I am not even done with this write-up and I already bought another ticket to Japan during peak sakura season in April 2013! Yay~!!! This time 2 of my friends will be joining me~ we will be covering Kyoto-Kanazawa-Shirakawago-Takayama-Hirayu-Shin Hodaka-Nagoya-Osaka-Nara-Akame-Iga in 9 days!!! A very ambitious plan if you ask my friends :P
Guess what, some of the more popular hostels are already full... and I am already making my reservations 4 months in advance... (nobody believed the Maya calendar afterall I guess!) All things aside, can't wait to see some sakura and I want a new camera!!!
Really, really wanted to add Kamikochi and Norikura but they are not opened yet... and Kobe-Rokko-Mt. Maya too but it's just too much! I guess I have to wait till yet another time... and my friends were asking why I am going back to visit Japan so soon already... honestly, except Kyoto and Osaka, I haven't been to the other places (Is it crazy if I tell you I already have a rough idea of where I want to visit Japan the third and the fourth time?)
FYI - anyone wanting to visit the old Tsukuji Market should try to plan a trip before the end of next year. They are moving!
Day 8 - Took the JR in the morning to Shirahama. If you are planning to go there from Osaka, I highly recommend getting the Kansai West Pass Wide. The pass is good for 4 days and it costs JPY7,000 but just one-way from Osaka to Shirahama is already JPY4,890 so you are getting a very good deal.
Shirahama is a small town 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Osaka via JR (limited express). The ride was scenic. I didn't see many foreign tourists but saw a lot of retirees. People were actually surprised when they heard I am going there: "why Shirahama?" they asked. Seriously - why not?
|Mandarin ice cream|
|grilled fresh whelk and squid|
|mixed seafood bowl|
|grilled fresh (huge) scallops|
|Meiko bus map 1|
|Meiko bus map 2|
|my room is huge!!!|
|love this picture|
|and this one too|
|there were a lot of people coming out to see the sunset|
although it was a bright and sunny day, the cloud blocked the setting sun
hence, i didn't get the perfect sunset shot :(
|foot soak with a view - there were quite a few of them along the coast line|
|sukiyaki - JPY2,000 yen extra - the broth was too sweet but the beef was very good quality|
|X - a manga that was supposed to end back in 1999|
it was never completed... and I never finished reading it...
|...and for those that didn't bother to click for the entire blog entry -|
this is what I am talking about!