Ohayo Osaka! A Post Trip Recap of Kansai in June

Ohayo my lovely Occasional Travellers! I’m just back from a lovely (but sweltering) trip to the Kansai region of Japan. The weather in June is INSANELY hot. I complain constantly about Singapore’s weather, but I did not expect the Japan summer to be even more unforgiving – we were averaging 34-35 degree temperatures everyday and the air was just so muggy! No rain though, just blue, blue skies and now I have an annoying sunglasses tan on my face 0_0 . I was last there in 2006 and it was much cooler then.

Japan Osaka Castle Birds Me
6 years later!

I mainly spent time in Osaka – I really liked the Umeda Sky Tower and the Kaiyukan Aquarium was amazing for escaping the heat. Other posts of interest include Osaka Castle, the shopping streets of Shinsaibashi and more, and of course eating our way through Osaka’s awesome food! I even have a 48 hour guide if you only have that much time to spend in the city.

Japan Osaka Umeda Tower Looking Up
Great city vantage point, but I like how this shot turned out from below!

 Nara and its friendly deer population is quite a sight to behold. Hang on to your loose things because these deer get hungry!

Japan Nara Deer Closeup
Curious deer is curious

Also close by is Arashiyama and its impressive bamboo forest and temples.

Japan Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Such a pretty spot

We also made a quick detour to see the spectacular Torii gates of Fushimi Inari!

Japan Fushimi Inari Torii Me
You climb up a slope to get to the top of the path – it was late afternoon by the time we reached so we didn’t spend that long here

And had our very own Japan Hour adventure when we roadtripped to nearby Awaji island in search of Udon in Kagawa and finding the longest suspension bridge in the world and whirlpools along the way:

Japan Kagawa Naruto Whirlpool Reflection
I kinda love how this reflection looks like a double exposed shot

I still haven’t done my solo trip this year, but travelling with other people is never a bad thing – I probably ate a hell lot more (and spent more!) on this trip than I would have if I was alone. I travelled with a dear colleague Y, and many thanks to her friend M who kindly put us up at his place throughout the trip – Japanese apartments are made for one person, so him putting up with 2 girls and offering us his bed to sleep in while he bunked on the couch was really generous =)

Stuff in Japan is just kinda expensive – I spent a fair bit more than I budgeted for and I didn’t actually shop as much as I did in other places. The cost of living in general is just quite a lot higher than in Singapore, whether it was meals, transport or just plain ol’ shopping. The service is unparalleled though, and the packaging when you buy anything is always exquisite, if sometimes a little excessive.

I love Japan though! Check out the posts from this trip to Kansai, or all my other Japan posts as well.

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