" Age is a matter of feelings, not years "
" In LIFE, there is always, always & always something to be thankful for "
In March 2008, my Japanese Hospitality Club/Couch Surfing member, Mr Mochan (who also runs his own Wish Club in Japan) visited Kuala Lumpur and invited our overseas members for a 1o day bus trip to Shimizu in Shizouka (Mr Mochan's home town), Nara , Kyoto, Hiroshima & Tokyo. For this trip, three Malaysiam members responded and together we made our first wonderful trip to Japan. As for the background on this trip and my 14 days (26/4-9/5/2008) in Japan, I had posted a number of photos and did a write up in my travel blog : www.km-travel.blogspot.com so please feel free to surf this website.
In Jan 2010, Mochan visited Kuala Lumpur again and while I was in the midst of planning my Europe trip, Mochan had related to me that his Wish Club is planning a 14 day Sakura bus trip to Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hyogo, Hiroshima & Gifu in early April 2010 - this sounded exciting as my wife had placed Japan as a top priority for a holiday trip so a quick decision had to be made as booking air tickets during the Sakura season could be a challenging one.
However, we were fortunate and managed to purchase 4 JAL promotion fare tickets (RM1,250) allowing a maximum travel of up to 14 days. My sister-in-law (a retiree teacher) and her husband accompanied us for this visit. After submitting our passports, travel itinerary, copies of fixed deposits etc, our visas were approved on the following afternoon.
Total expenses incurred in Japan (14 days) : RM4,500
Hostels (9 nights) - Y23,900 (RM884)
JAL air ticket - RM1,250 + Travel insurance - RM66 = RM1,316
Entrance fees :Disneyland - Y5,100 ( senior citizen) + Nijo Castle(Y1,000) + Sanjusangen-Do (Y400) + Golden Pavilion (Y400) + Miyajima (Y300) = Y7,200 (RM266)
Cost sharing on bus ride - 10 day x Y2,000 = Y20,000 (RM740)
Metro / train tickets - Y10,000 (RM370)
Food & groceries - Y12,000 (RM444)
Souvenirs/100Yen Shops - Y11,000 (RM370)
Exchange rate: Y100 = RM3.70
My travel days during the Sakura season in Japan (2-15/4/2010) :
It's spring time in Japan ! Sakura ( cherry blossom ) was in full bloom in Tokyo & Osaka ! Really awesome !
1) Osaka ( Osaka Castle )
2) Kyoto ( Fushiminari Temple, Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion, Arashiyama, Nijo Castle )
3) Hyogo ( Amanohashidate, Kasamatsu Park; Kinosaki Town )
4) Himeiji City ( Himeiji Castle )
5) Hiroshima (Miyajima Island & Itsukushima Shrine )
6) Shizouka ( Lake Tenaki & Shiraito Falls )
7) Yokohama ( Port & China Town )
a) Tokyo Tower
b) Shinjuku - Kabukicho
c) Asakusa - Sensoji Temple
d) Imperial Palace East Garden
f) Meiji Jingu
g) Yoyogi Park
h) Ueno Park
i) Metropolitan Building ( Panoramic view of Tokyo from the 45th Floor )
j) Tsukiji Fish Market
m) Odaiba & Tokyo Bay
The Secrets of Life - Food energizes the body but dreams energise the soul "