Travel: Onboard a Hello Kitty Holiday

Its past midnight and you see long queues snaking out from your neighborhood McDonald’s.

Yes, the Hello Kitty frenzy which first caught on Singapore in the year 2000 is back. If you haven’t been able to lay your hands on the six fancy limited edition collectibles, fret not. Here’s our “Eat Play Rest” list on how you can beat the queue for a wholesome holiday experience with Japan’s most popular cartoon cat.

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Eat! We are sure even those who rarely take pictures of their food will end up snapping away in here. Just imagine, burgers and cakes in the shape of hello kitty, even milkshakes are decorated with the iconic ribbon which the cartoon wears on its left ear. The tasty-looking dishes however has been labeled as mediocre in terms of taste, but if you are not picky about food, pop by and just #foodporn away!

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Hello Kitty Sweets
Address: 90 Da-an Road, Sec 1, Taipei, Taiwan (台北市大安路一段90號)
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 22:00 (Mondays to Sundays)
Website: www.hellokittysweets.com.tw

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Play! Home of Hello Kitty and her fellow Sanrio characters, this indoor theme park opened in the 90s is one place you wouldn’t want to miss when in Tokyo, Japan. Walk into a wonderland where you can visit Hello Kitty’s house (which is decked with renaissance style portraits of her family members like Grandma Kitty, fancy furniture and displays of her jewellery), embark on rides and watch Hello Kitty sing and dance before you. Did we mention that they have merchandise stores everywhere? With possibly the largest collection here, we reckon you wouldn’t have to worry about not getting that limited edition from McDonald’s.

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Sanrio Puroland
Address: 1-31 Ochai, Tama-shi, Tokyo, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Mondays to Fridays), 9:45 – 18:00 (Saturdays to Sundays)
Website: www.puroland.co.jp/english

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Rest! The scenic nature aside, relax and have fun in the “Hello Kitty Character Room” that’s only available here in Korea’s Jeju Island. With the entire room decorated in pink and Hello Kitty figurines, immerse in ultimate cuteness with your favorite character. We are sure your kids and your inner child will enjoy this.

Lotte Hotel Jeju
Address: Seogwipo-si Saekdal-dong 2812-4
Website: www.lottehoteljeju.com

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Fly! To complete the whole Hello Kitty experience, now you can fly with them. Taiwan’s EVA Air has at the moment 5 Hello Kitty themed aircrafts, where everything from food to the uniforms of flight attendants are branded with the kawaii cartoon’s image. The flights however are not available from Singapore, but you can hop on them from Taipei to 5 other destinations like Hong Kong and Seoul every week.

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EVA Air
Website: http://evakitty.evaair.com/en/

Are you a Hello Kitty fan? have you been to any of the places mentioned above? Drop us a comment about your experience!