12 Reasons To Love Kochi – A Paradise For Nature Lovers And Gourmets All Over

Kochi 2018

Located on the island of Shikoku, Kochi is rather out of the way for many which are what deters tourists from visiting. But what this humble area in Japan treated us to was nature in its most pristine form and its fascinating yet exciting drinking culture.

Kochi is blessed with beautiful and abundant nature such as the Shimanto River, Niyodo River and the Kuroshio coastline. From clear-blue lakes to autumn leaves and silhouettes depicting a never-ending sea of mountains, Kochi truly impressed us from leaf to pebble.

And when it comes to eating and drinking, these folks are anything but simple. Drinking alcohol is a huge deal here and eating good food is more of a lifestyle here rather than a necessity—something we can definitely resonate with. Bonito, a close relative of tuna and mackerel, is also hugely popular here and can be found in literally every restaurant and izakaya.

We had a lovely opportunity to go on a 5D4N adventure through Kochi, seeing and experiencing all sorts of fun things, eating amazing food and even getting hands down to make our own paper and harvest our own sea salt. For the curious traveller, here are 12 reasons why Kochi has to be on your next Japan itinerary.

8D6N Apple Vacations Singapore Tour with Readers to Osaka, Mie & Wakayama

Kansai Tour

As we are all prepping to close the year, there are many things to be thankful for, and it has indeed been a wonderful 2014. One of the best things to always practice and cherish is to travel, and for the past year, we had been to many countries and cities, learned about cultures and expressions that we were never exposed to, shopped a lot, and ate cuisines of all kinds.

And among them is one trip that we took in November, where our readers joined us on a tour around Japan’s coastal area and Osaka city. We saw the bests of Wakayama, Mie and Osaka, and experienced the ultimate Japanese hospitality. It was a fun-filled week, and we all had a ball of a time picking fruits, visiting shoyu factory and soaking in cave onsens.


Once again, we would like to thank all our readers who joined us on this tour, and it was our pleasure to meet each and every one of you! Not forgetting the people behind the planning and coordinating – Apple Vacations Singapore. Here are some of the highlights of our 8D6N tour to Osaka, Mie & Wakayama:


ladyironchef x Apple Vacations Singapore 8D6N Osaka, Mie & Wakayama Tour

Japan Osaka Castle

Back in May, we went to Osaka, Mie & Wakayama with Apple Vacations Singapore to curate the best things to do, see and eat in the region. We are super thrilled to leading a 8D6N group tour this November to revisit our favourite spots.

Some of the highlights of our tour include staying at onsen resorts, having kaiseki dinners, taking postcard-worthy shots at many beautiful spots, having a mouthwatering seafood feast at AMA hut, hopping on a ninja train to Iga ninja museum, and eating our way around Dotonbori, the epicurean centre of Osaka. To read more about the full itinerary, read our guide to 20 highlights of ladyironchef x Apple Vacations Singapore tour.


  • Date: 1 Nov – 7 Nov 2014 (8D6N)
  • Tour Fare: S$2,899NETT/pax (inclusive of airport taxes and tipping)
  • Flight, itinerary, hotels, and meals are all included in the package
  • Extension after the tour on your own is possible, but there is a minimum surcharge of S$200 by the airline, and this is subject to availability.
  • Return flights on Singapore Airlines

Sign up for the tour by going to Apple Vacations Singapore’s office at 26 Upper Cross Street, email enquiry@applevacations.com.sg or call +65 6533 5161. There are only a few seats left, and we hope to have you join us for the adventure! It will be nothing but a fun-filled holiday to The Land of The Rising Sun.

To find out more about the tours that Apple Vacations Singapore offers, go to www.applevacations.com.sg, like them on Facebook and Instagram.

This tour is brought to you by Apple Vacations Singapore.

20 Highlights From Apple Vacations Singapore 8D6N Osaka, Mie & Wakayama

Apple Vacations

Japan is one of our favourite countries. Melody and I travel to Tokyo frequently because it is such a buzzing and lively city. Kyoto, on the other hand, is one with so much hidden charm, so much to discover, so much to experience and take home.

Besides these two major cities, we had always wanted to visit the countryside and to experience a different side of Japan. So, when Apple Vacations Singapore www.applevacations.com.sg approached us to organise a ladyironchef x Apple Vacations Singapore tour especially for our readers, we said yes immediately! Apple Vacations Singapore specialises in mainly Japan tours, and with their in-depth knowledge of the country, they are an ideal partner that we can work with to make this trip possible.


Back in may, we travelled to Japan to curate the best of Mie, Wakayama and Osaka. And come November, we will be leading a group tour to revisit our favourite picks. It will be a 8D6N trip, and we promise nothing but fun. And good food.

Apple Vacations Singapore is offering an early bird discount of S$200/pax (valid for the first 10 signups) for readers of ladyironchef. Should you be keen to join us for this adventure, kindly email enquiry@applevacations.com.sg or call +65 6533 5161 to book your seat.

Below, we share 20 highlights from the itinerary that is finalised by Apple Vacations Singapore and us, and this is what you can expect from our upcoming tour to Mie, Wakayama and Osaka.