I guess one reason why filipinos go to Japan nowadays is because we can shop for things that aren’t sold in the Philippines. For instance, my brothers went crazy at the Pokemon center; They literally bought a bucket full of plushies for their birthday. In my case, I spent way more time than needed at Muji. There are a few stores here in Manila but in Japan, there’s obviously a wider range of products and they’re cheaper too. They also have a Muji cafe (that’s where my dad and brothers stayed because we took too long).
Then there’s universal studios, which is one of the main reasons why we chose to fly to Osaka instead of Tokyo. My brothers said it was their favorite part of the trip: they received magic wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, saw Jaws up-close on a tour boat, and fought bad guys with spiderman on a 4D adventure. Want words of wisdom? It may be expensive but getting a fast pass is definitely worth it.
Osaka is known for three things: food, shopping and universal studios. My family went to Japan for four days but it really didn’t seem that long. One day was spent purely at Universal, another one was scheduled for a full-day to a tour around Nara and Kyoto, and the other two days were dedicated to shopping and eating (Osaka Food Finds is to follow). For a person who is always bothered by the cold, I’d say going to Japan over the Christmas holidays is perfect. It’s a good change from the overpowering sun we have back home, yet the chilly weather is tolerable 🙂