Japan Day 5

That innocent bowl of curry udon you see is not as innocent as it looked. It was 9 parts chilli flakes to 1 part curry – That was how spicy it was. It was a good way to wake us up for our awesome day ahead though. We headed to the Osaka Aquarium to see how much it would shit all over Perth’s “Aqwa”. We were not disappointed. This multi-level aquatic wonderland was beyond amazing. The Aquarium is built around one huge fish tank that houses everything. To give you an idea as how large this tank is, it makes …

Japan Day 4

We’re up to day 4 and we’re still going strong. After a healthy Japanese breakfast of Udon and fried chicken, we decided to go sight seeing at Osaka Castle. The castle itself was a sight to behold and it was situated up on quite a steep hill. It was surrounded by greenery that looked like huge bonsai trees. When we made it inside, we were expecting something more historic, much like the temples and shrines we have gone into previously. This was not the case, as the whole castle itself was renovated into a museum inside from top to bottom.  …

Japan Day 3

Today we ventured to Nara Deer Park to feed the deer and to see the Todai Ji which houses a giant Buddha. Nara is just an hour away from Kyoto and is a really peaceful place. As soon as we got off the train, we ventured into town to see what it had to offer before rushing to see the deer. The town itself has a peaceful vibe, and the streets are lined with temples and shrines. We happened to walk past a pair of giant wooden doors and couldn’t help but go in to have a look. We were …

Japan Day 2

Today, we travelled to Kyoto for our first day of cherry blossom viewing. Our first stop was Ginkakuji Temple where we saw an immaculately kept garden, which seemed to never end. It was an amazing place to see as no matter which direction you looked, you were faced with jaw dropping scenery. Our next destination was the Philosopher’s Path, which is a stone path that is lined with cherry blossoms. Upon our first visit, we travelled half (we thought we had done the entire thing, but more on this later) of the path and saw the famous cherry blossoms they …

Japan Day 1

Day 1 of our epic 3 week Japan trip began on the Shinkansen (bullet train) as we made our way from Tokyo to Osaka. The Shinkansen was a spacious welcome after being cooped up on a plain for over 10 hours. It was also the first time we used our Japan Rail Pass, which we soon realised was an awesome investment for our trip. The train ride was smooth, quiet, and comfortable and it let me see a glimpse of the awesome scenery that was to come. Our first meal was a cold bento box (a mistake I’d never make …