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Company Retreat in Osaka / Kyoto, Japan 2019

Konnichiwa Japan!

For the year of 2019, our company retreat destination is to Osaka & Kyoto, Japan; Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food whereas Kyoto is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.

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On 6th September 2019, from both East and West Malaysia offices, our CEO together with Eco-Ideal staffs and families departed from KLIA2 to embark on 5 days 4 nights retreat to Japan. The flight took about 6 hours to reach Kansai International Airport. We arrived at our hotel rather late at night and everyone ended their day with a good night sleep; ready for a thrilling and hot adventure the next day.

On the second day, we started our journey with Osaka Aquarium which is located in the ward of Minato in Osaka, near Osaka Bay. We had an enjoyable time learning about various types of marine life in the aquarium. After lunch, we headed to the one of Osaka’s prominent landmarks, Osaka Castle. The castle tower houses an informative museum about its history and daimyou, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. To satisfy the urge to shop, our next destination was the famous Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Arcade where there are a lot of merchandise, clothing, shoes and etc. shops along the 580 meters walkway. After bags of goodies bought in Shinsaibashi, we had a delicious dinner at a Muslim friendly restaurant, Chibo Diversity restaurant in Dotonbori. Okonomiyaki was a hit among us as Chibo Diversity Restaurant is famous for it.

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On the next day, we had our free time roaming around Osaka city, shopping and trying out food outlets before we depart to Kyoto in the afternoon. We boarded the 30-minute express train from Osaka to Kyoto.

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On the 4th day, we headed to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove as the first destination in Kyoto. Standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo was like being in another world. After a long walk from the Bamboo Grove to the train station, we departed to Kiyomizu area where we had a mouth-watering lunch at a Muslim friendly restaurant called Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya, infamous for their delicious handmade tofu. Next, we walked towards Kiyomizu-dera temple. There are a lot of souvenir shops along the walkway. For the last destination on that day, we headed to the must-visit Fushimi Inari Shrine. The gigantic red gates or “torii” greeted us with its majestic presence and gave us a picturesque view as often depicted in Japanese anime.

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On 10th September, we checked out from the hotel in the morning and headed to Nishiki Market. There, various foods and merchandises are available to be purchased. At about 4.30pm, we gathered and ready to depart to Kansai International Airport by using the Haruka Express Train, directly from Kyoto Station to the airport. The 5 days journey was amazing; full with eye-opening and cultural-rich activities. We had a great experience during the retreat and looking forward to many more of such trips in the future. Besides having fun, this retreat bonded us together, stronger than ever, as a team of Eco-Ideal Consulting.

Sayonara Japan!

 

18 September 2019

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