First Visit To Japan and South Korea
Collected by Rafael Alba
626 Teheran-ro, Daechi 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The home of e-sports is without a doubt Korea! I had the chance to visit Korea for a few days and I knew I could not go without attending a live Starcraft 2 match. It was held at GOMTV's new studio in Gangnam. We were very lucky because the...
Japan, 〒605-0825 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Shimokawarachō, 下河原通八坂鳥居前下る下河原町477
Kyoto is known for its ryokans, or traditional Japanese inns. Ryokans are definitely a splurge, but the more you spend, the more you get. We splurged for one night at Tamahan in Kyoto, and it was more than worth it. Upon arrival at the ryokan, you...
36-3 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeong-dong is a hip, young part of Seoul full of shopping and food. The street vendors are a huge hit, and these fried potatoes on a stick were the best of all the summer offerings. For about $2 USD, you get a whole baby potato, spiral cut and...
Japan, 〒602-8381 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 上京区今出川通七本松西入真盛町726-40
Takoyaki is a traditional Japanese street food particularly popular in Osaka and Kyoto. These little dough balls are filled with octopus and pan fried, then topped with a special sauce, bonito flakes, and seaweed. They’re the perfect snack with a...
Japan, 〒905-0216 Okinawa-ken, Kunigami-gun, Motobu-chō, Toguchi, 浜元950-1
This gorgeous café was the best find of our whole Okinawan vacation. Hidden on top of a high hill with nothing but a small, hand-painted sign on the sidewalk to indicate there’s anything up there, this café is really an enormous mansion with 360...
Japan, 〒739-0588 Hiroshima-ken, Hatsukaichi-shi, Miyajimachō, 廿日市市宮島町１−１
Itsukushima Shrine, popularly known as Miyajima, is a beautiful Shinto shrine built over water near Hiroshima. When the tide is low, you can walk all the way to the large torii (Japanese gate) built directly into the seabed. When the tide is high,...
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882, Japan
Fushimi Inari Taisha on Inariyama mountain is dedicated to the Shinto gods of rice and sake, but Inari is also the god of merchants and that brings a lot of businesspeople to worship here. Everyone else stops by to see the thousands...
Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome−13−21
Each region of Japan boasts distinct culinary offerings, including ramen. Kyushu’s specialty ramen is tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen with a creamy, opaque broth loaded with salty pork flavor. For a little taste of this deliciousness in Tokyo, head...
Japan, 〒900-0021 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Izumizaki, 1 Chome−7−１９ 天久住宅 1F
Watanji is a small izakaya (Japanese bar) tucked away on a side street in Naha. It’s clearly a favorite with locals, and we were the only tourists in the place. Our Okinawan friend had selected this place especially for our first night as it’s...
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