Viking Lupinus Restaurant (For Dinner) @ Hamamatsu, Japan

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Hi Everyone,

So after a tour around Hotel Wellseason Hamanako @ Hamamatsu, Japan, let’s check out the buffets I’ve mentioned previously. Our package included the breakfast and dinner buffets and just like our first visit, it was sooooo good! I’ll break this part into breakfast and dinner section as there are so much to share.

So let’s check out the dinner buffet. Prior to our arrival, the hotel asked which seating we prefer. Either 5pm or 7pm so we opt for the latter option – 7pm. By the time we arrived, the restaurant was cleared up for us. We were lead to our seats and was given a “Dinner Map” – special dishes to look out for that night.


Let’s have a look at what they have! First up my favourite sashimi & snow crab …. unlimited!!!

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There were also a lot of hot dishes to choose from.

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Soba & salads


Soups and rice


The stations where the chef will cook fresh food for you. We had the best Unagi there. Yummmmmm


Lots of dessert options. As we were there during Christmas, they even made some special Christmas desserts


You get unlimited drinks with your meals. Lots of options here also.



Check out one of my plates!


If you do decide to stay at this onsen hotel, I highly recommend you book the buffet as well so you can enjoy all the food they offer to their guests.


Hotel Review: Hotel Wellseason Hamanako (Part 2 ) @ Hamamatsu, Japan

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Hi Everyone,

Lets continue touring around Hotel Wellseason Hamanako @ Hamamatsu, Japan today. In my last blog, I have taken you to the room I’ve booked and some of the open areas of the hotel, today lets check out the inside of the resort where most people visit after they have checked into the hotel.

In the guest areas, it’s like a mini city inside with a cafe, massage therapy, various massage chairs etc. Let us have a look around! First, this is the massage therapy area. They are an additional service you can purchase if you want someone to give you a massage or hot stone therapy. Prices weren’t cheap but its an option you can take if you don’t want to go into the onsen.


There were also many rest areas with massage chairs, again has an additional charge but it was very reasonable. For massage chair use, it was 200 yen for 20 minutes. Not bad for some peace a quite and really it felt really good. I actually used the chairs quite often for the two nights we were there.

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There were other machines you can be used for a fee but I didn’t get to try them

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This whole area was very clean and quiet so it really felt like you were away from our busy lifestyle.


There were a number of hot springs in the resort and this was the sign to them. I cannot take any pictures inside but I have included a few from the website.




Just outside the guest area, there is a well-stocked gift shop for guests to purchase souvenirs. We actually bought a few boxes of biscuits back home as gifts and bought some to try in our room. The prices were quite reasonable compared to what you pay outside.


Around the hotel, you can see many displays for people to take photos. They even label them as “Photo Spot”

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Lastly, what I love about a Japan they set up the futons for us every night. This actually feels like a holiday!

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Hotel Review Hotel: Wellseason Hamanako (Part 1 ) @ Hamamatsu, Japan

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Hi Everyone

Today I’ll be taking you to really nice onsen hotel we stayed in at Hamamatsu. We were here the year before but because the service was so good, we decided to come here again this time during our visit to Japan. Hotel Wellseason Hamanako is not easily accessible by public transport so it is recommended that you drive there. As this was our second stay, I knew which type of room I want to stay in. We wanted the traditional Japanese room with a tatami floor for the kids to roll around and requested to be on the top floor as there is a very nice sea view from the window. The price we got quoted from the website is all inclusive which includes breakfast and dinner. You can opt to choose to have just breakfast but I highly recommend you choose both meal options as the buffet they have there was just worth the price!

While we were waiting in the lobby. The lobby was super warm considering it was like 2 degrees outside.


Let me show you the room first. Plenty of space for the family & a really nice view of the ocean

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The snacks were replenished every day


The attendant for our room was so thoughtful, she even bought a small yukata for our little man.


We chose to come back to this hotel was because it was very child-friendly.

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In the next blog, I will continue taking you around the hotel & the restaurants.

Address1891 Kanzanjicho, Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan
Phone+81 53-487-1111

拉麺しるし @ Hamamatsu, Japan

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Hi Everyone,

Today I want to take you to a small ramen place we found inside Don Quijote store in a country town near Hamamatsu called 拉麺しるし. We were staying at an onsen resort (will share this in another blog) and decided to go out and get some simple things for our stay.

As we were there during winter, a bowl of hot ramen was perfect for lunch.

The outside of the store was very nicely decorated with paintings of ramens. We can already smell the ramen from the outside! Yummm


Just like in anime and Japanese tv shows, many ramen stores have a vending machine for you to buy tickets in exchange for the food you want. It can be daunting for someone who doesn’t know Japanese but if you take a minute or two to match up the words/characters from the menu to the buttons, you can easily buy your meal tickets. Some shops will have numbers associated with the meal you want which can make things a lot easier.


Also a note, some machines have options for additional toppings like shallots, bamboo shoots, additional eggs. There are options also like extra noodles and which is usually a must for us because we are big eaters.

We ordered two ramen both with extra noodles and a serve of goyza.

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For such a cold day, the two large bowls of ramen were perfect for us. I am really impressed even in such a small town with little shops, you can still find some nice food at a very reasonable price.


Address: 431-3125 静岡県浜松市東区半田山5-36-1

Rilakkuma Sabo @ Arashiyama, Japan (Part 2)

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Hi Everyone,

In my last blog, I have taken you to the gift side of the Rilakkuma Sabo store at Arashiyama, Japan. Today, I will take you to the food side of the store.

First of all, you will always see a crowd outside the store. The reason why is everyone is there ordering or waiting for their ice cream and we are one of them. Look how cool it looks! Even though we went there during winter, we had to get an ice cream. yummmoooooo

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Inside the store, you can get many pre-packaged foods and they all look so nice! There are a lot of sweets and biscuits for people to buy for souvenirs.


There are also a range of honey and sauces but were too heavy to buy to take home.


Also, something to take note is there is a place where you can stamp your guide where you can collect different stamps in the area.


At the back of the store, there is a small area for people to enjoy their desserts of ice cream. It is nicely decorated and the area looked really peaceful for such a busy store.


If you decide not to buy anything from the store, do try their desserts as not only it was really delicious, it was also nicely delivered to us which was great for photos to share with friends and family.

Rilakkuma Sabo @ Arashiyama, Japan (Part 1)


Hi Everyone

Today I want to take you to the Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo in Kyoto. If you are a fan of Rilakkuma, you will have to come and check it out! The visit will be broken into two parts – one is the food side and the other one will be the gift shop side. There are loads to see so hope you don’t mind the picture overload. Today I’ll show you the gift shop first.


The store is on the main strip of Arashiyama and you will not miss it as there were so many people outside taking photos and lining up to get ice cream (including us!). If you do come for a visit, be prepared to buy something because everything in there is just so cute. Also, there are items just limited to that store so you need to choose carefully what you want to buy. There lots of merchandises including t-shirts and cute bags.


There are also many traditional looking Japanese printed items with Rilakkuma printed on it.

Gifts for all ages and occasions

Don’t forget the plush toys!!

In the next blog, I will show you the food side of the store which is next door of the gift shop.

Address15 Sagatenryuji Kitatsukurimichicho, Ukyo-kuKyoto 616-8374, Kyoto Prefecture

Phone: +81 75-863-2660

Umi Sushi Restaurant @ Sydney, Australia

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Hi Everyone,

Today we had a really good day out at Darling Harbour in Sydney enjoying the nice sunny weather. We went a nice Japanese Restaurant which I would like to share today. There are a couple of branches for Umi Sushi and today we visited the one at Darling Quarter.


Even though the weather was quite cold we sat outside as they had the heaters on for us. The menu was quite extensive with nice pictures showing what you are ordering.


In particular, I really like the kid’s menu as they really do try to make the food look appealing so the little ones will eat it.


Here is the food! First up are the kid’s meals. They even got some cute sushi lollipops.

The adults ordered bento boxes which come with rice and miso soup.

The lunch prices were quite reasonable considering the area we are in so if you are visiting Darling Harbour, do consider having a meal at Umi Sushi.


Add: Shop TR 10, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (in btw IMAX & Chinese Garden)

T: 02 9283 2006

Supermarket Self Checkout @ Japan

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Hi Everyone,

Today I would like to share the experience I had at a countryside supermarket in Japan when visited late last year. In Sydney, there are already self-serve checkout counters but this is the first time I’ve seen it in Japan from memory.

Everything on display at the checkout is in Japanese but it was pretty straightforward.


Firstly, scan the items with the barcodes on them. If they are too hard to scan, there is a handheld machine which you can also use to scan the barcode. Once you have scanned the items, place them in the bagging area. If you have purchased items that require you to choose from the menu, you can also select that on the screen.


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Once you have scanned your buys and everything is bagged, you can check out. If you have been to Japan before, you would notice the supermarkets will provide chopsticks and smaller bags for cold/wet items to put in the larger shopping bags. They are also available at the self-checkout counters. I have paid in cash so you can tell from the timer it is thinking. Then they print out a receipt, give you some change and remind you to take your items with you.

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Although everything is in Japanese, it was pretty straightforward so do give it a go when you see them next time.


Kunugi Restaurant @ Uji, Japan


Hi Everyone,

As mentioned previously, we visited Uji twice when we were in Japan so today will take you to another restaurant we went to for lunch.  Is at the outskirts of Uji so it was less crowded and has a nice view beside the river.

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Surprisingly when we arrived, the restaurant was pretty full as I guess people really wanted to enjoy the nice view but we were able to get a table inside. The servers at the restaurant didn’t understand a lot of English they had an English menu and clear pictures which made ordering a breeze

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Here were our meals! They were all nicely laid out for us. As the weather was very cold outside, they left us a large pot of tea as well.


The decorations in the restaurant were really pretty!


Here was the view of the river from the restaurant.

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This was definitely a nice stop if you wanted to have a nice meal or rest for a cup of tea/ eat a dessert.



AddressJapan, Kyoto Prefecture, Uji, Mataburi−66-4

Phone+81 774-22-7140

Ujigami Shrine @ Japan


Hi Steemians

Today I will be taking you to Ujigami Shrine, not far from Uji Shrine which I have shared the article recently. Ujigami Shrine is registered as UNESCO Hertiage site and is one of the most visited Shrine in Uji.

Ujigami Shrine

When we arrived, there were very little people so it was a nice and peaceful visit.


Before we went it, there was already a large tori gate with words stating this is a UNESCO Heritage site.

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There were many flowers and trees around Ujigami Shrine which gives visitors a very nice peaceful atmosphere.



During this visit, my little one really loved putting money in these Saisen boxes (賽銭箱). He thinks that every time he makes a wish, it will always come true.


If you are near Uji, do make a visit to Ujigami Shrine.