Japan 2017 | Day 19 | Osaka

Our last day in Japan was spent at Universal Studios, it was the perfect way to end the trip. SEE Our first stop was the most important and of course it was Harry Potter World. It was incredible. You walked through the Forrbiden Forest, past the magical car and the Hogwarts Express into Hogsmeade and…

Japan 2017 | Day 18 | Osaka

Today we combined eating and sight seeing! We had breakfast at the hostel and it was another delicious salad. They also gave us a milk tea dessert which was amazing. During the day we wondered around Nipponashi and checked out more anime stores. For lunch we went to the Kuromon Markets. It’s a food market…

Japan 2017 | Day 17 | Naoshima

SEE Where do I start with Naoshima… it’s almost a three hour train, bus and ferry ride from Osaka (six hour round trip) but it’s well worth it! I loved this place. It has art, good food, beer and scenery. It’s a tiny island that’s been transformed into an art installation. Scattered across the island…

Japan 2017 | Day 16 | Osaka

SEE Today we went to Round 1 and played ten pin bowling. I was awful at it but Richard got a strike! We definitely got shown up by the older ladies next to us. Everything the Japanese do is so crazy and fun, it was a great way to spend the morning. We then went…

Japan 2017 | Day 15 | Osaka

SEE It was a pretty slow day today, we had to do a few chores including laundry but once we were done we went to Abeno Haruskas. It’s a 300 meter tall building with a shopping center and observation deck. It seems Osaka goes right to the end of the mountains, it’s huge. You could…

Japan 2017 | Day 14 | Osaka

SEE Today we explored Den Den Town, electronics and anime heaven. There’s streets and streets of electronic stalls with everything from lights to walkie talkies to radios. The other part of Den Den Town is the anime area. There’s huge shops with heaps of floors, each with different merchandise and series. We also found an…

Japan 2017 | Day 13 | Osaka

SEE We had a bit of a sleep in today but our first stop was Osaka Castle. It’s stunning and big. The stand out feature for me were the gold tigers, they are a symbol of strength and this castle is definitely intimidating. It has large walls and a moat, you can just picture the…

Japan 2017 | Day 12 | Osaka

SEE Today we were a bit rusty from karaoke so it was a pretty slow day. We wondered around our area and did a spot of shopping. EAT Osaka is the birth place of tako-yaki (octopus balls) so I had to have it asap! It’s definitely worth a try. For lunch we went to another…

Japan 2017 | Day 11 | Osaka

SEE Today we arrived in Osaka, my first impression was that this city is a lot busier than Tokyo. We went to the Umeda Sky Building and it was high, very high but worth it. We got an awesome 360 view of the city, it seems like it never ends. It was the last night…

Japan 2017 | Day 10 | Kyoto

SEE We went to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove today. Bamboo is a really cool plant, not only because of how it looks but it’s many uses so I was excited to check this out. I’m glad I went however I was more impressed by the garden we stumbled across than the grove. It wasn’t as…

Japan 2017 | Day 9 | Kyoto

SEE Today we went to the Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion. It’s about 20kgs of real gold and it’s so gorgeous. The gardens surrounding the pavilion are also stunning. We then went to the Ryoan-ji Rock Garden. This is a zen garden made only of rocks. There’s 15 large rocks and no matter where you look there’s…

Japan 2017 | Day 8 | Kyoto 

SEE This morning we were a part a Buddhist morning prayer. The monks sat at the shrine and chanted. It was very peaceful and a nice way to start the day. We also got to give incense as an offering. After breakfast we explored Kayosan and it’s many temples. The grounds were so gorgeous and…