|Tulips - the most romantic flowers in Japan|
|Matsumoto Castle - Japan's National Treasure|
|The Tateyama Kurobe Alphine - The Roof of Japan|
" Do it with Passion or not at all "
" Passion fuels energy. Our Passion is our strength "
" No alarm clock needed, my PASSION wakes me "
For DIY or free & easy travelling - here are some of the estimated costings ie the indicative train & bus fares as at April 2017 were quoted as below. However, if you are travelling by express trains or Shinkasen, the reserved seat train fares are probably 60% more in comparison with the bus fares. Assuming your starting point is Tokyo and your departure is from Kansai Airport, my conservative estimate of transport costs covering one train ride from Tokyo Shinjuku to Matsumoto and then the rest of the journey by buses plus 3 day tour packages covering Shirakawago, Snow Wall Tateyama Kurobe Alpine & Kamikochi, the total transport bill comes to approx. Y36,460 = Rm1,487 (US$337)
- Tokyo Shinjuku > Matsumoto (JR Train) - Y6,900
- Takayama > Gero Onsen (Bus) - Y1,040 (45mins)
- Gero Onsen > Nagoya (Bus) - Y2,800 (2.5hrs)
- Nagoya > Kyoto (Bus) - Y2,700 (2.5hrs)
- Kyoto > Kansai Airport - Y2,550 (2hrs)
- Shirakawago day tour from Takayama Nohi Bus Center > Shirakawago > Takayama return - Y6,690
- Snow Wall Tateyama Kurobe Alpine transport (one way) from Nagano/Shinano Omachi Station > Dentetsu Toyama Station - Y9,000 (Tateyama Kurobe Option Pass)
- Kamikochi day tour from Takayama Nohi Bus Center > Hirayu Onsen (Y1,570) > Kamicochi (Y1,160 one way & Y2,050 round trip)
As for hostel & guesthouse accommodations in major cities / towns in Japan, a dorm bed costs Y2,000-3,000 ! A light lunch eg Ramen or Udon noodle costs Y700-900 and a normal set dinner meal in a food court is around Y1,000-1,500. Hotel Japanese style buffet lunch costs approx Y1,600 and a hotel set dinner costs around Y2,500.
Travel Insurance: Rm60
Food & sundries: Y4,800 (one lunch & a dinner at own expense)
Exchange Rate: US$1=Rm4.40; 1,000=Rm40.80
27/4/2017 Kansai > Kuala Lumpur 11.00>16.35 (6 hr 35min)
22/4/2017 - Hida Plaza Hotel, Takayama, Gifu
23/4/2017 - Tokyu Rei Hotel, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano
24/4/2017 - Yamgataya Onsen Hotel, Gero City, Gifu
25/4/2017 - Nagoya International Hotel, Nagoya, Aichi
26/4/2017 - Star Gate Hotel, Izumisano City, Osaka
Eating & Dining
- Fresh local farm specialty set lunch
- Special salt baked fish
- Nagoya specialty chicken wings
- Kyoto tofu & Udon noodle hot pot
Before signing this package tour, both my wife and myself had visited two travel agencies in Kuala Lumpur ie Apple Vacations & Parlo Tours. After studying their tour brochures, we decided to pick Parlo as we wanted to see a greater Central Honshu country side besides the two most popular tourist destinations ie the Historic Villages of Shirakawago & Snow Wall of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, a must see for overseas tourists visiting Japan.
Our Tour Guide in Japan had advised that The top 4 "must see" places (once in a lifetime) in Japan are Disneyland, Mt Fuji, Shirakawago Villages & the Snow Wall of Tateyama. I am glad that I had seem them all by now and look forward to visit one more time in Japan, maybe to the Kyusu island in the near future ! So I am very Japanese in this perspective like the mind of a Japanese who love travelling in their homeland !
Both of us were happy with Parlo's travel arrangements ie food, hotels & ground transport and the professional services provided by Parlo's Japanese driver, tour guides (Patrick Yang & Jessica Kok) throughout our 7 day stays in Japan. So one up for me in my world of travelling in this part of the world and as for Parlo, my first experience using their travel service ! Our group enjoyed very much Patrick Yang's commentary in the bus about everything tourists like to know about Japan as Patrick is a very knowledgeable person having lived in Japan since 1997 !
As a travel blogger, I tried to maximize the limited time I had (unlike my usual free & easy style of travel) for each day itinerary and take as many pictures as possible in addition to leaving our footprints in the various wonderful places which crossed our paths !
On a personal note in this trip, I experienced 3 onsen baths (Nagahama, Takayama & Gero), 2 nights in tatami rooms, eating a few tubs of soya based Natto, seeing 3 UNESCO sites ie, Shirakawago Villages, Kyoto & Matsumoto Castle, walked on 2 snowy mountain resorts ie Snow Wall of Tateyama & Mt Hotaka Range of Kamiochi, wearing the traditional Japanese Yutaka for dinners & Onsens and a very interesting morning market visit in Takayama & an educational tour of the Wasabi farm in Matsumoto. Last but not the least, a revisit to the ancient capital of Kyoto & the modern & colorful city of Nagoya!
Like all avid travelers, we all look forward for another Yosoko in Japan - all the best to all the tour members whom I come to know in this short & interesting trip - Sayonara and hope to meet any one of you in another corner of the earth one fine day !
|Rinku Premium Outlets Mall|
|Japanese food sample moulding factory|
|The Historic Villages of Shirakawago (UNESCO)|
Alphine Route - Tateyama
|Snow Wall - Roof of Japan|
|Chubusangaku National Park, Kamikochi|
|Gero, a popular Onsen city|
|Nagoya TV Tower & Oasis 21|
|Parlo Booth at MATTA Fair March 2017|
|Our Japan Tour Guide Patrick Yang & Tour Leader, Jessica Kok (Seated)|
|Treat this as a Honeymoon Tour of a LIFETIME ! Happy Travelling !|