Shopping time in Osaka and travel to Hiroshima

Nice shops

Nice shops

Remember my previous post about rainy morning at Osaka Castle. It took a while, to get dry, basically, to reach to my dry clothes, finding a suitable toilet and change. And I threw away my white blouse to wastebasket, as it was now half purple, because of my purple trousers. After this change and a lunch in a not-worth-to-tell restaurant, it was time for: SHOPPING!!

Where would you go in Osaka to stay dry on a rainy day and to do nice shopping. Shinsaibashi area is a perfect place, where open air street shops are safe from rain, because of the covered street.

Nice shops for a girl like me

Nice shops for a girl like me

Unfortunately, we had just about an hour before leaving for Hiroshima, so we just enjoyed some souvenir shops and some girly shops.

Interesting things to buy or see

Interesting things to buy or see

In the afternoon we headed for Hiroshima, with our bus. 280 km far, about 5 hours drive by bus. Normally, on a trip like this you would not have anything to tell. But in Japan, this is not the case. We stopped twice during the travel, and both our stops were including many amusements and yummies.

How did I bought so many things at a highway stop?

How did I bought so many things at a highway stop?

First thing to explore was the toilets. People who have been to Japan, will definitely understand what I mean, right? It takes quite some time to get out of the toilet safely and dry. Lot’s of electric buttons, to make sure that you make the most out of your toilet experience. Well, we did manage.

The second challenge of the highway stop, was the delicious looking food. They all look nice, but only some taste good. So it is a real puzzle to find the right food.

Little chestnuts, definitely the right yummy.

Little chestnuts, definitely the right yummy.

Various crepes, would be lucky if you find the right one.

Various crepes, would be lucky if you find the right one.

No idea, what they are

No idea, what they are

After an explore of the shops and nice and funny chat with the chestnut lady, it was time to leave for Hiroshima.

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Cherry Blossom adventure started with a rainy day

Chery Blossom adventure started with a rainy day

Osaka castle

A Japan trip would be lovely anytime of the year, but of course the best time is when the cherry trees blossom, that is March and April. When I say March and April, do not think that this lovely time of the year lasts for two whole months. Actually, the case is; the trees start to blossom in Southest part of Japan, around mid March and lasts only one week. However, as weeks go by, the blossom time for trees go Norther. To be at the very same place with the cherry blossoms requires lots of good planning and a bit of luck. or visa versa.

We were lucky, we spent a whole week in Japan and in the every city we’ve been, cherry trees were at their best times. Our trip was between 29th March to 7th April, and our route was Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo.

However, please keep in mind that, this time of the year is very important for Japanese people and not only foreign tourists, but also Japan people travel following the blossom time. Therefore, make sure to start planning your trip around, well, NOW!!

Osaka-jo Park

Osaka-jo Park

Our first day in Japan, was with an awful lot of rain. However, in our only day in Osaka, we did not want to miss the chance to visit the Osaka-Jo Park and the Osaka Castle, which are the main highlights of Osaka, therefore, we did walk a good hour under the rain, got wet…very wet…really very wet and managed to reach the castle itself.

Osaka castle

Osaka castle

Walking in the rain

Walking in the rain

The building itself, as you see, a very typical Japan architecture outside, but a very typical museum decoration inside. Nothing remained original, so you go up with elevator to 5th floor, enjoy the view…

Enjoying! the view

Enjoying! the view

…and go down using the stairs to see installations, exhibitions, museum shop, museum cafe and toilets.

Exhibits showing the war time of castle

Exhibits showing the war time of castle

There said to be a nice view up on the 5th floor, not today unfortunately. However, the exibits were interesting to learn the history and culture of Japan.

Next: shopping time at Midosuji and travel to Hiroshima