Visiting Japan: Day 9

And here is the last part of my adventures in Japan! I thought it was going to be the last, but turns out I have a lot I’d like to share! Hope you’ve enjoyed it so far. If you want to read the other parts click the following links: part 1, part 2.

Day 9

After some breakfast, we walked to the Osaka Castle (thanks zzzisle!), passing a political protest, which we thought was quite unusual. At least, it’s not the kind of thing that you’d expect to see in Japan. It was early in the morning and there were five men, one of them with a megaphone and the others spreading panflets.

When we got to the castle I got some warm vending machine coffee, because why not? And it was cold. After drinking it and looking at the moat, we went inside the castle walls. 20160105_085436It was huge and beautiful, and there were big Chinese tourist groups there, which made us decide not to go up the castle, which you can do for a low price. We walked around and took a few pictures. Not the easiest building to photograph.20160105_092603

The gardens were really peaceful, and they are quite high up compared to the city, so there was a really nice view. We had a great time, even though it was quite early in the morning. We also had some takoyaki from the vendors at the entrance of the gardens and saw a crane!

20160105_09282520160105_09421620160105_095132We then got the train to go to the Osaka Aquarium, the Kaiyukan. We had to pay 2300yen, which was a bit more expensive than usual for a ticket, but there were no lines. The aquarium is well known for it’s size and for having whale sharks, which we were very excited to see. We absolutely love visiting aquariums, and this one was one of the biggest we have ever visited.

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Sorry, there are so many pictures that I’d like to share! But let’s move on. After the aquarium we had some amazing katsu (fried breaded chicken) near it. There’s lots of little restaurants in a mall, and there’s also a ferris wheel that you can ride. If you’re interested, you can get a discount if you get a ticket for both the wheel and the aquarium.

After that we went back to Osaka’s central station and got the shinkansen to Kyoto, our final stop in our little adventure outside Tokyo. We went straight to the hotel, after getting an eclair with pumpkin filling (a lot of sweets in Japan are filled with pumpkin, sweet potato or red bean paste), which was delicious.

The weather in Kyoto wasn’t the best that day. It was raining and dark. We only went outside to have dinner, as we were exhausted. We had some lovely tsukemen (dipping noodles) in a restaurant the lady at the hotel had recommended and then got some beer and snacks from a nearby supermarket, which we had in the hotel.

I think I’ll stop here, but don’t worry, the next post will definitely be the last one, I promise! Hope you’ve been enjoying it and thank you to all of you who took the time to comment! I really enjoy talking with you and checking out your blogs!

Until next time,

Ines

 

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