Osaka and Saga-Arashiyama

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Japan  , Kyoto Prefecture,
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today, we'd originally planned to get the bus to Kinkaku-Ji, however we decided to head to Osaka when we saw the huge queues for the bus. It being the weekend, we thought it might be quieter to head there on a weekday. It didn't take long at all to get to Osaka. When we got to the station, we went on a search and managed to find the water monument there. It's hard to explain what the monument is but it's like a waterfall but the falling water is controlled to make patterns and it even tells you the time. It was one of the best things ever. I could have stood and watched it all day trying to figure out just how they do it. I've tried to upload a video but it doesn't seem to be working so you'll have to wait and see what it looks like!

We also went to the Umeda building which was a short walk into the heart of Osaka. The building is really architecturally impressive to look at especially when you look up. We went out onto the rooftop garden there to enjoy a 360 view of the city. Luckily it was good weather and a clear day so we got some good pictures of the cityscape. After getting some lunch, we spent some time in Yodabachi, the big electronics store as Rikki was in search of a new phone add and I needed a new pair of earphones. We both found what we were looking for and then we took the train the Saga-Arashiyama.

Once there, we found ourselves in a bustling little town at the foot of some impressive looking hills. I think they were hills anyway, they looked too small to be classed as mountains! Either way, the sun was just setting behind them basking the town in early evening light. The other focus point of the town is a really really old bridge that crosses a river that I don't know the name of. We spent a bit of time taking in the sights before catching the train back to Kyoto.

After our disappointment yesterday of not being able to eat at the Okonomiyaki restaurant, we resolved to head straight there tonight to try our luck again. This plan worked and we sat down straight away. This was the first restaurant we'd been to where the tables are low to the ground so you have to sit on the floor. I got quite a few bouts of pins and needles, it's not designed for tall people! Nevertheless the meal more than made up for this slight discomfort. I've decided I LOVE okonomiyaki! It is too delicious for words. We shared a few different dishes, one of which was pork okonomiyaki. We also had beef yakisoba and a beef sukiyaki to start. It was my favourite meal of Japan so far!
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