Hotel Review: HOTEL MYSTAYS Nagoya Sakae

Hotel Review: HOTEL MYSTAYS Nagoya Sakae

I had the chance to stay here with my husband and mom last week. We explored Nagoya for 2 days and this clean hotel gave us 2 nice non-smoking rooms to rest in. Obviously, I shared a room with my spouse that had a bed big enough for 2 heads. The size of the room was the typical small size of a Japanese hotel. Basic items such as an LCD TV, a safe, a mini-fridge, a hairdryer, and a selection of toiletries were provided plus the Japanese style pajamas. I’d say they made up for the absence of the complimentary water bottle. The room was functional.

hotel mystays nagoya sakae
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We decided not to avail the daily breakfast buffet so we could experience dining at some local restaurants. Luckily it’s located in the business district where one can enjoy strolling and feel the Nagoya vibes. Also, it’s near a metro station and a highway exit which was really convenient for us since we travelled there by car. It’s also close to a few tourist spots which I will be sharing on my next post. I have to say that we didn’t have any issues while staying there. The only thing that turned me off was the parking space. We had to walk for about 5 minutes from the hotel and had to pay for it. Without a car, this hotel is good enough.

Where did you stay in Nagoya? How was it?

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Hotel Review: Toyoko Inn Busan Station 2

Hotel Review: Toyoko Inn Busan Station 2

Locating this functional hotel wasn’t difficult as expected. From Busan Station, the distance was walkable. As soon as we entered the reception hall, I immediately felt comfortable as if it wasn’t our first time there. The receptionist who accommodated us came off as professional and the way she spoke was admirable.

Soon enough, we got to our designated room which appeared modest and cute. The wooden furnishings got me. Just my style. We were able to utilize the flat-screen TV, heater, mini fridge, bathroom, and safe without any trouble.

toyoko inn busan station 2

Look at this bathroom! The size is definitely bigger than a typical hotel bathroom in Japan. So this is a plus point.

Housekeeping was done accordingly. Toiletries were always available, as well as clean towels and bottled water. Breakfast is free in this hotel. So is parking. I can’t comment on those complimentary perks since we didn’t avail them. I just can’t think of any complaint right now. Our stay was surprisingly pleasant. Another thing to like about this inn is its location. My husband and I were able to check all the tourist spots off our list and even went to a few more. This is because the hotel is conveniently located not far from the sightseeing spots that we intended to visit. Not to mention the restaurants and shops nearby. You see, choosing a good hotel is important in achieving a hassle-free trip. Speaking of which, save your energy and time, check out my list of tourist spots to visit in Busan here.

I’d definitely recommend this hotel. Where did you stay in Busan?

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10 Must-visit Tourist Spots in Busan

10 Must-visit Tourist Spots in Busan

I have to admit that the only reason why I wanted to visit the second largest city in South Korea is because of the agonizing zombie horror-thriller Train to Busan. The flick moved me so much that I told myself “I should go to Busan someday.” And so it happened. My husband and I flew to the city of magnificent mountains, gleaming beaches, and divine seafood last Friday and stayed there until yesterday afternoon. We always try to make our trip laid-back since we define travel as something you do to see different things and have fun at the same time. So I usually opt for the places that are close to our hotel.

I’m a just-looking-around type of person so if you can relate, you might also find these places likable. Accessible by bus, train, taxi, and sometimes on foot depending on your hotel location. You can use Google Maps or Naver. Wear your most comfortable shoes as it requires a lot of walking in order to experience the beauty of these sightseeing spots. If you’re visiting in autumn or winter, bring your very warm coat/clothes.

  1. Huinnyeoul Cultural Village
    A simple village located on a high cliff where you can see the sea of Busan. It keeps the remnants of the pain and time of the refugee history that was created after the Korean War. In this district, the locals are modifying some houses on the Huinnyeoul road into creative spaces, invigorating local artists to express their creative minds, and creating a culture and arts village. Lots of artsy things to see! Add nature and history to it and it will surely leave a special place in your heart.
huinnyeoul cultural village busan
This village is attracting attention as a filming place, like the films ‘Attorneys‘, ‘Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time‘ .

2. Jeoryeong Coastal Walk
We enjoyed a bracing walk on this long road by the sea. This can take you to the village mentioned above. If you have a soft spot for nature, you shouldn’t miss this. There are public toilets but they can get mucky sometimes. I hope whoever uses them should be considerate enough to keep them clean.

jeoryeong coastal walk busan

3. Gukje Market
Also known as Nampodong International Market. It’s the largest traditional market in Busan which gives off that old-fashioned marketplace spirit. One can purchase various items at incredibly inexpensive prices here.

gukje market busan

4. Busan International Film Festival Square
This is where Busan International Film Festival takes place but on typical days and nights, it turns into a street food paradise. Local restaurants are also found along the alleys.

busan international film festival square

5. 40-step Stairway
A gloomy history took place here. This was once a location for refugees to be reunited with their families and friends, given the lack of functional communications during the war. Today, restaurants and other establishments surround the area.

40 step stairway busan
The 40–step stairway appears in the film Nowhere to Hide.

6. Gamcheon Culture VIllage
The colorful village earned the nickname “Machu Picchu of Busan” due to its appearance. The vibrant houses are put up in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a seaside mountain. Also, the alleys are prettified with murals and sculptures constructed by the residents. I’d say the place is a beautiful mess. There’s always something interesting, unique, and gorgeous to see even if the streets are narrow.

gamcheon culture village

7. Jagalchi Market
Not just a market, it represents the life of the locals. Considered as the largest seafood market of the country, visitors can pig out on live and dried fish and more. We had a sumptuous seafood breakfast here and boy was I content. The main dish was the grilled giant clam prepared in Busan style. It’s a must-try!

jagalchi market busan

8. Yongdusan Park
Great place to unwind after checking out Busan Tower. The “Bell of Busan Citizens” can also be found here.

yongdusan park busan
“Bell of Busan Citizens”

9. Busan Choryang China Town
Located right across Busan Station. I saw some items, buildings, and restaurants related to China but there was something else. I noticed that there were a lot of Russian diners and shops dedicated to Russian consumers. If I didn’t read the sign China Town written in Hangeul, I would actually think it was Russiatown. Nonetheless, it didn’t hurt me to see the red accented street.

busan choryang china town

10. Texas Street
Just next to China Town is a one-stop place for clubbing, feasting, and shopping. There was something mysterious in this avenue that I felt as we strolled around. Lots of men or maybe it was purely coincidence. But it felt like a place where something else happens, if you know what I mean.

busan texas street

In my opinion, Busan is like a humble version of Seoul. Glad to have had the chance to explore its soul even just the tip of it. If you’ve visited the city, please do share your experience in the comments section.

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