Miraikan, museum of the future

Though I lived for over three years in Tokyo, it wasn’t until my last trip as a tourist back to the big metropoli in summer that I decided to pay a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as Miraikan. Located in the artificial island of Odaiba it was really worth to pay a visit on a hot summer day. My inner child was as in a toy store with all the gadgets, robots, and technology around, and my grown up version was even more excited about it. The main attraction for visitors is the robot Asimo, shows every 2-3 hours to perform.

Miraikan, museum of science and technology in Odaiba, Tokyo.

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Expo ’70 Commemoration Park (Bampaku kinen-koen 万博記念公園)

UPDATED: In autumn 2015 the latest project, Osaka Expoland will be inaugurated. This will be the largest entertainment and shopping center in all Japan, reactivating the whole area of the Expo ’70 Bampaku park.

The Expo ’70 Bampaku Park in Osaka has a special charm, now old fashioned and nearly abandoned, yet some people goes there for running, spending the day and barbaque. Seemed most of the facilities are just there as a reminder, still maintenance and attendance to the park was clear. As for the main monument, the Tower of Sun, is well known and recognisible around anywhere in Japan. To access the park drop off at Bampaku Kinen Koen station, of the Osaka monorail. It’s a short walk from there to the park and you can see the Tower of Sun from the station.

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Tower of Sun, Osaka Expo Park.

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One day viking tour, the island of Birka and restaurant Aifur

As I introduced my reason to go to Stockholm in my first post of impressions about it, the research of viking lost culture was the main reason of my trip to the North. To do that, I asked beforehand to many swedish friends, search on guide books and sites to get some info about the topic. The part that got my attention the most was the island of Birka, UNESCO World heritage site, so I booked a tour to Birka by boat at stromma.se. After this little introduction you can keep reading to know about the one day tour I made to a full viking experience.

Viking boat replica, Birka.

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Things to do in Kanazawa, my Golden week trip

It’s been a little more than 2 years of my trip to Kanazawa, but I would like to share some tips and my experience of my weekend in Kanazawa for Golden Week.
At the time, I wasn’t good enough with japanese reading so my friend Yurina helped me a lot with the transport reservation and guiding me through the city. Golden week is a peak travel season for japanese so doing reservation was a bit harder than expected. She reserved a night bus for me, from Shinjuku bus terminal to Kanazawa.
Night buses are quite comfortable in Japan, and quite cheap as well. I took the night bus to several places in Japan, and I recommend it if you have the time and enough experience and endurance to sleep on a bus.

Kanazawa station.

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