Day: April 13th, Saturday
So this is it.
I have envisioned myself visiting this place since the very first time I saw Memoirs of a Geisha many years ago. This moment had played in my head for years and years.
It’s no secret that the past few years have been tough on myself and as a result I embarked on this work – travel – restore/ heal myself journey. This Fushimi Shrine is one of the very reasons why I traveled to Japan and as I walked down the red corridors, I felt like a past chapter of my life had been closed.
As the sun set over Kyoto you feel the wind change, a moment of stillness in this place and you realise there’s no point in dramatising the small stuff when life is so beautiful and meant to be created not just lived.
The next day
Headed to: Osaka
Back on the bullet train, headed to Osaka from Kyoto. Will take 1 hour travel time.
We checked into our hostel and had not much planned for the day here, all we wanted to do was eat – eat and eat.
Osaka Street Food
So below is where we were staying and all along the red line is street food vendors. No matter if you went during the day or night, it seemed to be packed. Reminded me of organised chaos.
To pass time we got suckered into seeing some random theatre show about food. As it was all in Japanese I honestly have no idea what it was about… it looked like food battles of some sort. Was weird but was a good $15 to be honest.
All we did in Osaka was eat. We did have intentions of going to see Osaka castle but we were only here for the day and it would have taken us multiple train lines and hours worth of travelling just to get there from where we were staying. We were also completely buggered with being on the move so much, so we decided to stay local and eat.
I can’t remember how much we ate, but it was alot. We went back to our hostel, had a rest, do some laundry then went back out to eat again. Here are some photos;
Astil Dotonbori Capsule hotel
If you are ever in need of a cheap, easy yet great hostel? I highly recommend booking into this capsule!
It is close to the train station and all your local food places. They female amenities is next level and the whole place for the price you pay, way exceeded our expectations.
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