Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 2: Nara


After our day in Wakayama, we left Wakayama Station at around 5 and arrived in
Nara by train at around 6 or 7
By the time we got to the hotel that night, it was near 8 so we ate at a restaurant near our hotel!
Our hotel was hotel cube (( website )) which was about 10 minutes from Nara station
it was really cheap and pretty ok considering we reserved really late there is also a cat cafe on the first floor!! (but we will get to that a little later haha)
和歌山駅から奈良駅まで1時間半かかって、7時ぐらい到着!
ホテルに行った時8時ぐらいになって、ホテルに近いところ食べにいった!
ホテルはホテルキューブだ。予約はすごくギリギリだったからホテルキューブが空いていたよかった!本当に感謝wそしてねこカフェある1Fで!

The place we ate at was called "Kameya" it was about 10 minutes from our hotel
(( website ))
ホテルに近いところは「かめや」だ

then off to sleep!
そして、ねた!

and that ends our first day!
それで、一日目は終わった

☆〜♡〜☆

Our second day was in Nara! The land of deer!
二日目は奈良!しか♡♡!

After checking out and leaving our bags at the hotel, we went to explore around the hotel area since it was right next to Nara Park
チェックアウト後、荷物がホテルでおいて、奈良公園へ行った!

The first thing we spotted was a cotton candy stand!!!
and I LOVE cotton candy! 
so we bought one bag, and the kind worker gave us a small one for extra service ^_^ so nice!
わたあめあった!!大好き♡!
やさしいおばあさんありがとう


Next to the cotton candy stand was the jinrickisha which are the carts that are pulled by a person!
did you know?? in english, the word rickshaw came from the japanese word rikisha
Kelsey told me that when we were in Nara ^_^!
わたあめの近く物は人力車だ!
はじめてだ!本当に楽しかった!



The jinrickisha are by no means cheap, but it is someone who actually has to pull your weight and carry and control the cart so I understand, besides we definitely wanted to try it! It was our first time!
For the one we rode in Nara, we asked the driver to take us to where the most friendly deer are (different areas have different types of deer apparently) 
and for about a 20 minute ride, we paid 3,000yen each, so 6,000yen total for 2 people
while on the ride, the driver talked to us, and taught us about Nara and the deer in the park (in Japanese though, so if you are studying Japanese, it's a chance to study!)
it was a very interesting experience! 
人力車があまり安くないけど乗ったことないから本当に乗ってみたかった!
20分は3000円づつだった、二人で6000円!
そして、奈良のこと、しかのことがたくさん学んだ
しかのこと結構おもしろいね









something I didn't know about the deer was that, hey just lived in the park or they were the park's property, but that's not true at all! when it starts to get dark they all gather and go to this pond to bath, then go back into the mountains! When morning comes, they descend from the mountains for some shika senbei, deer crackers that you can buy anywhere in Nara park. what a nice life!

The area that we were dropped off at has cute souvenir shops everywhere, also that was the "friendly deer area"! If that really was where the "friendly" deer were, I'd hate to see where the aggressive deer are! We walked around, fed the deer, got bit once, fed the deer a few more times, ran away from the deer, walked with the deer, sat with the deer, took pictures of the deer, etc!

be careful!









噛まれた!

We walked around a bit more in Nara park, looking for food, but everything was incredibly crowded.  so we ate some ice cream, Nara is somewhat known for ice cream apparently! 
the driver told us that the people of Nara pray for a hot summer so the ice cream will sell more, and taste better! This is the Kenpyo-Sai (Ice Dedication Festival) on May 1 !


After getting a bit tired of all the walking, we headed back to the hotel to get our luggage, but first CAT CAFE! Even thought there are many animal cafes in Tokyo, we went to the one at the hotel, since it was right there haha!
やっぱり、東京が動物カフェがたくさんあるね
けどこの猫カフェがホテルに近かったから行ったw







After that we headed to Nara Station to eat, and catch a train to Osaka!



random: did you know? There is Kansai-dialect and Kanto-dialect, meaning, depending on the area you are, you will hear and see different words because the dialects are different!
For example, in Kanto a parking lot is called chuushajou (駐車場) but in Kansai they are called motor pool (モータープール) both are right! But it just depends where you happen to be at the time ^_^
駐車場とモータープールってどっち使うのw〜?
関西弁おもしろい^_^

This far the trip seems pretty ok right?? not tekitoo? I will tell you, this is where the tekitoo begins!
So in the first post I said we made almost no plans right? Well that's pretty true! Our first night in Osaka, we had no hotel booked! We just planned to go to a manga kissa (manga cafe)!!!
We stayed in Osaka for 2 nights, but I didn't like the first manga kissa we went to, so I won't recommend it, the second one was great though! It'll be in the next blog post!
今まで、あまり適当な感じしないよね。けど、そんなことないよ!
今から、ノーホテルです!ホテルは予約しないってことw
「あ〜ま〜漫画喫茶でいいや!」って。。。
つぎのエントリー楽しみにしてください♡



Nara was an incredibly peaceful and calm place, it really helped me relax. Even though it was not my first time to Nara, the calm and peaceful aspect of it will never get old for me. Seeing the cute deer was a plus to, even if they did bite me! It was another place with nice people and friendly smiles. Can't wait to come again!
奈良はいい所ですね。リラックスしやすい所!多分、3回目ぐらいけど、やっぱりまた行きたいなと思う♡そして、しかがかわいい!また、優しくて、あたたかい人にたくさんあった。ありがとう!

Thanks for reading
kaysha


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Day 1: Wakayama!



Our first day was in Wakayama! Which recently became famous for their Tama Train! 
旅行の一日目は和歌山!和歌山のたまでんって言う電車は有名!

ねこみみ♡
kitty ears ♡


but before that, we took a night bus to get there! The Night bus is a lot cheaper than the shinkansen, and if you do not mind the conditions, I highly suggest giving it a try ! The bus left the Shinjuku bus terminal at around 11pm and we arrived in Wakayama at around 6:30! 
けどその前に、夜行バスに乗った!新幹線がちょっと高いからね。
23時ぐらい出発した、6:30ぐらい到着!
(新宿→和歌山)


Before setting out on our adventure, we rushed to Wakayama station to store our luggage in the lockers
アドベンチャーした前に、和歌山駅のコインロッカーに荷物をおいた

if you are going to use the Tama line, you do not need to use the ticket gates where you normally scan or put in your ticket/card, you can just tell the train staff you are using the Tama line, and they will tell you where to go

you cannot use train cards like ICOCA or SUICA, instead when you reach the ticket window, you pay for a 1 day pass, and you can ride on the entire train line for Tama line! They also give you a brochure that you can use at each station as a coupon for the activities! Each station has a different activity!
(Adult fair is 720yen)

たま電車にICOCA、SUICAとか使えないって知らなかった!他のチケットをかわなきゃいけないよ!大人は720円。けど、何回でも電車に乗れるからいいんじゃないw
そして、もらったチラシは割引がある。

and don't worry about getting lost in Wakayama station, it is very easy to find the Tama line!
just look for the steps with kitty paws! soooo cute! 
((or just look for platform 9 haha))
たま電車は和歌山駅の9番にゃ!
猫の足跡があるかいだん!

kitty paws!
猫の足跡!

strawberry hunting ♡
いちごかり♡

Tama is so cute! I'm allergic, but I still love cats ^^;;
たまめっちゃかわいいね!ねこのアレルギーがあるけどねこがすき


The stations available on Tama line (red line)
チケット!

I used it all day on March 27!
3月27日に使ったにゃ!


The train is very adorable! Aside from the one that is decorated to represent Tama, there is also a strawberry and toy one! So make sure to look out for them when you go! 
たまでんが本当にかわいい!!そして、いちご電車とおもちゃ電車もある!
strawberry version
いちごでんしゃ

toy version
おもでん
(おもちゃでんしゃ)

the interior of the Tama train is too cute, with the seats that resemble Tama, paw prints on the floor, and children's books available to read, it was a very fun ride!
たま電車の内装はかわいすぎる!乗ることがたのしかった!











Our first stop was to the strawberry farms at the last stop of the Tama line (for breakfast!), which was Kishi Station
The strawberry farms (at Kishi station) are open from 9am ~ 2pm
it takes about 30min from Wakayama station to Kishi station
Kishi station is where Tama is! There is also a cute cafe in her name 
(cafe opens at 9)
最初は貴志駅だ!イチゴを朝ごはんになるからイチゴ狩り会場へ行った!
貴志駅でイチゴ狩り会場とたまカフェは9時から!

at the station you can meet Tama, and find out the time list for the different trains!
貴志駅でたまにあえる!!!

it's a cat!
駅はねこだ!

たまのこと
about tama



When you exit the station (there is only one exit), there is a map that shows where the strawberry farms are, there are also many signs along the way to tell you if you are headed in the right direction so don't worry too much 
駅の出口にちかい地図!いちご狩り会場の地図!
the map seems like the place is easy to find and close
but trust me it's not!!!!!!!
地図がわかりやすそうけどそれはちゃうよ!
すっごくわかりづらい!ま〜こっちの問題かもけどTwT;
頭がわるいかな私w

so thankful there were many strawberry signs!!!
けどこのヒントがあったからたすかったTwT
イチゴ狩りサインありがとうね!


It took about 15-20min to walk there and the visit was about $20/person, which I felt was a little pricey, and they did not give any condiments like other farms
but trust me, you don't need it! The strawberries were very sweet and delicious! 
Also, you can stay for however long you like, and eat as many strawberries as you like! yumm!
駅からイチゴ狩り会場までは15分か20分ぐらいかかって、そして2000円かかった。ちょっとたかいなって思ったけど一杯食べたから大丈夫だったw
イチゴが甘くて、美味しかった!練乳とか使わなくてもよかった!>w<

random but did you know in Japan it's the year of the strawberry?? Because in Japanese the word for strawberry is "Ichigo"; Ichi=1 Go=5, and it's 2015 so it's the year of IchiGo (strawberry!)
ねぇ〜しってる?2015はいちごイヤー!ww

after the strawberry farms, we headed back to Kishi station to see if Tama was there and to try the cafe!
イチゴ狩った後、貴志駅に戻って来て、たまカフェに行った!

my fortune was really good hehe
よかったよ〜へへ


Tama was sleepy, but I think Kels got a nicer picture of her!
((check out her instagram @kelcmari )) 
たまちゃんずっとねていた
けど友達がいい写真とれたきがする!
インスタ見てね! @kelcmari ! 

they have a lot of specialty foods at the cafe, like Tama shaped pastries or special drinks, but I was a little full from the strawberries so I got a strawberry gelato
........I know..it's kinda ridiculous...I just realised... but it was good!
たまカフェで、限定メニューがあって、かわいいパンとかたまクッキーある!
イチゴいっぱいたべちゃったからもう何も食べられなかった!
けど甘いものに目がない。。。そして、アメリカ人によく言うこと:
デザートは別腹!ww
いちごジェラートに決めた!
あら。。いま気づいたけど。。。
「もういちごたべられない」って書いたでしょ
けどイチゴものを頼んだ
私。。バカかなTwT。。。
。。。
いや、、イチゴ大好きだからよおお!
美味しかった!本当に!

because we arrived really early in the morning (about 8:30) , there was no crowd and it was quite empty, but around 10 the station started to get a bit busy with other tourists so just a heads up!
はやめに来たから込んでなかった。けど、10時からぐらい本当に込んでいた!

after stuffing ourselves with all the strawberries and treats from the station, we decided to check out the brochure for information on the other stations!
As I said earlier, every station has their own activities for visitors, and if you present the brochure, you get a small discount on said activities! So it's pretty nice :)
貴志駅後、チラシを見て、他の駅へ行った!

After visiting a few stations we spent the rest of our time in Wakayama at Nichizengu station which is one of the stops on the Tama line! The rest of our time was spent there because there was an onsen and we wanted to rest and relax for a bit!
たくさん歩いたからやすみたかった。チラシに日前宮駅の花山温泉がよさそうだったから日前宮駅へ行った!本当にたのしかった。温泉のこと。。すこしなれた!
Hanayama Onsen!
花山温泉
(( website ))
It's a little far from the station I think but it's worth it!
駅からちょっと遠いって思ってた
Don't forget to stay hydrated!
水か牛乳を飲んでね!わすれないように!

it was very relaxing, and everyone there was incredibly nice to us, even teaching us how to properly go through an onsen! 
非常によかった!そして温泉のことあまり知らなかったけど優しいおばあちゃんが教えてくれた。感謝♡

after that, we were on to our next destination, Nara!
温泉の後、奈良へ!

I really enjoyed Wakayama. A lot of my friends questioned why I chose to go to Wakayama, saying there is nothing to do there, but I really enjoyed visiting! And the people were incredibly nice, there was a kind grandma who stopped us for a chat on the way back to the station. She asked us what we thought of Wakayama, and if Tama-chan was at the station today, so we chatted with her for a little bit. Overall, the most memorable thing for me personally was that the people were so kind and fun to talk to, they really made the day trip in Wakayama enjoyable! 
全体的に和歌山好き!旅行の前に友達が「ええ和歌山?なにもない〜そこ」ってよく言ったけど本当に楽しかった!そして、人たちがすごく優しかった!だれでもに会話って大丈夫らしい。あたたかい所、和歌山は。本当に楽しかった。一番忘れられないことは和歌山の人たち!優しかったみんなさんありがとう♡また行きたい☆!

thanks for reading
♡kaysha♡