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Published: March 12th 2018
It immediately started to get very confusing as soon as I stepped out of the airport. This is not the first time for me to have absolutely no clue how to get out of the airport so I wasn't panicking. I tried to figure out the machines that were selling train tickets but to no avail. So I asked a guy at the booth and he pointed me to the room that sells tickets. I was told by a Filipino woman who's a resident of Japan at the airport in Manila that the unlimited train ticket was expensive so I just bought one way ticket to my AirBnB. Thank God for Google Maps! You're never really lost wherever you are even if you don't speak the language there. I just followed Google Maps and found my hostel. It was cold in the room. It was maybe about 3C in Osaka that night. The cold was a welcome relief that brought back memories of Canada. If you read my blog you know how crazy I am about Canada.
The next morning I discovered that there was a heater. I only found it after shivering from the cold after washing my face.
There was free breakfast of rice and a tube of salty paste. I couldn't understand the microwave so I ate the cold rice. I spread the paste on the rice only to find out later that it was miso that I had to dilute in hot water to make miso soup!
With my 9kg bag on my back I explored Osaka. I didn't enter anything that had entrance fees like the Osaka Castle. To be frank I wasn't impressed and I already knew I wouldn't be. Then I explored a bit of the city. There were a few malls on the itinerary that I found on the internet and decided to follow. Not all of them were worth it. But what was I thinking following an itinerary that had malls in it anyway? There was one that was supposed to have interesting hobby items that could only be found in Japan but I didn't find anything interesting there. There was one mall dedicated to gadgets though that I enjoyed. There was an entire floor dedicated to cameras! I got to try some very expensive cameras I can only dream of. Well I can afford them if I didn't have
to travel but I'd really rather travel and make do with my beginner DSLR. I felt more comfortable in Osaka than I did in Tokyo. It felt less cramped and less busy. I found it more difficult to navigate though because the trains were more complicated. Or maybe that's only because I only stayed one day in Osaka.
Dotonburi is their answer to Tokyo's Shibuya. It was crowded and filled with huge billboards and neon lights. With the added feature of a river. I went looking for vegan food and I couldn't find any. Or at least any that I could afford. I found one Indian restaurant but it was expensive. The only vegan food I found was fries in the famous roofed covered arcade. It was $5. I would have cost about $2 in the Philippines but I was in Japan so of course everything was more expensive. I found Lawson soon after finishing the fries and bought onigiri. Filling food at last! I basically lived off of onigiri sold in convenience stores like Lawson and 711 most of the time. It was the cheapest vegan food I could find. After exhausting myself from a whole day of
walking, I took the train that would take me to Nara.
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