As a first proper blog, I thought I would share my top 5 highlights of my Japan trip that I did back in December 2017. I traveled to Japan with my wife and her family. While it may not be our first time there, I was quite excited to explore the Kansai Region of Japan. We had previously spent about 2 weeks exploring Hokkaido and then Tokyo. This time however, we based ourselves in Osaka for a week and a half.
Deer (yes, you heard me - deer)
If you don’t know already, Nara Park is well known for having these wild deer, just lazing around. It’s quite amusing that they have learnt to bow for food. Though that might sound polite, they can actually get quite aggresive if you don't actually feed them after said bow.
THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
I have to admit, I am not the biggest Harry Potter fan around. In fact, I have never completed the series - novel or movie wise. But I can't deny that there was a certain something here, something magical (see what I did there 😜)
We visited Osaka Castle a couple of days before visiting Himeji Castle, and I have to admit that I find Himeji Castle the more impressive of the 2. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it would be in the cherry blossom season.
I grew up eating these cupnoodles. So imagine my excitement on the day that we visited the Cupnoodles Musuem. It's definitely a fun place to visit. Check out all the cupnoodles that they have ever made. There's a wall full of them! Not only do you get to check out the history of Cupnoodles, you can even make your own! First you'll get the "cup" itself from a vending machine. Next, bring it to one of the many tables on the floor and create your very own cupnoodle design. Once done, bring it to the production counter, pick your soup base, ingredients and watch the whole process from start to finish. You'll even get a puffy bag in the end to store your cupnoodle in to avoid getting it crushed.
LUCKY OWL CAFE
If you haven't been to an animal themed cafe, then you are definitely missing out. My first experience was a cat cafe in Korea a few years ago. We had so much fun that we decided to check out a dog cafe later that day. So when we were researching for places to go, this came into our radar and we know we HAD to check this place out.
Picking these highlights was not an easy task. There was so much on offer in Osaka, and we did so much in the time that we were there. I'm hoping to share more of these experiences with you in future blogs. What were the highlights of your Japan trip? Have I missed anything? Drop me a comment below. Come say hi!😁