Well, our epic trip to Japan is finally over. You can read parts one through six, here:
Part 1: Where we’re staying
Part 2: A mini-trip to Wakayama
Part 3: Eating affordably in Japan
Part 4: A trip to Taketori Park.
Part 5: Our mini-trip to Okinawa.
Our Japan trip was an incredible journey, and we made a ton of great new memories as a family! That said, it’s really good to be home!
We landed last night, and of course the kiddos still wanted to go out trick-or-treating for Halloween. I really don’t know where kids get their energy.
(Yes, we really did take them out trick-or-treating)
Mrs. Tako and I are both exhausted from the long journey! We’re unpacking and recovering from our big trip, and (surprise!) I really haven’t had time to come-up with new content for today’s blog post!
Instead of pulling an all-nighter after returning from Japan, I’m just going fill this spot with an ‘easy post’. Sorry folks, sometimes the human body has limits, and mine is saying “get some sleep you fool!”
Not every post is going to be Shakespeare! So, without further adieu I give you…
Random Pictures From Japan
I took over 2 thousand photos from our month in Japan. It’s always hard to narrow down just the right photos for a blog post, but there were hundreds of worthy pictures.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words… so here’s a few extra photo’s from our Japan trip to fill the void where I don’t feel like typing today.
We loved the ramen in Japan. It was cheap and delicious. This huge bowl was like $5.
Random ramen close-up.
Good sashimi is cheap and easy to come-by. Maguro sashimi.
I took hundreds of photos in Okinawa. Here’s the famous “elephant” rock viewpoint.
Okinawa was beautiful. Every picture turned out fantastic.
Even on rainy days the landscape was stunningly beautiful.
Okinawa seems to be a forgotten gem in the travel world. I hope it stays that way.
Shuri castle stairs. Ancient. Pretty.
The aquarium was nice. A touch expensive.
The giant-assed spiders of Okinawa are not so nice. This monster spider was as big as my hand!
Hermit crabs were everywhere in Okinawa. Cute little buggers.
Okinawa fruit drink selection at a local grocery store. So many unique fruit varieties in Okinawa.
Osaka is a shoppers paradise. We went into Osaka a couple times.
The streets can be dizzyingly complicated. Bring a map or GPS.
Osaka is also food heaven. Every 15 feet there’s a new restaurant. Local food creations like this Okonomiyaki are abundant.
Shrine near Shinsaibashi. The statues are green from moss growing. The patrons pour water on them, maintaining the green moss. To my knowledge, they’ve never been cleaned off.
Cheap eats are easy to find in Osaka. Osaka Osho was one of our favorites. The kids really loved the cheap gyoza.
Literally, everything I ate at Osaka Osho was delicious. This Spicy Ramen cost about $5. Super yummy.
At some point, after all that wonderful eating you need to unload. If you need to use a public toilet in Japan skip the nasty squat toilets in train stations. Instead, go upstairs and use one in the department store. Spotless clean public toilet.
Complete with washlette. Thank god for the english labels on all the buttons or I would have been lost on how to use it.
Then, space aliens attacked.
Did I mention the food was good in Japan? OMG!
Fresh grilled spiny lobster. Oh My! (Not sure what kind of sauce is on it)
Day trip to a free mentaiko factory tour. We learned how mentaiko (spicy pollock roe) is made.
I’ve eaten it many times, but never knew how it was made. It’s complicated. Won’t be making it at home.
At one point, I think the kids got a little spoiled by all the good food. Here’s Tako Jr.’s “What is this slop?” face. It was a nice $8 set meal for kids which included: shrimp tempura, japanese hambagu, french fries, corn soup, tonkatsu, omelette-rice, and cake. Spoiled!
The kids loved touching all the plastic food.
Do I post too many food photos? Random miso soup photo. Because I like miso soup.
We had a visit from 2 Typhoons on this trip. I couldn’t take pictures during the storm (too wet), but the aftermath made for nice photos.
Brothers watching the rain runoff after the storm.
Kobe canal, not far from the harbor. Fancy shopping area right along the canal.
One of our final meals in Japan was a “all you can eat Yakiniku” place. Basically you grill, drink, and eat meat until you’re stuffed.
I ate my meat quota for the month! The meat variety was quite good. The all-you-can-eat included drinks and side dishes like salads, pizza, kimchi, and others.
Oh man did this taste good! Japanese beef is super-high-quality.
River not far from Nara. This river actually overflowed its banks during the Typhoon.
And then finally, you just have to crash after so much fun. Tako Jr. #2 shows us how it’s done. He passed out with his hands in his pockets.
That’s exactly how I feel right now.
Need Some Sleep…
I really need to get some sleep. In the next couple of days, I’ll be calculating the total cost for our Japan trip. I should be able to give you a full cost report in an upcoming post. Look for it soon!