Japan 2009! 22nd December (Day 3)

Posted in Japan on 22 December, 2009 (15:14)

Japan 2009! Day 3

Busy busy day today scooting between Nara and Osaka!

Bikes were riden, Deer were fed and Castles explored!

Bright and early at Kyoto station

Bright and early at Kyoto station

Emma and Amy on the train to Nara

Emma and Amy on the train to Nara

Choo choo!

Choo choo!

Bikes get!

Check out the Bateson bike gang! Terrorising Nara for one day only!

Orange Qoo located!

All this cycling is tiring, but it’s ok… orange Qoo located!

Waiting at the crossing the girls made a new friend!

Waiting at the crossing the girls made a new friend!

Deer!

And here we are at the park! It was pretty quiet today so the Deer went nuts for our cookies!

Give us cookie!

Give us cookie!

Nosey fella

Nosey little  fella

And a bit of a poser here

And a bit of a poser here

Uh oh Lucy, you're surrounded!

Uh oh Lucy, you’re surrounded!

Biking up towards Todai-ji

Biking up towards Todai-ji

Even seeing it for the second time, it's an awesome sight

Even seeing it for the second time, it’s an awesome sight

Hello again Buddha!

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

Em and I lit another candle like last year

Incense burning outside, smelled so nice

Incense burning outside, smelled so nice

Getting rid of our Deer Cookie

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

Nom nom nom

Cutting out the middle man

In an attempt to cut out the middle man, this Deer headed straight to the source of the cookies!

Heading back

All cookied out, we said goodbye to the Deer and started making our way back to the station, onward to Osaka!

Nara station is udnergoing construction to give it a more classic feel

Nara station is undergoing construction to give it a more classic feel

Osaka here we come!

Osaka here we come!

America Mura

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

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

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

Time capsule, not to be opened until the year 6070 or something crazy

Beautiful sunset over Osaka

Beautiful sunset over Osaka

Me and the future Mrs up on the top platform, chilly!

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

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

The obligatory Donki Kingdom visit

These guys were just outside Donki Kingdom selling 'Happy Donuts' they're very tasty but more like cake!

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

Which I did, but they were just closing T_T oh well maybe next year

Back to the station

Back to the station, we decided to head over to Dotonbori again as that place is always buzzing!

Turkish ice cream

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

If anything it was busier than earlier, can’t imagine this place all closed up, it’d be strange

Glico reflection

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!

Thanks for reading! Here are some of my other posts you might like

The Japan 2008 Stash!
NHK Want to cover my Wedding!
Panoramic Kyoto
Daruma, setting a goal
James Versus the(dormant) Volcano!
Taco rice onigiri!

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