Tuesday 7th August - From Takayama - Osaka
We awoke just before 8am and sure enough our breakfast was waiting outside our door. Today we were left 12 croissants! There was also the longest note that we have yet to receive. We had 3 croissants each and some green tea before setting off to the station at around 8.45am. Before leaving, we had to pay, which turned out to be surprisingly easy. The invoice was all written up ready.
We arrived a little before 9am and there were already a lot of people in the station, despite there being no train for 40 mnutes. We boarded the 9.37am train to Nagoya where we needed to change to catch the shinkansen to Shin-Osaka. At Nagoya we had about 20 minutes to find the train and some food before boarding the shinkansen bullet train. On the train I ate my sushi and Chris had a tub of some incredibly frozen ice cream.
We had a half-hour walk to our hotel, in the sun. We checked in and washed some clothes before taking the subway round the corner to Osakaka to visit the aquarium Kaiyukan. At the aquarium, we saw many different and colourful fish, as well as otters, snow otters, dolphins and penguins. The otters were so sweet! They were constantly scratching and had such cute little faces.
River otter having a good scratch in the tree
Posing in the aquarium
The snow otters were adorable; they had big fur coats. There was one on the side who had dried and was so fluffy. There was one in the water just relaxing on his back (and scratching). There were loads of penguins; they had King, Gentoo and Adélie penguins. They were really sweet, but I'm not convinced that they had nearly enough space. The dolphins were striped and quite liked swimming and dancing together under the water.
Afterwards, we went to Tenoji to try and find the temple, but it seemed as though everything was shut for the night and so we caught the metro to the Shinsaibashi area and tried to find a couple of restaurants in the guidebooks. On failing that, we found an incredibly cheap and tasty pizzeria along with reasonably priced drainks. Chris had a beer and I had a mojito. We shared a cheesy garlic bread pizza and a keema pizza. Both were delicious and exceedingly moreish. Afterwards we headed back to our hotel, getting surprisingly lost on the 200m walk from the subway to our hotel! We couldn’t seem to find it anywhere, despite walking the whole way around the block a couple of times.