24 hours in Batad (Banaue)






1. Php 1715 per pax  – Overnight package tour c/o Ramon’s homestay inclusive of jeep fr Banaue to Batad, Guide fee, Batad tourist fee, overnight accomodation at Ramon’s (1 hut for 7pax), Ifugao costume wearing for photo ops,  and van from Batad to Sagada (1 way drop off only). Contact Jasmin 0975-615-5542.

2. Ohayami bus transit to Banaue costs at 450 per pax and will take you approximately 8-9 hours with 3 stop overs. We are only maybe 15 locals in that 9pm trip the rest are foreigners.

3. Buy water, snacks and other necessities in Banaue before you go to Batad. It’s cheaper.

4. Toploading is so much fun! Please don’t pass up on this. It is not scary at all I promise.

6.  Walking stick for rent at 10pesos. Believe me you need one. Very helpful. Get one!

7.  There are local porters at the saddle point if you want to hire one. Rate is per bag and how heavy it is. Mine costs 100 pesos. They can carry maybe 3-4 bags each way. Go get one! Para sa ekonomiya!

8.  Food around here takes 45 minutes-1 hour waiting time. A cup of coffee or hot chocolate is maybe 30 minutes. Longer wait than the time I spent drinking it. The view of the terraces while waiting for my cup actually makes up for it.

9. Batad is out of coverage area for any mobile network. Try to enjoy and savor that moment of disconnection.

10. Please please check the weather before you go. The time we went, it was drizzling and the trails can be very slippery when wet. I slipped a few times. A tried and tested trek sandals is a must.

11. We went around February to catch the cold weather up north. The terraces were mostly brown muddy pools with some greens. Locals said it is best to go around June and July when the terraces is in their golden color before harvest in August. If you want to see it on its greenest, then go during summer.

12. No ATM in town. Cash is the only way to go.



More about Batad here:

My Batad Photodiary

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Kyoto : Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

Day 2 May 16, 2016 Itinerary:

Kurumon Market – Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – Kinkakuji Temple

Weather forecast cloudy with rainshowers.

MATCHARAP!!! A must when in Kyoto. This is just outside the Saga Arashiyama train station.

Free entrance at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Woohoo!


Don’t forget to look up.
No photobombers! I told them to do Bruce Lee poses and this is what I get hahaha 🙂 .




Photobombers galore. It’s hard to get a decent photo but that’s ok. Sometimes that’s what makes it more interesting.



Tenyruji Gardens Y500 plus Y100 if you’re going inside the temple.

Arashiyama to Kinkakuji – From Saga Arashiyama station going to Emmachi Station ( 1 stop only), walk 2 minutes to bus stop. Ride bus no. 205 and go down at Kinkakuji-Michi bus stop. Y230 bus fare or use your Kansai One Pass.

Kinkakuji – Temple Of The Golden Pavilion. Entrance fee Y400.






It was raining hard by the time we left Kinkakuji. We were forced to buy umbrellas at a nearby store selling them for Y500. At the Kinkakuji-Michi bus stop, we rode bus 205 again and went down at Kyoto Station.

Inside Kyoto station.

We had dinner at Isetann Food court then stop by BIC Camera at the corner before heading back to Osaka.

Tomorrow is another long day of walking 😉 .





You can read all of my Japan posts here:

Osaka-Kyoto-Nara Itinerary and Expenses

Osaka Travelogue Day 1

Where To Stay In Osaka 

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara (Japan) 

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama district and geisha hunting in Gion

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Where To Stay In Osaka: West Japan Airbnb



If you’re looking for accommodation on your trip to Osaka, I highly recommend this airbnb place we rented just last week. It is located inside one of the alleys of Kuromon Market. 5 minutes walk from Nippombashi station. Dotonburi and Shinsaibashi are 10 minutes by foot and so is Namba Center.


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It has 3 bedroom 1 toilet and 1 bath. Very spacious and can accommodate a group of 10.

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All in one Japanese toilet! Over toilet sink, wherein after you flush, water comes out of the faucet on top of the toilet for you to wash your hands then recycled to fill the toilet reservoir for the next use. Awesome! It also come equipped with sensors and automated bidet for front and rear wash.


One of the three rooms where four of us slept (we are a group of six). No beds just tatami mats and futons.


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The kitchen is well equipped.   On our fourth night, we decided to eat in. Around 5pm before the market close, most of the sushi and sashimi are on sale. We bought those and cooked kobe beef. Beef cuts and ready to eat salad inside the supermarket are not bad either. Even the strawberries are on sale at this time 😉 . Food choices is never a problem because you are inside Kuromon Market where the food is epic.


Just outside the alley is a 24 hour supermarket.



Yi, our host, was very patient and helpful in answering all my inquiries and questions thru email before and during our stay. She sent a vey detailed info on how to get there without hassle. The only con I could think of was there is no pocket wifi included with our accomodation. That’s why we rented one from Pupuru. All in all we really enjoyed our stay here.

So here’s the video of the place if you wanna see. Please excuse our voices 🙂 .

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. We paid the amount they advertised (group of 6 for 5d4n).






You can read all my Japan posts here:

Osaka-Kyoto-Nara 5D4N Itinerary and Expenses

Osakangkayganda Day 1

Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (Japan)

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama district and geisha hunting in Gion

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