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    Kansai 2013 秋

    Detailed breakdown of my 1st adventure to this beautiful country.

    Day 0

    Flight via Cathay ¥72,524
    NTUC Insurance ¥3,302
    Family inn Fifty hotel – Free Breakfast. Limited wifi coverage in room. ¥2,800
    Hannari Hostel – Free Bread and drinks. Wifi available. ¥7,500
    Osaka Hana Hostel – Wifi available every floor. ¥16,600
    3 day Kansai Thru Pass ¥5,000
    Reserved seats for Sagano Torokko Train Ticket ¥600
    Icoca ¥2,000
    Yokoso Osaka Nankai 1 day Pass ¥1,500

    These were the items essential for my entire trip with Sya.

    Due to last minute cancellation by Jetstar (no longer direct flight), I had to seek alternative since everything had been booked already. Managed to find an ok flight via Cathay Pacific and was happy that the overnight flight from HK transit was in an airbus with touchscreen entertainment system. Sadly I didn’t realise 真夏の方程式 was available until 30 minutes to landing – had to watch in local cinema 1 month later.

     

    Day 1

    Day 1
    SG-HK-KIX
    Rinku ¥200
    Osaka dome
    Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City

    Anyway my first step into Japan was around 6am and we went to purchase Sagano Torokko Train ticket at the JR counter and Yokoso Osaka Nankai 1 day Pass and 3 day Kansai Thru Pass from the Nankai counter. ICOCA was purchased via a machine.  ICOCA card is Osaka’s main IC card that can be used for payment at convenient stores, public transports and certain stores. This cashless mode of payment is not restricted to Osaka – the card also works in other parts of Japan and different prefectures have their own version of the card e.g. Tokyo’s SUICA and PASMO. Oh yeah, train stamp collectors, do head to the JR counter for the stamp!

    As Sya and I wanted to to visit Rinku, we left our luggage in the airport lockers. There were various sizes and charged differently. The first bus to Rinku was 940am as shops opened at 10am.

    After Rinku, we took the bus back to KIX and proceeded to our hotel for that night using the Yokoso Osaka Nankai 1 day Pass, which allowed us to reserve seats on the Nankai Rap:t Beta train to Namba, Osaka. We then changed to Sennichimae Subway Line for Awaza before we reached Family inn Fifty’s Osaka. After the check-in, we rushed down to Osaka Dome via bus for Sya’s Big Bang concert. I spent time walking around the area, which had a mall – Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City, before heading back via the same bus. Nighttime came rather early – it was rather dark at 5pm-ish. So those travelling in Nov-Dec, do take note of the shorter day time when you are planning for a trip.

    Day 2

    Day 2
    Nara Park
    Nara Machi
    Rose Cafe ¥900

    Day 2 was spent in Nara using my Kansai Thru Pass. It was a day trip so thank god I managed to find a big enough coin locker to keep my luggage at Nara station while I walked about the city. Autumn in Nara was cooling and the surrounding was decorated with orangish maple leaves and roaming deer. While deer feeding with appropriate bait was allowed, do not that some deer might be  a little aggressive with their meals. There were quite a few temples/shrines for one to visit and also to purchase their 御守 aka amulet. Typically these 御守 would serve their purpose for a year, user can then return them to the temple/shrine if they wish to ‘dispose’ them correctly.

    Thereafter, I made my way to Kyoto using Kansai Thru Pass.

    Day 3

    Day 3
    Nijo Castle ¥600
    Ginkakuji ¥500
    Yasaka Shrine
    Kiyomizu ¥300
    Gion
    Tenamachi Shopping Arcade

    Day 4

    Day 4
    Toei Eigamura ¥2,200
    Arashiyama Sagano
    Sagano Torokko Train

    Day 5

    Day 5
    Fushimi Inari
    Umeda
    Loft
    Tokyuu Hands

    Day 6

    Day 6
    USJ ¥6,600
    Shounen Jump Shop

     

    Day 7

    Day 7
    Namba
    Shinsaibashi

    Day 8

    Day 8
    Rokko San (Cable car was not in operation due to weather.) ¥1,000
    Sannomiya
    Chinatown
    Kobe Harbourland
    Kobe Luminarie

    Day 9

    Day 9
    Osaka castle ¥600
    NHK大阪ホール
    Shinseikai
    Nipponbashi DENDEN Town
    Dotonbori
    Namba
    Shinsaibashi Shopping Street

    Day 10

    Day 10
    Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ¥600
    Tenjinbashi Shopping Street
    Umeda Shounen Jump shop
    Umeda Hankyu Departmental Store
    Namba
    Shinsaibashi

    <to be continued>