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How To Deal With Harry Potter Withdrawals In The Muggle World

Grab your Nimbus 2000 and get soaring!

If you’ve re-read the 7 Harry Potter books and had the movies on replay umpteen times but still suffering from severe withdrawals, we’ve got the solution for you. While you should definitely continue to check your postbox for your Hogwarts acceptance letters, we’ve found other ways of living out our wizarding dreams. These places resemble the Wizarding World so much you’d definitely want to apparate there immediately. Grab your Floo powder and get ready for some magic!

1. Set your drinks on fire at Platform 1094

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Enter the enchanted world of Platform 1094 in Singapore where drinks light up in flames and food appears out of thin air! Apart from their delicious Western-fusion food, this place is perfect for your wizarding dreams. Put on your best robes and arm yourselves with the elder wand because things are about to get magical!

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Take a sip of Mr Lich’s flaming brew and feel your insides set come alive! This magical drink not only seeks to rehydrate the soul but also makes a great Instagram boomerang. Klook your Mr Lich’s flaming brew for deal that will leave the Gringotts goblins very happy with your bank balance.

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These melt in your mouth Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs taste so good they belong in the Grand Feast! With the right amount of Pesto over char grilled ribs served alongside some chargrilled veggies, we can see you coming back for more.

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Klook your Pesto Mayo Ribs set along with Mr Lich’s Flaming Brew to enjoy a complete meal! Plus, since combos are open-dated, just apparate over whenever you feel like and chow down on these great eats.

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If you’re got a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely need to try their artisanal desserts. Klook the signature combo B and get your Pesto Mayo ribs along with the Goal Seeker! We don’t know what sorcery this decadent chocolate dessert has but it will definitely leave you wanting more.

Klook me to Platform 1094!

2. Visit Hogwarts at Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Get ready for your visit to Hogwarts with a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan or Universal Studios Hollywood! Sip on a cup of Butterbeer from Three Broomsticks as you stroll through Hogsmeade, but be warned you will be tempted to buy everything you see. More important, don’t forget to head into Ollivander’s to pick up your wand! There are special spots along Hogsmeade where you get to perform magic with just a swish and flick of your wand.

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Klook your Universal Studios passes for open-dated direct entry into these parks. Afterall, with so much to see and do, who has time to queue!

Klook me to Universal Studios Japan!

Klook me to Universal Studios Hollywood!

3. Master your potions skills at The Cauldron

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If you’re looking to hone your potions skills before attending Professor Snape’s classes, head over to the Cauldron in London to get some practice! Brew potions with molecular mixology that even Snape would approve of. They even offer magical cocktail lessons where you get to wield magic wands to create the perfect brew.

But if you’re just looking to drink to your heart’s content, we’d get a huge mug of the “Four Cauldrons”. This limited edition beer inspired by a wizard’s wand contains hints of oak, vanilla and ginger sure sounds like a treat not to be missed.

4. Visit the movie sites on the Harry Potter Walking Tour

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If you’re a potterhead in London, this should definitely be on the top of your must-visit list. This walking tour takes you to places like Diagon Alley, Platform 9¾, the Leaky Cauldron and much more! You’ll even get to stand at the exact spot where the Death Eaters destroyed the Millennium Bridge.

Klook your Harry Potter Walking Tour and uncover the movie magic with your experienced guide. Be sure to put on your comfiest walking shoes because there’s a whole lot to be explored!

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5. Uncover the movie magic at Warner Bros Studio Tour

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Get a feel of what it’s like to be a cast of the Harry Potter films in the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London! Step through the Great Hall furnished with original props from the series and explore the Gryffindor common room and if you dare, the Forbidden Forest. There’s even a full sized model of Buckbeak!

Klook your Warner Bros Studio Tour and enjoy a round-trip transfer in air conditioned buses with free WiFi! After all, we know that getting there from central London can be quite a hassle if you can’t drive.

Klook me to the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour!

6. Live like Harry in the Georgian House Hotel

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If you really truly want the Hogwarts experience, you’ll need to spend a night at the Georgian House Hotel Wizard Chambers in London. While this one night stay might burn a huge hole in your pocket, this secret room concealed behind a bookcase door might just your gateway to a night of magic and marvel.

Each room features stained glass windows, stone walls, trunks, cauldrons and of course four- poster beds! Each stay even comes with the full English breakfast for the complete magic journey.

7. Step into a digital wizard world with Pottermore

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Not only can you live out your Harry Potter dreams in the muggle world, you can do so in the digital world as well! Head over to Pottermore and register for a free account to find out which Hogwarts house you belong to as well as what your Patronus is.

Explore the Hogwarts Castle grounds and get taken into a whole new dimension! With 100 different hotspots to uncover, you’ll be glued to your screens for sure.

8. Look the part with the Harry Potter Collection

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To look the part, you first have to dress the part! Get decked out in your Harry Potter gear before heading to these muggle hotspots for the complete experience. Be sure to get sorted by the Sorting Hat on Pottermore so you can buy outfits that match your results.

We suggest Primark or Black Milk Clothing for your outfit needs! They have a huge range of Harry Potter gear that are not just fitting for the occasion but also extremely in trend!

9. Live out the magic at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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If you’re curious to find out what happens to Harry Potter after the movie ends, you should definitely catch the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child musical. We won’t be giving away any spoilers here but we know that tickets sell like hotcakes so be sure to camp early for your tickets if you plan on catching the magic!

What we can say is that you won’t be disappointed with real life magic happening before your eyes. Watch the Harry Potter characters grow up just as we all have grown up with the series.

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[Updated] Japan’s 2018 Cherry Blossom Forecast And The Best Viewing Spots

Japan’s updated 2018 cherry blossom schedule!

If you haven’t already heard, the sakura flowers are expected to bloom earlier than usual! As predicted by the Japan Meteorological Corporation as of 1 February, these are the most updated cherry blossom forecast dates!

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Where To Stay In Tokyo: Shibuya Or Shinjuku

Shibuya vs. Shinjuku – which is the one for you?

Tokyo is a vast metropolis of 23 city wards, each one with its own alluring personality and charm. While two of Tokyo’s most popular wards, Shibuya and Shinjuku, are positioned next to each other, they can provide very different experiences.

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Horrific Halloween Scarefests

Scare Yourselves Silly At These Horrific Halloween Scarefests

Finally, it’s that time of the year where all major theme parks in the region rev up their engines and prepare for Halloween! From haunted houses and scare zones to costumes and even dance parties, you are in for some Halloween fun!

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Free Entry And Unlimited Travel In Osaka With This Amazing Pass

More than amazing

Osaka Amazing Pass

We all know travelling can sometimes be a costly affair, with attraction tickets and transport taking up most of the budget!

Enter the Osaka Amazing Pass. With FREE entry to over 30 attractions and unlimited travel throughout Osaka, you can be sure this will be the one of best S$30+ you’ll spend on your next holiday to Osaka.

First, check out how the Klook Team used our Osaka Amazing Pass in this video!

FREE entry to more than 30 iconic attractions in Osaka

One of the biggest perks of having the Osaka Amazing Pass is enjoying FREE entry to some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Here’s some of the highlights!

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

This postcard-worthy castle had a rough past and was rebuilt multiple times, but the Osaka Castle of today has withstood the air raids of both World War I and World War II and even comes with its own elevator!

Jump right into history and go all the way up to the 10th floor for a bird’s eye view of the park and beyond. Each floor tells a different phase of Osaka’s history – something all history buffs will definitely appreciate!

Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden

Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Garden

Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Garden is exactly the kind of place you’d bring your significant other to on your first date. The ground is dotted with luminescent dots that resemble the night sky, and there are even photo opportunities for couples to immortalize their date!

We recommend going at night to catch the best of the city lights, though this is also when it starts to get rather crowded. If you’re visiting during Winter, be sure to layer up – it gets pretty chilly at the top!

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheels never get old! The Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel is one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the world and offers unobstructed views of Osaka.

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Try and spot the Osaka Aquarium while in the air! The ride can be pretty unnerving especially when you’re 112.5 metres from the ground – but the view is all worth it.

Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower

Iconic of Osaka – the Tsutenkaku Tower was built in 1912 as a symbol of the new world and commonly referred to as the Eiffel Tower of Japan. You can go all the way to the top of the tower, but before that you definitely have to pay Billiken a visit.

Billiken at Tsutenkaku Tower

Billiken is a deity that appeared in the dreams of American artist Florence Pretz and has become the resident symbol of good luck and prosperity in Osaka. Rub his left foot for love, and right foot for prosperity!

Bonus: Don Quijote

Don Quijote

We won’t spoil this for you but just along the river in Dotonburi lies a shop called Don Quijote with some of the biggest varieties of Japanese snacks, beauty products, household wares and random items like onesies!

Quell your Gudetama withdrawal symptoms and lay hands on all the matcha flavoured goodness before you head home. An even bigger plus is you’ll get to claim tax from all your purchases so enjoy your shopping guilt-free!

P.S. Don’t miss out on the takoyaki-flavoured Pretz.

Unlimited travels on trains and buses

Both passes will give you unlimited travels on the Osaka Municipal subway and Osaka City buses for the duration of your ticket.

The One-Day Pass includes travel on selected parts of private railways including the Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Railway, Keihan Electric Railway, Kinki Nippon Railway and Nankai Railway.

Check out the areas of travel for the One-Day Pass and Two-Day Pass.

Exclusive discounts and deals

The deals don’t just stop at free entry and unlimited travel; you can even use the TOKU coupons inside your Osaka Amazing Pass guide to exchange for monetary discounts!

For example, to visit the Osaka Aquarium or Kaiyukuan, simply use two TOKU coupons to get a ¥200 discount off your admission ticket!

Get money off your dinner or go crazy at Round One with your friends – the choice is yours!

Where to buy the Osaka Amazing Pass

You can typically purchase an Osaka Amazing Pass from tourist centres in Osaka itself, but to save yourself the hassle of looking for one, you can Klook yours at just S$33 for a One-Day Pass with easy collection on arrival at Kansai International Airport!

Once you exit the Arrival Hall, simply take the escalator down to the first floor and look for the HIS Counter with a blue signboard located next to the Northern Exit. Alternatively if you wish to pick up your pass in Osaka City, you can pick it up from the Osaka City Air Terminal at JR Namba Station.

When collecting the pass be sure to ask for the English version of the guide before you leave the counter!

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HIS counter (1/F) next to the Northern Exit in the Arrival Hall
Opening hours: 8:30am-10:00pm

HIS Counter

Osaka City Air Terminal (JR Namba Station)
Japan Holiday Travel OCAT Tourist Information Center (1/F)
Opening hours: 8:30am-8:30pm

Osaka Amazing Pass Pick Up

How to Use The Osaka Amazing Pass

The Osaka Amazing Pass takes the form of a physical ticket that is valid for activation within a window period of about 4 days. This means you will need to activate the pass either by having it scanned or by taking the subway.

When using the subway, the Osaka Amazing Pass replaces your train ticket – simply insert into the ordinary ticket slot at the gantry and enter. You’ll have to scan your ticket to enter some attractions while others simply require you to flash your pass for entry.

Most people assume the pass is valid for 24-hours regardless of the time of activation, but that is not the case. The One-Day Pass is valid for 24-hours between 05:00 to 04:59, and the Two-Day Pass for 48-hours  05:00 to 04:59.

Do be careful not to lose your ticket as it is not refundable or replaceable!

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It’s also good to know that you can pick up some 4G WiFi as well as Kansai Airport Express tickets at the same collection point so you can save yourself the massive hassle of travelling to multiple places!

A Guide to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium

Escape to a beautiful underwater world filled with dozens of species of marine life and fresh water animals waiting to be admired. Hammerhead sharks, capybaras, dolphins, sea otters, penguins and even a colossal whale shark inhabit the aquatic wonderland.

Let’s commence your nautical guide through one of Japan’s most impressive aquariums!

Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan resides in Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka’s bay area. Don’t worry about not being able to find Kaiyukan—just look for the giant Tempozan Ferris Wheel!

Osaka Aquarium Admission

Adult: HK $161

Child: HK $84

Purchase your tickets with Klook here.

 

Popular Displays

Osaka Kaiyukan Whale Sharks

Kaiyukan displays 15 tanks, each exhibiting a specific region of the Pacific Rim.

Pacific Ocean

Witness the enormous finesse of the whale shark living peacefully among an abundance of pacific marine life.

Japan Forest

Playful small-clawed otters and other freshwater dwelling animals settle into this cozy habitat.

Antarctica

Watch different species of penguins waddle around, coexisting is their chilly environment.

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Tasman Sea

Delight in the energetic nature of Pacific white-sided dolphins and watch them flaunt their jumping and swimming skills.

Aqua Gate

The Aqua Gate tunnel gives you the illusion of walking through the depths of the ocean.

Floating Jelly Fish

Enjoy the different species of jellyfish as they gracefully dance through the water displaying their illuminated exteriors.

Feeding Time

Osaka Aquarium Otter

Observe the most exciting part of the day—feeding time!

Watch 12 species of marine animals and mammals chomp on lunch, a site usually only visible in the wild. This time of day can be especially crowded, so be prepared! Check here for daily feeding times. 

Food and Souvenirs

Tempozan Market

Tempozan Market:

Tempozan marketplace resides next to Kaiyukan. The mall contains around 10 restaurants, a food court and plenty of places to buy souvenirs, clothing and aquarium merchandise.

Hours:

Shops: 11am-8pm

Restaurants: 11am-9pm

Fast-Food restaurants: 11am-8pm

(Hours vary by store and the mall closes on the same dates as Osaka Aquarium)

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho is a food theme park within Tempozan Marketplace. The site holds twenty restaurants, all of which present traditional food culture of the Osaka region.

Hours:

11am-8pm

How to get to Osaka Aquarium

1. Bullet Train

Travel from the Shin-Osaka Station, changing lines to Osaka (Umeda) Station and then getting off at Namba (Shinsaibashi Station).

Duration: 30 minutes

2. Subway

Take the Chuo subway line to Osakako Station

The aquarium is also a 5-minute walk from Osakako Station of Osaka City Subway Chuo Line.

3. Bus

From Osaka Station

Duration: 45 minutes

From Namba Station to Tempozan Stop

Duration: 40 minutes

4. Ferry

Captain Line transfers people to and from Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium

Duration: 10 minutes

Price: 700 yen one way / 1300 yen round trip

Frequency: 1-2 ferries per hour

For Osaka Aquarium ticketing or any questions please check the website or contact support@klook.com

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10 of Tokyo’s Weirdest Cafés And Where To Find Them

Out of this world dining experiences!

No force in existence can put a halt to Japan’s love affair with the bizarre. From ridiculous game shows to wild beauty trends, Japan never fails to disappoint those on the hunt for the unusual. One of Japan’s most popular oddities is its famed themed cafés. Allow yourself to be charmed by Japan and its classically weird culture with these 10 themed cafés.

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Okinawa: A Diver’s Dream

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Japan is a seasoned getaway for people looking to experience a dynamic, bustling city such as Tokyo, or to look for inner peace and some cultural education in Kyoto. Japan is not the the first place that comes to mind when looking for a seaside holiday within Asia… that is until you come to Okinawa.

Located in the far south, Okinawa is credited with a culture that is unique and distinct from the rest of the country. With some of the most intriguing natural settings, a chilled out island vibe and a reputation as a diving mecca, Okinawa is a bucket list-must for nature lovers and adventure junkies everywhere.

Snorkelling in Okinawa

You cannot come to Okinawa and not do some snorkelling; with pristine waters and rare, tropical flora and fauna, how can you resist? One of the most popular spots for snorkelling is Cape Maeda, where you even have the chance to snorkel to an underwater cave; with shallow waters, this is the best option for beginner snorkelers.

shutterstock_91808795For the more adventurous and brave-hearted, you can even snorkel with whale sharks; as the largest species of fish in the world, you cannot help but marvel at the creature. However, don’t let their size fool you – a whale shark’s diet consists mainly of plankton and small fish, making them harmless to snorkelers. If you still want the chance to see a whale shark, but do not feel comfortable being in the water, you can always go whale shark watching, from the comfort and safety of a boat!

Kerama Islands

shutterstock_62366473Located 40 km off the east coast of Okinawa Island and accessible by ferry from Naha City, the Kerama Islands are a cluster of isles that are a haven for divers from all over the globe; here you will find some of the clearest waters in the world, with exotic aquatic life, vibrant coral and a hundred dive spots to chose from. Sea animal species also makes the Kerama Islands worth a visit; Kamami Island sees sea turtles spawn between April and September, and several of the islands have manta rays and luminous cardinal fish swimming in their waters. If you have no experience with diving, you can try this introductory course, done within a day.

Island Highlights

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Shuri Castle

Whilst snorkelling and diving might be the most popular tourist activities in Okinawa, there is still plenty more to do during your visit. Some of the most famous landmarks include Shuri Castle, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Makishi Public Market, a lively bazaar lined with colorful, fresh fish.