Dinner and Umeda Sky Building

Asia, Japan

After a few hours wandering around the aquarium we were famished.

Tucked away in the bay area of Osaka are a cluster of traditional Japanese restaurants that we explored.

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In Japan, restaurants display models of the meals they serve. Quite odd, but really helpful.

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How cute are these steamed buns?!

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We had to stop and try real Ramen.

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Japan is known for having weird and wonderful Kit Kat flavours. I tried the green tea and red bean bites. They were really unusual but not bad.

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Quite full, we headed of to the Umeda Sky Building.

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The Umeda Sky Building is the 8th tallest building in Osaka. It consists of two 40 story towers that are connected at their uppermost stories. This astonishing building has a floating garden on the rooftop observatory.

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After a long ride up in the lift as well as a few escalators I reached the observatory deck.

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Osaka Aquarium, Japan

Asia, Japan

While we were in Japan we visited the Osaka Aquarium. As cool  as aquariums are, they would never normally be on my list of places to go while in another country. Buuuut, Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest and best aquariums in the world.

The layout is really unique. You take an escalator up to the 8th floor and work your way down in a circular manner. What I found amazing about the aquarium is that every section is totally devoted to a particular area in the world and is made to look exactly like it. One minute you are wandering the great barrier reef and the next you are in the amazon.

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How adorable is this?!

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What a grumpy little face…

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A whale shark!

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This is one of the cutest animals I have ever seen

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Seriously, look at that face!

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Osaka Castle, Japan

Asia, Japan

A little while ago we went to Japan for the weekend. After a quick flight we landed at a tiny airport on an island in Osaka.

We got horribly lost trying to find our hotel and eventually gave up and flagged down a taxi. After driving about 200m (I’m really not exaggerating) we were charged R70. Madness! We won’t be doing that again.

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After navigating the complicated subway system we popped above ground again and set off at a stroll towards the castle.

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It was a beautiful spring day. The streets were lined with happy couples, budding trees, impressive architecture and laughing children.

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Before long the castle was in sight…

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We spent some time wandering in the gardens and taking it all in.

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We stopped for some ice-cream. I picked green tea and vanilla!

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After walking through the castle gates I spotted a time capsule. I was so intrigued. I’d love to know what is inside of it.

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It was such a lovely day and there was wonderful atmosphere at the castle. We strolled around the ground, up to the museum inside, out to the souvenir shop and back into the gardens.

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Osaka Castle was a wonderful first glimpse of Japan.