As mentioned in Day 1, we didn’t have much of a planned itinerary so every morning we would just wake up and say ‘hey, do we want to go see some animals today or some historical building’ and animals would ALWAYS win. Hahaha. On today’s agenda- Monkeys! 😀
We were really early and nothing was opened yet so we ended up at Macdonalds for breakfast. Yum! I love the Filet o’ Fish!
Then onward to the Hankyu train station for the ride to Arashiyama in Kyoto!
The trains are adorable!
There are normal, express and limited express trains. We were really fortunate to be on a limited express train so it went straight to Arashiyama with only a few stops in between!
Japan, your scenery and weather is AMAZING. I love it.
We take a long meandering walk to find us some monkeys!
How can this be unphotoshopped?! The natural beauty of Japan is just ASTOUNDING.
Yay! We are finally here! 😀
Tickets are 550yen per adult and 250yen per child!
Wear comfy shoes because there is a long long longgggg trek up the hill to the monkeys.
We. Made. It. *huff. puff*
Humans go into a cage and monkeys hang outside to get food!
Gorgeous views from the top.
Dat is an ant. Dat ant in a my mouth.
Dat is a human. He feed me a banana.
Imma be a leaf.
I really love this fellow! While all his friends were clamoring for food, he was just perched on a little log, whiling the time away and hanging out with his shadow. So zen. He lives on air. pftttt. All the others ar plebeians.
All in, I had such a great time there! The place is so worth the climb up! And so much more fun than spending your day in yet another building! SO HAPPY! And it’s a great place to bring your kids too because while the climb up is a little tedious, the kids there were so intrigued by the monkeys! Great experience, I say!
I sincerely wanted to change my FB profile pic to this. This is how I look at my mother every night before dinner. Where is dinner, mother. I am starvingggg. FEED. ME. PLEASE. PLEASSSSSEEEE.
The slide down is only for children! WHAT IS THIS AGEISM!
Kyoto is gorgeous. When I get back to Japan next time, I’m never staying in Osaka again. I’m just going to spend all my time exploring Kyoto.
We make our way down for a snack and Togetsu Cafe.
Crispy Veggie Chips!
More amazing matcha goodness.
We walk along the streets lined with shops and make our merry way to the Bamboo Groves.
SO zen. So amazing. So unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.
There was this girl who was causing quite a crowd to form around her and I realised everyone was taking a picture of her cat! SO CUTE. He looks worthy of a meme. haha.
Then lunch time! By day 3 I was craving for a salad already. So I ignored my friends excited exclamations over Tempura Udon and whatnot and forced my friends into the cafe that looked like they served the healthiest food on the street– OBU CAFE! Hehhehhheh.
Eggplant pasta. SO FREAKING GOOD. But nothing compared to…
This unassuming tofu, shrimp and avocado salad. WHAT. This salad was so out of this world (what did they put in it?!) that even my carnivorous friends were so taken by it, they ordered ANOTHER one.Amazing!
So good. So nutritious. So satisfying. Mhmmmm. Japan is a great place to get your friends to eat better. Everything tastes fantastic there, especially the vegetables!
Along the way out of Arashiyama, we found ARINCO ROLL!!!! Hve you guys ever heard of Arinco? They used to have a store in Singapore but they closed down! I was devastated. The bunnies and I used to love the rolls so much we would order and eat THE WHOLE ROLL. Just like that! I swear E shrieked in excitement and we both ran across the road towards the store (without looking out for cars) when we spotted it!
Bye bye Arashiyama! You are beautiful and I wouldn’t forget you!
Back in Osaka we had a massive craving for Korean BBQ so we searched the streets for a yakiniku place. Finally found one in some random back alley!
Our Yakiniku cravings satisfied and now mildly satiated, we make our way back to our apartment and realise that a new Korean restaurant had just opened! 50% off their signature dishes! So dinner was korean food… in Osaka. Haha.
We sneaked in a box of takoyaki to munch on while waiting for dinner to be served.
With our tummies curving out and our smiles curving up, we waddled home to sleep.
T’was another really good day.