Yekaterinburg: What to Do and Where to Go?

This summer, I decided to take a tour of Yekaterinburg, one of the biggest cities in Russia. What attracted me to this place my friend Mark who runs ujsinc.com had told me about this beautiful city.  He has told me many times that it is filled with rich history and culture. It is home to some of the important buildings and sites. You will are going to be thrilled by the vibrant nightlife that it has to offer. The city has a plethora of things to do. Here are my top picks.

Red Line Walking Tour

The Red Line Walking Tour will take you around the 35 attractions that are popular in the city. I love self-guided tours. The best part about them is that you can explore the city at your own pace. You can catch a glimpse of the city. There are also some historical sites along the way, starting from the Square traverse through the ballet theatre of the city.

Keyboard Monument

There is an art piece along the embankment of Iset River. It is a tribute to computers and technology. Anatoly Vyatkin is the one behind the creation of Keyboard Monument. I was surprised to discover that there are about 100 stone blocks around the monument. It stretches across sixteen meters.

Vysotsky Viewing Platform

Do you want to gaze at the skyline of the city? Climb up to the Vysotsky Viewing Platform. Do not forget to carry your camera. This was surely a sight to behold. You catch a glimpse of the entire city.

Victory Park

In case you want to spend some quiet and relaxing time, you can visit Victory Park. It comes as a respite from the bustling life of the city. There are gazebos which you can hire for a picnic or barbeques. I hired a bike to take a ride through the trees. You will also be able to hire a horse for a ride. Children can enjoy themselves in a trampoline or with the paintball game facilities.

Takamatsu: Explore the Best of the City

Being one of the biggest cities of Shikoku, it attracts more visitors than the rest of the island. In case you are planning to visit the Shikoku in Japan, this can be a good place to start with. The scenic port town has made it more convenient to visit. I came across many interesting attractions throughout the city. To plan your itinerary and make your list, check out a few things you can do.

Drop in at Ritsurin Park

This is one of the primary attractions. Trust me; it is one of the prettiest gardens that I came across in this region. It was a visual treat for sure. The place had been built for the Sasu Ma and Sanuki warlords to relax. As a matter of fact, it is so beautiful that this has been designated as the National Treasure of Japan. Walking around the park, I came across Engetsu-Kyo Bridge. The park is most famous for this. There is also a lotus pond here.

Try out Udon

The Udon noodles is might be one of the iconic dishes of Takamatsu. It is the most popular noodles in Japan. It is thick and chewy. The dish is prepared in different ways and is just a unique thing to have. Drop in a restaurant to have this iconic dish.

Visit Sanuki Takamatsu Festival

If you are visiting in the month of August, you will be able to be a part of this festival. The festival grabbed my interest because of the various attractions it has to offers. Starting from firework display to traditional dance, you get to see it all. Go to the central park to catch a glimpse of this festival. Stroll around and take some photos. You are surely going to remember this for a lifetime.

Yiwu – Explore Lakes and Temples Here

This Chinese city is known to haveinspired several musicians and poets and when I came here you will quickly realize why. Today the city has a modern landscape as well with a centralized business and commercial district, some buildings dating back to the seventeenth century even. The city has a uniqueness that is unlike any new city of the modern world.

The other thing I enjoyed here was visiting the local markets. Here you will find stalls that sell anything, from extension cords to clothes. You can negotiate with the traders, marveling all the time of the ancientness of the region, it being a place of trade of the Middle East for several centuries.

The place has a subtropical humid climate with four distinct seasons. I would recommend that you come here in autumn and spring; every year the October and April months have several events.

Stop by Shuanglin Temple

This is the main cultural and religious landmark to visit so I made it the first stop on my travel tour itinerary. The architecture of the temple and iron tower is a wonder to behold.

A Rocky Wonder – Desheng Yan

Did you know that this name translates as thick rocks? This place is a dense rock mountain that is a must visit. I clicked on countless photos here.

Stop by the International Exhibition Center

This place is opposite the Meihu exhibition center which is in the northern part of the city. The landscape is nice to check out as well as the conventions and trade fairs that are held here at different times of the year. When I was there the exhibition center had a cuisine fair on and it was fun sampling food of the different Chinese cuisines.

Plan a Day Tour at Xiuhu Lake Park

This is a scenic lake that you will find surrounding the Da’an temple tower. The tower was built around 960 AD during Song dynasty reign. The park is popular and you can spend time here as I did. It houses coffee and tea houses, supermarkets and shopping malls as well. There is much to do and is ideal to spend a day here, especially when the weather is pleasant.

Yokohama: Enjoy a Short Trip from Tokyo

When I took a trip to Tokyo, I decided to visit Yokohama during the weekends. This is the perfect place for a short trip. The city has a seaside vibe that is relaxing. There are a plethora of things to do and see. If you are planning to visit Yokohama any time soon, here are a few things that you need to check out.

Hara Railway Museum

I have always loved trains and a visit to this museum topped my list. Here you will find more than 6000 train models. I got to learn about its history and the different types of trains that are there. To make it more convenient they provide you with a tablet that reads QR Code so that you can choose to learn about the history from 8 different languages.

Anpanman Children’s Museum

Are you traveling with your kids? Then this is just the place to be. Anpanman Children’s Museum was actually a series that had been developed for adults. However, it became an anime series from a picture book one. I came to learn that it is largely popular among Japanese children. You are going to find the characters of the anime in the museum.

Bashi Shōtengai

The shopping street of Yokohama is just charming. Starting from deli shops to public theatre, you will find it all. Here are some amazing restaurants and I tried out the food there and I have to say that is simply amazing. There is no better place to catch a glimpse of the lives of the local people than in Shōtengai. I also collected some souvenirs from here.

Zo-No-Hana Terrace

This structure had been developed in 2009. It had been created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port of Yokohama. It is an incredible place to relax. There are cafes and plazas. I loved the view of the port area.