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10 Hidden Japan Attractions Best Accessed With A Kintetsu Rail Pass

Explore Japan’s best kept secrets with your Kintetsu Rail Pass!

The Japanese transport system is notoriously confusing but yet we all know it’s the most efficient and cheapest way to get around! While we all know and love the usual hits in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, there’s so much more to be explored.

The Japanese transport system is known for its efficacy and also the many different networks. Japan Rail, Hankyu, subway and also Kintetsu lines, these trains all service the same destination. But sometimes, one station might be closer to certain attractions!

If you’re looking for new sites to explore on your pilgrimage to the Kansai region, here are some hidden gems to get you started. The best part is these places can be easily accessed with the Kintetsu Rail Pass!

Osaka

Visit the usual Osaka hotspots like Japan’s tallest skyscraper Harukas 300 and home to giant whale sharks Kaiyukan Aquarium! Not only does the Kintetsu Rail Pass takes you to these hotspots, it saves you the hassle of buying single trip tickets.

If you need help deciding on which pass to get, check out our guide to the Kintetsu Rail Pass for more details.

Osaka hidden gems

1. Hozenji Yokocho Alley

Located just a few blocks away from the iconic Glico man sign along the Dotonburi River, the Hozenji Yokochi Alley is your secret hideout from the crowds. This street is lined with traditional houses and charming little shops and restaurants. The most famous is a dessert store, Meoto Zenzai where you can get your sweet tooth satisfied.

P.S. Legend has it that eating the zenzai dessert as a couple will bring you luck!

Address: 2 Chome-7-21 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0083, Japan

Nearest Kintetsu station: Osaka Namba

But of course you can’t leave the Dotonburi area without a river cruise ride! The Kintetsu Osaka Namba station will take you right to the heart of Dotonburi where the shopping streets are! From there, you can stroll along the river and grab a Takoyaki or two or stock up on souvenirs at Don Don Don Ki!

Klook your Osaka Amazing Pass and not only will you get a free ride on the river cruise, you’ll even get unlimited transport on the subways, metros and buses!

2. Nipponbashi-suji Shotengai (Denden Town)

For the uninitiated, Shotengai is a local shopping street with rows of shops that carry everything residents in the area need. The Nipponbashi-suji Shotengai is the largest electronic product shopping area. Rivaling Akihabara in Tokyo, you can also find many animae stores where you can stock up on figurines and manga books!

Nearest station: Kintetsu Nipponbashi station
Address: Japan, 〒556-0005 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa Ward, Nipponbashi, 4 Chome−5−20 ホリノビル 3F

Nara secret spots

While many of us know Nara as the land of deers, there is so much more worth exploring beyond the doe eyed creatures.  From amusement parks to cherry blossom towns, you’ll definitely want to see more than just deers.

Visiting Nara is made easy with the Kintetsu Rail pass as it covers the Nara Kotsu Bus lines, taking you to Nara’s top attractions like the Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha shrine and more.

P.S. Did you know that the Kintetsu Nara station is only a 5 minute walk to the deer park whereas the other Nara stations can be up to a 20 minute walk away!

3. Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park

Apart from being home to the Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park, you can also enjoy a panoramic night view of Osaka! Located atop Mt Ikoma, after a day out at the amusement park, enjoy the firework show against the backdrop of the city lights.

Did we mention that admission to the Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park is free!

Address: 2312-1 Nabatacho, Ikoma, Nara Prefecture 630-0231, Japan

Nearest station: Ikoma Station

4. Yoshinoyama

Mount Yoshino is Japan’s most famous cherry blossom spot with over 30,000 cherry trees planted along the slopes. However, even if you are not visiting during cherry blossom season, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is still worth a visit. Named the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”, there are many shrines and temples to check out on your trip up.

The Kintetsu Yoshino Line will take you straight to the Shimo Senbon where you can board the ropeway up to the entrance of the town. Plus, the Kintetsu line is the only direct train from Osaka!

Nearest station: Yoshino Station

Must visit spots in Mie

5. Yunoyama Onsen and Mt Gozaisho

Head up to the top of Mount Gozaisho and enjoy the cool breeze while you take in the spectacular views! On a clear day, you can even see as far as Mount Fuji. If you’re up for it, hike up to the top before heading to the Yunoyama Onsen Hot Springs for a good soak. Otherwise, take the ropeway up to the top of the mountain and enjoy the views along the way.

The Onsen is an 8 minute walk away from the nearest train station which is the Kintetsu Yunoyama station.  

Address: 8625 Komono, Mie District, Mie Prefecture 510-1233, Japan

Nearest station: Kintetsu Yunoyama Onsen Station

6. Shima-shi Kanko Noen Sunflower Field

Many of us have dreamt of running through a field of sunflowers, well now you can! Head to the Shima-shi Kanko Noen, also known as the tourist farm and see about 5000 sunflowers planted right before your eyes. Stand in the middle of the sunflower fields for your million dollar photo moment!

However, as with all good things, they don’t last very long. The sunflower season is usually from July to August so be sure check the city website for updates before heading down.

If you head over from December to May, you won’t leave hungry because that is strawberry season!

Address: 48 Takamidai, Toyohama, Minamichita-Town, Chita-District, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Nearest station: Kowa station

7. Shima Spain Village

The Shima Spain Village, also known as Parque Espana in the Mie prefecture is definitely one of its kind! Located inside a national park, this little village has been landscaped to mimic that of the Andalusia region in Spain. Enjoy the amusement park, soak in a hot spring, enjoy some Spanish cuisine or simply just stroll along these picturesque streets for a day out!

If you’re heading here by train, the nearest station is the Kintetsu Shima Isobe station and there are free shuttle buses that take you to the village.

Address: Japan, 〒517-0212 Mie Prefecture, 志摩市磯部町坂崎字下山952−4

Nearest station: Kintetsu Shima Isobe Station

Check out the park calendar for the opening hours before heading down.

8. Menard Aoyama Resort Herb Garden

If walking through a carpet of lavender does not sound like heaven to you, we don’t know what will. Breathe in the fresh lavender scent as you stroll through rows and rows of purple at the Menard Aoyama Resort Herb Garden. They also have hot springs for you to soak in after a long day of walking!

To get here, hop onto the free shuttle buses from the Kintetsu Iga Kambe station.

Address: 2356 Kiryu, Iga, Mie Prefecture 518-0215, Japan

Nearest station: Iga Kambe station

Kyoto hidden gems

9. Shogunzuka Seiryu-den Glass Tea House

The Shogun Mound is located on the eastern mountains of Kyoto and the highlight of this place is definitely the observation deck. Enjoy clear views of Kyoto and even Osaka on clear days. The glass tea house at the Shogun Mound makes for great pictures, especially at sunset!

You can also take a hike up to the Shogunzuka viewpoint where you’ll get to enjoy the lush greenery as well as see landmarks like Japan’s largest bell along the way! This round trip hike will take about 2 hours and can be done by anyone in decent shape. You can begin your hike at Chion-in Temple in Southern Higashiyama.

Address: 400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-8686, Japan

Nearest station: Kyoto station

If you haven’t gotten enough of tea houses, visit the Taiho-an Tea House and savor some Matcha from the birthplace of green tea, Uji! Participate in a traditional tea ceremony and learn about how the famous Uji Matcha was made.

Nagoya gems

10. Nagoya Science Museum

The Nagoya Science Museum is home to the largest planetarium in the world. This dome shaped landmark looks deceptively like the robot from the movie The Incredibles! With interactive displays like the “Tornado Lab”, the “Electric Discharge Lab” and the “Deep Freezing Lab,” there’s plenty to see and do.

Address: Japan, 〒460-0008 Aichi Prefecture, 名古屋市中区栄2丁目17−1 芸術と科学の杜・白川公園内

Nearest station: Nagoya Kintetsu station

When in Nagoya, you definitely cannot miss visiting the postcard cities of Shirakawa and Takayama. The cute little steep sloped wooden houses against a backdrop of lush greenery screams photogenic!

Other Japan essentials

Apart from these secret spots, your visit to Osaka would not be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Japan. Don’t forget to Klook your tickets to skip the lines! You’ll also need an Osaka Amazing Pass for unlimited transport around Osaka as well as free entry into these attractions.

These Osaka Food Souvenirs Are The Reason You’ll Need Extra Luggage Space

Must buy souvenirs in Osaka

Many claim that Osaka is Japan’s kitchen, and we definitely agree! You can probably spend all day eating and not try all the city has to offer. One of the biggest pains of leaving Osaka after a holiday is the food withdrawal symptoms. Lucky for us, the Japanese have delicious food souvenirs that we can take home to have a taste of Osaka every now and then!

The best part is most of these can be found in the duty free stores in the Kansai International Airport! Read on to find out some of the must buy food souvenirs so worth extra luggage space.

1. All things Takoyaki flavored

As you stroll along the streets of Dotonbori in Osaka, you’ll probably see a Takoyaki store every few steps! What could be coined the national street food of Osaka, these little octopus balls were our favorite snack to have on the go. Luckily for us, the Japanese snack companies have came up with Takoyaki flavored snacks in all forms! Whether you’re looking for prawn crackers, potato sticks or even biscuit sticks, you’ll find Takoyaki flavors everywhere.

2. Mochi

For the uninitiated, Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of short grain Japanese glutinous rice that has been repeatedly beaten with a wooden mallet. This chewy rice paste comes in many variations! The Strawberry Daifuku mochi comes with a huge strawberry and a red bean centre. Some of the more common flavors include the mochi with brown sugar filling coated in soy bean flour and green tea mochi!

P.S. If you’re looking to get some freshly made mochi to munch on while in Osaka, get some from the Kuromon Market! Klook yourselves a Kuromon market tour and let a local guide show you all the best places to get your Japanese food fix.

3. Kit Kats

The famous Japanese confectionary KitKat should definitely not be left out from your list. These make great gifts for friends back home with their huge variety of flavors. With over 200 different KitKat flavors, here are some unique Japanese flavors that you should definitely make space in your suitcases for.

The Tokyo Banana flavored KitKat is the perfect souvenir, combining both KitKat and the famous Tokyo Banana cake into one. Dorayaki, Red Bean, Wasabi and Sake are some of the more unique Japanese flavors that you can’t find elsewhere. While we’re not too sure how wasabi and chocolate combined would taste, we wouldn’t mind finding out!

4. Pablo Cheese snacks

If you haven’t heard, the Pablo cheese tarts are all the hype in Japan! If you didn’t manage to squeeze in the time and the belly space to get a taste of the rich creamy cheese tart, here is your next best option. Pablo has a range of take home souvenirs that we definitely will be trying. The Sabrel cheese biscuits come in 2 flavors, original and matcha. They also have a Pablo cheese creme brulee which we think is a match made in heaven!

5. Okonomiyaki flavored snacks

Apart from Takoyaki, another must try food in Osaka is definitely Okonomiyaki. This savory Japanese pancake is made with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, a protein some delicious sauce! You can go for the regular Okonomiyaki flavored biscuit sticks but we would recommend the Okonomiyaki Senbei! This rice cracker is topped with real freeze dried Okonomiyaki toppings, giving you the real authentic flavor of Osaka.

6. Osaka Petit Banana

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Not to be confused with fellow Japanese banana cake counterpart (Tokyo Banana), the Osaka Petit Banana is a soft fluffy sponge cake filled with banana cream and wrapped in a rectangular bite sized piece for easy consumption!

7. Matcha madness

Did you know that the birthplace of Matcha is Uji? Located just slightly over an 1 hour by train from Osaka. It’s no wonder that all the Matcha snacks in Osaka taste so good! Whether you’re looking for biscuits, mochi, kit kats and even cheese biscuits, you’ll find a matcha variation.

You can even bring home authentic matcha powder from Uji to make your own cup of green tea! Read our guide to Uji for more.

8. Peach flavored everything

Most of us always think of peach (Momo) when it comes to fruit in Japan. While you’re in Osaka, you should definitely stop by the markets and feast on some fresh ones but since it might not be possible to bring them home, you can get the next best option – peach flavored snacks!

Hopping onto the whole peach craze is the latest peach flavored Coca Cola! You can even get a peach version of the Osaka No Koibito and the famous Japanese Glico snack , Pocky!

9. Instant noodles

Fans of the hit series Pokemon will definitely want to bring these cute cups of instant noodles home. These mini cups make for great snack portions for days where you want something substantial.

If you’re heading to Universal Studios Japan, you should definitely get your hands on the themed instant noodles! Whether you’re a fan of everyone’s favorite yellow Minions, Snoopy or Spider Man, you’ll find your favorite in a cup.

P.S. Don’t forget to Klook your Universal Studios Japan tickets for the ultimate hassle-free experience. With open-dated e-tickets, not only will you get flexibility in deciding which date to visit, you’ll even get to skip the queues!

Check out our Universal Studios Japan guide for more! 

If you’re looking for more gourmet options, there are many instant noodles in Japan that have even been Michelin Guide recommended! You can even find these bowls in a nearby 7-11 or Family Mart store. Who says gourmet experiences have to cost a bomb!

Names like Ippudo Ramen and Ichiran Ramen are no stranger to those who have frequented Japan. Famous for their solo eating booths, Ichiran’s broth is good to the last drop! Now you don’t have to fly all the way to Japan to get your cravings satisfied. 

10. Calbee Jagariko

Calbee Jagariko is probably no stranger to us all. These stick shaped potato chips come in a variety of flavors! Our favorites are the salad and mentaiko flavours. But if you’re up for a little party on your palette, try the lemon flavored Jagariko for a change!

P.S. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, these are really addictive.

Osaka essentials

Now that you’ve got your food souvenirs all set, if you’re looking for inspiration on what to do in the city, we’d say the must visit place is definitely Universal Studios Japan! Relive the best movie magic moments of Harry Potter, the Minions and even Spiderman all in 1 place.

Don’t forget to also get yourselves an Osaka Amazing Pass to save money on Osaka attractions admission tickets! This pass not only grants you unlimited rides on the subways and metros, you’ll also get free entry to numerous attractions. Check out our guide to this pass to find out more.

Celebrate Summer With One Piece And The Minions At Universal Studios Japan!

A soaking good time awaits at Universal Studios Japan this summer 2018!

Nothing says summer in Osaka like soaking up the fun (literally) at Universal Studios Japan! Cool off from the summer heat and join your favorite One Piece characters in a battle of the super soakers. If water isn’t enough to cool you down, we hear the Minions went wild with their giant new freeze ray!

Starting from 30th June 2018, read on to find out what you can expect this summer!

One Piece invades Universal Studios Japan!

From 6th July to 30th September 2018, experience the One Piece Premier Summer in Universal Studios Japan! Based off the ever popular manga series, step into the world of straw hat pirates and get ready to celebrate summer!

One Piece Premier Show 2018

Grab your fellow straw hat friends because the One Piece Premier Show is the one thing you must not miss on your visit to Universal Studios Japan this summer. Relieve one of the most popular moments in the manga series where Luffy and the other straw hat pirates rescue Princess Vivi from crisis! Complete with fireworks, stunts and special effects, get ready for the excitement of finding your very own One Piece.

This attraction requires a separate ticket from your Universal Studios Japan admission ticket. You can get them from the official Universal Studios Japan site.

Venue: WaterWorld
Time: Doors open at 6.15pm, show begins at 7.15pm

Duration: 75 minutes

Show period: 6 July to 30 September 2018.

*Do note that there will not be a show on 10th July, 2nd August and 5th September.

©尾田栄一郎/集英社・フジテレビ・東映アニメーション

One Piece Water Battle

Of course you can’t spend summer without having at least one water gun fight! Join the Straw Hat pirates in their quest to gain the hidden treasure and get in a few soaks while you’re at it.

Pick up your weapon of choice and help Luffy defeat the enemies! Be sure to pack an extra set of clothes because you can get pretty wet.

Period: 6th July to 2nd September 2018

Venue: Near the entrance of WaterWorld

Timing: Check out the daily soak sessions at the guest services centre!

Sanji’s Pirates Restaurant

You’ll definitely be starving after all that battling and there’s no better place to feel like a Straw Hat pirate than refuelling on some food by Sanji. For the uninitiated, Sanji is the Straw Hat Pirates’ cook and this themed restaurant is one of the most popular dining options as from previous years. Enjoy some delicious french cuisine as you bask in the hospitality of Sanji!

Period: 1st June to 30th September*

Opening hours: Restaurant opens 5 times a day and requires advanced seat reservations

*Do note that the restaurant is NOT open from 4th to 7th, 11th to 14th, 18th to 21st and 25th to 28th of June.

Minion Freeze Ray Sliders

Our favorite friendly little yellow friends couldn’t stand the summer heat so they stole Gru’s freeze ray gun and the next thing we knew, the entire pool at the Minion Park is frozen! If you too can’t stand the summer heat, be sure to head over to the new ice rink. Hop into the ice making machine vehicles and slide your way around the rink to free up the other frozen minions!

Getting tickets to Universal Studios Japan

With so much to see and do this summer at Universal Studios Japan, the last thing you’d want to do is spend your time outside the park queuing up for tickets. Klook your tickets to Universal Studios Japan and skip the queues! Just flash your mobile e-voucher and enter the park directly.
From the best spots to view the night parade to secret souvenirs you can get, don’t forget to check out our insider tips to conquering the park!

Travelling Just Got Cuter With Japan’s Hello Kitty Themed Shinkansen Train!

All aboard, Hello Kitty fans!

Japan Railway Co. and Sanrio have launched what may just be the cutest train in all of history – a Hello Kitty themed Shinkansen bullet train! All decked out in bright pink and purple Hello Kitty gear, fans of the Sanrio character are definitely in for a treat!

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hello kitty shinkansen japan

In case you didn’t know, the Shinkansen line of bullet trains are considered to be the fastest in Japan. That said, you can expect this Hello Kitty-adorned train to be no different – just a whole lot cuter! In addition to its charming design, guests will also be greeted with no other than Conductor Hello Kitty herself upon entering the train!

As a cherry on top to this uber cute experience, travelers will also receive special Hello Kitty freebies such as towels, handbags, and stickers!

Book your JR Passes today!

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen train will be operational starting June 30th until September 30, 2018 only. Since it is on a limited run, the Hello Kitty Shinkansen will operate only once a day, unless stated otherwise. For now, only those traveling between Shin-Osaka and Hakata will be able to avail of this uniquely themed bullet train, but stay tuned for future updates!

In case you’re traveling to other Japan regions, we’ve got JR Passes for all your travels, too!

Need more Hello Kitty?

hello kitty shinkansen japan

If this Hello Kitty themed train isn’t enough to curb your obsession, you can travel to Tokyo and visit Tokyo Sanrio Puroland! Apart from Hello Kitty, you’ll also meet a bunch of other Sanrio characters here, too!

[Limited Edition] Universal Studios Japan Gets Magical With Exclusive Sailor Moon Goodies!

Limited edition Sailor Moon goodies up for grabs!

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) brings some magic to visitors with this year’s Universal Cool Japan! Sailor Moon joins Detective Conan, Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter in a stellar line-up this summer.

Universal Cool Japan is an annual three-month summer program at USJ. This usually features tie-ups with big names in Japanese pop culture. Past guests include Attack on Titan and even Godzilla himself! The best part? Admission is included in your USJ entrance ticket!

If you’d like to skip the queues, consider Klook-ing a Universal Cool Japan Express Pass for fast-track entry.

Universal Cool Japan
[wp-svg-icons icon=”calendar-2″ wrap=”i”] When: 19 Jan (Friday) to 24 Jun (Sunday) 2018

All images used courtesy of Universal Studios Japan, ©Naoko Takeuchi.

Sailor Moon characters at Universal Studios Japan

Sailor Moon photoshoot with wands

Fans of Sailor Moon – don’t miss the Sailor Moon The Miracle 4D ride! Immortalize memories with a photoshoot opportunity at Wonder Pix Digital Photo Studio. You’ll even get to wield your favourite wand!

Sailor Moon food at Beverly Hills Boulangerie

Fighting evil can be tough work and even Sailor Guardians can get hungry. Fuel up with themed food at Beverly Hills Boulangerie.  Try the Prism Power Cake (JPY 800 = SGD 9.80 = USD 7.30), or the Compact Cake (JPY 800 = SGD 9.80 = USD 7.30)!

A true fan won’t leave without buying some of their favourite merchandize!

1. Wands

Sailor Moon wand at USJ

 

Sailor moon wands at USJ

2. T-shirts

3. Bags

Sailor Moon bags at USJ

4. Hair accessories

Sailor Moon hair accessories

5. Socks

Sailor Moon socks at USJ

6. Tea

Sailor Moon Tea at USJ

Sailor Moon teabags

7. Accessories

Sailor Moon gold necklace

Sailor Moon silver necklace

8. Luna Accessories

Luna cup

Luna sling bag

Join Sailor Moon in her fight against evil!

No time like the present to head to USJ! Arm yourselves with the best tips and latest happenings here!

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.

pesto mayo pork ribs platform 1094
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.

pesto mayo pork ribs platform 1094

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.

platform 1094 the seeker
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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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

harry potter walking tour map
Source: theculturetrip 

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!

Klook me the Harry Potter Walking Tour!

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

georgian house hotel
source: georgianhousehotel

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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Source: primark

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Source: blackmilk 

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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source: harrypottertheplay

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.

20 Cherry Blossom Picture Spots That Scream Insta-goals!

Planning to catch the Cherry Blossoms in Korea, Japan or Taiwan this spring?

Being the Instagram addicts we all are, the phrase “pics or it didn’t happen” is a line we know all too well. If you’re looking out for ways to boost your ‘insta-game’ this spring, we’ve definitely got you covered! Read on to find out the best places to flood your Instagram feed with a sea of pink this Cherry Blossom season.

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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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How To Save $100 On Your Year End Holiday To Japan

Japan holidays don’t have to be expensive!

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Holidays to Japan often cost us an arm and a leg, but this doesn’t have to be the case! With Klook’s end of year sale, you can have the same experiences in Japan at a fraction of the price! The Klook team has put together ideas for you to ensure you can experience all of Japan while saving big.

Apart from the pulsating city of Tokyo, Japan has so much more to offer! From gorgeous landscapes in Kyoto to delicious food in Osaka, don’t restrict yourself!

Enjoy unbelievable savings to theme parks like Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and Disneyland in Tokyo and even on activities like a kimono experience along the historical streets of Kyoto! It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling solo, with friends or even family – we’ve got some itinerary ideas for you.

Enjoy S$100 off epic experiences on Klook

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With Klook’s end of year sale, you can enjoy everything Japan has to offer at a smaller price tag! The promo is open to Klook users residing in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Please refer to the following table for the respective promo codes:

Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
Tour of Bangkok on tuk tuk, entrance fees to temples, bottled water, guide, food/dinner included
S$79Find out more!

Step 1: Check out S$450 worth of products with promo code “YES100”

Step 2: After checking out with S$450, an email will be sent to you with a UNIQUE promo code within 24 hours. Input this promo code into your Klook mobile app and get another S$50 off when you check out with a minimum of S$300!

Check out the Klook end of year sale guide to find out how you can maximize those savings!

You might be thinking, it’s so difficult to unlock S$450 let alone S$750! Well, the Klook team has done the math for you so read on to find out how to save big this holiday!

Meet all your transportation needs with the Japan Rail Pass!

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There is no easier and more convenient way to discover the Land of the Rising Sun than taking a ride on Japan’s extensive rail network! Pick between the 7,14 or 21 day pass to explore all the cities in Japan! From Shinkansen, Limited Express, local trains, Monorail, JR buses, to the Miyajima Ferry, this rail pass is definitely the easiest and fastest way to explore all of Japan!

Check out our guide to the Japan Rail pass here for details on how to use your pass!

Klook your Japan Rail pass for the CHEAPEST passes on the market!

Street go karting AkihabaraS$36Find out more!

1. For the Solo Traveller

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Many of us just want to escape from our daily lives and what better way to do that than a solo trip? Apart from being Asia’s gastronomic capital of the world, the Japanese are also known to be extremely polite and friendly, making it the perfect destination for solo-travellers.

1.1 Find your zen in the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

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Escape from the bustle of city life in Arashiyama, Kyoto – famed for its beautiful landscapes and well-preserved ancient royal court. Of course, you can’t forget the lush green bamboo lined forests that Arashiyama is famous for!

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Following that, take a stroll in Okochi Denjiro’s traditional Japanese garden Okochi Sanso Villa, supposedly built as a picture of everlasting beauty. After that, explore one of Kyoto’s Zen temples the Tenryuji temple, where you can get one of the best views of Arashiyama!

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Finally, complete your journey at the Togetsukyo bridge, known for its beautiful reflections of the Oi River.

#Klook Insider Tip : Arashiyama is particularly picturesque during the cherry blossom season (early April) and mid-autumn (second half of November) season. In December, lanterns line the streets and bamboo groves during the Hanatoro illluminatio.

If you want to experience all that beautiful sights listed above and more, why not opt for the Klook Arashiyama Bamboo forest tour! Have a local take you around and tell you all the insider information about the places. Why get there yourself when you can get picked up from your hotel?

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Klook your tickets to the Arashiyama Bamboo forest tour and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to take in the beautiful sights of Kyoto.

ActivityRetail priceKlook price
Universal Studios Japan 1 day e pass372368
Go karting Akihabara148144
Total price520512
With Klook end of year sale promo applied462
Total savings 58

1.2 Explore Osaka’s best with the Osaka Amazing Pass!

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Conquer the best sights of Osaka with just one pass! This pass gives you FREE access to 30 Osaka attractions including iconic landmarks like the Osaka castle and Osaka Zoo, as well as boat trips along the Tombori river! The pass evenit doubles up as a transport card with UNLIMITED use of the Osaka subway, tramway and bus networks! All these and more at a price of only S$30? What a steal!

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If you’re looking to make the most of your Osaka experience, this card will definitely do the trick. You’ll also get special offers and discount coupons at a number of shops and restaurants in Osaka! Find out what attractions are included here.

Weekday Day Ticket
Admission from 5am to 8pm on weekdays- includes access to all sauna and bathing facilities, sleeping room, hair dryer and pillow, outdoor swimming pool and clothes and towels.
S$14Find out more!
Weekend Day Ticket
Admission from 5am to 8pm on weekends- includes access to all sauna and bathing facilities, sleeping room, hair dryer and pillow, outdoor swimming pool and clothes and towels.
S$16
Night Ticket
Admission from 8pm to 5am daily- includes access to all sauna and bathing facilities, sleeping room, hair dryer and pillow, outdoor swimming pool and clothes and towels.
S$17

Klook your Osaka Amazing Pass and all you need to do is flash your mobile voucher to redeem your pass! Check out the redemption counters here. If you can’t decide whether to get it or not, just book it on the spot! Afterall, it gets instantly confirmed!

4G WiFi (Japan Airport Pick Up) for Japan
Pick up from Narita / Haneda / Kansai / Chubu Centrair / New Chitose / Naha airport
S$6/DAYFind out more!

1.3 Cycle through the cobblestone streets of Kyoto

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If you’re looking to break away from the cliche tours of Kyoto, this is definitely the tour for you.
Ride through the Miyagawacho Geisha district, the second biggest entertainment district in the city! Say hello to geko women and their maikos as they stroll through the stone laden streets of Gion dressed to the nines in the delicate kimonos.

Sapporo Kaniya Honten Hokkaido
Address:2-11 Minami 4(yo)-Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays: Lunch: 11:00am-3:00pm |Dinner: 5:00pm-10:30pm |Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11:00am-10:30pm
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Klook your tickets to the Kyoto Backstreet cycling tour and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to paddle! Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes.

Tsukiji Fish MarketS$166Find out more!
Tokyo After 5 Food TourS$148Find out more!
Sapporo Kaniya HontenS$46Find out more!

1.4 Roam the streets of Tokyo’s most famous attractions

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Apart from Tokyo’s pulsating streets, her other charm is in it’s rich cultural and historical places of interest. Visit Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine – Meiji Shrine, where you can write your wishes and tie it to the prayer wall. Next up, stroll along the gardens and grounds of the homes of the emperor and the Imperial Family, the Imperial Palace.

Finally, after all that cultural places, venture towards the Tokyo business district, Nihonbashi! This is literally the heart of the city! Other than office towers, you definitely will be able to shop till you drop here.

Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets to the Tokyo walking tour and it comes with not only a pickup from your hotel but also an english speaking guide that will explain to you all you need to know about the sights. Afterall, who knows Tokyo better than the locals right?

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Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi Making180166
Tokyo after 5 Food Tour148148
Sapporo Kaniya Honten6046
Total Cost500444
Price with Klook end of year sale promo applied394
Total savings106

1.5 Visit the world famous Mount Fuji

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Visit Japan’s most famous mountain- Mount Fuji is all its raw glory. Take in the untamed beauty of the mountain over a barbeque lunch cooked from hot stone lava plates from the very same mountain!

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Nothing says relaxation on a holiday than a spa! Ease into the steamy onsens while breathing in the crisp Japanese mountain air and leave all your worries behind. Once you’re all charged up, head to the Gotemba Premium outlets (the largest one in Japan) and shop till you drop!

Visit all these and more on the Klook Fuji Onsen and Gotemba outlet tour! Get picked up froom the hotel and have a guide take you around and tell you about the wonders of the mountain.

Taipei Motorbike Tour
Location: Hotel pick up or meet at Taipei 101/World Trade Center
Tour Hours: Daily 6am, 8am or 7pm
Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets and have all your transport all sorted out! Afterall, travelling around and finding your way could be a bit of a trouble when you don’t speak the language. Plus, having a local guide tell you what Japan is all about is truly the only way you should learn about the country.

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Motorcycle Maniacs
Sightsee Taipei in 8 hours with a local and see the top sights on a motorbike!
S$170Find out more!
Sunset Tour
Sightsee Taipei in 4 hours with a local, see the top sights on a motorbike and catch the sunset!
S$99Find out more!
Dawn Tour
Sightsee Taipei in 4 hours with a local, see the top sights on a motorbike and catch the sunrise!
S$99Find out more!

2. For Couples: Romantic getaway to Japan!

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If you’re a couple looking for a romantic escape, Japan definitely won’t disappoint! From energetic shopping streets to calm and serene landscapes, you’ll find all you want in one country! Plus, you’ll definitely be rewarded with not only crazy Instagrammable moments but also, Japanese food is truly a whole other culinary experience. With Klook’s year end sale, you can have the best dates of your lives in Japan, all with a smaller price tag! In addition, with TWO of you, you’ll hit the minimum spending in no time.

2.1 Live out your own fairytale in Tokyo DisneySea!

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I’m sure all couples dream of a fairytale relationship, well, while that may not be possible in reality, you can definitely try to achieve that when you spend a day in DisneySea!

Being the ONLY DisneySea in the world, you can definitely expect more extravagant and detailed visuals and decorations, in other words, a feast for your eyes. This also means those Instagram photos will turn out amazing!

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If there’s any ride you MUST take, it is Toy Story Mania!FastPass for this ride runs out very quickly, if not the fastest. We’d be sure to take that fastpass first if we were you. Journey to the Center of the Earth has also been said as one of the best thrills rides in DisneySea for its intricate decorations and themes.

Check out the Klook guide to Tokyo DisneySea to find out all the insider tips!

Handmade Leather Crafts Workshop (Starter Course)
Location: No. 15, Chaozhou Street, Da’an District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10am to 7pm (last class is at 4pm)
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Don’t waste your time standing in line at the ticketing counters. Klook your tickets and enter the park directly! Plus, tickets are opening dated so visit any day you want!

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Muffin Coin Purse With Two Interior Pockets
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$67Find out more!
Good Friends Small Case
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$67Find out more!
Harui Small Hanging Coin Purse
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$81Find out more!
Small Wallet With Two Interior Pockets
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$112Find out more!

2.2 Dress up in a kimono for date day!

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Everyone likes dressing up for date night, well why not immerse yourself in the Japanese culture since you’re at it and dress up in a kimono! Stroll along the streets of Kyoto in a kimono and level up that Instagram game. You can even wear matching colored kimonos with your S.O for that #couplegoals.

Nantou Paragliding
Location: Taiwan Geographical Monument Center in Huxiao Village
Operating Hours: Friday to Wednesday 11am to 3pm
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Klook your tickets and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher, choose your favourite kimono and get ready to strut down those cobblestone streets of Kyoto!

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Nantou Paragliding
Embrace the sky with a 10-15 minute paragliding flight over Nantou's untamed terrain
S$125Find out more!

2.3 Get photobombed by polite deers in Nara

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Visit the beautiful city of Nara, once the capital of Japan, this place boasts to be a great escape from the big city. Most famous for its deer park where thousands of deers roam freely, be sure to grab a selfie with these polite creatures. If you feed them, they may even bow to say thank you!

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After that, head to the UNESCO heritage site, the Todaiji temple to see a 15 meter tall bronze Great Buddha statue. Look out for the Buddha hole in a supporting post of Todai-ji Temple. The hole is said to be the same size as one of the Buddha’s nostrils. Crawl through it and legend has it you will receive enlightenment in your next life

Tour timing: 12.10pm to 7.30pm

Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets to the Nara afternoon tour and you’re all set to meet those deers! Plus, it comes with a hotel pickup, so you’ll just need to flash your mobile vouchers and get ready to be surrounded by deers.

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Prices based on party of 2:

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Standard Pass
Get unlimited travel on Taiwan Railways for 5 days and unlimited travel on Taiwan High Speed Rail for any 2 days
S$125
Adult

S$63
Child (6-11)
Find out more!
Express Pass
Get unlimited travel on Taiwan Railways for 5 days and unlimited travel on Taiwan High Speed Rail for any 2 days, plus the option to reserve seats and travel on Taroko Express and Puyuma Express when seats are available
S$161
Adult

S$81
Child (6-11)
Find out more!

3. For families: family-friendly fun for everyone!

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When it comes to planning for a family holiday, Japan is always near the top of everyone’s lists, and with good reason! Apart from being home to the family favourite theme park Disneyland, the country is known for being safe and clean making it easy to travel with children. When travelling as a family, it is definitely easy to spend a bomb! With Klook’s end of year sale, you don’t have to break the bank for a great time with the whole family.

3.1 Make the littles ones dreams come true at Tokyo Disneyland

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There are 2 rides you definitely must take that are unique to Tokyo Disneyland- the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Monster’s Inc Ride & Go Seek! Even though these rides always have the longest wait times, we promise they will be worth the wait!

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The parades at Tokyo Disneyland have also been said to be the most extravagant of all the Disney parks. A nighttime parade unique to Tokyo Disneyland- the Electric Parade Dreamlights is especially grand! With themed floats adorned in bright, vibrant LED lights, accompanied by well-known Disney music and characters, this parade is truly an incredible experience!

Check out the Klook Guide to Tokyo Disneyland to get all those insider tips on how to maximise your time at the park!

Chinese Fortune Telling
Location: No. 104, Section 2 Minquan E Rd , Zhongshan District, Taipei City (Near Xingtian Temple)
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm
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We all know that queuing for tickets can be a bummer! Well, instead of standing in line all day, you can just Klook your Tokyo Disneyland ticket and all you can enter the park directly! Plus, tickets are open dated so visit whenever you want!

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3.2 Marvel at mother nature’s creation : Mount Fuji

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You can’t say you’ve visited Japan if you don’t head to its most famous Mount Fuji! Take a ropeway up to the 5th station for a view you will never forget. Up at 2300 meters, the elegance of Japan’s natural beauty will be staring back at you.

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Sail along Lake Ashi and feel your troubles float away beside you. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the unique Torii immersed in lake Ashi.

Tour Timing: 7.30am to 8.30pm daily

Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets to the Mount Fuji and Hakone tour to skip the queues! You’ll even get picked up from the hotel so just relax and enjoy the views on the way to the mountain!

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Rice Divination
5-10 minutes fortune telling, 1 question only
S$21Find out more!
Rice Divination + Anthroponymy + Face Reading
10-15 minutes fortune telling, you can ask anything during this time
S$51Find out more!

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Volando Urai Grand View Bathhouse
Location: No. 176, Sec.5, Xinwu Rd, Wulai Dist., New Taipei City 233, Taiwan
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 11pm

4. For Friends: Squad goals in Japan

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Gather the whole squad and get ready to take Japan by storm and fulfil those #squadgoals! From racing in go karts along the streets of Tokyo to conquering the rides at Universal Studios Japan, you’ll definitely have an adrenaline filled trip!

Plus, bring the entire squad and you’ll definitely be able to unlock those discounts!

4.1 Unleash your inner wizard at Universal Studios Japan

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Spend a day in a place filled with movie magic! The Universal Studios Japan theme park is definitely a must visit if you’re in Osaka.

All you Harry Potter fans rejoice! One of the highlights of this part is definitely the Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed area. The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride is definitely an experience you’ll NEVER forget! Apart from the rides, there is also a night show that features the students of Hogwarts battling off Dementors across the Black Lake!

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Don’t forget to check out the newest addition is the Minion Park! Featuring minion themed eateries, goods, play lands, photo op areas and also a Minion Mayhem 4D ride!

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Everland + 2 Way transfer308248
Dragon Hill Spa6056
Chuncheon Canoeing Tour14880
Total price 516480
With Klook end of year sale promo applied430
Total savings86

Klook your tickets to Universal Studios Japan and enter any day since the tickets are open-dated! Plus you’ll get to skip the long queues at the ticketing counters since you can enter directly with your mobile e-voucher!

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Bathhouse Only
1 hour use of Grand View Bathhouse for two
S$48Find out more!
Bathhouse & Afternoon Tea for Two
1 hour use of Grand View Bathhouse and Afternoon Tea Set for Two (served 2:30pm to 5pm)
S$73Find out more!
Bathhouse & Meal for Two
1 hour use of Grand View Bathhouse and Meal for Two (lunch served 11am to 2pm, dinner 5pm to 9pm, last order at 8:30pm)
S$118Find out more!

4.2 Race your buddies along the streets of Tokyo!

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a character out of Mario Kart? Well, now you can find out! Race your friends along the streets of Tokyo in a go kart as you take in the sights and lights of Akihabara! These go karts even go up to 60km/h!

Dress up in your favourite cosplay outfits before hitting the roads and be sure to arm yourselves with go-pros and cameras to capture yourselves on the streets. But, when you’re this cool on the roads, others may photograph you too!

Ready, get set, RACE!

Northeast Coast Scenic Day Tour
Location: Hotel pick up or meet at Taipei Main Station East Gate 3
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 5:30pm
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Klook your go karting experience, flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to race!

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Taipei 101 Observatory
Location: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 10pm (last admission at 9:15pm). Hours may vary on national holidays.

5. Travel essentials to complete your Japan experience

There are a couple of necessities that you definitely cannot survive Japan without! From a transport pass (JR Pass) that will cover almost your transportation needs to a portable WiFi device that keeps you connected, get them now!

5.1 Stay connected to your loved ones (and social media) on the go!

When you’re in a foreign land, you’ll definitely need to navigate your way around or even search the web for translations. For all you Instagram addicts, this is definitely a MUST-GET! Upload all those Instagram stories wherever you are with this portable WiFi device.

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6. Gastronomic adventures in Japan

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You cannot say you’ve been to Japan if you haven’t eaten any Japanese food, in fact, many of us travel there solely for the gastronomic adventures! Here are some of the Klook recommended things you MUST try before leaving Japan.

1. Tour the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and make your own sushi!

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Find out what goes on in a day in the life of a fisherman as he hustles and bustles to provide Japan with the freshest seafood! After that, head into the kitchen and pick up sushi making skills from a professional Japanese chef!

#Klook Fun Fact: The most expensive tuna in the world was once sold off at an auction here for US$1.8 Million!

Klook your Tsukiji fish market and sushi workshop tour and it is all inclusive! Get picked up from your hotel, have a guide bring you around and tell you the secrets of the market and get a sushi lesson from a professional. Talk about all inclusive!

2. Eat and drink your way through Tokyo!

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Let a local guide take you through the backstreets of Tokyo where the locals hang out after work! Munch on yakitori (meat skewers), wagashi (Japanese sweets), Monja-yaki (pancakes), washed down with a beer or sake. The best part- these food places definitely won’t be tourists spots! You’ll be drinking with the locals, so don’t forget to say Kanpai!

3. Get CRABtivated in Hokkaido

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I’m sure many of us want to visit Hokkaido just to get a taste of the famous Hokkaido crab! Head to Sapporo Kaniya Honten in Hokkaido, a popular crab restaurant once located in a Japanese fishery! Enjoy a wide range of crab dishes including queen crabs, king crabs and even some hairy crabs cooked in a variety of ways. We would definitely go for the Queen crab hot pot if we were you.

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Taipei 101
One time admission ticket - fast track entry to Taipei's tallest building
S$23Find out more!
A Day at Sun Moon Lake
Location: Hotel pick up and drop off
Hotel pick-up time: 8am to 8:40am

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Live the #luxlife for less!

You don’t have to compromise on quality holidays just to save your wallets! With Klook’s end of year sale, have the best trip of your life to Japan without breaking the bank. Check out other Japan activities to add to your itineraries here!