met a bunch of meddie friends in the airport on the same flight to japan!! annoying kid was behind us lol. touchdown in osaka and went straight to our hotel and checked in our stuff before heading out to dotonburi. had our little japanese rooms with tatami and all! grabbed an onigiri before heading to the train station to get to dotonburi and to our proper dinner. went to walk the little alleys and stuff before finding a place to eat, onomoyaki yakisoba and teppei with super squishy takopachi hehe and then we had another ramen after that HAHA like we shared one bowl between 3 people. the ordering was super cool, like you buy from the vending machine and get a little ticket and then you get seated.
walked around along the canal and bought drinks n snackies before finding the famous glico man (still dont get it) HAHA.
now back in the hotel stretching and getting ready for tomorrow!!
Today's cherry blossoms were GORGEOUS. went to Osaka castle and climbed all the way up 8 floors to see the view and the history of the castle. there were so many sheebas everywhere omg I love them so much!!!
went to Kotonburi market for lunch and had amazing sashimi, it was legit one of the best sashimi i've had before; the salmon was fatty n delicious and the fatty tuna also was shiok af.
went to the aquarium after that and died at all the cuteness, and felt sad at the whale sharks n turtles n molas ):
we saw a grumpy capybara, otters, adorable seals OMFG and the pretty bling jellyfish woke up and made our breakfast, mine was instant curry rice and we made eggs too to go with it! hehe. left for arashiyama and walked the bamboo forest. saw that adorable little girl around the lake area haha and there were more sheebs around today!!!
went to the soy milk restaurant and had lunch there, the beancurd was super soft and silky and the dessert mochi was so sweet omfg. i need to walk to offset all the food and we had ice cream after that even HAHAHA time for more intermittent fasting...aka no bfast lels.
headed to the ryonji zen garden and contemplated contentment. am i contented? who knows. it was a pretty place with a whole bunch of cherry blossoms n it was really quite pretty.
went to nishiki market and walked around before going to the recommended by jordan restaurant to have ramen, and the chashu is really really good though i have to say??? wew the burnt charred outside was A+
we wanted to go to the shiba cafe but it CLOSED weh ): we took neoprints though HAHAHAHAHA goodness
bought stuff from daiso then went back, yingx is now having diarrhea and dans knee hurts and my toenail is falling off for some reason so
KIMONODAY!!!!! basically walked the philosopher's walked and went to heian shrine, with many breaks for yingx cause she still wasnt feeling well.
we saw this cute rickshaw puller and took a picture with him, then we saw him again outside heian!! he's really cute though HAHA and yingx was very happy LEL.
went to a little place for simple clear soup ramen lunch along the path. kept getting stopped to take pictures of me n yingx HAHAHA by random angmohs. random japanese guy also kind of asked if mom was my mom, then said something like everyone looks v good
walked through the pretty park near heian shrine mariyama and saw this adorable dog dressed as a samurai!!!! SUPER CUTEEEEEEE.
took so many pics hahahahaha
for dinner me n dan went on a date to ippudo and had the most amazing ramen??? the soup was like melted pork fats it was so delicious ahhhh
yingx theyall went back first HAHA so we went to walk around the shops opposite our place n i bought a face scrubby
so today we woke up n shifted house after eating all there was to eat in the place hahahaha and chugged so much green tea. split from yingx and then we went to fushimi inari and it was SO CROWDED but i climbed all the way to tbe peak 223m above sea level i think in 45min when it was supposed to be climbed in 60min at least HAHA. dan n mom didnt so they waited for me. oh before that we had lunch at this ramen place (yay more ramen!!) and it was DELICIOUS wew tsukumen ramen this time hehe next we took the bus down to kinkuji temple and saw the shiny shiny golden building with the sun reflecting off it, n it was worth the ride HAHA
headed to the kiyomizudera for the sunset but the bus took forever and i fell asleep so we went to eat dinner, and it was the azusoba which was like dry ramen, it was AMAZING omfg so good.
reached kiyomizu and the sun set and it was COLD but the cherry blossoms were nice and lit. the pictures turned out really good also so thats great!!! had a cinnamon puff on the way down, vanilla was nicer than matcha haha oh well but it was good. went back to our place to check in and our room is SO cute we are all in yukatas now. i can't use the tub cause period sian ))): We went to Nara!! took the train down from Kyoto and walked through town and saw these guys making mochi the traditional way (had some on the way back!!) bought our drinks from the vending machines along the way and then reached the main nara area. there was the 5 level pagoda that we saw before finding the deer!!
So you buy these deer crackers for 150 yen and that feeds like maybe 4 deer HAHA depending on how greedy. it was pretty crowded so we didnt get swarmed, but we did step in a lot of deer poop (it was unavoidable) and this guy was purposely luring the deer so it was almost on him hahahaha
we went to the main temple Todaiji and saw this pond with koi and ducks and so we fed them the bread we have left over HAHA giving them diabetus. The temple was really pretty and they had this gorgeous cherry blossom tree that we were throwing petals at HAHA and took rly gorgeous pics so we hiked a bit more and then we found these sad deer that were so hungry, so we found more crackers and then fed them. There were some babies around and they were getting bullied by the bigger ones hahahaha.
walked down and saw this guy practicing the archery on a fake horse, and apparently they have to train when they're grade 3 to shoot off a REAL HORSE which is pretty badass
SAW CUTE DOGGOS EVERYEHERR
Walked back down towards town and found this rly nice place to eat Okonomiyaki and yakisoba
We went to the small streets to walk and then we saw this shop that sells amazake sake and i got this amazing hojicha pudding and it was so good omfg. dan had an ice cream, and the amazake tastes like the rice dessert we have in Singapore HAHAHA
So we found an owl cafe. YASSSSS 1000 yen for admission with 1 drink AND YOU CAN PET THE BIRDS i was so insanely excited omfg they had chipmunks too and frogs and a bush baby!! Mochi on the way down! and then we went to kyoto station for dinner; tried to find some rice cause we've been eating noodles for way too long already so we had beef don! no idea what cut we ordered but it was good. then came dessert; pancakes and matcha ice cream!!
kyoto tower is pretty at night
next day we left our place and had breakfast at the family mart across, clam soup and coffee! hehe and the owner offered to send us to the station in his maserati HAHA omfg. THE DOGS HERE ARE ADORABLE IM DYING and they're so little n cute
went to the shinto temple nearby and walked around a bit, snuck up on some pigeons then went to the station and took the shinkansen!
had our little bentos on the shinkansen!!! mine was really good HAHA had a lot of flavours; the others had like fried food so wasnt as good. fell asleep and before we knew it we saw mount fuji and arrived HAHA dad and jie picked us up (YAYYY) after we went to see the tori gate across the water which was pretty and we saw this huge tree and then we headed to our Mount View Hakone Ryokan and it was AMAZEBALLS with the tea and snacks when you enter the room and they set everything up for you when you go for dinner DINNER. WAS. AMAZING. we had our soak in our private onsen w the girls and it was fantastic and hot and tingly HAHA my hands and feet kept feeling super weird JAHA and i flush a lot sia.
then when youre feeling the most nua you go down for your designated time slot and the dinner is there and ready for you, and dinner was AMAZING.
there was this chirashidon which had ikura and prawn mushrooms, tuna and ika sashimi, a little bowl of pork WHICH WAS AMAZING, crab on top of cauliflower mousse (which dad liked!!!!) and tempura and the little hotpot nabe over there to share.
then when youre at dinner they set up your beds for you AHHHHH
dinner bfast shopping for lunch nissan car showroom, uniqlo bridge, teatime, harajuku lunch was AMAZING SHABUUU feeding owls, soba dinner, night FUN WALKING NIGHT nice hair strawberries
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