Mount Koya, while beautiful, was kind of hard to sleep on the tatami. I woke up with a really bad back ache and was really happy we weren’t staying more than one night.
The monks rang their gongs at 5am for their morning mantra and our vegetarian breakfast was at 7am. I swear this breakfast would only keep the monks full, not normal people. But maybe that’s just my gluttony talking.
We made our way down the mountain towards Osaka at 9am. We headed to Osaka after a quick bite to eat where we went to Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks dating back to the 16th century. It’s impressive design is amazing for how old it actually is.
We went on an ice cream run right outside the castle where I got strawberry. Afterwords we made our way to the biggest department store in the city. With a total of 17 floors and even a vegetable garden on the roof, this place was shocking.
Department store out of the way, as well as a quick run to the hotel for a rinse off due to the humidity, we moved to the Namba area.
There are hundreds of food stores within this area. We tried the Japanese cheesecake at Rikuro’s. If you like sweet desserts, this is not for you. While it’s super fluffy, it reminds me more of a chiffon cake than a cheese cake. I’d rather stick to my dense, sweet American goodness. Gluttony here talking again.
Still hungry, we made our way to dinner before heading back to the hotel early. Somehow I forgot to put on sunscreen and burned both of my shoulders and my thighs. They are a bright red and sting just like an octopus thrown into boiling water. Mmm. Takoyaki.
Anyway, lol, I’m going to go to bed as we want to try to get to Osaka Aquarium as soon as they open. With it being our last day here, I think I’m going to take it as easy as possible before we head to the airport where we have to chill in Haneda Airport for 7 hours in between our flights.
I still can’t wait for my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.