Finally had a full length mirror in the room, but ofc there's bad lighting lol.
Breakfast that morning was from a bakery in the Eki Marche, and the drinks were from the conbini by the hotel.
Christa had developed cold that didn't end up resolving itself, so we went to look for a drug store for cold medicine. She had googled to find out which medicine would be best for her, and we just showed the shop staff a picture and they were able to point us to it without issue.
Then we headed for the Hankyu Umeda station for our morning activity of the day.
We took the Hankyu Takarazuka line to Ishibashi and then transferred to the Minoo line and got off at Minoo station with a large number of other people. It wasn't hard to figure out which way to go to get to the trail for the park. It does initially look like a residential area, but it's fairly straightforward and the way that most other people will be walking during koyo season.
The trail begins very slowly and doesn't really seem like much of a hike at all. There's a "river" that runs along the trail. If you go all the way to the top, you should see the parent waterfall. All throughout the walk, we were able to see beautiful changing colors in the trees.
We stopped when we came across a temple that Christa wanted to take a closer look at. (I've since looked it up and it's called Ryuanji Temple.) She went onto the grounds, but I decided to use an open field area just outside of it to take some selfies to help capture my hair color that day in the natural light from all different angles.
Ryuanji Temple is at about the halfway point. We looked around and then decided to head back. The walk isn't that long (I think 3km in total one way), and while we would have loved to see the waterfall, we decided that was a goal best saved for another trip with more time and less sore feet. We enjoyed the scenery just as much on the way down.
|This is one of my favorites from the entire trip|
Once we returned to the origin of the trail, we stopped to get momiji tempura - the real reason we came to Minoo Park thanks to a heads up from Universal Doll. Shops on both sides of the street between the trail and the station are filled with vendors selling this special autumn treat which Minoo is known for.
It's literally a Japanese maple leaf fried in tempura batter. It sounds like a weird concept, and maybe it is when completely out of context, but we were eager to try it since it was unique to 1. Japan/Minoo and 2. koyo season.
We ate the rest of the momiji tempura and also bought a box each as souvenirs to bring home for our families to try. Then we went back to the station and back tracked our way to Umeda.
By then, it was about time for lunch. Christa wanted to eat fish or something like sushi, but that's not within my limited diet, so I helped her find some place to eat while I went to wander around and find a small meal supplement that I could eat quickly or on the go. And I ended up with this onigiri from Family Mart again. I actually ended up buying one to eat at that moment and another that I ate a bit later. I had to kill a bit more time, so I went to check out the Umeda Don Quixote as well but I didn't buy anything because I would have had to carry it around with me for the rest of the day.
I met back up with Christa at the restaurant she had eaten in and then we walked to the Umeda subway station.
We caught the Osaka City Subway Midosuji line to Hommachi and then transferred to the Subway Chuo line to get to Osakako. The fare was all included in our Kaiyu passes that we had purchased that morning
We got to the aquarium some time around 13:00, and it was relatively uncrowded in the ticketing area. We were able to walk in with no issue with our Kaiyu passes.
last visited in August when you would have to wait several minutes just to get a glimpse of the tanks and be semi-aggresive to even get to the front lol.
It was good to see some of the fish I had seen before still kickin.
An advantage to being at the aquarium more in the afternoon (versus immediately after opening in the morning) was that we were present for more animal feeding times like for the capybara!
The big tank with the two whale sharks never gets old for me. Fortunately, you get multiple views of it from all different levels throughout the route through the aquarium. I tried really hard to capture a good photo of a whale shark every chance I got and I'm not sure I ever succeeded lol.
We were able to get a good view of the sunfish too!
The jellies were lovely as always.
We sat and watched this seal for a while lol. It was just sitting in the corner and every so often it would try to look toward the window where the sun was and then quickly shut its eyes and turn away again.
We bought a few things from the gift shop each. I love all the whale shark products but I limited myself to just a small stuffed whale shark on a carabiner that could hang on the outside of my bag so I wouldn't have to worry about packing it.
The lighting wasn't good earlier because the sun was so high in the sky, but by the time we left, I was able to get a better picture with the building :)
From there, we caught the subway to Tennoji...mostly just to indulge me since I wanted to visit the Liz Lisa stores there. I didn't end up finding anything I wanted in the Tennoji MIO store, but on our way out, I pointed these Disney shoes out to Christa in the DIANA store, and she stopped to try them on.
Then we went to Abeno 109 since I really wanted to buy something from Liz Lisa so I wanted to just visit whatever I could.
There's a lot more to do in Tennoji, but I also wanted Christa to check out a few other areas in Osaka, so we headed up to Shinsaibashi, particularly because of the Disney store there.
Christa shopped around and then we ended up walking all the way to Namba. It was pretty crowded and we stopped every once in a while when something caught our eye, but nothing major.
We ended up back at the Namba subway station so we could get back to Umeda and Christa bought herself a snack from Mister Donut.
Back in Umeda, I had to buy this specific kinako mochi that my mom likes so we went to hunt it down in the Hankyu department store. After that, we were both interested in looking at stores in Hep Five, so we headed over there. Disney store for Christa and Liz Lisa and Ank Rouge for me. But I didn't buy anything again :O
It was about dinner time at this point, so I persuaded Christa to try a ramen place that I had really enjoyed during my August trip. It was just as good as I remembered but apparently I forgot to take a picture before I finished eating lol.
We felt pretty much done for the day but the next shinkansen was either too soon (we wouldn't make it without serious rushing) or much later. We decided to take our time, regroup a bit at the hotel after picking up our luggage and just head over to Shin-Osaka to try to catch an earlier shinkansen than our reserved one because we were ready to go anyway. We were able to get into an unreserved car without issue and just slept most of the way back.
Aside from the slight train drama at the very end of the day, I thought we had a delightful, leisurely day in Osaka. We hit two big attractions (Minoo Park and Kaiyukan) and minorly explored three shopping areas (Umeda, Tennoji and Namba/Shinsaibashi). I know that we didn't get to go through all these places had to offer, but for just the limited time we had, I'm happy with what we accomplished. We ended up using the Kaiyu pass pretty much all day for the subways (except for transportation to and from Minoo) and I think it was a good purchase. I think my favorite of the day was probably visiting Minoo Park since it was the one thing I hadn't previously experienced in Osaka, and especially trying the momiji tempura. Thanks again to Mitsu for writing about it!
Part 1 - Day 1, November 26: Tokyo DisneySea
Part 1a - Planning for Tokyo DisneySea
Part 2 - Day 2, November 27: Hair Salon NALU, Shibuya & Harajuku
Part 3 - Day 3, November 28: Ghibli Museum, Shirohige Cream Puff Shop, Ikebukuro, Rikugien Garden & Nagomi no Yu
Part 4 - Day 4, November 29: Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari & Fire ramen in Kyoto
Part 5 - Day 5, November 30: Minoo Park, Kaiyukan, Tennoji, Namba & Umeda in Osaka
Part 6 - Day 6, December 1: Shibuya, Yokohama (Chinatown) & Seirinkan
Part 7 - Day 7, December 2: Ueno Zoo, Alice Café & Yebisu Garden Place
Part 8 - Liz Lisa & Other shopping purchases
Part 9 - Budgeting for a week in Japan
Part 10 - Travel notes: Planning, Tips, Accommodations & Pocket wifi
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