Saturday December 19, 2015
Let me start today’s post with an admission. I am a not a smart man. So with that out of the way, on with the day’s story.
So to date, we have had such a great experience with the trains in Japan. Always on time, well signed stations, in english, to allow us to move between platforms easily for connections.
We were out the door at 7:40 for the local train into Osaka, and allow us time to get to the Thunderbird to Osaka. I saw the Thunderbird symbol saying platform 0, so we headed that direction and then I spotted the Osaka train was leaving from platform 5, so off we went. At 2 minutes to go, I started, well we all did, that the platform display wasn’t our specific train, but a local train to Osaka. Quick look up on google maps journey planner told me to get our asses to platform 7 stat. So we ran. FAST. Got there a minute late, but train was waiting. Jumped on, and headed towards a destination unknown to us, and in the opposite direction. No seats were available, so we stood in between carriages, looking very much like the gumbies, I felt like. One kind Japanese lady, had seen my concern, and when she came through the carriage she asked if she could help. I asked where the first stop would be, and she did show me on the map.
After getting off, explaining the situation to the JR office, and I am sure seeing some giggling behind the scenes, which is totally cool with this Gaijin. New tickets were booked all the way through to Osaka, and we were off to the races!
We got the slow train back, and had 7 mins to get back to our station. Now that we knew the layout, and we should have been on the Thunderbird station 0, that’s where we headed. To miss our next train, which was leaving platform 7…
What do you do… I apologised, we laughed and said, o well, let’s get a coffee (and maybe a doughnut) So our third attempt at a high speed train to Osaka, proved successful, albeit many hours later…
Once in Osaka, we got onto the suburban train network, which we screwed up again, when the train actually split into two, and our section went a different path than we wanted… Man…
But, we made it to Osaka, and we wanted to see the aquarium.
It was a very impressive aquarium, with many displays, as well as a massive main tank, that you continually go down levels to see the different marine line levels.
This sardine was happy to see me
Tegan and Ryan taking it in
I was conflicted about seeing the whale shark in the aquarium
We went in search for lunch when we were back in the Osaka city, and the routine of boys searching for something Japanese and girls, western, continued.
Did I really get a 90’s flashback to an aussie drink in Osaka?
All food groups covered
Our gracious chef, no english and we were glad for itThe owner took our pic when he saw me taking photos
We headed for Osaka tower, and we realised there was pressure on time, to get all things done that we wanted. So we called it once we had headed up to the top to not go to the sky garden for a look at Osaka from up high and head to Dotonbori.
Christmas markets at Osaka Tower
It was a great area to walk around in Dotonbori, and the crowds varied from extreme to comfortable in some of the off the path alleys. It certainly had a great vibe about it.
Ryan has been quite adventurous with his food exploration, now the most adventurous of the Kelly gang. He wanted to go in search of the local speciality, Takoyaki.
We were then seduced by the arcades, and went for look
I have no idea…
catch your dinner restaurant
After a very long day, we ironically finished back on platform 0 where it all started…
Today’s song of the day is one from my usual running playlists, which seems appropriate today as I am a happy idiot! TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot