Early this year, reel and real-life couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla flew to Japan for their familiarization trip as the official celebrity ambassadors from the Philippines. Thanks to their partnership with Japan National Tourism Organization, the pair was given a week to discover and explore a different side of Japan.
By now, you’ve (most probably) seen their enviable travel photos. And if you’re wondering which tourist spots they’ve visited, just keep scrolling because we’ve got the highlights of their week-long travel itinerary! Warning: this will inspire you to book that trip ASAP.
OTARU, Hokkaido. Are you a food lover like Kathryn? Then Otaru is (definitely) your heaven on earth! Home to a total of 100 sushi shops, this city is also known as the “City of Sushi.” But aside from their different sushi specialties, this small town also boasts of its fantastic arts scene and other scenic spots like the historical Otaru Canal and Tomioka Catholic Church!
KathNiel’s Top Pick: Glass making experience at the Kitaichi Glass Hanazono Branch.
SAPPORO, Hokkaido. This island is home to one of the best known winter events in Japan: the Snow Festival. At this time of the year, tourists can enjoy various performances and events, food stalls, and even ice skating! Two sightseeing spots you shouldn’t miss? Odori Park and the iconic Sapporo Clock Tower!
Sapporo Clock Tower
KathNiel’s Top Pick: View of the cityscape at the Sapporo TV Tower observation deck.
Sapporo TV Tower
MIYAJIMA ISLAND. Located less than an hour outside of Hiroshima city, this island is home to one of the “Three Scenic Views of Japan,” the famous Itsukushima Shrine; the world’s largest wooden rice scoop; and the Miyajima deers. With its several temples and shrines, you’ll never run out of things to see (and do!) on this island.
KathNiel’s Top Pick: Shopping in Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.
Miyajima Shopping Street
DOWNTOWN, Hiroshima. If you ever find yourself missing the city life, you can always go to Downtown Hiroshima! Here, you will find the Hidori Street for all your shopping needs; Okonomimura for your Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki fix; Hiroshima Castle; and the Memorial Peace Park that houses major memorials to the 1945 atomic bombing.
KathNiel’s Top Pick: Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience in Hiroshima Station.
There’s (really) a lot more to see and learn about the Japanese culture-- just take it from Kathryn and Daniel who obviously enjoyed every bit of their stay! If you want to see more of KathNiel’s Hokkaido and Hiroshima adventure (plus their sweet travel moments!), watch the #KathNielLovesJapan vlogs below!
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Photos courtesy of Star Cinema and Japan National Tourism Organization.