Adventures of Anette

Adventures of Anette


Monday, January 15, 2018

How to sleep in a Capsule Hotel - do-c Ebisu [Hotel Review]

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If you’re looking to keep your costs to a minimum while traveling in Japan staying at a capsule hotel can provide a good alternative for you. This might not be the optimal option if you don’t like to share facilities with other guests or if you dislike being in small closed spaces, but if those two conditions are met you’ll likely be able to enjoy staying at do-C Ebisu. I recently spent some nights in the newly opened capsule hotel and summarized the stay below.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sightseeing in Kobe: A visit to the Uonotana Fish Market (魚の棚)

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Japan is a country that has a lot to offer its visitors, with anything from new and modern to graciously traditional. I never get tired of visiting local areas and seeing their colorful and lively markets where old and new come together like nowhere else. During this year's new year holiday to Kobe (See also: New Year Celebration at a Japanese Temple - Taisan-ji (太山寺)) we stopped by the local Uo no tana (魚の棚) fish market to try out some local delicacies and feel the atmosphere.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Year Celebration at a Japanese Temple - Taisan-ji (太山寺)

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My seventh year since moving to Japan has just come to an end. Last year I spent the New Years Eve with new year's countdown in the crowded Shibuya crossing, so this year it was time for something quieter. With my friend Camilla visiting from Norway it was a nice opportunity to show her the traditional Japanese new year celebration, and so we decided to spend the holiday with my darling's family in Kobe.
By midnight we went to a nearby temple called Sanshinzan Taisan-ji  (三身山太山寺), or Taisan-ji for short. The main hall of this temple was built in 1293, and this building has been designated a National Treasure of Japan. I've included some pictures from the temple below:
Above: Yuma lighting up an incense stick

Above: Entering the Main Hall

Above: Visitors ringing the bell inside the Main Hall

Above: View from the top of the stairs to the Main Hall

Above: Lucky items sold at the temple
Above: New year with family and friends
The Japanese new year holiday strongly resembles the Western Christmas celebration. This is a festivity where family comes together and enjoy delicious food. The name of the commonly eaten Japanese cuisine is "osechi ryori" (お節料理). Here is a photo from the following morning (January 1st) where we got served osechi ryori breakfast prepared by Yuma's mother:
After a refreshing holiday it is time to start a new year. Although I don't have any new year's resolutions I hope to continue to challenge myself in the upcoming year, and to bring exciting stories for those out there who might be interested in reading more about life in Japan.

Happy new year and thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.
- Anette

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 Basic Info
  • Taisan-ji Sanshinzan Taisan-ji  (三身山太山寺)
  • ・Address:Taisanji 〒651-2108 Hyōgo-ken, Kōbe-shi, Nishi-ku, 伊川谷町前開224
  • ・Homepage: (Japanese only)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

【Norwegianclass101】New Year's Day - Norwegian New Year Phrases

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Happy new year! I hope 2018 will be a year filled with new and amazing experiences for all of you. A couple of days of the new year has already gone by, but in the below video you can find some Norwegian phrases you can use to greet your Norwegian friends when you meet them for the first time this year.

Ønsker alle der hjemme et riktig godt nyttår! 

Happy new year and thanks for watching! Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below
- Anette

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

To Do in Tokyo: The Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Illumination

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Christmas is a time for dating here in Japan and you can find many places both in and around Tokyo where they are having special winter illuminations to help get you in the right mood. Some of my favorites so far include the Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market in Yokohama and the Country Farm Tokyo German Village winter illumination in Chiba. This time my darling and I went to the Yebisu Garden Place to enjoy some time together there.

Monday, December 25, 2017

【Norwegianclass101】 How do Norwegian People Celebrate Christmas?

7:06:00 PM

Hi there! It is time for Christmas again and here in Japan I've been spending the 24th celebrating with friends and sleeping in a capsule hotel after renting out my home on AirBnb (I guess that's a story for another time). In Norway we celebrate Christmas mainly on the 24th so it's already a bit overdue, but here's a video I've been working on with where we give a brief introduction to how Norwegians celebrate Christmas. Hope you like the video! God Jul!

Thanks for watching! Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below
- Anette

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Monday, December 18, 2017

10 Top Rated Hotels in Osaka Chosen by travelers 2017

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Osaka is a popular destination for visitors to Japan, and along with the increasing number of tourists, there are also more and more accommodational options available for visiting tourists (check out my list of new Osaka hotels 2017 here).
I've consolidated a list of Osaka's 10 best-rated 3+ star hotels from the hotel reservation site Agoda. The hotels on the list have received a minimum of 50 guest reviews and are ranked by average review score where 10/10 is the maximum.

See also: 10 Top Rated Hotels in Tokyo Chosen by Travelers 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

10 Top Rated Hotels in Tokyo Chosen by Travelers 2017

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As Tokyo is getting ready for the upcoming 2020 Olympics the number of hotels offering accommodation to foreign visitors has exploded. Every year a number of new hotels are opening up their doors to the increasing number of visitors from all over the world (check out my list of new Tokyo hotels 2017 here), making it hard to know which hotels that provide the best experience for its guests. It can also be hard to choose from the large number of options out there, ranging from traditional ryokan inns to futuristic capsule hotels.
In this post, I will present Tokyo’s 10 best-ranked hotels according to guest reviews on the hotel booking site Agoda. The hotels included in this post are all 3+ star hotels, and have received a minimum of 50 guest reviews. They are ranked below by average review score where 10/10 is the maximum.

Visiting Osaka? Check out: 10 Top Rated Hotels in Osaka Chosen by travelers 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

[Hotel Review] Tokyo: A night at the upscale Centurion Classic Akasaka - Premier Family Suite

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More and more of the hotels opening up in the Japanese capital Tokyo are catering towards foreign guests. With an increasing number of visitors preferring apartment-style accommodation that can accommodate larger family groups as well there are also hotels that try to adapt to this trend by offering wider rooms and the sort of equipment you'd regularly find in an apartment. This is also the case for The Centurion Classic Akasaka, a newly opened hotel situated in Akasaka, an upscale area north of Roppongi popular among wealthy foreigners.

See also: 
All Tokyo Hotel Reviews
Tokyo's 10 best-rated hotels 2017
Tokyo Hotel Special: 20 Grand Opening Hotels 2016 - 2017
Japan's Top 10 Traditional Ryokan Hotels

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Adventures ofAnette

The classical story about a girl who went for a one-year exchange program to Japan, fell in love and got stuck there. Starting out as a student in Kyoto in 2010 I now work full-time in Tokyo as a hotel consultant, and write mostly about my travels, working life in Japan as well as a bunch of random stuff.
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