Hotel Com's Osaka
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... us that Osaka is a great place to eat fugu because it's a regional specialty there. To be clear, yes, pufferfish is poisonous, and yes, the fish has been specially prepared. It really wasn't a big deal at all, and we certainly don't consider ourselves "adventurous eaters" for eating something so tame and commonplace.
Fugu tastes like any other generic white fish -- tilapia, cod, or whiting. ...
Hello Jet Lag!
Despite our well-laid plans for the day, we forgot to set an alarm and woke up at 11:30am.
So new plans!
Whilst we hadn't had any breakfast, we weren't that hungry and so we headed straight for Osaka-Jo (Osaka Castle).
The walk took us about an hour and on the way we tested our Japanese reading skills – this is something that we are going to have to seriously work ...
... it around, all day. Until day 2, where we just jumped into it. One company doesn't own all the rail lines - there are about 30 companies. So if you want to get from point A to point B you may need to change trains around 6 times and pay 6 times, as they are all separately owned. But the people are so helpful and you just need to look confused or worried for around 5 seconds and a helpful local will come running to help you out. And if they can't speak much English you just launch into ...
After a very long Friday we took Saturday off to rest and recover. We slept in and did laundry, rearranged bags since Kyoto, played some cards, and took our time to get going. When we were ready, we borrowed the bikes again and set off to explore Suminodo. We had seen a really good looking ramen shop by the station and that was our first stop. Was fun because they had a very strict order of how to do things, you went from outside to an on-deck circle type couch inside to ...
... his heart to let us know what part of the chicken was coming on skewers. At least that's what we figured he was doing after the food arrived ;) By the time we finished we were stuffed, many empty bottles of cheap sake deep, and in a much better mood than when we entered. However, while forgetting that too much of a good thing does actually apply sometimes, I wanted more and picked up a 720ml bottle of sake at 7'Eleven to take back to our ...