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Day 406 – Kumamoto 熊本: Kumamoto-Aso Airport 阿蘇くまもと空港

Miga Travel Blog : Okayama Edition

The last day in Kumamoto and all I did was just go to the airport 😦 I had a lot of baggage (a new mini suitcase and backpack) and the hostel was a little bit far so I didn’t want to leave my suitcase to go eat and then come back. My souvenirs!

IMG_20171217_225607215.jpgI walked about 20 minutes to the bus station, which is in temporary status right now. I bought a ticket from the ticket vending machine for 730 yen and I was on my way.

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Kumamoto also has these trams .. they are 260 yen each way.

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After hour after the bus ride, I was at the airport and eating a steak. I wanted to use up all my Japanese yen, so here was my 1300 yen stake 🙂

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After the meal, I went to walk around the observation deck. It is on the top floor.

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Day 405 – Kumamoto 熊本: Mount Aso 阿蘇山

Miga Travel Blog : Okayama Edition

In Kumamoto, there are two attractions you must see – Kumamoto Castle and Mount Aso. The first one was a fail because the castle was ruined due to an earthquake in 2016. However, we can still see some of the structures from the outside and learn how the engineers are reconstructing this building.

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The second place of interest is Mt. Aso, which is an hour away from Kumamoto city but within the province. However, we can’t get close to it now because of activities from one of the volcanos. Nevertheless, I’m heading there anyways!

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I booked a bus to go to Mt. Aso. There are two bus companies that goes there and the prices are similar (I think). Both buses are taken outside the Kumamoto Bus Terminal, at Bay 3. I booked it online throughhttps://www.japanbusonline.com/en

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Before that, I went to Mister Donuts to have breakfast again! I actually love breakfast…

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Jakarta – Day 18 – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Dian al Mahri Mosque, & grocery shopping

~ Miga's Travel Blog : South ASia edition

The second day in Jakarta saw us visiting the Binus University again. The business students are trying their hands at entrepreneurship. We arrive at the parking lot to find an awesome view of the neighbourhood.

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It looks kind of like my university days …. except they cook their food on portable stoves. The chicken is good though! Apparently, the guy who runs this stall actually owns a chicken stall or restaurant somewhere.

By the way. this is the university.

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After ‘lunch’, we head out to our first destination – Taman Mini Indonesia. It is a minature park with various themes about Indonesia. Most importantly, it helps kids learn about the various groups in Indonesia.

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It is a little far, so we have to drive. Along the way, there’s a civilian handling traffic at an intersection. He does this and drivers give him money. I suppose it is good for everyone…

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Jakarta – Day 17 – National Monument (MONAS) & Random Observations

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From Singapore Changi Airport, I took Jetstar to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakata. I arrived quite early but my friend had classes and cannot pick me up until a bit later so I just hanged around the place.

I went through the customs really slowly. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to pay for additional visa to land, which I would need for nearly all other Southeast Asian countries …

I waited for my friend near the Departure Hall … the airport was fairly small despite being Jakata, the capital of the fourth populous country in the world! There were so many people … there were many students heading on a trip and they had nowhere to sit except the floor. It was odd navigating through the hall between the people on the ground.

There were also a large group of people heading to Mecca. They wore uniformed clothing…

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Day 404 – Kumamoto 熊本 : Josaien 桜の馬場 城彩苑 Kumamoto Castle 熊本城 ,  Suizenji Jojuen Garden 水前寺成趣園, Kumamon Square くまモンスクエア, Kumamotojoonsen Jo Hot Spring 熊本城温泉 城の湯

Miga Travel Blog : Okayama Edition

Day one in Kumamoto. Since all the buses were gone, I took the Shinkansen from Fukuoka to Kumamoto.

Since it only takes 30 minutes,I saw no reason to wake up early or hurry to get there.

I packed up and went to Mister Donuts for breakfast. There is a set! Coffee and donut for under 350 yen.

Baller! I’m on the Shinkansen. It cost 4610 yen … Omg…. On hindsight, it was not a bad decision because my to-do-list got really long.

I arrived in Kumamoto around 11am. However, I got really lost.

It took me almost 20 minutes to find my way to the hostel. I dropped off my luggage and went to take on Kumamoto!

My first stop was Josaien and it was super fun! There were so much items to eat…

It is located just under the Kumamoto Castle and is all traditional Japanese style building.

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Day 403 – Dazaifu 太宰府 and Nanzoin Temple 南蔵院

Miga Travel Blog : Okayama Edition

Dazaifu is a city some hour away from Fukuoka. It used to govern the entire Kyushu and hence, we can guess the importance of this temple.

From Hakata Station, it is 600 yen eaxh way but at leaat its direct. It wasn’t a weekend but it was definitely a full bus.

Ths bus stops at the train station, which is just outside the shopping street just under the Dazaifu Tenman-gu太宰府天満宮.

It is most famous this red bean bread.

Outside the temple is the shrine gate.

It has a water fountain as well as a very arched bridge, split in three.

Before the bridge is… Maybe a hermitage.

I was actually quite excited…

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Finally at the Tenman-gu. It was built on top of the grave of Sugawara no Michizane and is dedicated to Tenjin, Michizane deity form.

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His body is said to be carried by an ox but the cart…

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Agra – Day 15 – Taj Mahal & New Delhi Airport

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Early in the morning, we got up and made our way out.  Outside was still dark but there were lots of people heading towards the same direction – Taj Mahal.

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We weren’t trying to catch the sunrise per se, but to get in front of all the tourists so we can get our ultimate photoshoot.  We pay the admission fee and went through the security check, which includes a body check.

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… and here we are!  The ivory marble mausoleum dedicated for the Mughal emperor’s Shah Jahan’s favorite wife – Mumtaz Mahal.  We walked through the gate and between the doors is the Taj Mahal!

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The site is UNESCO, so it costs about $20 per person but I think it was worth it … comparatively.

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It is 17 hectares and had commissioned 20,000 artisans to create this masterpiece.

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The Taj Mahal is renovating, one part at a time, so we…

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