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.
If you’re looking for accommodation on your trip to Osaka, I highly recommend thisairbnbplace 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.
It has 3 bedroom 1 toilet and 1 bath. Very spacious and can accommodate a group of 10.
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.
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).
It is true that Japan is the land of the fastest internet. Free wifi though is limited to train stations, airports, coffee shops and maybe malls. I don’t know how stable the wifi are on those areas because I got myself a pocket wifi. I’m literally scared of getting lost (lost in translation included haha). My friends depended on me to navigate so a pocket wifi is a must. I rented one from Pupuru. I compared and found them the cheapest. With good reviews too. You order 3 days before your intended arrival for pick up at the airport or they can mail it at your hotel. I picked up ours at Kansai Intl airport post office as soon as we arrived. On the day of departure, just drop it off in the sealed envelope it came into in any red mailboxes at the airport or any convenience store that has one. Easy peasy. It lasted for like 9 hours a day. If you’re going to be out more than that, it helps to have a power bank with you. No to getting lost with Pupuru haha. Google maps and Hyperdia are the apps I used in navigating the trains and streets in Osaka and Kyoto. Google maps became my bff! Take note, English street signs in Japan is scarce.
Japan’s train passes is as many and as confusing as their train lines. I was skeptical to get one at first. I couldn’t find one that works well with our itinerary. I said we might as well pay per ride. But last April, they introduced a new one for Kansai Region calledKansai One Pass. Offered for limited time only which costs 3000 yen inclusive of 500 yen deposit, reloadable and refundable. It works to almost all train and bus lines in Kansai region except the Shinkansen and some areas going outside Kansai. Some tourist spots offers discount when you present it at the ticket counter. So if you’re going to Osaka and will tour most of Kansai area, I highly recommend this pass. You can get them at Nankai Railway or Jr Ticket office at KIX Airport Station 2/F Arrival Hall Terminal 1.
Rinku Premium Outlet was a long debatable subject among us girls before this trip. Do we have to go on our first day? Is it even worth to go? Are the goods really cheap? How about we go on our last day instead? My friends will tell you that shopping is not my priority on any of my out of the country trips. Unless one was planned really as a shopping trip. It is last on my to do list and usually done at the end of the day, or on our last day, or if I still have extra pocket money left. But I’m all for friendship, goodwill and peace so I give in (with reservations lol 🙂 ) and include at least a day for shopping in our itinerary. We decided to drop by Rinku on our 1st day. First because it’s just 20 minutes away by bus from the airport. It will cost us more in train fare since it was quite far from our airbnb place if we go back and forth and second because if we went on our last day, we might not have enough baggage space left hahaha.
Bus terminal to Rinku Premium Outlet is located at KIX Terminal 1 1st floor Arrival Hall north gate. Look for bus stop no. 12. Bus fare is Y200 per way payable in cash. Please prepare exact amount or if you just arrived like us and don’t have Y100 coins, you may give Y1000 and the bus driver will give you change. No bigger than Y1000 though.
Baggage lockers are available on every floor near the restroom for Y500 each. It is at their foodcourt where we had our first taste of authentic Japanese food lol. Selection was ok. Ramen of course is the first order of business.
Nothing caught my fancy at this outlet though. My friends bought rubber shoes at Nike. We didn’t really have time to go over every store. Around 6pm we rode the train from Rinku Town station to Nippombashi station.
I think our airbnb above Kuromon market deserves its own post. I will write about that next time. After checking in our things we head out to Dotonburi for dinner. And when in Dotonburi, you takoyaki 🙂 .
Dinner was at this revolving sushi place called Daiki Suisan (infrontt of Creo-ru) Dotonburi. The sushi is priced per plate with differently colored plates corresponding to different price tiers (typically 150-500 yen per plate). Everything we tried here was good. Their green tea is so good too I bought 3 packs to bring home at Y300 per pack.
A tourist must do what a tourist do, to pose with Glico Man 🙂 .
That’s it for our first day in Osaka. Tune in for more of our Japan trip. Thanks for dropping by.