Brain Is Still On A Holiday And I’ve Left My Heart in Japan

Oh, hello.

It’s 2016.

To be exact, it’s already February of 2016.

Where in the world did January go? Last month felt like a blur, didn’t it?

I’m having a really tough time jumpstarting my brain and self-motivation this year. My procrastination is at an all-time high, and it’s most likely because of our Japan trip last December.

I never really understood what the song “I left my heart in San Francisco” was trying to say, until I visited Japan last month.

Suffice to say, I left my heart in Japan. since I got back, I’ve been acting like a lovesick maiden longing to be back into the arms of their lover.

I’ve been desperately escaping reality by immersing myself in all things Japan ever since. (Much more than usual, anyway)

I’ve been watching too many animes, reading too many mangas, listening to J-Pop music and been googling things like, “How to get a job in Japan” or “How to live in Japan”, haha.

The only productive thing that’s come out of this is that I’m a little more serious in learning Nihonggo.’m contemplating on taking the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) this year and maybe, just maybe, that would help me figure out what I want to do with my life.

Anyway, this little blog post is just an overview of how our Japan trip went last December. I’ll be blogging more about the specific places soon but for now I’m hoping this little recap will help me jumpstart my blogging mojo.

If you have any questions on places to visit in Japan, feel free to send me an email or a tweet on Twitter!

Japan 2015 in Photos

Day 1 and 2 – Arrival in Osaka and Universal Studios

We flew to Osaka via Philippine Airlines and arrived at Kansai Airport at around 7PM in evening. It took us almost 3 hours to get to our hotel. Immigration and getting out of the airport took around an hour, then it took another hour and a half to get to our hotel.

I have to say, the Japanese Railway System is definitely a challenge to navigate for first-time travellers! We fortunately did not get lost but computing ticket fare and figuring out which lines to take definitely took a lot from us!

We got to our hotel at around 10PM, explored the area near our hotel a bit and searched for a place to have dinner.

The next day, we went to Universal Studios because we wanted to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!




Day 3 –  Denden Town and Dotonbori

For our 3rd day, we had lunch at the Kuromon Ichiba Market. We explored Denden Town which is like the “Akihabara of Osaka”, and at night we went to Dotonbori.




Day 4 – Hello, Tokyo

Our 4th day went by very quickly. We spent most of our time riding the Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo, and then spent a good part of the day figuring out how to get to our new hotel in Tokyo.

We got to Tokyo at around 2PM in the afternoon and finally arrived at our hotel at around 3PM. We waited for my sister’s family at the hotel until 5PM and decided to go around Omotesando in the evening.


Day 5 – Pokemon Center, Cat Cafe and Akihabara

The 5th day was a full day! In the morning we did a quick visit to Shibuya. Then in the afternoon, we went to Ikebukkuro for the Pokemon Center for my nieces and to visit a cat cafe. In the evening, we went around Akihabara.




Day 6 – Meiji Shrine Visit

This is probably my favorite part of the trip. Visiting a shrine is definitely a must experience when visiting Japan.


So, yeah, that’s it.

I’m terribly missing Japan and I can’t wait to go back there again this year.

(Every time I see that friends are currently in Japan and are posting their pics of their Japan trip, I think ‘I HATE YOU’ but like their photos anyway, LOL)

I’m definitely making it a goal to visit Japan at least once a year.

Okay, so hopefully this little post inspires me to blog everyday!

This year, I’ll be blogging more about anime and manga, and how I’m self-studying Nihongo, along with the usual gadget reviews and whatnots 🙂

Hope everyone had a good January and let’s all welcome February!



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5 thoughts on “Brain Is Still On A Holiday And I’ve Left My Heart in Japan

  1. This is normal went you travel to an amazing place. Hope your February has you feeling amazing.

    Meg | Meghan Silva’s Blog
    @MeghanSSilva on Instagram

  2. I don’t blame you really. I love going to Japan also. I was actually stationed in Okinawa twice during my military career and they were my favorite assignments for sure. Nowadays I’m more inclined to go to the mainland around Yokota Air Base. The base is smaller and they have tours set up to go to visit new and exciting places. My wife and I hope to visit there again later this year also. I hope to see something that I’ve never seen before on the next trip.

  3. Myghad I also felt the same 😦 I also went to Tokyo January last year for a scholarship grant. It was a 1 month stay and I still feel like it’s too short. It’s been more than a year now and I’m still feeling nostalgic 😦 I saw your blog because I can’t overcome this feeling hahah XD

    I also want to find work in Japan. I hope you’ll find one too 🙂

    1. Lia Espina Lopez March 10, 2016 — 1:07 pm

      Hi Rei! Omg, you’re so lucky to have gotten the chance to stay there for a month! I would definitely want to stay there for a much longer time than a week. Hehehe. Luck to the both of us!

  4. visiting japan is one of the places that I want to visit in the future.

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