This trip to Japan was action-packed and we moved hotels each one or two night from another place.
It was the second furthest destination and our most ambitious trip from Bangkok. (Doha was our furthest destination for our trip that we went in December 2017.) We all arrived safely with good memories with a perfect souvenir from Japan. I got a gift from Gashapon vending machine from Japan as well.
Departing Day: Friday, June 29, 2018
At first, all of our things were packed into an individual suitcase for my trip to Japan this year. We went to Suvarnabhumi Airport to check in for Business Class flight to Japan.
Then, we relaxed in our Business Class Lounge and dinner was served there.
Next, we got our Airbus A330 flight for Narita Airport with the flight time was 5 hours and 55 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport. I slept on Business Class seat during the entire flight before my breakfast was ready to serve before landing.
Day One: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Arriving at Japan, Cherry Picking, and tour of Fukushima
We’ve arrived at Narita Airport Terminal 1 at 6:25 a.m., it’s so early in the morning so that I quickly cleared through immigration because not very much people arrived in the morning. Then, we went to the Skyliner and got tickets to Ueno Station. It took about 41 minutes from Narita Airport Terminal 1 to Ueno Station with a Skyliner train, one of the fastest train, excluding a bullet train in Japan.
Once we’ve arrived at Ueno Station, we transfer to the Shinkansen bullet train at Ueno Station, located in a very deep underground. Then, the bullet train arrives at 9:00 am and went very fast with a top speed of 270 kilometers per hour. We reserved a Green Car seat, which was more comfortable than a standard car.
Next, we arrived at Fukushima station, we went to have some quick bites of lunch at Ramen shop near the train station. Then, we had a short walk to the car rental agency to and we started driving anywhere in Japan. I am the navigator so that I can provide just a phone number to start navigation.
The first hotel we went for a Japan trip was ‘Sansuiso Tsuchiyu Spa’. The hotel has a public bath (which usually called ‘Onsen’ in Japanese), that separated with genders. Dinner was taken at the hotel, it was served with ‘Al la Carte Japanese dining’. That came with starters and main course.
To conclude day one, our best part was the bullet train ride to Fukushima. It was very fast and took about one and a half hours to get there from Ueno station.
Day Two: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Fudosawa and Jododaira viewpoints, Fukushima, and Barbecue buffet dinner
On Day Two in Japan, we woke up at 5:00 a.m., then we showered at the Onsen inside the hotel. Then, we got refreshed with hot spring bath and got readied for the day.
The first place that we visited on that day was ‘Fudosawa and Jododaira Rest House’. In that place, we saw a mountain with a volcano mouth, which was erupted in over hundreds of years ago. I climbed up the mountains with a special staircase, which was made out of log and a piece of wood. After we went down from the top of the mountain, we had lunch at the rest house, which we can order lunch and get tickets from the vending machine and gave them to a staff member, the food was delivered to our table and we enjoyed Japanese lunch there.
After lunch, we went down the mountains by driving through zig-zag crossing through downhill, it took about twenty minutes to get down the mountains to the bottom while we headed to the visitor center. Once we arrived at the visitor center of our attraction, we found the parking lot nearby. In there, we saw people went on water activities, like kayaking and canoeing. Then, we headed to the next hotel, which was called ‘Shosuke-no-Yado Takinoyu’. The hotel was very posh and a little bit of fancy, but we stayed on that hotel for two nights. It has only hot spring bath there. I went on a hot bath and got ready for dinner in day two!
Next, we went to have Japanese Barbecue Dinner near the hotel, our restaurant ‘Yakiniku King’ was a buffet so that we can eat all you want! The queue there was very long, it took about an hour to wait there. While we wait, we went to the grocery store near the hotel. I drink chocolate milk from the vending machine and collected the souvenir from Gashapon capsule. Then, an hour later, only one more queue then we ate the buffet together! The buffet was very delicious like Smokey Barbecue there. After that, we went back to the hotel and arrived at 9:00 p.m. and everyone had a good sleep and ready for the next day.
In summary, the fantastic place in second day in Japan was the viewpoints at the top of the mountains because most people visited there.
Day Three: Monday, July 2, 2018
Fukumankokuzobosatsuenzoji Temple, Tsurugajo Castle, and shopping for clothes
The third day in Japan, we went to breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and we got ready and freshen with a public bath in the early in the morning... The first we visited was the Tadami rest area. At Tadami, it has four viewpoints so that we saw two Tadami bridges from there. We didn’t catch the train because it arrives every two hours or at a scheduled time. We climbed up and saw the views of two Tadami bridges. I am very strong and fit to climb up the steep mountains.
Next, we went to Tsurugajo Castle to visit the old castle to visit the exhibition about the history of Japan. After the exhibition, I bought souvenirs from there to give them to Teacher Alyson and Teacher Dear.
After that, we went to the clothing store and bought clothes and pants to get a perfect size for my appearance. Then, we went to have snacks at Denny’s, which was the cafe which sells desserts and snacks.
Finally, dinner was taken at the hotel at 6:30 p.m. to have A-la-carte Japanese dining there. Dinner was previously made by hotel staff so that we can cook and grill at the table.
In short, the most fabulous place on that day was visiting the castle and the views of Tadami bridges. Our great stuff was souvenirs for my English teacher that I bought from Japan.
Day Four: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Oochi-Juku Village, Tono-Hetsuri, and Nikko
On the last day at Fukushima, I woke up so early at 4:30 a.m., so everyone else woke up a little bit later. I went to the early spa to refresh myself up by using the hot water from the public bath downstairs. Then, we had breakfast at the hotel.
We left the hotel at 8:00 a.m. and we headed and climbed up the mountain and we visited Oochi-Juku Village. In that place, there were old villages that were built for over 500 years. There was a viewpoint, which I can climb upstairs and take pictures from there. In contrast, there are ice cream and souvenir shops in the village. Then, we went to another attraction in Fukushima, which was Tono-Hetsuri. There was a bridge over the river, so that was my perfect point to take pictures. Later, lunch was taken at the restaurant near Tono-Hetsuri area.
After lunch, we made our way to Nikko. While we are on the way, we saw dams connected with the highest river to the lowest river that I took pictures there. Before we got to the hotel, we walked around the area near the river to see anything nice.
Our next hotel for our Japan trip was ‘Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura’ which was near the river. We checked in and arranged our room, then we walked near the hotel and saw the bridge so that I can take pictures with a beautiful scenery. In this facility, it has a public bath and sauna room with it, also the open-air bath as well. Dinner was served at 6:30 p.m. in the dining room on the first floor.
In general, Oochi-Juku Village and Tono-Hetsuri was my fascinating place ever in Fukushima. However, I also like Dams because I learned in Geography class before.
Day Five: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Kirifuri Waterfalls and Nikko World Heritage Areas
On the fifth day in Japan, we had our breakfast in the same area of the hotel. Then, we left the hotel at Nikko at 8:00 a.m. and on the way to see our first place to visit, which was the waterfall, which was located at an undisclosed location. We went down the hill and took different pictures of the waterfall and the bridge over the river from the mountain.
Then, we went up again and we forward to the next attraction, which was ‘Nikko World Heritage Areas’. In that place, it featured Futarasan Shrine, Rinnoji Taiyuin, Toshogu Shrine, and Rinnoji Temple. We had lunch at the museum in the café, which provides a light meal rather than hot meals. After lunch, we went inside the exhibition halls to see the history of Japan war.
The next hotel we stayed in Japan was ‘Hotel Ikoi’. There was no public bath and restaurant in that hotel.
We went to dinner nearby the hotel and found out the restaurant was ‘Mihashi’, which was the western one, but not a Japanese one. Then, on the way back to the hotel, we stopped by the grocery store to buy snacks.
To conclude day five, heritage areas in Nikko was the very famous place we went to Japan. Most people visited there.
Day Six: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Akechidaira Ropeway, Kagon and Ryuzu Falls, Chuzenjiko Observatory
On the Sixth Day in Japan, we had our own breakfast that we bought from the Grocery Store. Then, we left our hotel at 8:00 a.m. to see the observatories at Nikko. The first place we visited in Day Six was Akechidaira Ropeway to see the viewpoint from the top of the mountain. In there, it has a telescope to look closer to the waterfall, which costs only 100 yen to use it.
Next, we went to Kagon Waterfall. We ride the elevator 100 meters down the mountains then, cross the tunnel... We took pictures from the bottom on the rainy days on the waterfall. After Kagon Waterfalls, we went up the mountains to Ryuzu Waterfall. It’s the tallest waterfall and has the highest elevation above the sea level. Lunch was had at the restaurant near the lake.
After lunch, we went to the observation deck at the mountain, which was called ‘Chuzenjiko Observatory’. It’s too cloudy and a little bit of wet weather while I took pictures of the lake from there as I don’t see it because of rain.
Then, on the way to the ‘Hotel Shikisai’ was the last hotel we stayed in Japan. It has hot spring bath to get refreshed for the next day. Our dinner at Hotel was set up with A-la-Carte Japanese style dining. The tables are set up like the western restaurant in this hotel.
In short, our waterfalls in Nikko was very beautiful to visit and it was rained and almost wet while visiting there in Japan.
Day Seven: Friday, July 6, 2018
Aeon Mall and Departing Day
On last day took us a long way to Aeon Mall near Narita Airport. We were lucky enough to have more time for souvenir shopping and I had fun at Gashapon for collecting toys from there.
Lunch was had at the food court at Aeon Mall, we ordered as much as we like, then we headed to Narita Airport and we arrived at 1:45 p.m. and we waited for nearly an hour before we checked in for Thai Airways Flight TG677.
Our new departure time was 6:00 p.m. instead of 5:25 p.m. because our flight was delayed due to air traffic and weather outside the airport.
Finally, we landed in Bangkok at 10:25 p.m. even though our flight was delayed for 30 minutes at Narita Airport. I really love the meals during in-flight was, so I decided to take home the in-flight menu for my flight to and from Japan and I will choose what to cook at home.