Friday, April 22, 2016

A stunning sunrise from Candi Borobudur

This is my 3rd time visiting Borobudur Temple, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and it just never ceases to mesmerize me with its stunning backdrop. It is a Buddhist temple built in the 9th century.
This time I got the chance to stay at the Manohara Hotel situated within the complex. I just need to wake up at 4:00 AM and get to the temple to welcome the morning sunrise. A day before, one of the personnels told me that if it rains at night, the sunrise would look even more spectacular. And yes it was. Here are my shots for this weekend trip.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hakone and a view of Mt. Fuji

Weeping Woman by French artists Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne at the Hakone Open-Air Museum.
It is my first time to visit Japan and as I have a full Tokyo itinerary for 8 days, I squeezed in a day visit to its neighboring city Hakone. Little did I know that this will be the highlight of my trip. I only managed to visit 3 places, the Pola Museum of Art, The Little Prince Museum and the first of its kind in Japan, the Hakone Open Air Museum. Navigating the city was quite easy and I managed to take a ride in one of their old electric railway system, a cruise on a huge 4-tier boat and the reliable and easy to handle bus system.