Last Day in Osaka

13 December, 2015. It’s my last day in Osaka!

Since it’s our last day in Osaka, we had to make good use of it. πŸ˜€ We started off the day with some ramen! We checked out from our Airbnb, left our bags with the hosts and went off for the day, our flight were at midnight.

We asked the host for some directions to this ramen place, Kinryu Ramen, this place is loved by the Big Bang members, and I watched Daesung recommend this place to the fan during his live broadcast, so of course we had to try! We actually saw the Kinryu branch in Dotonbori but there weren’t any seats, so we didn’t go for that one. We were really too tired to stand and eat. It’s actually quite common to stand and eat in Japan, we’re not really used to eat though. We went to the Namba branch! You definitely can’t miss this dragon on the street!

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The restaurant had free flow of white rice, kimchi and also seasoned spring onions. Super generous, the kimchi was super yummy!

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The delicious bowl of glorious ramen with it’s amazing broth. ❀ I really can’t decide if I like Ichiran better to Kinryu better!

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After the delicious ramen brunch, we walked around the Namba area and went to this claw machine store. The entire store was filled with claw machines. I didn’t try my luck as I already know I don’t know and am not good at it. Haha, but I found lots of Krunk bears!

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Selca with the Krunk bears!

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Mini Krunk bears!

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Then I saw this outside the store and decided to play with this instead, it was cheaper and I definitely will get something out of it. πŸ˜€

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I wanted the Daesung one but got Taeyang’s one instead, that’s okay! πŸ˜€

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It’s purpose it mainly as a souvenir, I wouldn’t wear it out as a watch. Hahaha.

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As we were walking the street, we found this fried chicken place. There were quite a lot of people buying it, so we decided to try it out. I’m so glad we did because it was so crispy and juicy, the best part was that it was boneless! ❀ Super delicious, it was beyond my expectations. It’s called Kinnotorikara! I would crave for this. πŸ˜€

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There were a selection of sauces and seasoning you can choose from and you can add however much as you like, super yummy!

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After that, we walked more and went to the shopping mall that had Nana’s Green Tea. Nana’s Green Tea was one of the places we planned to go before hand, and we couldn’t find any for the past however long we were there, when we finally see one, we had to go and try it!

Below is the warabi mochi with sugar and green tea chocolate and also regular chocolate. Both of this were really delicious. The sugar syrup tasted like gula melaka! The warabi mochi is really yummy! ❀ It’s my new favourite mochi! As for the chocolate, they are chocolate, chocolate can never go wrong. ❀

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These two desserts! I don;t even remember what they are called but one is green tea and the other is roasted tea. Delicioussssssss! ❀ Fortunately, we can get it in Malaysia!

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After desserts, we walked around the mall, there were a Harry Potter exhibition. Look at the wands! πŸ˜€ I always wanted one.

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I love Harry Potter series so much, so much! Ps. RIP Alan Rickman, besides Harry Potter, I really enjoyed his other works too. ❀

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Then we headed to Namba Park as we didn’t know where else to go.

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I liked how the park is built, very interesting and refreshing!

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Before we leave the city, we had some food, we went to First Kitchen again. Heheh.

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After that meal, we went back to the Airbnb to collect our luggages and then we headed to the airport by the subway.

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Subway ticket!

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At the airport as we wait to check in, I opened the box of Moomin cookies I bought from Daiso, they aren’t too bad. πŸ˜€ Super cute!

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We ate some food as we were hungry, Japanese curry! πŸ˜€ This wasn’t the best curry we had there, the best was Coco Curry! We ordered fish and chicken.

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After a few hours in the airport, we found out that our flight was canceled due to technical issues, therefore we had to wait for the next flight out Osaka, we stayed another night in the airport. I was feeling sick at the end of the trip, the airport was cold, but luckily the vending machine had hot tea, so that helped me a lot! My sister and I took a walk outside the airport for some fresh air with our lovable plushies. ❀

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The staff gave us some food, but I didn’t feel like having anything as I was feeling ill.

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Morning came and we finally got our boarding pass! We decide to get another ticket and fly back to KL by Malaysia Airline. We had breakfast at Boteyju! I was hoping to get okonomiyaki but it was too early, they don’t serve that instead they have a breakfast set meal. We got some noodles and sandwiches. Nothing beats their okonomiyaki! Just saying. Haha.

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As we were going through security, we realised that 2PM’s JunK was going through security as well! We went the same line as him! OMG. We were so so close to him!

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Literally standing next to him!

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It was such a surprise to see a Korean idol in the airport! What an experience! Thanks to the cancelled flight, we get to see a K-pop idol. Hahaha. Next time, let’s bump into Big Bang perhaps? πŸ˜€

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Typical airplane shot. Heheh.

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Arrival at KLIA!

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This concludes my Japan adventures! It was a blast visiting the futuristic country! The country is so modern and so traditional at the same time, there’s the fast moving Tokyo and on the other side there is the city filled with history, Kyoto. I miss Japan all the time! The food especially and also the beautiful sceneries!

Thank you, Momo for being such a good host on behalf of your boss!

I want to visit more of Japan! Hokkaido, Nagoya, Kobe, everywhere in Japan!

Till next time! The rest of my trip in Japan linked below!

Tokyo Day 1
Tokyo Day 2
Little Quaint Town: Hakone
Hakone to Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo to Osaka
Osaka Adventures
Kyoto Day 1
Nara and Kyoto

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Nara and Kyoto

Hello! I’m back with the next Osaka adventure.

12 December, 2015.

I began my morning with a trip to Kuromon Ichiba market. My mum and grandma went to this market a day before and my sister and I didn’t go, so I wanted to go and check the market out, after all it’s one of the tourist attraction. I went there mainly for fruits! Strawberries in particular! Hehe.

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Pineberries or white strawberries. I get why it’s called wineberry, when I ate it, there was a pineapple taste! So strange but interesting at the same time, if I had to compare with the regular strawberry, I would say I prefer the regular strawberry better. ❀ But the pineberry was an interesting try.

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Japanese fruit products, so beautifully packaged and so fresh!

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The most expensive strawberries I found!Β Β₯15000 which converts to about RM525! But the strawberries looks so yummy, so big! Not to mention individually packaged as well.

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Melons!

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Literally my dream come true, STRAWBERRIES. ❀

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Seafood!

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There was so much to see, I enjoyed market trips because I got to see the different things we don’t have in Malaysia.

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Crab! I didn’t get to have any this trip, I’ll make sure to get it the next time I go! The first thing on my list. πŸ˜€

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Bought these strawberries. I had a strawberry galore party before I left Osaka. SO YUMMY. I can’t get them in Malaysia! I did see one in the supermarket that had the same packaging as this one but it was priced at RM58 and it was not as big as this.. 😦

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Morning coffee. ❀

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After the market trip, we went back and then took a train to Nara!

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This is the Higashimuki Shopping Street which we walked along after visiting Nara Park. We found a giant Daiso store here and went crazy. Haha, bought a lot of stuff! The Daiso is equals toΒ Β₯100 which converts to RM3.50, which is way cheaper to buy there than the Daiso in Malaysia, RM5.30 now with the GST. Daiso is ❀

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I was super excited to see the deers! ❀

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Hello there! The deers there are so chill, they just sit around.

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Autumn foliage in the beginning of winter! ❀

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I tied my hair like Minnie Mouse on that day, heheh. #OnlyinJapan But look at the deer! ❀

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Of course I had to take a selca with the deer!

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They are all so cute!

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With dearest mummy!

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After visiting the deer park, we went to the shopping street and then left Nara and went to Kyoto! Another day in beautiful Kyoto. ❀

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We visited the Fushimi Inari Shine. Super beautiful! Even the train station is built using the red colour scheme.

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The gate to the shrine. There were lots of street food there, so no worries if you’re hungry!

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Takoyaki! I can’t eat them because of the octopus in it, I am allergic to squid so high possibility that I’m allergic to octopus too. 😦

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Looks so yummy!

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Pork kebab thing, this was yummy!

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I found a rare spot that doesn’t have anyone!

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The infamousΒ thousands of vermilion torii gates! It’s hard to take a nice picture because there were lots of tourists. We didn’t walk all the way as we were tired from all the walking we did for the past few days. Next time we’ll be more prepared. >.<

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Pretty autumn foliage!

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As we were going down, there were a group of people making lots of noise and chasing people, so we walked aside, it turned out to be some Japanese artists, we have no idea who that was, but they sure are famous!

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People all crowding to get a glimpse of the artists. There were about 3 of them, they passed by us, they definitely had the artist look. Haha.

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We walked on trains very often in Kyoto, it feels very old school. Haha.

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Kyoto is filled with beautiful streams and rivers, very serene and calming to look at.

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We went back to Teramachi Street and bought a crepe!

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This was yummy but not as yummy as the one we had in Harajuku!

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After that, we went around looking for Ichiran Ramen, one of the recommendations we got, we asked a group of Japanese ladies and they were kind enough to walk us there as they were going the same direction, and we arrived! Vending machine to select the meal.

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It was an individual seating set up, but the partition can be unlocked and open it so we can see each other. Haha.

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Omg, this was SUPER yummy! One of the best ramen I’ve had in Japan! We can choose the spiciness, the noodles consistency, and whether you want green or white onion, and other things you get to choose, kind of a custom made bowl of ramen. Super yummy, we ended up ordering extra noodles. The broth were super yummy too!

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The green tea tofu, this might not suit everyone’s taste. Personally I didn’t try but my mum said it’s kind of bitter.

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I think of this ramen all the time! [CC: Christy and Nadya! We were talking about this ramen the entire time we were in Singapore!]

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After that, we went to Arashiyama to see the bamboos!

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Some exhibition at the Hanky Arashiyama Station.

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Unfortunately, I felt sick because of the amount of crowd, it was super crowded. Therefore I didn’t take any photos of the bamboos, I would wanna go again in the day, the night view nice but I think the day view would be much prettier. The walk from the train station to the bamboo area was pretty long, we should’ve checked for bus route.

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We then took the train back to Osaka after visiting Arashiyama and had lots of strawberries after a long day of walking. I then had a good night sleep!

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Till next time!

Tokyo Day 1
Tokyo Day 2
Little Quaint Town: Hakone
Hakone to Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo to Osaka
Osaka Adventures
Kyoto Day 1

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Kyoto Day 1

December 11, 2015. A visit to the stunning Kyoto city!

We used a Kansai pass for the trips to Kyoto, which is super easy to travel around with, since we’ve been there for a few days and we got used to the train services way better. πŸ˜€

We were greeted by a Christmas tree decorated with Disney characters! Super cute! ❀ This was at the Kyoto tourist information counter. πŸ˜€

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On the way from Shinjuku station, I spotted Kiko! She’s everywhere in Japan! So pretty!

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I also had been eyeing on this drink only because there were super cute Minnie and Mickey Mouse on it, I had to get it! I took the bottles back to KL. Heheh. As for the drink, it was nice, nothing too great. The bottle is great though. ❀

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We went to a fast food restaurant for our brunch! First Kitchen, so healthy right? Hahahah. The salad was actually very nice, the prawns were crunchy and fresh. Yums! We were walking along the Nishiki Market and found this place.IMG_2682 IMG_2684

Found this along the Teramachi Street, so much to see!

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There were a lot of taxfree shops in Kyoto, so we bought a lot of souvenirs and snacks from the taxfree shops, we even had to leave them at the locker at the train station.. Best place to get snacks or souvenirs back home! But keep in mind, they’ll pack it in a bag where you can’t open until you leave Japan, so if you want to eat the snack right there, then pay separately. Also, found Kiko once again! Hahaha.

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Flowers!

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Nishiki Market, so much of food!

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More pretty flowers!

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Omg, this green tea warabi mochi was the best! Seriously. No kidding!

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Can’t go without having a green tea ice-cream right?! I took a bite of the mochi and was like, “OMG, what is this yummy thing?!” I want it now! 😦

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After that we left the market and went to the first temple, Ginkaku-ji temple, also known as the Silver Pavilion. Kyoto is so beautiful, everywhere is so serene and pretty!

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I can take a picture at whatever place and it’ll look nice! I loved walking around here. Very peaceful. ❀

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Though it was gloomy but still beautiful!

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Lots of little streams everywhere, super clear streams. I loved looking at it, haha.

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This street leads us to the temple. Kyoto has lots of little streets and alleys!

 

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Potato snack. πŸ˜€

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We found the same shop that sells the green tea warabi mochi and decided to get some back! Super yummy! The shop is called Sa Wa Wa!

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We reached the entrance of the temple!

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This particular place reminded me of the Harry Potter maze from the 4th movie!

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Entrance ticket to the temple! Very different from the usual entrance ticket.

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From here, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking~

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This looks like stairway to a magical forest!

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SO BEAUTIFUL. I was in awe the entire time! ❀

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After the visit to the absolute stunning temple, we went to have a snack at a little store, my sister’s favourite dango. I can’t keep track of how much of dango she had eaten. Haha!

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Again, I kept on using the stickers on Snapchat. πŸ˜€

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Next place we went is to the Kiyomizu Dera temple. By this time, we were already tired from all the walking, there were lots of uphill which was tiring. The street to the temple was crowded but it definitely had the old village feel to it, does that make sense?

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We finally reached where the entrance of the temple, but we didn’t go any higher because we were super tired, we’ll definitely go again next time! To the very top! Also, we finally see the blue skies! ❀ Stunning.

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The sunset was so beautiful!

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On the way down, we bought a green tea creme puff! Yummyyyyyy! When in Japan, try everything green tea. ❀

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I loved this street! I’m pretty sure is it the Ninenzaka Street. So much of photo opportunity! Too bad it was getting dark, I felt this street was something I would have seen from one of the Studio Ghibli films. ❀

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See! So beautiful! ❀

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After that, we went to Gion and had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Gyoza, love love love gyoza! ❀

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Vegetables.

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Sweet and sour pork.

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Fried rice!

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After dinner, we went back to Osaka with out heavy load of haul from the taxfree shop! We mostly took a bus everywhere in Kyoto, using the Kansai pass. πŸ˜€ This is how they packed it for us, we put the entire thing in the luggage as it is, just in case if the custom checks but they didn’t.

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Night snack! ❀ Loved this so much.

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That’s all for today! Super loved the day in Kyoto, so serene, calm, scenic and peaceful. ❀ Nature.

Till next time!

Tokyo Day 1
Tokyo Day 2
Little Quaint Town: Hakone
Hakone to Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo to Osaka
Osaka Adventures

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Osaka Adventures

Happy new year! I took a break from blogging as I was in Singapore for a short break. ❀ Continuing my Japan adventures!

December 10, 2015. Wandering around Osaka.

My mum and grandma went to Kuromon Ichiba Market while my sister and I slept in that morning, they came back with some food. Noodles!

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These drinks were so yummy, there were more jelly compared to the actual drink. Plus, they were affordable too!

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We walked to Osaka Castle from our Airbnb, it’s really close to the castle! Another day without much sun. 😦

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The walk to the castle was nice, good weather and pretty trees!

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We arrived at the entrance! I’m not too sure which entrance this was, there are a few entrance to the castle if I’m not wrong.

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With my sister! ❀

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We stopped for food right outside the entrance of the castle, since we didn’t eat a lot for breakfast, we wanted to get some more food. πŸ˜€

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Ice-cream, we had to get the ice-cream!

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My sister and her dango! She loves them!

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Udon and we also got some side dishes, boiled fish paste and other boiled yummy goodness that I’ve no idea what they are.. Haha.

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The castle is so pretty! It’s elevated from the ground, so the view from the top is really nice!

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Using the Snapchat stickers as much as I can. Hahaha.

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A few shots of the view from the top, it’s not very high but the view is still very pretty, colourful trees across the place.

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After visiting the castle with my grandma. Notice how I took off my outer jacket, my sister and I walked up the stairs to the top of the castle instead of opting for the elevator because the queue was so long, by the time we went all the way up, it was a full on exercise, haha.

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After the castle, we headed off to find a train station as we wanted to go to the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium.

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On the way to the aquarium, we saw the cabbage flowers selling forΒ Β₯100! So cheap! Too bad we can’t bring it back home.

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We stopped for lunch at a Korean restaurant nearby the aquarium, it was so yummy! ❀ The bibimbap was not the greatest but the samyupsal was so yummy!

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We reached the aquarium! It was beginning to rain at that time. 😦 I was the most excited to go to the aquarium, haha.

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I didn’t take a lot of photos, some of the photos I took came out blur. 😦

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They are so CUTE! ❀

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A capybara! Isn’t is so cute?!

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Penguins! SO CUTE! Toddling around. ❀

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Colourful fishes!

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Rare whale shark! It’s hugeeeeee!

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These fishes are so funny, they don’t swim, they look as though someone put a string on them and hang them there.

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Sister with the swimming seal! The aquarium works in a good way, we can see the seals at the beginning, in my previous picture where they were sleeping, from there it looks like they don’t have much space to go around but I was wrong, the tank goes all the way down, so the seal have lots and lots of space to swim around and play. As we walk to the next exhibits, we see the same thing because we are walking in between the tanks. Does that make sense? I hope it does.. Haha.

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Hello stingray!

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The crabs were so big! Look at my hand compared to the crabs!

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Delicate jellyfishes!

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If I’m not wrong, this area connects to the same place where all the seals are, the place is really really big!

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This is another breed of penguins!

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This leopard printed stingray has to be the chicest stingray there is. We got to touch the stingray and also the shark, the stingray was slimy and slippery while the shark felt like it’s sandpaper. Complete opposite!

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At the exit, we found Nemo!

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RAIN. 😦

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We then we back to the city, stopped at Umeda station and we walked around and came across this okonomiyaki restaurant, so we decided to eat here. We had to wait for quite some time as the shop was really small and it was full, one of the couple had finished eating but didn’t leave until everyone else left.. Maybe it’s their culture there? No clue, but if we see someone waiting for seats in KL, as we finish eating, we will give our seats to others as we know others are waiting. Oh well, personally I thought that was inconsiderate. Moving on to the actual food that we had, I don’t have the prettiest photo of them but the food was so so so so so GOOD. One of the best meals I’ve had in Japan.

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This is grilled xiao long bao, which was interesting. There was soup inside the little bao! Very yummy!

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This omelette was super yummy too. It has cherry tomatoes, Gouda cheese and rice cakes in it. Very different from the usual omelette.

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The main dish! Okonomiyaki, super delicious! ❀ The flavours were rich. There was also a box of bonito flakes for you to add and also other condiments. Very generous.

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These are basically gyoza but in a different shape? I’m sure there is a name for it but I don’t know the exact name, nonetheless, this was super yummy too!

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After we had that delicious meal, we walked around HEP5, the building that has the ferris wheel build in it. πŸ˜€ It was dark, so I couldn’t get any photos of the building itself. Anyways, we went to a Disney store! Bought my sister a Dumbo plushie. It’s super cute!

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Before we headed back to the Airbnb, we had pancakes. πŸ˜€ The pancakes there are very different from what we have here, theirs are super fluffy! We had green tea pancakes and also the Christmas special. ❀

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The Christmas special was too much because of the whipped cream and chocolate, I prefer the green tea pancakes. πŸ˜€

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Back at the Airbnb!

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Some fruits my mother bought at the market. πŸ˜€ STRAWBERRIES. ❀

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That’s all for today!

Have a good year ahead ❀

Till next time!

Tokyo Day 1
Tokyo Day 2
Little Quaint Town: Hakone
Hakone to Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo to Osaka

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