Autumn in Japan – Last day

Autumn in Japan – Last day

November 8, 2015, it was a Sunday and also our last day in Kyoto and it’s gloomy! šŸ˜¦ It was raining hard but we have to follow our schedule. The four of us took turns taking a bath and packing our things. After having bread, cup noodles and coffee for breakfast, we went on our way to the Kyoto station. There we bought our JR Pass and proceeded to the Osaka station.

Osaka Station

Upon reaching the station, we looked for traveler lockers so we can leave our bags and search for the nearest kingdom hall. It was really convenient for us tourists since we don’t need to bring everything with us.

Then, we decided to have our lunch at the nearest restaurant within the building adjacent to the Osaka train station.

We had a hearty lunch, again we had the miso soup šŸ™‚ and vegetable salad. My cousins enjoyed an order of sushi while I enjoyed tempura. I’m not a fan of raw fish that’s why – it’s a Ā good thing they have fried pork and tempura šŸ™‚

Then it’s time to search for the kingdom hall. It was a few blocks away from the Osaka train station.

A brother saw us near the parking lot and he invited us to join him as he walked towards their kingdom hall. We enjoyed the warm welcome of our fellow JWs in the english congregation. We heard an encouraging talk from a Japanese brother and during the Watchtower Study, we gave encouraging comments. šŸ™‚ We felt really blessed to be a part of Jehovah God’s organization because we experienced first-hand the warmth of the brotherhood even if we are far from home. It was faith-strengthening for all of us.

After saying our goodbyes, we proceeded to the Osaka train station and saw the flea market. There, we also bought additional souvenir items for our loved ones in the Philippines. Thanks to Ate Yeyeth – a fellow JW from the congregation we have attended, she pointed us to shops that sell items at a much cheaper price.

Kansai International Airport

Now it’s time to go back to Kansai International Airport so we can board our return flight to the Philippines.

After checking-in, we decided to have our dinner.

Boarding our flight

Though we’re somewhat sad because we’re already leaving Osaka, Japan – we are also excited to see our families in the Philippines so we canĀ relate our experiences to them.

Hopefully, in the coming years, we’ll be able to return to Japan and visit other places. One thing I’m sure of – the memories of autumn that we’ve had in Osaka and Kyoto will forever stay in my heart. šŸ™‚

 

Autumn in Japan Day 2

Autumn in Japan Day 2

From Kansai International Airport, we had to take the bus and travel to Fukushima, Osaka and reached Guesthouse U-en. It was a cheaper accommodation compared to a hotel but we enjoyed a traditional Japanese tatami room, with common pantry, but with separate toilet and bath for female and male guests. We also found out that other guests accommodated are Koreans, Americans, Brits and Japanese.Ā It was also near the train station and other tourist spots in Osaka.

The next day we went to Universal Studios in Osaka. There were very long queues in each of the rides so we decided to experience a few rides since we still want to explore other places in Osaka. We enjoyed the highly immersive high-speed roller coaster ride with Spiderman, the boat ride that encountered the fierce teeth of Jaws, and lastly, watched the 4D presentation of Sesame Street (though we thought it was Shrek’s Adventures but we were an hour early so we had to enjoy what’s currently showing). Then the parade of the stars came next.

The Jurassic Park attraction of the park is still in construction so we had to leave that part of the theme park and just enjoyed watching the shows on the street, rummaging through the toys and gift items in the gift shops and of course trying cute and uniquely-packaged food available in the food stalls and restaurants all-over the place.

Since I was able to tour and visit Universal Studios Singapore – where I loved seeing the set of The Mummy in Egypt, I can say that Japan’s Universal Studios has fewer attractions and it’s smaller. But it’s also nice that I was able to see what it has to offer. By the way, one of its most visited parts is the set of Harry Potter, but we chose not to visit that place.

Afterwards, we went back to the guest house to rest for a bit and got ready to visit another tourist spot. But before that, we went to a nearby food house to have dinner. I enjoyed the alfa-alfa and the vegetable salad as well as the miso soup. The fried chicken nuggets and the tenderloin plus the cups of rice and tea quenched my hunger. šŸ™‚

Since we’re already full, we can now walk to our last destination for the day – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory. It was really fascinating to see Osaka at night on top of the Observatory. Although I’m also afraid of heights – that fear dissipated as I looked at the sparkling lights of Osaka Prefecture.

After feasting our eyes, it’s now time to go back to the guest house on foot. Yep, since it’s only a few blocks from the guest house we were able to save on taxi fare. I enjoyed the walk since that side of Osaka is really peaceful at night. I loved seeing commuter bicycles properly arranged and parked at designated places, vending machines conveniently placed for the thirsty or hungry pedestrian, tidy streets with properly placed signs, the peaceful surroundings,Ā and of course, well-disciplined Japanese men and women on their bicycles or walking fast-pacedĀ but diligently following traffic signsĀ to reach home.

Because of the long walk, I had a long and dreamless sleep.

The next partĀ of this post is about: the Osaka Museum of Natural History, Nagai Botanical Garden and our Trip to Kyoto

Autumn in Japan Day 1

Autumn in Japan Day 1

 

“At last! We’re in JAPAN!”, I was really ecstatic upon reaching Kansai Airport on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 after experiencing a lot of troubles during our departure from NAIA (maybe I’ll write another blog regarding that later). As expected, the airport is very clean and spacious and the staff are very polite and helpful. After having our landing stamp on our passports we explored the enormous structure.

First, we went to the Money Changing Booth to change our dollars to yen. Then, we visited the Information Center where we wereĀ guided by aĀ very friendly receptionistĀ on what promos and packages are budget-friendly regardingĀ train tickets for our tours and trips.After buying the tickets, we were also given exact directions on how we can reach our accommodation.

Then, since we’re already famished, we looked for a fast food booth and found Mc Donalds šŸ™‚ – they really have big servings andĀ we enjoyed our dinner. Beside Mc Donalds they also have Tsutaya and my niece was really happy upon seeing it. Now it’s time to see their trains and travel to our accommodation.

And that will be the next part of this blog.