Our last destination was Osaka. We stayed for 2 nights there but on the last day we had our flight home early in the morning.
The trip to Osaka from Kobe after our steak lunch was smooth, it took merely half an hour to get there. We arrived at Osaka Station before dark and walked to our hotel. For our two night stay, I had booked New Hankyu Hotel Osaka, where the stop for the Limousine bus to the airport was. I imagined we would have had to leave very early in the morning so I wanted less hassle in getting to the bus stop.
|At Osaka Station|
|View from our hotel|
|Evacuation chute instruction on the 9th floor|
One of the things I was looking forward to in Osaka was to visit Atelier nani IRO, a boutique shop for Nani IRO fabrics. They are hard to come by outside Japan so I was very excited. It was only about 2 km away from our hotel so we decided to walk there. On the way, we found a tree that looked like a Canadian Maple tree but we weren't sure.
We passed a Shell gas station on the way and here's a picture of their hanging gas pumps. Pretty cool, I'd say!
We finally arrived at Atelier to nani IRO. I was like a kid in a candy store, DH got tired of waiting for me he took off to scout the neighborhood for a while. When he came back, I was not quite done yet. The poor man! Lol.
We left the store with a few kilograms worth of fabrics that DH carried for me and I obligingly followed DH to a beer spot just a few buildings away. I ordered a Japanese grape juice for myself and it came in a wine glass :D We sat by the bar and the bartender was very friendly and chatty. It was actually quite fun!
Do you think the actual gyoza looked like the giant building display? I'd say very close!
|Roast beef ramen|
We stayed late at the Dotonbori area but we made sure not to miss the last train back. We still had our JR Passes active so we went to the nearest JR Station to catch the train to Osaka Station.
|New Hankyu Hotel|
|Cookies from my friend in Kobe|
|Crayon in Tsutaya Osaka Station|
|Light sabre chopsticks at Kiddyland Osaka Station|
|Got myself a sewing pattern|
In the end, we got really tired of browsing aimlessly, we decided to head back to Kobe to have more Kobe beef! Lol.. We went back to Steakland, but the street level location that was smaller. It was very early for dinner so we got seats right away. The restaurant however, was quite full. We were just lucky! This time, we opted for the fancy stuff. Premium tender steak and Premium Kobe steak. We were already there, so might as well have a taste of their top of the notch stuff, right?! Our meal costed us almost four times our lunch on the previous day. I must say, they were soooo good! They just melted in your mouth...
That evening, way past midnight, we walked to Don Quijote because I wanted to buy some Kitkat and Pocky for souvenirs. Alas! This location did not have any! We were sooo tired in the end, especially because the walk to and from the hotel became longer since the shortcuts through the station were already closed.
The following morning, we hopped on the bus to get to the airport, and flew home.
Upon arrival in Jakarta, we were still on vending machine mode. We bought this Tehbotol from a vending machine at the airport. Well, it was not cold at all! Check out that annoyed face... Lol
This post concludes my Japan September 2016 series, thank you for faithfully reading my blog. Untul next time!