Back in April, I mentioned a post about going to Japan. Well, that really did actually happen! Lemme tell you all about it! This will be Day 1 of 2, so keep your eyes out for a post following this one!
My dear fran and I decided to go to Japan in April because as many know, it is cherry blossom season (for about two weeks)! We couldn’t stop obsessing over how we NEEDED to see these luscious cherry blossoms! It was seriously a dream come true that we could make it happen. Working at a hagwon gives you some limitations as far as time off, so we decided, hey, let’s just go over a weekend. Like literally over a course of two days including travel time. Yeah? Yeah, seems great! Let’s go. 😀
We left on Saturday morning and arrived early afternoon in Osaka, Japan no problem! Because we had limited time, we
cried over our losses had to sacrifice some places we really wanted to see.. it’s okay, next time! 🙂
Our journey in Osaka started at the castle and viewing the cherry blossoms all around! We ended up showing up at the end of cherry blossom season, which was still beautiful as the cherry blossoms were falling from trees, similar to snow! Osaka Castle was surreal. I think this was the first time I had actually seen a castle. I’ve seen many palaces and shrines, but not a legitimate castle.
The next place we headed to was Japan Mint, which is known for having many cherry blossom trees. It was very beautiful there with cherry blossoms upon cherry blossoms! Many families were having a picnic, but our visit was brief after our photo session. I’m glad we were able to make it here during cherry blossom season. Another thing to check off the list! 😉
Onto K Y O T O!
This is where we were a little nervous on time as we could not purchase Shinkansen Train tickets ahead of time, so we had to wait in line and risk the time it took to get the tickets and get onto the train to Kyoto. We definitely needed to be there before sunset as we absolutely needed to see the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest!
So, we got our tickets quite easily and got onto the next train. Thinking it would take between 30 mins – 1 hour, we sat down with our convenient store food to have a quick lunch. The moment we sat down and unpacked our food, we suddenly heard a ding followed with an announcement. Huh? What? Our looks to each other said it all. How are we here already?!?! We hurriedly packed up our things and had to get off the train! Wow, props to Shinkansen Bullet trains because they are legit. 😀 Well, we made it to the forest and it was amazing..! I’ve never seen so much bamboo in my life. It was very neat to see in person, I highly recommend! 🙂
Wanting to make the most of Kyoto (because of location–there actually is no airport in Kyoto so traveling to Kyoto should be made the most of), we walked around the Geisha District, saw the Yasaka Shrine and had some street food! It was a nice end to the evening. Oh but wait, we had to keep on moving and purchased our tickets from Kyoto to Nagoya, which is where we would be staying for the night (and flying back from). This Shinkansen Bullet train ride was longer than Osaka to Kyoto, but still pretty fast considering the distance–seriously so impressed with the bullet trains in Japan!
We made it to Nagoya and finally got settled in and washed up. With only a few hours of sleep, we would need to be up early to see some of Nagoya before departing back to Seoul. I got the chance to sleep with a Japanese kimono which was pretty neat. 😀 Whew, what a productive and fulfilling Day 1 in Japan!
Until next time,