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Japan Diaries 2: Day 4

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Day 4 (May 20, 2018)

Since our arrival in Japan, the weather seems to be supporting us of our plans. A month ago, I was a bit hesitant to book a place to stay in Kyoto and to pursue our long time plan to tour it, as my wife's friends there have been consistently telling us that it was very rainy in Japan for the past weeks. Well it was a gamble alright, but listening to the weather forecast for today in the radio has brought me comfort and assurance that today is a great day to explore Kyoto City. 

We were honored to hear that we will be accompanied by Mr. Toshi and his wife Ms. Taeko. Although our check in time in our Airbnb residence was still 2PM, we still left Tsubasaogaka very early so that our day won't be wasted. He asked me if there is a particular place that I wanted to see in Kyoto City. Given this opportunity to bond with our godparents, I picked Daigoji (Temple)





I chose Daigoji (Temple) because it's surrounded by nature and is one of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage…

Japan Diaries 2: Day 3

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Day 3(May 19, 2018):

Today is a sunny day, it is predicted that there is 0% chance of precipitation for the whole day. However, ironically, there is a high percentage of "tear fall" due to the fact that our Filipino friends are flying back home.

I truly feel that they were fun people. Although we only spent two full days together, I would surely miss those late night chats with Marlon and Erika and the witty intellect of their children. Well life has to move on, so we drove them to Kansai International Airport around 10AM. While on the road, Mr. Toshi's Toyota Estima was showing signs that there was a problem with its battery. Luckily, the car did not stall and we arrived safely and on time at the airport. 



After the farewells, Mr. Toshi did not risk driving his car back home so he had it towed to Super Autobacs in Kishiwada-shi for repairs. We didn't wait for the repairs to be finished as it would take some time (but the car would be released that afternoon) so we drov…

Osaka: Rinku Premium Outlets

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Located at 3-28 Rinku Ourai Minami, Izumisano City in Osaka Prefecture. Rinku Premium Outlets is the largest outlet shopping center in Western Japan.

This two-storey outlet mall is styled like that of the American port city of Charleston. Rinku Premium Outlets has a good line up of stores of the most famous (and luxurious) Japanese and International brands. These can be found in the two areas of Rinku Premium Outlets. These stores can be found in the two areas of Rinku Premium Outlets. These areas are the Main Side, which is the known to some as the Gap side due to the famous brand being seen prominently seen from the highway. It is also the largest of the two areas. The other one is the Sea Side which is known to some as the Burberry due to the same reason as the other one.

For foreign tourists, make sure to bring your passport. You need it to avail the tax refund for your purchases and also to get the discount coupon that you can get in the small office in front of the GAP store. Thes…
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