Japan Trip 2012~ Part 2

5th May 2012 at 9:39 am

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Dear Chibi,

Part 2 of my Japan Trip blog will be focusing on our days spent in Osaka and surrounding locations we explored via the Shinkansen and JR lines.

Osaka, Dotonbori, Shin Sai Bashi Suji

With each passing day, the cherry blossoms grew more and more pretty…

@Osaka Castle

Nightlife @Dotonbori where we had okonomiyaki and takoyaki :3

Nara

In Nara, we found lots of wild deers just hanging out at the parks! It’s a pretty funny sight seeing them so civilized XD They also bow their heads “kow-tow” at you after you feed them.. but I was kinda scared to go near them ^.^;

And of course, there were an abundance of shrines and gardens we visited in the area~

@Todai-ji Temple Daibutsuden Hall, the world’s largest wooden building

@Yoshikien Garden

 

Universal Studios Japan

It was raining pretty heavily on the day of Universal Studios, but that didn’t deter us from going. Although it wasn’t great for photos, it meant less people in queues and less time lining up for rides :D

The roller-coaster was a disappointment unfortunately ^^; It wasn’t scary as there weren’t any loops and it was mostly flat with some dips. I screamed just to enhance the atmosphere :D I do love the enthusiasm of the staff~ It’s so cute how they give you a round of applause when you finish the ride, as though you’ve just conquered the world XD! They also give you a hi-five as you get out of the seats.

The best ride would definitely be Spiderman~ It’s jam-packed full of action and excitement, with screens all around you and things popping out everywhere! It’s really really crazy! Oh, and did I mention you wear 3D glasses as well?!

Space Fantasy is my next favourite :D It’s a indoor roller-coaster ‘in-space’ which starts off really calm but then goes NUTS. So many sparkles and explosions! *_*

With Princess Fiona :)
Speaking of Shrek, we watched Shrek’s 4-D Adventure, and it turned out to be exactly the same as the one in Gold Coast Movie World. Experiencing it the first time was better (plus it had English audio instead of Japanese XD)

We managed to check out every ride on the day and still had a little time for round 2 (We wanted to do Spiderman again). Unfortunately, the last ride “Back to the Future” was designed pretty badly, and it gave us motion sickness..eww.. Not recommended! XP

Kobe, Himeji, Okayama, Nagoya

Kobe had a very western feel to the city. It felt pretty similar to Sydney actually, especially the harbourside.

@Kobe Harbourside

@Kobe Chinatown (Nankinmachi)

This is actually the craziest Chinatown I have seen.. it’s so so red! They even have Chinese themed vending machines, haha ;D

@Himeji, Hyogo

At this point, all the sakura are in bloom, and petals are starting to fall… It’s actually quite a pretty sight too :)

Kinosaki Onsen (Hot Spring Town)

We spent a day at Kinosaki Onsen, a small, cosy resort boasting as one of the best hot spring (onsen) locations in Japan. This place is truly a beauty and another of my favourite places. In addition to the OMGSOAWESOME onsen, we also tried out their famous crabs :D So fresh, juicy and yummeh… the prawns were pretty crazy too >.<

There were 7 bathhouses in Kinosaki Onsen and we bought a day-pass so we could access any of the onsen in one day :D Being in a onsen is luxurious and relaxing, though I admit I was a little embarrassed going into one at first ^^;  You kinda get used to it after a while, hahaa~

Satono-yu was my favourite bathhouse, and it sits right next to the station! How convenient  :)

Hiroshima

I remember hearing the tale of ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’ back in High School, but I never thought I would actually visit Hiroshima one day. Being there looking at the A-Bomb Dome was quite shocking and the monuments and paper crane tributes left me a little teary.

@The A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

Children’s Peace Monument; to commemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

I love all the messages of love, peace and hope..

Bike riding around Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Temple

We hired a bike for the day and the two of us explored other parts of Kyoto city, including the wonderful Fushimi Inari Temple. Sometimes the most simple things can be the most wonderful~Today marked our 5 year anniversary together :)

Thousands of vermilion torii gates~ A really impressive sight walking through it!

After our week in Kyoto/Osaka, we traveled back to Tokyo for our remaining days.

To be continued in Part 3 (Final)…

 

7 Responses to “Japan Trip 2012~ Part 2”

  1. Brad says:

    Looks amazing! Love that photo of Jackie in front of the Osaka Castle!

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  3. feedthe1337 says:

    The picture of Jacky in front of Osaka Castle \(*O*)/! Beast beast beast beast beast!

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  5. Jacky says:

    Haha our pictures are almost completely different for this part >D

    Ahh yes the Satonoyu was easily the best, offering mountain views and a freezer room! I really miss Kinosakionsen…I think about it everytime I take a shower lol