Finally, time to recap my last day in Japan. Exactly five months from tomorrow!
For breakfast, we went to the takoyaki stand near the train station. Pretty tasty! It was also pretty cool to watch the guy make them.
Then on the way to downtown Osaka, we decided to stop at the Sakuranomiya station, since we thought there would be a lot of sakura trees there. We totally underestimated how much rain there was – my shoes and pants were completely soaked. Would have been nice if it wasn’t pouring cats and dogs…
Here’s a picture of some of the trees there:
Because of the rain, we had to go back to the hotel and change first.
Then we went to Den Den Town, which is Osaka’s Akihabara. I don’t think we spent that much time there, just went to their K-books and Animate stores. Not quite as cool as Ikebukuro and Akihabara, but still worth the visit.
Eventually, we made it to the Osaka Castle area. We had been warned several times that Osaka Castle looked cool on the outside, but was really a museum on the inside and not really worth the admission fee. Too bad that it’s not the original, but it still looked nice.
And the sakura were finally in bloom!
Then when we were leaving to go to the train station for the airport, there were a lot of teenage girls holding fans for this band called Sexy Zone (I think..). Everyone was dressed up, like lolita style. It was kind of weird.
We took the train to the airport, where we had our final meal in Japan. I had some curry (my first and only curry in Japan). It was pretty decent. I just remember the cashier was Indian and seemed to be glad that we could speak English.
Overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Japan and definitely want to return in the future (hopefully with better Japanese). I’d like to visit Hiroshima and maybe the northern and southern parts of Japan. I’d also like to go to Kyoto again, since there were still a lot of sites we didn’t see.