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Mikuni Minato Station is the last station of Mikuni-Awara line of Echizen Train / Echi-tetsu. It’s the closest to Mikuni Sunset Beach, where you can go fishing or surfing as well as watching the beautiful sunset. If you come on August, you can see Fireworks Festival too. Nearby, there’s Yuaport Onsen (hotspring) to experience the Japanese public bath for only 500 yen.

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The classic Mikuni-Minato Station

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kite surfing / kite boarding at Mikuni sunset beach

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Near sunset at Mikuni sunset beach (please pardon my phone camera – the color is uneven because of the lighting)

Walk along the beach (heading northwest) about 300m, you will find stairs going down to Tojinbo Nature Forest walking trail. Follow this path to Tojinbo Cliffs, one of the world’s most beautiful natural cliffs. The sad thing is that so many people come here to commit suicide. Thankfully there are volunteers who always patrol to rescue these people. Their basecamp is a Japanese rice cake /mochi shop near Tojinbo Tower. Then you can walk to Oshima Island, which is famous with its vermilion bridge and as a sacred place.

Other attractions of Mikuni are Echizen Matsushima Aquarium and Mikuni Museum. Mikuni also has beautiful parks with cherry blossoms (sakura) if you come on spring time. Check HERE for events information.

 

Around Mikuni Sunset Beach (Komegawaki area, where I lived)

Mille Graines. It’s a petite cake shop but has really pretty and yummy cakes. My suggestion: ask for seasonal cake or go for the cheese cake. The owner speaks English and a bit French. Open at 11.00 – 19.00. Closed on Sunday – Tuesday.

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One Touch Café. It was a church established by Norwegian missionaries, now run by church staffs (they speak English and some speak Chinese/Mandarin), open on Saturdays 12.00 – 15.00. One set of fine meal and free flow coffee/tea for only 500 yen. Serve limited number of people, so please make reservation. (I’m trying to get the phone number for you. I’ll update this A.S.A.P)

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Meal set example – salad, meatloaf, garlic bun, cake

Port Dijk Coffee. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset. Just up the hill behind One Touch Café. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Open at 10.00 – 17.00 (or sometimes 18.00). The owner is learning English and really loves talking to new people. The price is quite high though.

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L.A. Surf. Learn surfing or kite surfing/boarding while you’re here. This store is across Port Dijk. The owner speaks English and very active surfer. If he closed the store then he might be at the beach surfing! Best time to surf is autumn to beginning of winter (September-early December).

Tentsuru Noodle Shop. If you go up (heading east) from One Touch Café, then turn right and walk around 100m, you will see “てんつる” sign board. It’s classic Japanese noodle shop which is run by a family. Their katsudon (rice with deep fried pork cutlet and egg) was on the newspaper. There are 3 kinds of Japanese noodles: ramen (Chinese egg noodles), udon (chewy big noodles), and soba (buckwheat noodles). If you’re mainstream, just pick ramen. Otherwise, chikara udon (udon soup with mochi) or tempura soba (soba soup with deep fried seafood/veggies) will be good 🙂 PS. They barely speak English. Closed on Mondays. Open at 17.00 – evening (maybe 22.00 or 23.00).

 

Must Try

Echizen Crab. Get it with other fresh seafood around Mikuni Fish Market (across Mikuni Minato Station) or Tojinbo Cliffs shopping street. Best time to get it is October, when the crab hunting season is on. Usually there’s crab festival on the beach around 2nd week of October.

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Sakka Manjyu. It’s a traditional Japanese bun with sweet and soft mashed red bean inside and hint of sake (Japanese rice wine). The best shop to get it is Nishisaka: walk on the road across Mikuni Station (not Mikuni Minato) – heading southwest- about 200m, it’s on the left side.

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Sakka manjyu from Nishisaka – the mark on the bun shows it

Church / Sunday Service: Sundays 16.00 at The Lighthouse 749, 5-8-3 Komegawaki, next to One Touch Café. For now the 1st to 3rd Sunday service is at a church nearby Mikuni station. They also have a lot of other events like parents-children event, oil painting class, baking class, pizza party, etc. Please ask the church staffs on One Touch Café for more information.

June – July 2014

I was anxious being back in South Korea, but Busan brought back good memories for me. I met friends and explored the places I hadn’t been. Even once I had an auntie paid for my bus fare because I was confused. It was such a blessing to be in Busan again!

Taejongdae. It’s kinda famous place for dating 😀 I went to the lighthouse. Such a nice view there! Afterwards, I had the most delicious kimchi jjigae in my life.

Walk down to the light house

Walk down to the light house

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outdoor observatory decks, and I think there are kind of cafes down there. I didn't go though...

outdoor observatory decks, and I think there are kind of cafes down there. I didn’t go though…

hey, let's go all the way up!

hey, let’s go all the way up!

the view from above

the view from above

found this addictive stew in a shop nearby the entrance of Taejongdae park

found this addictive stew (kimchi jjigae) in a shop nearby the entrance of Taejongdae park

Underground markets. Well, for this one, you can start nearby Lotte mall. If you’re a fan of water show, Lotte has it every hour, I suppose. The entrance of the markets look like subway entrance. There you can find shopping heaven especially for fashion freaks. Remember to compare and bargain, because all over the markets sometimes they have same products but different prices.

Gamcheon Cultural Village. It’s actually a slum on the hill that transformed to be a colorful art village. You can find old kimchi pots to traditional Korean shoes workshop.

picture time!

picture time!

“Follow the fish mouth”, someone told me…

Do you see the loooong stairs on the left side? The name is

Do you see the loooong stairs on the left side? The name is “Stairs To See The Stars” because climbing it makes you so exhausted that you can see stars 😛

Songdo Beach. It’s a beach connected to Haeundae. My Korean friend and I were actually lost a bit, but we found this nice beach. Love fishing? Bring your equipment!

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traffic jams always caused by elderly groups

“traffic jams” always caused by elderly groups

dinner?

dinner?

There’s an interesting cold soy milk noodle soup (kongguksu) I tasted on the way to Songdo beach. Tips: most of Korean restaurants serve huge portion, so if you’re not a big eater, better share with friends. For me, one portion can be for 2-3 people, especially if you just want to taste it.

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Kongguksu. Do you notice the ice cubes?

Haeundae Beach Sand Festival. Lucky? We walked there and amazed by the sand sculptures people made. They were artists from all over the world, coming to the annual Haeundae Sand Festival.

Can you believe it's made of sand?

Can you believe it’s made of sand?

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Dadaepo Beach. There’s a park and fountain, also camping ground and trail decks. Nice place for family time or hang out with friends or…. a date 😛

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the decks at Dadaepo

the decks at Dadaepo beach

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Near the Dadaepo port park, I found a nice place to chill: Katuai cafe. The food and beverages were way better than I expected. Yumm.. I also found a North Korean food festival. What a day!

At Katuai cafe with my sisters. Sorry I blurred their faces - privacy!

At Katuai cafe with my friends. Sorry I blurred their faces – privacy!

I don't know the names, but my favorites are the cold noodles and the fried tofu dumpling

North Korean food: I don’t know the names, but my favorites are the cold noodles and the fried tofu dumpling

December 2013

Galle Fort

Galle Fort

Galle Fort. This Dutch heritage fort saved lots of lives in the tsunami disaster 2004 in Galle. There I also met an old official tour guide, which were going to retire 2 weeks from that day and whose family became good friends with mine + my bestfriend 🙂 Around this fort area, there are quite a lot of old buildings and museums. The view is really nice, I can spend time reading books here. But it’s freaking hot. Don’t forget your cap/hat and put on sunblock!

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What you can see along the fort

What you can see along the fort

An old building they still use

An old building they still use. And there are quite a lot more if you’re a fan of Dutch colonial architecture

Another day we rented a van together with some other friends to Handunugoda tea plantation. On the way there we stopped as we saw the traditional fishermen were fishing.

Traditional fishing

Traditional fishing

This is how to pick virgin white tea leaves

This is how to pick virgin white tea leaves

The tea factory. One of the oldest in Sri Lanka

The tea factory. One of the oldest in Sri Lanka

The tea house. Wrong focus? Not really. I loved the flower :P

The tea house. Wrong focus? Not really. I loved the flower 😛

You can enjoy different kinds of tea they offer, with complimentary home made cake

You can enjoy different kinds of tea they offer, with complimentary home made cake

In the Tea Museum, where you can taste different kinds of tea and buy some souvenirs

In the Tea Museum, where you can taste different kinds of tea and buy some souvenirs

Our next stop was a herbal garden. It was a package with the car rental. You know… they give fee for the drivers if you buy something. Well, I bought a quite expensive saffron face cream, which was not so suitable for my face though it’s not dangerous or anything like that.

Then we go to the Jungle Beach. Last time I went with my bestfriend to Una Watuna beach by bus and walked to Jungle Beach. Una Watuna is nice for family swimming. It’s huge and has some entertainment, like kayak. Jungle Beach is more for party people. It’s narrow, with bars under the tree and loud music. Sorry can’t find my Jungle Beach pictures.

The Galle main bus station looks like

The Galle main bus station looks like

Una Watuna Beach. At the end of the beach you can find a huge temple

Una Watuna Beach. At the end of the beach you can find a huge temple

on the way to Jungle Beach from Una Watuna

on the way to Jungle Beach from Una Watuna

December 2013

Artificial beach in Male, the main island in Maldives

Artificial beach in Male, the main island in Maldives – feel safe to swim with your kids there!

The islands in Maldives are really low, maybe only a meter above sea level. Maldivians are also really friendly, unless some of them already business minded 😀 You will find fresh seafood, vegetables, and fruit in the traditional market in Male. Sometimes, in random times, you will see dolphins swimming so close to the boats, jumping and twisting, just showing off then leave. Super cute!

I heard that a room in a hostel in Male costs around USD 40 per night.

The market in Male (no filter)

The market in Male (no filter)

They're actually huge. The size of 2-3 years old boy

They’re actually huge. The size of 2-3 years old boy

Other things to see is the historical sites in Male. Just walk around :)

Other things to see is the historical sites in Male. Just walk around 🙂

Another famous island is Hulu Male. This one is an artificial island that had recently made. More modern with lots of paved roads and buildings. The beach is plain white and blue. Still nice to snorkel there too. Take ferry from Male.

Hulu Male beach (no filter)

Hulu Male beach (no filter)

look what we found!

look what we found!

My favorite is Vilin’ Gili island. It’s more quiet though we had to pay a bit expensive for the toilets. I took ferry from Male there for 3.25 MVR (Maldivian Rufiyaa).

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Villin' Gilli (no filter)

Villin’ Gilli (no filter)

I also like eating the chicken kothu. It tastes like fried scrambled pancake with mixed Indian-Chinese spices (that’s the simplest explanation I can give). One more thing: they have bounty! It does taste like the chocolate bar Bounty, but it’s traditionally made of palm sugar and coconut, wrapped in coconut leaf (dried, brown color). I couldn’t find my picture of it. Sorry…

chicken kothu

chicken kothu