Busy busy day today scooting between Nara and Osaka!
Bikes were riden, Deer were fed and Castles explored!
Bright and early at Kyoto station
Emma and Amy on the train to Nara
Check out the Bateson bike gang! Terrorising Nara for one day only!
All this cycling is tiring, but it’s ok… orange Qoo located!
Waiting at the crossing the girls made a new friend!
And here we are at the park! It was pretty quiet today so the Deer went nuts for our cookies!
Give us cookie!
Nosey little fella
And a bit of a poser here
Uh oh Lucy, you’re surrounded!
Biking up towards Todai-ji
Even seeing it for the second time, it’s an awesome sight
Hello again Buddha! None of us tried to fit through the hole in the pillar, on close inspection it was super tiny I would never even get past my shoulders
Em and I lit another candle like last year
Incense burning outside, smelled so nice
We headed back to the bikes and fed these two chaps lots of Deer Cookie. The one on the left was a bit of a jerk, but the one on the right was really nice and didn’t mind being stroked
Nom nom nom
In an attempt to cut out the middle man, this Deer headed straight to the source of the cookies!
All cookied out, we said goodbye to the Deer and started making our way back to the station, onward to Osaka!
Nara station is undergoing construction to give it a more classic feel
Osaka here we come!
First stop, Shinsaibashi and the America Mura area so Em could visit BTSSB and Angelic Pretty
Everyone was pretty peckish by now so we hunted down a nearby Freshness Burger and refueled. Classic burger is lots of win. Hopping back on the subway we headed for Osaka Castle. Osaka metro offers an unlimited day rider on the subway for only 850 yen, it’s a must if you’re doing alot of exploring.
Osaka Castle, no access to the guardhouse this year as it appears to be under repair
Castle still looks amazing, we arrived at sundown and it was catching the light really well
Time capsule, not to be opened until the year 6070 or something crazy
Beautiful sunset over Osaka
Me and the future Mrs up on the top platform, chilly!
We arrived pretty closed to closing time, so after getting booted out(so to speak) Dotonbori beckoned…
The delights of Dotonbori’s neon wonderland. Had planned to visit the Bow Wow dog cafe again but it’s a pasta shop now, boo!
The obligatory Donki Kingdom visit
These guys were just outside Donki Kingdom selling ‘Happy Donuts’ they’re very tasty but more like cake!
Ems family headed home after this, and I dragged Emma out to Nishonimaya in the hope of tracking down Awajishima burger…
Which I did, but they were just closing T_T oh well maybe next year
Back to the station, we decided to head over to Dotonbori again as that place is always buzzing!
Had a bit of a stroll around, treated myself to some Turkish ice cream to cheer myself up. It’s really elasticy and the guy selling it put on a little show before letting me have it, flipping it into different cones, spinning it all around, lifting it off my cone just when I thought I could eat it etc. Was awesome!
If anything it was busier than earlier, can’t imagine this place all closed up, it’d be strange
We strolled around the shops some more, headed into Donki Kingdom for another nosey and then finished the evening with a stroll up the river, ending at the famous Glico Running Man sign.
Booshed we headed back to Osaka station to get a train home. Didn’t get back till around 11.30 as the train turned from a rapid to local service after a while so we got stuck visiting every stop. Oh well back now, what a day!