Japan Food Tour – Koyasan to Osaka

Woke up just before the call to prayer in our temple. We thought we’d just give them some time and join later to listen to Buddhist chanting. Unfortunately, by the time we got there they were already at it and all the doors were closed. Since we didn’t want to interrupt we just went in search of some hot coffee, since we knew it wasn’t part of our breakfast.

We got back in time to have breakfast:

Breakfast at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Breakfast at Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan

Since we were already packed, we wandered up the road again and found some cute temple cats to pet. One of them was so friendly and having a good old rub on the rocks.

Cute Temple Cats near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Cute Temple Cats near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Cute Temple Cats near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Cute Temple Cats near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Cute Temple Cats near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan
Cute Temple Cats near Rengejoin Temple, Koyasan

Then it was time to go to Osaka. We got on the bus, the cable car and then the train. However, once on the train we got the bad news that the eletricity was out, so we all had to get back on the cable car and back to Koyasan to get picked up by a bus that would take us to Hashimoto. From there we caught another train to Osaka. And then the subway to the hotel…Instead of getting there at 10.30am, it was closer to 12pm. We dumped our bags at the hotel and went in search of lunch.

We only had an hour, so we just went to a convenience store and grabbed something to eat before meeting back up with the tour and heading into town for some Octopus Balls. They seem to be quite popular in Osaka:

Octopus Balls  in Osaka
Octopus Balls in Osaka
Octopus Balls  in Osaka
Octopus Balls in Osaka

We were in Doguyasuji shopping street and there were weird and wonderful signs everywhere.

Octopus Balls  in Osaka
Octopus Balls in Osaka

After this we had free time until 6pm. Most of the others went shopping (again), but I thought I’d show Ela and Yvonne Osaka castle. We were told it was just a concrete structure, but hey, it looks nice and we didn’t intend to go inside anyway (no time). It’s set in a nice big garden and moat, surrounded by skyscrapers:

Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka

After wandering around here for a while we headed back to the hotel and showered and changed for our last meal together with the tour. It was a nice meal of various things, including okonomiyaki, Osaka style.

Dinner in Osaka
Dinner in Osaka
Dinner in Osaka
Dinner in Osaka

Afterwards we headed to the Shinsaibashi Neon area in Osaka. That’s sort of what I expected Tokyo to be like, but it was more sedate than this. The advertising neon signs are over the top here! And the amount of people wandering around at 9pm on a Tuesday night!!!! Wow!!!!

Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka
Shinsaibashi Neon Area, Osaka

Chiko suggested we stick around and check it out, but we were tired and just wanted to go back to the hotel. I had hoped to catch up more on my blog, but that didn’t happen…We went to Yvonne and Louise’s room and had a drink and chat before going back to ours to pack.

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