Tobu World Square – Part 3

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Ishiyama-dera 747

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Yakushi-ji 680

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Itsukushima Shrine 1168

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summer matsuri

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Typical town in Japan

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Some professional photos of the themepark all year round Tobu world square

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So Pretty right?

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Close up photos of the little people used in the themepark.

Tobu World Square – Part 2

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Roman Colosseum

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Parthenon

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Leaning Tower of Pisa. 1372

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St. Peter’s Basilica, 1626

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Château de Chambord, 1547. The fountains were really spraying water.

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The Windmill

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Eiffel Tower, 1889

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Buckingham Palace, 1703 Tobu world square
Buckingham Palace, 1703

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Neuschwanstein Castle, 1886

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Palace of Versailles, 1772

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Palace of Versailles, 1772

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Sacré-Cœur, Paris, 1919

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Sagrada Família, started construction in 1882 and still undergoing construction

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The troop at Cover Castle in UK

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Arc de Triomphe 1836

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So now we move on to Asia at Angkor Wat

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Taj Mahal 1653

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Forbidden City

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Forbidden city

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Temple of Heaven 1420

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Mogao Caves

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Great Wall of China

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Gyeongbokgung

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The latest addition would be Taipei 101 building

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Gaoxiong in Taiwan

Are we done yet? No we are not, we still have some Japan sights to go! Stay tuned

Tobe World Square – Part 1

I was really excited about visiting this theme park for my Kinugawa Onsen trip as I have not traveled for almost 1 year and I thought that it would be pretty amazing to be able to “go around world” in half a day.

Tobu World Square is a theme park with 1/25th scale miniature reproductions of the historic relics and buildings around the world. It took 5 years for preparation and costed 14 billion yen, and was opened in April, 1993.
The park consists of 6 zones: Japan, modern Japan, Asia, America, Egypt and Europe. 102 buildings, architecture in 21 countries, are finely reproduced. Of those, 45 pieces are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Obligatory photo at the entrance.

First we set off in Modern Japan,

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National Diet Building, 1936

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Tokyo Station, 1914

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don’t you feel that it is almost real life?

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The Tokyo crowd at Tokyo Station

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tokyo station train platform

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This could almost pass off as the real crowd in Tokyo Station

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Tokyo Sky Tree, 2012

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The shopping crowd at Tokyo Skytree.

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Former Imperial Hotel, 1923

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Narita Terminal 2, 1992

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Taxi pick up at Narita Airport

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Akasaka Palace 1909

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Comparing both the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Skytree

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Japan fishing port with America zone in the background.

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So let us move on to the America Zone.

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Hello NYC!

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Empire State Building 1931

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White House 1800

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Hello Egypt!

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Look like the real desert?

 

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Great Sphinx of Giza

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Abu Simbel temples, 13 century BC

Looks fun? Stay tune for part 2 when we head to other parts of the world.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay – Asaya Hotel Meals

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
My favorite when I stay in Japanese onsen hotels……the inclusive meals.

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Getting ready for dinner.

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The appetizers.

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jelly made with clear soup with some fish and bamboo shreds inside. The other one was marinated fish jelly.

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At that time which was winter, so soy bean soup based hot pot was a popular tummy warming staple.

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Soup in a teapot.

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My favorite would be Sashimi with fresh wasbai (nothing chemical)

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Grilled fish.

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Cold noodles.

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Gosh, there is more? Clam steam rice with miso soup.

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Definitely some room for dessert.

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Woke up in the morning for breakfast, we chose in room dining for this trip as it was more convenient to eat in the comfort of our room with a baby. Although you have to pay more for this option but I much more prefer this.

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Hot tofu cooked in water and you dip it into the saucer with soy sauce for taste.

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Breakfast condiments to go with your rice.

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Grilled salted salmon.

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Breakfast desserts.

Address:Japan, 〒321-2526 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 鬼怒川温泉滝 813

Kinugawa Onsen Stay – Asaya Hotel

Kinugawa Onsen Stay
We were not too adventurous yet with a new baby for our trip so we decided to head out for a 2D1N onsen trip about 1.5 hours away from Sushi’s hometown. We went on a weekday so the train was relatively sparse and finally digging into an eki-ben. Been a long time for me🙂

Kinugawa Onsen Stay
Kinugawa Onsen (鬼怒川温泉) is a popular hot spring resort town along the Kinugawa River in Tochigi Prefecture. The town is centered around the large hotel ryokan lining the riverbank, and offers many amusements such as the Tobu World Square and Nikko Edomura theme parks in addition to its hot spring baths. – Japan Guide

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Bought our ticket in advance as we missed the shuttle bus to our hotel and the next bus was 20 minutes later.

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Baby M cosy in the carrier, in fact she slept through most of the trip.

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Enjoying the cold fresh air.

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Since we are in Tochigi, of course there would be a lot of strawberry related products.

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Arriving at the onsen hotel that we would be staying for the night. Asaya Hotel is one of the bigger onsen hotels in the area.

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Since it was the first week of January so there was still a lot of New Year decoration (Yup, I took almost 6 months to write this post!)

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Lots of activities and rest area for this hotel but too bad, I had a baby tagging along else I would definitely want to explore…

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Walking the hall way to our room and appreciating the art is one of the fun stuff of staying in onsen.

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I miss this Japanese style of relaxation!

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Lounge area near the balcony.

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The view from our room.

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Western style beds in the bedroom.

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Different sizes of yukata, they cater all the way to 190cm.

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Bath amenities, they also prepared a kid’s one.

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2 fridges……

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The bathroom area has 2 sinks!

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Beauty care for the ladies…

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We made the reservation for a room catered for babies and there was a diaper disposal bin included too. We can also request for sterilizing equipment, emergency diapers, bumbo and most amenities needed for a baby. Additional charges is needed if you want a baby futon but we decided to co-sleep and there was no charges.

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I never use the bathroom when I stay in the onsen but this time we have one user – Baby M.

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Automated toilet.

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What was inside the amenities kit, love that they had a sheet mask included.

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What a great way to start the Monkey year.

Tokyo Food Randomess

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I didn’t get much chance to explore the Tokyo food scene the last trip as we have a very young baby with us so we stayed for home cooked meals most of the times but I still got to eat whenever I can I can.

Not to be missed, are desserts in Tokyo. I was never a sweets kind of person until I went to Japan. I like how fresh the fruits are, how light the cakes would be and not to forget the choices we can get for desserts.

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1 of my favorite dessert places in Japan – HARBS but they are really getting more and more expensive.

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I love the Mont Blanc in Japan too!

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Seafood don for only 1200JPY from Daimaru.

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Some green tea matcha dessert while we met up with some friends in Skytree.

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No way, I can wait in line for 1.5 hours at one of my favorite Ramen place in Tokyo station – Rokurinsha Ramen. Since we were catching a train at 9am so here we are at 8am in the morning to have some ramen. I realised that the broth from the morning session is much lighter than the ones served after 11am but nevertheless it was still quite yummy.

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I thought I had a chance to eat at Shake Shack that just opened in 2015 Summer but the wait line on a MONDAY opening hour was still 2 hours so I have to give it a miss..BOO

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But still it was great to come breathe some fresh air baby wearing.

Roku Roku Sushi @ Grand Hyatt Tokyo (六緑)

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A RARE treat for us since we didn’t have a chance for a nice sit down dinner when we were back in Japan.

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Our friend, recommended us to Grand Hyatt’s Sushi restaurant that welcomed infants and started early. (Yup, though it was a sit down dinner but we made it quick)

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I do miss the days when I can sit at the counter and watching the chefs put their magic hands to work.

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Even soy sauce is served like a piece of art…..

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Sashimi plate

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The sashimi were as fresh and great as compared to the hefty price tag.

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Look at the otoro’s marbling and it is almost clear!

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The premier cut sushi with Otoro, Sea urchin and fish roe served.

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The normal cut sushi plate.

Baby cooperated with us and slept through the 1 hour dinner in the carrier and so I got to enjoy and savor the food. This was also the first time I got to know that we would be charged for not ordering alcohol (Note to myself that at least one party must order alcohol in such places) Though I have to admit that we could eat similar quality sashimi at other places with a lower price but we had really attentive service, a relaxed environment, REAL non smoking seats and it was a long over due date night we had since baby was born. Everything was worth it.

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