[Photos by Leon Lee & yours truly]
Top and shorts: Forever 21// Jacket: Asos// Shoes Nike// Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim// Sunnies: Bershka
Not nearly enough time. That was the general consensus of our trip to Japan. Upon landing in Osaka and seeing everything it had to offer, we suddenly realised that there was no way we were going to be able to see it all. Or even at least half of it. But we did our best. The first leg of our Japan trip, we weren't quite sure what to see in Osaka. All we knew was that our hotel was supposed to be close to the main area, Dotonbori, and that USJ was just 15 minutes away, and that was it. We stayed at the quite traditional Kaneyoshi Ryokan, which was actually located right in front of the Dotonbori. You could probably see it in my Osaka Girl post. The room was nice and quaint, with amazing staff. We slept on tatami mats. The night time area you see here is what we could cover of the humongous entertainment system located just around the area. There's a large shopping complex, a food complex, an arcade complex and all other complexes you could think of. They had everything, from the savoury to unsavoury. I was bummed that I couldn't try the Spocha gaming area because it had a rodeo, but we had to buy the whole package and I didn't think it was needed at that point. oh and neon lights were absolutely everywhere. And giant models of food. It was a little overwhelming to say the least.
Then there's the quaint, soft side of Osaka. We decided a change of scene was in order for our last day so we headed out to see the Osaka Castle which was a bit farther from the centre. While the castle is a tourist spot, the surrounding parks had more locals than tourists. Japan's air, from what I saw so far, was very fresh. You could smell the leaves in the soft breeze.
What was so surprising about our trip was the beautiful blue skies and sunshine we were blessed with. I had already expected it to be at the very least cloudy, and at most rainy with thunderstorms. But when I opened our room curtains and saw sunshine peeking through, woo! That set the tone for the fantastic trip we had. So thank you Osaka!
So, would you visit Osaka? Thoughts? Let me know!