From its super modern tech region of Akihabara to its more traditional corners in Asakusa, Tokyo is one of the most diverse and exciting cities to visit. Ranked as the safest city in the world alongside its friendly and helpful citizens, even single female travellers will have no problem navigating through the city.
Tokyo is an ever-changing city and each season offers a different insight into the city. Lush pink and white cherry blossoms or sakura bloom during spring, bright and sunny during summer. Yellow ginkgo trees line the streets during autumn and illumination lights fill the winter nights. Even though Tokyo is accessible all year round, there are a few times that should be avoided. The first week of a new year is when the Japanese celebrate Oshiogatsu and during this time, public transportation tickets tend to sell out faster. Shops and attractions may also be closed for the first three days of the new year. Other times to avoid are the Golden week, the first week of May, Obon, mid-August, and Silver week, mid-September. During these times, many local Japanese take the opportunity to travel with their family making it slightly congested on the roads and at favourite family attractions.
Bacolod-Silay Airport (BCD) – The Bacolod-Silay Airport is located in Silay City, 15 kilometres from Bacolod City and services the general area of Metro Bacolod. There are various ways to get to Bacolod city from the airport. The airport consists of a three-level terminal which has check-in counters, public concourse, arrival area and information centre on the first floor. The pre-departure areas, including the VIP and CIP lounges, are located on the second floor. The second floor is also where the Merci Pasalubong Shop and Bong-Bong’s Pasalubong shops are. The third floor is where the viewing deck and the concession area are located. Amongst the most common method of transportation to Bacolod city is by a van which costs approximately 150 PHP per person, taking you to SM in Bacolod city. If you have luggage and have a travelling company, taking a taxi or a Grab would be a better option. Taking a Grab will cost around 350-500 PHP while a taxi will be around 450 PHP.
Narita International Airport(NRT) – Narita International Airport or also known as Tokyo Narita Airport is located in the Chiba prefecture, 60 kilometres east of Tokyo city. Narita is the main international airport in Japan and handles approximately 50% of Japan'sJapan's international passenger traffic and also 60% of Japans international air cargo traffic. Narita airport is a well-equipped modern airport that has all the facilities a traveller could ask for including shower rooms, multi-faith prayer rooms, 24 hours cafeteria and a capsule hotel connected directly to the hotel for those needing rest or planning to catch an early flight. There are two common ways to get to and from the Narita International Airport and Tokyo city centre, which is by train and by bus. Depending on which station you are heading to, there are shuttle buses which take you directly to the major train stations such as Shinjuku, Tokyo and Shibuya. There are also train lines connected directly to the airport which then connects you to any train station you are headed to.
Bacolod has a very different climate compared to Tokyo. Bacolod experiences a tropical climate with warm weather and rain throughout the year, compared to Tokyo, which experiences a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons throughout the year.