Saturday, 31 December 2011

2011 Trip Recap, Part I

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! あけましておめでとうございます *^-^* Hope that 2012 will be a good year for everyone. 

To celebrate the new year, a look back at 2011's trip to Japan which we made and ended just a few weeks ago. Hopefully, there'll be more Japan trips for us in the future! (Although we *agreed* to take a break from visiting Japan in 2012 & 2013). 
We went sightseeing in Yokohama on our second day in Japan, the first day being too late to do anything other than checking-in and sleeping in a hotel near Haneda Airport for us.
From Yokohama, we made our way to Yufuin. Checked-in at a pretty cool cottage and had two baths all to ourselves. 
The first half of Day 4 was spent sightseeing in Yufuin. Pity it rained after I had my morning run there because after we checked-out, we were unable to travel much around the area because it was a tad cold with the rain. But we made it to Lake Kinrinko and walked around the town area.
Day 5 was spent at Huis Ten Bosch, feeling like we were not in Japan but in Holland albeit Japanese speaking part of Holland. LOL

The evening was spent with a blogging friend, Hanny who lives in Kitakyushu, making and eating takoyaki with her two boys.
From Hakata, we made our way to Shikoku Island on Day 6 of our trip. Lrong was in Takamatsu that day and had kindly suggested to meet for lunch but as luck would have it, we were unable to secure any early train seats reservations and with the one we had, we arrived too late to meet-up for lunch.

So instead of heading straight to Takamatsu as planned earlier, we made our way to Matsuyama first. Walked from Matsuyama Station to Dogo Onsen and stopped whenever we see nice/interesting sites; which I will post more of soon.
Day 7 was spent visiting Shikoku Mura and Ritsurin Koen and the evening was spent walking around the port area and what is touted to be the biggest shopping street in Japan.

There were rainy and gloomy days when we were there but through Day 7, we were lucky that the rain didn't spoil our plan much. How were the days after that? Stay tuned!

Day 8 - Day 14 recap soon!


  1. あけましておめでとうございます。This trip is chosen great places. I would like to visit Shikoku and eat Udon. :)

  2. 良いお年を! Yoi otoshi o! I hope you and your family will have a great 2012!

    You're not coming to Japan next year?! Awww! I've got a whole shitamachi tour worked out for you guys, with me as your intrepid guide! :(

    I'm looking forward to your detailed Shikoku posts. Never been there, always been curious about it.

  3. A Happy New Year.
    Japan looks very nice, you publish so many pictures of places I have never seen before.


  4. あけましておめでとうございますoh so desu nei nihon words appearing kah? haha. You had a wonderful trip so 2012/3 mana pergi? Wishing you and family a great new year 2012.

  5. Happy New Year Lina, looks like you had a great trip and hopefully will be back again in the future :)

    Japan Australia

  6. @cocomino,
    Hope you will visit Shikoku soon. Maybe for vacation after your Okinawa trip? :)

  7. @Rurousha,
    Likewise. Hope you have a good New Year and spend lots of time in 2012 traipsing the shitamachi and sharing lovely photos with us. ^^

    Oh dearie, you make me so tempted to fly now and visit you and let you drag me all around the area. I'm sure it'll be loads of fun!

  8. @Filip,
    First, see photos. Then, maybe you are tempted to re-visit Japan? ;)

    You have lots of interesting photos too. ^^

  9. @Bananazஇ,
    For 2012 & 2013, no plan to go anywhere lah. Just need to save money and not spend, spend, spend like we are rich. xD

  10. @Japan Australia,
    We are definitely coming back to Japan. Just not for the next two years. ^^

    Have a great new year 2012 ahead of you! :)

  11. Why not huh?
    2012 cuti-cuti Malaysia?
    2013 ~ alamak still so far away leh~

  12. @London Caller,
    Give the bank account a break lah. xD

  13. you make me wanna visit Japan soon! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  14. You really make Japan so beautiful through your blogs, did you know that? :-) another 1/2 hour to go Lina before we say bye bye to 2011...Happy New Year to you and family dear. May 2012 starts off beautifully for you with many positive happenings and rewards. AMIN !!!

    I look forward to read more of your blogs

  15. oh, I like this overview of your holiday. Why are you taking a break from Japan?

    A happy new year to you, and I hope 2012 is good for you!

  16. @Slyvia,
    and that's the point of me having this blog! Seems like I succeed. LOL

    Happy New Year!

  17. @cuteandcurls,
    Japan is a lovely country. It's not merely about modern, high-rise buildings, latest technology and anime. ^^

    And to you & family too, dearie. Have a great 2012 ahead. :)

  18. @Jenny,
    To give our finances a break. LOL

    We need to save for all all-out 2-weeks vacation to Hokkaido in 2014. It's gonna be expensive. xD

    Have a great 2012 too, Jenny! :)

  19. 明けましておめでとう. Happy New Year! Akemashite omedeto!

  20. @Bananaz,
    Happy New Year! Hope 2012 will be a good year to all of us.

  21. What a wonderful trip!! :D I wish you and your family a prosperous and joyful new year!!!

  22. @ristinw,
    And to you too! :)

    Having fun so far in 2012? :)

  23. Nice recap! And I love all the photos! : )

  24. That building in Yokohama looks like a sailboat in your first picture. Lake Kinrinko looks lovely with the fall colors. It sounds like you had tons of fun despite the gloomy weather.

  25. @AVCR8teur,
    Now that you mentioned it, it sure does look like a sailboat. :)

    Yes, we had fun. Gloomy weather is part of the "fun" too. ;)


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