It’s incredible how fast the months can pass when you’re having fun! As the trip came to a close we headed further into Japan to explore Osaka and Hiroshima before heading back to Tokyo. We actually went back to Tokyo earlier than we had planned, since it was just that incredible!
We caught a pretty good view of Mount Fuji as we sped by on the Shinkansen.
Tsukumen, or Dipping Noodles. Right next to our airbnb, came by here a couple times
Japans Supercuts, $10 for a 10 minute haircut
These $1 clear umbrellas were everywhere
Pachinko, Japanese videogame slots
Met up with some of Amber’s Highschool friends and ate a lot of raw food
My first taiyaki, redbean. I’d go on to try custard, curry, etc filled
This turtle has been all over the world!
Amber, I and Osaka Castle. It was golden week so very crowded and active. We saw performers and a rock band
Favorite sushi place, used huge slabs of fish
What dreams are made of
Amber had met Tetsu somewhere in Southeast Asia (he’s Tatsu’s friend). He showed us around Osaka
Took us to a place under the subway where they boiled everything. Had whale for the first time.
Our hotels view, right in the center of Hiroshima
Our hotel happened to be in the middle of the Hiroshima Flower Festival
There were parades all day
Hundreds of huge paper cranes. Well, ten hundred would be a good guess.
There was food everywhere too
Mazemen place right next to our hotel
Sobering abomb museum
Genbaku (“A-Bomb”) Dome, directly below the epicenter of the abomb detonation
Hiroshima style Okanomiyaki (over noodles)
Day trip to Itsukushima Island
Pretty sweet gate, looks cooler when the tide rises though
Messing around at the shrine
Well known for seafood, you can find people digging for seafood on the beach
At night once the tide had come in a little
Back to Tokyo
Were planning on staying in Hiroshima for a couple days longer, but couldn’t wait to get back to Tokyo!
Tokyo Stations Character Street. Full of anime shops: Shonen Jump, Pokemon, Miyazaki, Eggy, etc
Ameyayokocho market in Ueno. Found a lot of great stuff, they had Red Wings, Americaya, Samurai, Flathead, etc…
This place was recommended to us by a couple people, was delicious and filling
Parade forming outside our curry place
Megumi and Masa, Amber’s friends that she had met in Australia
Went to a wellknown place specializing in Tempura
The only Disney Sea in the world, located right next to Japan’s Disneyland
I was brought here with promises of Aquariums and penguins, but it turned out to be pretty alright
Character Signings were pretty cool
We met Mrs Incredible
Fantasia Light show!
Went to see the infamous Gundam Wing
There was an little Jpop concert next door
Went to Ikekukuro’s Pokemon Mega Center
Got her Charizard Pikachu
The line was too long the first time we tried to go here, came earlier the next day and got ourselves some delicious sushi
Tokyo Skytree and me
Shinjuku, the sketchy redlight district. Our hotel was here
Stereotypical and offensive Robot Restuarant
Waited three hours in the morning cold, was sick for a few weeks, but that was incredible sushi
Sea Urchin, mmmmmm
And those slabs of tuna in the back…
My last day in Japan, Metropolitan Observation Deck looking out over Tokyo
You can see tokyo skytree if you look at the orange/white tower slightly to the right of the center one.
My last meal had to be sushi
Met a guy who let me try some whale and his million dollar watch. That’s my $350 one behind it
Listened to this street performer on the streets of Shibuya while I waited until it was time to train out to haneda airport
The famous crossing you see in all those movies
And welcome home