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Honey Blueberry Cheesecake with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

I recently learned about steam and bake cooking method and was amazed by the result. It’s like how some recipe requires you to bake a cake in a waterbath. With the Panasonic Cubie Oven, you could do it more efficiently without the hassle and risk of burning yourself! There’s a Combi-Steam and Convection Bake setting for you to use and I would certainly say it yield you great results. Cakes baked using this setting will give you a moist and soft interior while chickens are well roasted to golden brown on the outside and still remain moist and juicy on the inside.

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

I wondered and told myself, “Why not we put this oven to a test by making a cheesecake?”. A good Cheesecake recipe is important but the efficiency of an oven is even more important! If the temperature is inaccurate and there are lots of hot and cold spots, it will lead to a cracked cheesecake. Sometimes, the temperature inside so differs from what it stated on the dial that it will result in a very dry and crusty cheesecake. Nasty!

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

I’m surprised that they have a preset menu for a fuss-free cooking experience as you don’t have to actually frustrated which mode or temperature to set. For cheesecake, the instruction menu told me to set the oven to number 10 in the auto menu mode. As you guys know, I would often advise you to preheat your oven before you start your recipe, right? Yet, I was flabbergasted that the oven actually preheats really quickly! I was just blitzing the biscuits for the base and it’s already preheated to the desired level. Though it is small and compact, the oven is large enough to roast a chicken for the family. You could even steam two large fishes on two separate trays at one go!

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

Once I mixed all my ingredients, off it goes into the oven! The oven automatically set the desired temperature and duration. As the mode uses steam and bakes function, it will automatically burst shots of steam into the cavity to ensure my cheesecake stays soft and moist. No waterbath, no fuss!

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

My Honey Blueberry Cheesecake recipe is easy to make and is special as compared to conventional recipes. The base uses toasted almonds and digestive biscuits to yield you a nutty fragrant aroma. While sugar is replaced with honey to give you a lovely deepen flavor. Lemon zest is also added to pair all the ingredients together and the result is stunningly lovely.

Look at it, doesn’t it looks lovely? The sides ain’t crusty and the inside remains soft and creamy. I like my cheesecake cold so I would suggest you to serve chilled!

 

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake
one 6-inch round cake
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Ingredients
  1. 70 grams of digestive biscuit
  2. 30 grams of toasted almond
  3. 40 grams of butter ,soften
  4. 200 grams of cream cheese, soften
  5. 45 grams of fine sugar
  6. 100 grams of plain yogurt
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tbsp cornstarch
  9. Zest of one lemon
  10. 125 grams of blueberries
  11. 3 tbsp. of honey
  12. 1 tbsp. of water
  13. Fresh blueberries, mint leaves to decorate
  14. Fruit glaze
Instructions
  1. Preheat the Panasonic Cubie Oven to number 10 using the auto menu.
  2. Blitz toasted almonds, digestive biscuits and soften butter in a food processor until fine crumbs.
  3. Press into a 6-inch round cake pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Put it into the fridge while you make your cheesecake
  5. Beat honey and soften cream cheese until combined. Do not over whip.
  6. Crack in one egg.
  7. Drizzle in plain yogurt.
  8. Stir in cornstarch and the zest of one lemon.
  9. Transfer into your cake pan and put it into the oven.
  10. Bake at a preset timing.
  11. Let it cool with the door half open when the timer runs off.
  12. Put it in the fridge to chill while you make your blueberry compote.
  13. Cook blueberries, honey, and water until low heat in a pan until it thickens.
  14. Let it cool and spread onto the cheesecake.
  15. Decorate the cheesecake wit extra fresh blueberries, and mint leaves. You could glaze the fruit to make it shiny if you like.
  16. Serve chilled
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Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

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Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Last week, I shared my experience at Lapis Lapis in Jakarta with my good friend, Titan. If you haven’t seen the video make sure to check it out here!

So for today, I am sharing my take on Lapis Surabaya. I got this recipe from my mum’s old notebook and made some modifications to suit the size of my pan. As I don’t fancy making a whole cake because I can’t finish, I made my Kueh Lapis in a loaf pan instead. If you want to make a large 7-inch square cake, just double the recipe will do.

Lapis Surabaya

Additionally, if you have noticed, I’m not in my own kitchen! I shot this recipe in IMPIXEL kitchen studio. Make sure to check out my video recipe on Youtube and tell me about my new shooting style. I certainly do feel nervous speaking in front of the camera while baking. But I really want to share my tips and trick and connect with all of you so I hope you guys will enjoy my new format. 

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya
7.9" x 4.3" Loaf Pan
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Ingredients
  1. 10 Egg Yolks
  2. 125 grams of Fine Sugar
  3. 50 grams of Plain Flour
  4. 125 grams of Salted Butter
  5. 2 tsp. of Milk Powder
  6. 1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
  7. 1 tbsp. of Cocoa Powder
  8. 2 tbsp. of Strawberry Jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Beat butter for 10 minutes on high speed until pale and fluffy.
  3. Set aside and beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl for 10 minutes on high speed.
  4. Lower your mixer speed and stir in plain flour and milk powder.
  5. Drizzle in vanilla extract.
  6. Next, fold in butter.
  7. In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder and a tablespoon of water until well.
  8. Separate the mixture into 3 and stir in cocoa powder mixture with one of the bowl.
  9. Transfer each mixture into a loaf (7.9" x 4.3") lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  11. Let it cool completely and layer them by spreading some strawberry jam in each layer.
  12. Trim the edges and serve!
Notes
  1. Add orange zest or spice to change things up a little.
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W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

 MASUNAGA – W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

Cultured, Comfort, and Classic.
Each piece of MASUNAGA eyewear is individually crafted by skilled artisans to ensure the best comfort and quality. 
Got my personalized MASUNAGA shade at W Optics. Located at Suntec City, it is the largest optical vision care center in Singapore offering the latest optical solutions and products. A first-of-its-kind retail concept, they offer many tailored vision care services and hold large major brands for you to choose from.

W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

The massive 5,000 sq ft store caters to the needs of every type of customers looking for optic care. I am certainly impressed by the range of products and services they provide here.

MASUNAGA - W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

MASUNAGA – W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

Look at my pretty shade! I chose Crizal to protect my eyes from glare and harsh UV rays. The lens is also against scratches, smudges, dust, and water so that I will have a clear vision!

W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

This is the educational area whereby customers can watch some videos or listen to their free weekly public forums and relax with a cup of complimentary drink. I also like to call it the ‘atas’ lounge area where you can rest while waiting for your eyewear.

W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

 Major luxury brands all in the comfort of one huge store. 

W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

They have a few diagnostic rooms that are fully equipped with the latest instruments to screen and diagnose different eye diseases.

W Optics - Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics – Your One-Stop Vision Solutions

W Optics

Address: Suntec City Mall 3 Temasek Boulevard (Tower 5) #01-400 Singapore 038983

Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT

http://woptics.sg

 

 

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ENTERTAINER 2018 – More and Better with Bali + Cheers

ENTERTAINER 2018

ENTERTAINER 2018

If you guys have been following me, you guys would know I am a big fan of the ENTERTAINER application, which offers more than 1,700 1 for 1 offers on Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes, Attractions, Wellness and Retails. 

This coming 2018, the application will offer even more 1 for 1 offers from over 100 new merchants. What better way to save on food, fashion, retail, fitness, and everyday services!

ENTERTAINER 2018: 1-for-1 @ The Masses

ENTERTAINER 2018: 1-for-1 @ The Masses

For a limited time, customers can get S$170 off the regular price of the 2018 products. Plus early bird purchases include Cheers Singapore and Bali for FREE. Click here to purchase now!

I’m excited to actually travel to Bali next year and use the Bali 2018 offers for my 1 for 1 restaurants, spas, beach clubs, and bars with my family and friends there. Some of which include Kilo Bali, Mandara Spa, Sangsaka, Cocoon, Chachara Bali, plus popular dining spots within the Intercontinental Bali Resort, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort and many more.

‘The ENTERTAINER’ app is available for free download on iOS and Android.

Purchase it through the website or the app from the 25th
October at a special early bird price of SGD$95. What’s great now is that it comes with Bali 2018 and Cheers at the discounted price! Promotion ends on 30th November 2017.

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11.11 EuropAce X Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017 (MUST NOT MISS!)

Are you ready for Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017 this coming 11.11 and 12.12?

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada's Online Revolution 2017

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017

I’m sure you have heard about Lazada and their surprise boxes. This time, they are back with those boxes that are even bigger and more exciting for you guys to snatch up! Popular brands like EuropAce, Philips, and Laneige are participating and those boxes are going at only SGD$29. Do you know that the items inside worth over SGD$100? As there are limited of boxes, make sure to grab one before it sold out!

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada's Online Revolution 2017

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017

To get all of you excited, here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside EuropAce’s Surprise Box. I won’t reveal all of the items inside as I’m sure one will get all of you guys going!

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada's Online Revolution 2017

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017

 Inside the box, there’s a portable induction stove by EuropAce followed by two compatible pots. An induction stove is useful and safe to use as compared to the conventional ones. Do you know, fire and induction are the best type of stove top you could use in terms of the temperature while cooking? You get precise level of controlling the amount of heat you want it to emit. However, using an induction stove top is safer and more convenient.

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada's Online Revolution 2017

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017

What’s more important is that you could use EuropeAce portable induction stove during Chinese New Year for your family’s reunion dinner! They even provide you with a split pot so you and your family could enjoy two types of broth in one go. How convenient!

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada's Online Revolution 2017

11.11 EuropAce X Lazada’s Online Revolution 2017

If you like to get it yourselves on hand or simply check out what’s available for 11.11, click here and remember to key in “LAZOR2017NEW” to get instant 18% off for the first 100 new customers with no minimum spendings. Capped at $11, it is valid from 11 Nov to 14 Dec 2017.

If you can’t get yourself on hand with those boxes, do not fair! There are more than 110 flash deals and up to 90% off on their website to commence 11.11 Lazada’s Online Revolution.

Please camp on your computer and buy these Surprise Boxes to avoid disappointment as stocks are limited! If you are interested to get EuropAce Surprise Boxes, it starts at 12 P.M!

#ShopTheUniverse #LazadaSG

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TheZongHan | ZaTaYaYummy #OOTD – Explore Sydney With Sudio Sweden

#OOTD – Explore Sydney With Sudio Sweden

#OOTD – Explore Sydney With Sudio Sweden

#OOTD – Explore Sydney With Sudio Sweden

It isn’t my first time to Sydney, Australia. This was my second time. Yet, the previous was almost 10 years ago. I got to enjoy the slow pace of life during my 10-days trip in Australia. I didn’t plan any itinerary for this trip, I just had a list in mind of places I wanted to visit. A casual walk around the city is a great way to explore and reveal it’s hidden gems.

#OOTD – Explore Sydney With Sudio Sweden

My first checkpoint was Martin Place, the financial hub of Sydney. The central business district does not only serve to major banks but also often to high-end films and television productions as they love to feature the national iconic area.

#OOTD – Explore Sydney With Sudio Sweden

A short walk from Martin Place could lead you to many point-of-interests that you may want to check it out. Anywhere from Circular Quay for the stunning Sydney Opera House, to the splendid waterfront of Darling Harbour are in walkable distance. I highly recommend you to do so as you could dig deep right into and appreciate the city’s life.

#OOTD – Explore Sydney

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TheZongHan | ZaTaYaYummy Miffy Kumoya

Miffy Themed Cafe – Kumoya (Lavender MRT)

Miffy Meets Kumoya

Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Kumoya is back with another different character for its seasonal themed cafe. This time, it is based on a Miffy, a female rabbit character that is super adorable. If you have missed out on the previous Cinnamoroll theme, make sure to check out this as it will not last long too! Miffy theme will start from 5th October 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Miffy's Nice Nacho Cheese Fries and Iced Latte Delight - Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Miffy’s Nice Nacho Cheese Fries and Iced Latte Delight – Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Miffy’s Nice Nacho Cheese Fries and Iced Latte Delight

For the appetizer, we decided to go for Miffy’s Nice Nacho Cheese Fries. I believe the fries were made in-house as the wedges were cut differently, giving that very special and rustic texture. It was very well-prepared, crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. I like the fact that they actually left the skin intact, deepening the flavor of the potatoes. Paired with a generous drizzle of nacho cheese and mayonnaise, I enjoyed a lot!

Splashing Good Fun Japanese Seafood Curry Rice - Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Splashing Good Fun Japanese Seafood Curry Rice – Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Splashing Good Fun Japanese Seafood Curry Rice

I always enjoy Kumoya’s Japanese Curry with Seafood. Their seafood portions were generous and I feel that they really ace on this dish while still making it look stunning! I feel that this is a must-try dish when you are here for Miffy.

You, Me & Miffy Makes 3 Chicken Katsu Burger - Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

You, Me & Miffy Makes 3 Chicken Katsu Burger – Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

You, Me & Miffy Makes 3 Chicken Katsu Burger

Japanese-style Katsu with Chinese bun to pair with. Really adorable!

Miffy Original Orange Soda - Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Miffy Original Orange Soda – Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Miffy Original Orange Soda

How can we miss the Insta-worthy drink? Hahahaha! Their Miffy Orginal Orange Soda was surprisingly better than the previous soda as it has a balance of sweetness and sour citrus flavor. Do note that you should get your camera ready as it melts down really fast!

Yuzu Mango Parfait Merriment - Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Yuzu Mango Parfait Merriment – Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Yuzu Mango Parfait Merriment

For desserts, you die die must get their Miffy’s Yuzu Mango Parfait Merriment! It is such a show stopper! Delicious Hokkaido Ice Cream served with creamy custard and buttery crumbles lastly drizzled with yuzu mango syrup. I am already craving for this again! 

Matcha Mountain Azuki Shibuya Toast - Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Matcha Mountain Azuki Shibuya Toast – Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Matcha Mountain Azuki Shibuya Toast 

For something over the top, you could try their Matcha Mountain Azuki Shibuya Toast! Super cute, super green tea. Their bread was toasted to perfection. Each cube was super crispy and buttery. Paired with matcha cream and Azuki paste, I thought I was in the heaven of Japan.

Miffy Character Themed Cafe - Kumoya

Miffy Character Themed Cafe – Kumoya

Kumoya Cafe

Miffy Theme Pop-up

From 5 Oct till 31 Dec 2017

Address: 8 Jln Klapa, Singapore 199320

Nearest MRT: Lavender MRT

https://www.facebook.com/kumoyasingapore/

 

 

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I was applauded for my Apple Pie whenever I bring it to a gathering.
My version of Apple Pie is different from others. I like to use a tart pan for my pies as compared to a pie pan as it looks extremely elegant.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Unlike many other recipes, I like to precook my apple filling first before baking it as I prefer the flavor of it. I feel that my pre-cooking the apples, it actually deepens the fruit’s flavor and at the same time, allowing all the juices to be thickened.
If you realize, my pie looks different. I used a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and used it as my top crust. What’s the reason you may ask? Simply being the fact that it looks cute and super easy.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Don’t be too eager like me and cut straight after baking! My whole pie almost crumbled apart. You must let it cool for at least an hour before doing so! Nevertheless, look at the pastry, flaky and crisp, right?

The way I make my pie dough is also a little different as compared to other conventional recipes. In Singapore, the weather is just killing as our average temperature is over 30C and making a good flaky pie crust ain’t that simple after all. I like to use frozen cubed butter and the food processor method as it yields a better result. I know I know, not only the technique of making a pie dough is different, the ingredients listed for the pie crust are also equally weird. But, trust me, guys! 

Cornstarch and vinegar were being used to prevent the formation of gluten. While for baking powder, it is used to help the crust to be a little puffy that will give you a more flaky result.

Apple Pie
Makes 1 eight-inch round tart pan pie
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Crust
  1. (285 grams) 2 1/4 cups of Plain Flour
  2. (35 grams) 1/4 cup of Corn Starch
  3. 1/4 tsp. of Baking Powder
  4. 2 tbsp. of Caster Sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp. of Salt
  6. (225 grams) 1 cup of Frozen Salted Butted, cubed
  7. 1 Large Egg
  8. 2 to 4 tbsp. of Cold Water
  9. 1/4 tsp. of Vinegar
Fillings
  1. 800 grams of peeled and sliced Apples
  2. (125 grams) 1/2 cup of Caster Sugar
  3. 2 tbsp. of Salted Butter
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  5. Juice of half lemon
  6. 1 tbsp. of Corn Starch
  7. 2 tbsp. of Water
  8. Egg wash
  9. 1 Egg
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, blitz plain flour, cornstarch, baking powder, caster sugar, salt and frozen cubed butter until breadcrumb consistency.
  2. Drizzle in beaten eggs, water, and vinegar. Continue to blitz until the mixture turns from white to yellowish crumbs. If the dough can be pitched into a dough, transfer onto a kneading surface. Else, add another tablespoon of ice cold water and blitz.
  3. Press the crumbs together to form into one dough. Divide the dough into two and form each into a round disk.
  4. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Meanwhile, melt salted butter on a medium heat pan and throw in sliced apples.
  6. Add in caster sugar, ground cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  7. Mix well and cover with a lid.
  8. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Turn the heat down to low. Combine water and cornstarch and drizzle it in.
  10. Cook until the sauce is well thickened. Shut off the heat and let it cool.
  11. Take one of your chilled dough and roll it out between two parchment paper.
  12. Make sure to roll out about an inch larger than the tart pan itself.
  13. Let it chill in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up before pressing it into the tart pan.
  14. Once you have pressed it evenly, transfer the cooled filling into the shell and put it in the fridge to chill while you roll out your second dough.
  15. Roll out your second dough that has been chilled and use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out shapes for the top crust.
  16. I like to put it in the freezer to chill before removing it and placing it onto the pie.
  17. Trim around the edges to make sure that it is even.
  18. Egg wash your top crust.
  19. Finally, chill your pie while preheating the oven to 210C. You would want the butter in the crust to firm up hard before putting into the oven.
  20. Bake it at 210C for 15 minutes. Then lower it down to 180C and bake it for another 45 minutes.
  21. Let it cool for an about an hour or two before serving it warm.
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YourWifi – Overseas Portable WiFi (LOWEST $8/DAY ON EUROPE WIFI MUST NOT MISS)

YourWifi, Sydney, Australia

YourWifi, Sydney, Australia

You all should know me by now that I enjoy using YourWifi services when I am traveling.

I am able to share my travel updates and clear my email on the go thanks to YourWifi. You know it’s hard to find for free wifi network when you are outside. Plus, they are usually unsecured, unreliable and risky. Who knows they may even steal your data when you are using it?

Make sure to get yourself a portable Wifi router! What I like about YourWifi is that they provide you with their portable charger so you can recharge when the battery dies. You never have to worry about not having the internet anymore.

YourWifi, Sydney, Australia

YourWifi, Sydney, Australia

Australia was beautiful! I can’t wait to travel back there again.

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TheZongHan | ZaTaYaYummy Things to do at Nagano

7 things you must do at Nagano – A peak at Nagano

I got to attend a screening at JAPAN RAIL CAFE about Nagano prefecture, a region that is mountainous and landlocked to know more about its top destination areas and speciality. Organized by NHK WORLD, it was based on a series program called, ‘A Peak at Nagano‘ which promotes the region.

NHK Event

NHK Event

Previously, I did not know that the region exists, nor I was interested to travel around Japan other than Osaka and Tokyo. But after going through the talk about Nagano, it was truly an eye-opener that there are actually so many other things to do in Japan! I was intrigued to know that the region is easily accessible by Japan’s railway system from Tokyo and Nagoya!  Make sure to take advantage and visit the area for your next vacation!

 1.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Credit: NHK World

Beautiful and elegant, yet designed to ward off intruders

Matsumoto Castle is located in the second largest city in Nagano prefecture, Matsumoto. The castle is considered a national treasure as it has a long history of more than 400 years! Do you know that the traditional structure was designed in a way that it actually fight off any enemy that tries to attack it in the past? Sounds interesting right? I’m sure it is a place for you to discover something new and special.

Besides,  you will get a taste of traditional Japan in the city of Matsumoto. I highly recommend you to check out the area.

2.

 Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple

Credit: NHK World

One of the most popular temples in Nagano is the Zenkoji Temple, you must not miss it when visiting there. The centerpiece of the temple that enshrines is the holy statue of Amitabha, the Buddha of Pure Land Buddhism. Dating back to the 7th century, this historic temple is one of the only few temples that still has strong religious roots as morning rituals are still held daily by the high priest  So make sure to visit and understand more about it when you are there!

3.

Lake Suwa

Lake Suwa

Credit: Go! Nagano (http://www.go-nagano.net)

Cruise around the largest lake in Nagano Prefecture and enjoy the month-long fireworks festival every evening during summertime. Make sure to catch the longest and biggest Suwa Lake Fireworks where you can expect to see over 40,000 fireworks go up in the sky on the 15th of August! The breathtaking festival will be held during August till early September annually. Additionally, the lake is surrounded by lots of hot springs, I highly suggest you to stay a night in one of the nearby traditional inns to truly feel relax and understand the history here.

4.

Kamakura Village

Kamakura-Village

Credit: Go! Nagano (http://www.go-nagano.net)

Be enchanted with the famous Kamakura snow huts in the winter. Thick white blanket of snow will be covered usually in the month of February and approximately 20 magnificent snow huts will be built to celebrate the season! Make sure to feel magical by lighting up one of the snow huts! 

5.

Cruise Trains (also known as Sight Seeing Trains)

 

Night View Obasute

Credit: NHK World

Have you set on a train in Japan and stunned at Japan’s amazing scenic view? Ride a round trip train from Nagano to Obsaute at night just for a speculator view! What’s more, a delicious bento that uses ingredients from Obsaute will be provided for each ticket holder. The trip is called as ‘Night View Obasute’. Isn’t it nice that you will be able to dine while enjoying the night view? Romantic and extraordinary. 

6.

Kamikochi

Credit: Japan-Guide (http://www.japan-guide.com)

Credit: Japan-Guide (http://www.japan-guide.com)

Home of over 3,000-meter high mountains, you will be greeted with some of Japan’s most spectacular mountain scenery here in Kamikochi.  Be sure to wander around Taisho Pond where decayed trees due to the eruption of nearby volcano Takedake provide a special sight of the area. Immerse yourself in nature and take a moment to enjoy the surroundings as there are so much more to see like the Tashiro and Myojin lakes. If you are feeling adventurous, there are hiking courses to the summits of the mountains! It is a wonderful place that you can’t miss if you like hiking. Do note, however, that the park is only accessible by bus or taxi.

7.

Azumino City

Located in the central of Nagano prefecture, be sure to take a cycling tour on Azumino Yamabiko Cycling course. It is easy to rent a bicycle at a reasonable price to explore the city to places such as the Azumino National Park for an incredible view, and Daio Wasabi Farm which you can experience yourself the harvesting of Wasabi plant. You can tune into NHK WORLD to catch one of their programs called, ‘CYCLE AROUND JAPAN on ‘Nagano – Life Deep in the Mountainsto discover the secret places of Nagano.

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Fun-facts about Nagano:

Do you know that Nagano has the longest life expectancy in Japan? 80.88 years for men while 87.18 years for women. However, it was very different 50 years ago as the residents of the region used to have a diet high in salt. Yet, the situation at early 1980 turned quickly as the government encouraged the residents there to stay active and reduce sodium intake by eating smaller quantities of pickled vegetables and less consumption of salty miso soup. The campaign was a huge success and now the region is Japan’s longest life span expectancy!

NHK WORLD

Find out more about Nagano on NHK WORLD’s latest series, A Peak at Nagano‘ that features episodes on tourism in Nagano! There are also other Nagano programmes like ‘Journeys in Japan and Japan Railway Journal for you to discover the secrets of Nagano prefecture. 

For those of you who are new to NHK WORLD, it is a 24 hour English TV channel of Japan’s only public broadcasting station, NHK. You are able to catch the latest news and trends with its wide variety of programmes that covers food, travel, culture and many more.

Tune in to NHK WORLD on your TV via Singtel TV on Ch. 157 or Starhub TV on Ch. 812.

If you don’t have any subscription, do not fear! You can still stream (for free!) the programmes LIVE or access to tons of their content via VOD (video-on-demand) services which are available on NHK WORLD’s official website and their free smartphone app.

If you are interested in traveling there, make sure to check out their official tourism guide by heading over to http://www.go-nagano.net/.

Nagano Navi

Credit: Go! Nagano (http://www.go-nagano.net)

Download ‘Nagano Navi’ on Android or IOS as your Nagano’s travel guide there for information on Nagano’s sights and transportations!

 Brought to you by NHK World and Go! Nagano

 

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