We slept later than I thought we would this morning. Tim’s normal weekend alarm went off at 9 AM to wake us all up.
It took a few extra minutes in the morning at the train station because I needed another pass. But the rapid train to Osaka only took about 30 minutes.
Our first attraction was Osaka jo (Osaka castle). When we arrived near the park, it was packed. There were long lines for something (we eventually figured out they were all there to see Nissy, a Japanese pop star). We decided to have a quick sit down lunch. We ordered from a kiosk and it was very good.
Then, we headed to the Castle. The outside was quite ornate. There was a mote around it and a park with beautiful trees. We started later than we wanted to today so we gave Clarissa the choice of going inside the castle, or going to the aquarium later. She chose the aquarium. There were plenty of steps, so getting inside with the stroller wasn’t going to be easy anyway. (You do have to pay to go inside the castle.)
Our next stop was Den Den town, an electronics area. Tim had a list of places he wanted to check out. He did find something on his wishlist, a psp go. They have been discontinued so they are harder to find. Clarissa found a Japanese fish toy she really likes. I was excited about the prospect of retro toy stores. But they were Japanese toys and not the 80s toys I remember.
We had some Burger King for dinner and then headed out to Osaka Aquarium. (Adults pay 2,300 yen which is about $23, 3 year olds and under get in free.) The aquarium was really nice.
Clarissa especially loved the Finding Dory area.
There was even a fish tank with the same fish as the dentist office in the first movie.
The best part of the aquarium was the touch tank. I got to touch sting rays and sharks! Clarissa touched the shark but was afraid of the sting ray because they were so big. I was surprised because the rays were very smooth, but the shark felt quite rough.
After the aquarium, Clarissa lost it because she wanted to “keep touching things” and didn’t want the shark to miss her. She was upset until we passed a soft serve ice cream shop on the way back to the subway. Tim thought it was the best soft serve he had ever tasted. Clarissa and I enjoyed it as well.
It was another late night of missing the shuttle. But we decided to walk back today since we knew where to go.