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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 ...
... the location and the concept.
Ended my day with a nice yummy meal.
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