Japan: May 8-10, 2017

  • Kyoto: Fushimi Inari, Nishioji, Osaka
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • Monday 8/5:
    • Planned to go to Fushimi Inari in the early morning, but woke up too late
    • Ate lunch at Kyoto station, and went to Tofukuji from 12pm to 5pm
    • Then to Fushimi Inari from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
      • Would definitely recommend going to Fushimi Inari, it’s an incredible experience, and either go early in the morning or later in the evening
      • The evening experience was lovely, avoided the crowds, and most visitors only went up the mountain for around 15 minutes, and gave up, but if you do the whole climb, it gets nice and quiet, and you are surrounded by a beautiful forest
      • The statues are foxes, as they are believed to be the messenger between humans and the god of rice. ‘Inari’ means rice.
      • Make sure you go to view point 7 – it’s a big away from the main track but you won’t regret walking that extra 5 minutes.
    • Dinner at Kyoto station
    • We did not have any TV in our airbnb, and had to watch Netflix on our phones. We attempted to follow some YouTube tutorials to make an asian-hack-style projector – it did not work.
  • Tuesday 9/5:
    • Travel day from Nishioji to Osaka
    • We decided to take the local train the entire way – it was so interesting to see people out far in the countryside travelling into Osaka city to go to work
    • Ate lunch at Osaka station at a buffet on level 14 while we were waiting to check in to airbnb – seeing people go HAM at the buffet
    • Got to the airbnb and did some boring travel things like taking a nap and did laundry
    • Went to go to Hep Five (a shopping centre with Japanese boutique shops) where Jermaine finally bought a leather jacket (that he spent the entire trip looking for), and met up with Dan and Maki who live in Osaka
    • Went to an izakaya underground, which was a great experience. The place was almost like a war trench, with the walls made of wood and hay
    • Off to a pirate themed bar where you could have endless amounts of entertainment and endless amounts of booze. There was darts, pool, karaoke, Mario Kart, and table games like Jenga and a random pirate game
  • TIP: If you need to withdraw money with an international card – use Mizuho or a 7/11.
  • DID YOU KNOW? Japan uses an IC card for everything from train travel to using as a credit card which can also be stored on your phone.
  • Apparently Osaka is also one of the more rebellious cities, where people are a little bit more rebellious and like to be different from other cities, and less orderly
  • Wednesday 10/5:
    • Last day in Japan. :(
    • Packed and out of the hotel at 12:00pm.
    • TIP: If you need a place to store your luggage in between check out and your flight, you can get a coin operated locker at Osaka station for 700yen for a full day.
    • Dan and Maki took us to Shinsaibashi, also known as America Town. It has big brands on the main street, and a lot of small shops on the side little streets.
    • Went to a little local place for okonomiyaki, yaki soba, and a spring onion pancake – so delicious.
    • Walked around a little bit and checked out the main shopping street and walked to Dotonbori and had some dessert before finally returning to the train station and going to the airport.
    • We had one last meal at the airport, and decided to stop at UNIQLO to spend our last bits of money – we ended up with only $5AUD worth of Japanese Yen in cash.

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