My trip to Japan (Live Update)

My trip to Japan (Live Update)

Welcome to join me reliving my amazing trip to Japan earlier this month. As I’m now very bored in my hometown in China, I’d share this great travelling experience with you in this blog.

Here’s how it works: Every page of this blog represents a day in my trip. You can easily navigate at the bottom of each page. I’ll put in some nice pictures here and there, but I’ll also save some visual materials for my vlog videos. Here we go.


Day 1

As usual, I was still getting my luggage ready until about 4 am in the morning, roughly 6 hours before my first flight. I would be too excited to fall asleep anyway. After about 2 hours sleep, I started my trip by missing the first train to the airport in my plan. But don’t worry, I had enough buffer time planned to deal with this.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is in a shitty condition right now. With many renovations and constructions visibly going on, the airport looks dated, chaotic, and crowded. Thanks to my business class ticket, I could bypass most of these, fast track through luggage check-in and security, and enjoy a coffee in the lounge. My first flight was to Paris so I could only use the Schengen side KLM lounge, the worse one of KLM’s two lounges in AMS. But I’m in no position to complain.

KLM’s Schengen Lounge

This is my first time flying business class in Europe. I wasn’t expecting much out of my 45-minute flight as intra-Europe business class is famous for not being too different from economy. Nevertheless Air France surprised me with a nice looking salmon pastry sandwich, a bowl of yoghurt with strawberry jam, and of course a croissant. The seat was the same as economy class though.

Gotta eat fast because the flight time AMS-CDG is only about 45 minutes.

This is also my first time flying intercontinental business class. BTW, I spent 70’000 KLM miles for this whole journey from Amsterdam to Osaka, with a layover in Paris. Such a bargain. I got all these miles and much more from my AmEx credit card. More about my experience in this flight will be in my vlog. Here are some of the food I had on this plane.

This crab meat starter was soooo good.
I was so over-fed after the long meal, that I didn’t finish this nice looking dessert set. I asked for the tea because it looked fancy. I’m not a tea person but this cup of tea really tasted nice.

After being absolutely spoiled by the Air France lady, I arrived in Osaka feeling hyped but stuffed. After a 40-minute train ride I arrived in the city center. My friend was supposed to be meeting me there but he was late. So I had time to squeeze in a quick sightseeing.

Can you guess why I took this photo?
Namba Yasaka Shrine

My friend soon arrived and it was afternoon tea time. I had a much-needed coffee to battle the jet lag. Then we walked around the Tsutenkaku area. I have been to Osaka once but somehow missed this fun spot.

Tsutenkaku

The Tsutenkaku area is like an arcade or winter wonderland. There are many games to play there. We spent much time on a vintage-looking marble ball game. It looked dull but was surprisingly fun and addictive. I was so into the game that I forgot to take any photo.

My friend took me to a conveyor belt sushi place. It was on my Japan to-do list, but to be honest the sushi was pretty average. Some say conveyor belt sushi is considered fast food in Japan. I always love a free dinner though.

My hotel was near the Namba station, the most central place in Osaka city. It was in walking distance to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi, the lively shopping and eating neighborhood. Take a look at this crowd.

The famous Glico man. Been there done that, I did not spend too much time here.

It has been a long long day for me, so I was happy to call it an early night. I will be joining this happy crowd in the following days as I have reservation at one of the best restaurants in this neighborhood. I’ll be dreaming and drooling about this.

<Please go to the next page for the next day>

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