Tasting my way around Tokyo (GMA News Online)

Skewered meats are easy to eat while sightseeing in Asakusa

(This piece was published in GMA News Online last July 2, 2015)

My love affair with Japanese food came later in my life. I remember I would cringe every time I would see my dad dip a slice of raw fish in wasabi-laced soy sauce and eat it in one big bite. Now that I have developed a more adventurous palate, I regret not trying sashimi earlier on.

I might have missed out on Japanese food for some years, but I believe it made me appreciate it more now. During my recent trip to Tokyo, food tripping was my main itinerary. I skipped DisneySea and Mt. Fuji in the name of food.

Despite my weary feet I trod along the city streets just to find the best ramen bar. I rode trains to reach the fish market and indulge in the best sushi I ever tasted in my life. To lessen the ordeal for Tokyo trippers, here are some of my food finds that you must try.

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A first-time visitor’s guide to Tokyo (GMA News Online)

Encountered lots of local tourists during the Golden Week

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last June 16, 2015)

Move over, Hong Kong! There’s now a new “it destination” for Filipinos: Japan. With more affordable direct flights by budget carriers and the ease of getting a Japanese visa, locals finally find it accessible to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.

I recently organized a family trip to Tokyo and managed to take care of everything—from visa application to flights and accommodations—for all 15 of us. I am no travel agent nor am I affiliated with a travel agency, but I was able to execute our trip with minimal fuss and stress thanks to technology and a lot of research.

Pick a place

What’s on your bucket list? There are a lot of must-see places in Japan, so it’s best to narrow down your list of must-visit spots and decide where to book a flight.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in Osaka, while Disneyland and DisneySea are in Tokyo, and Kyoto has a collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In our case, Tokyo was the top choice since we were traveling with kids who looked forward to visiting the world-class theme parks.

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