See Japan from the perspectives of a Singaporean – this is a guest post by our resident blogger Xiaoying who is currently based in Japan. she also sells a range of japanese stuff at her carousell store – shipped direct from japan!

Sakuras are blooming in Japan for 2 weeks and get scattered away by winds and rains quickly. Fear not if you missed the sakuras, we can still catch the tulips. They are mainly blooming from mid to end April and have a longer shell life.

tulips garden by the bay tulipmania
Pictures from the Gardens by the Bay Tulipmania in Singapore

There are a few places where you can catch the tulips in Kanto region. (in case you are wondering where is Kanto, it is the region around Tokyo and the surrounding). I will be writing about the biggest tulips fiesta in Kanto, hopefully you can fit this beautiful place into your itinerary Sakura Tulips Fiesta 佐倉チューリップフェスタ

Address: Its an open space near to Sakura Furusato Hiroba (Sakura-shi, Shiroida, 2714 ban-chi) 佐倉ふるさと広場(佐倉市白井田 2714番地)

Nearest train station: Keisei Sakura station(京成佐倉駅)

How to get there: Turn right after exiting ticket barrier. Head for north exit (), take the Sakura City 100Yen bus. There will be signs and directions for tourists.

Cost: Free

Opening Hours: Till the sun sets Website: http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp.e.dj.hp.transer.com/0000000042.html

this year’s season – From Saturday, April 4, 2015 to Sunday, April 26, 2015 From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (rainy weather decisive action)

red tulips japan kanto fiesta

yellow tulips kanto sakura tulip fiesta

tulip kanto fiesta 1

red tulips kanto fiesta sakura 2

the sea of red tulips

sea of red tulips kanto

purple tulips fiesta tokyo japan

this fellow must be feeling cold out in the open

dog tulip fiesta

and Miffy, the small rabbit drawn and written by a Dutch

miffy dutch tulips sakura kanto japan

Personal feedback: Rated as the biggest tulips fiesta in Kanto featuring over 700,000 tulips with a Holland background. I went to both our tulipsmania at gardens by the bay and Sakura Tulip Fiesta, it is wonderful to walk around the tulips in the crisp cold air.

windmill tulip kanto fiesta sakura

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Samgyetang Ginseng Chicken Soup 삼계탕 is another must try food in Korea – there are lots of Ginseng Chicken Soup in Seoul but with all the great food here in Jeju e.g. BBQ black pork, Jeju Pork ramen, abalone porridge, we just had to try the Ginseng Chicken Soup here in Jeju as a round-up to our 4 Day 3 Night Jeju trip itinerary.

This ginseng chicken restaurant comes highly recommended by the staff of Feliz Telcon Hotel and it is just a 5 minutes drive away from Feliz Telcon Hotel.

The Korean GPS coordinates for this Samgyetang Ginseng Chicken Restaurant (by phone number): 7623319

Parking spaces at this restaurant is quite limited – space available for about 3 vehicles. Parking is free here. There are street parking available in the area but it is about a 5 minute walk away (also free). Do note that the roads around the restaurant are quite narrow and traffic is quite heavy around the evenings (when we were there for dinner) so the challenge here is to reverse park or reverse drive out quickly and safely without holding up traffic. There is a hotel opposite this restaurant so expect big tour buses in the area too.

ginseng chicken jeju seogwipo restaurant

A english menu is available at this restaurant – there are only 4 choices in the english menu:
– Jeonbok Samgyetang – Chicken Ginseng Soup with Abalone: 23,000 KRW
– Hanbang Samgyetang – Chicken Ginseng Soup with Medicinal Herbs: 16,000 KRW
– Tojong Samgyetang – Native Chicken Ginseng Soup: 15,000 KRW
– Ihwa Samgyetang: 13,000 KRW

As per every Korean restaurant, there are a lot of kimchi side dishes provided before the meal itself.

ginseng chicken kimchi side dishes jeju seogwipo restaurant

We were also served with complimentary ginseng wine – very very strong alcohol. It is said that this ginseng wine are performance enhancers – the performance being the one in bed – your sexual prowess :-)

ginseng chicken alcohol soju drink

We ordered for ourselves – Jeonbok Samgyetang – Chicken Ginseng Soup with Abalone – to reward ourselves for our hard work exploring Jeju for the past few days. Very delicious! The abalone size is also quite generous. Overall, a very satisfying meal here. It is not just ginseng chicken soup – but also got porridge so it was quite a filling meal.

ginseng chicken soup jeju seogwipo where to eat

ginseng chicken soup abalone jeju recommended restaurant seogwipo

As usual, the restaurant name is in Korean so I don’t know how to reproduce the name here. The signboard is in the first picture above. The Korean GPS coordinates for this Samgyetang Ginseng Chicken Restaurant (by phone number): 7623319

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sakura tokyo japan

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