals and expats alike in Japan, and where better to get some delicious Chinese grub than at a branch of the popular Dumpling King chain? You can find a Dumpling King (餃子の王将) in almost every prefecture in Japan and their popularity is evident through the length of queues to get…

In Need of an Escape? Drop by This Cafe and Antique Shop in Kumamoto!

If you’re a traveller, you’ll know that feeling when you stumble onto something special – whether it’s a cafe, shop, restaurant, tourist attraction or scenic spot, in Kumamoto is one such place. Set in a scenic backdrop of rolling hills, this tiny cafe and antiques store is a little slice of heaven that is quite…

Experience Pure Seafood Extravagance at Restaurant Chikae in Fukuoka, Japan

When you’re living or travelling in a foreign country that so happens to feature your absolute favourite cuisine, sometimes you just have to say “what the hell, blow the cost” and really splash out on some top notch nosh. In Japan, there are countless restaurants that offer sushi, sashimi and other seafood dishes so delicious…

Amakusa Dolphin Cruise – A Top Attraction for Summer Holidays in Kyushu!

Honestly, I’m not big on dolphins. It was one of those things (like pink and chocolate) that all other little girls I knew growing up seemed to adore, and being the sort of child who didn’t want to be “like everybody else,” I decided quite quickly that I didn’t like dolphins. Actually, I don’t really…

Ohori Park: Quiet Your Soul in Fukuoka’s Japanese Garden

Have you ever visited a traditional Japanese garden? If not, you’re missing out. There is something completely unique about how the Japanese construct their gardens. It goes far beyond the materials used and the flowers they plant and penetrates into the very soul of what a scenic garden is – a place to find peace.…

See Ancient Japanese Artifacts at the Korokan Ruins in Fukuoka!

Japan is not only famous for its stunning castles, but also for its castle ruins – the ones near Ohori Park in Fukuoka being a particularly stunning tourist attraction. Near to what remains of the castle is the Korokan Ruins which is a small museum where you can learn more about the building that used…