(Hey, better late than never, right?! ;))
Mom, Bro, and I woke up to more rain on Tuesday, April 29th. Trying to make the best of our limited time in the Kansai region, we decided to catch the train to Osaka to spend the day inside at Kaiyukan, one of the largest aquariums in the world. Osaka is only 30 minutes away from Kyoto by train, which was really convenient! Once in Osaka, we hopped on a bus to Kaiyukan, hoping to see as much of the city as we could from the bus windows along the way.
We forgot that it was Showa Day, one of the Golden Week public holidays, so the aquarium was packed with people, but we managed to get tickets! We had to push our way through crowds of parents and children, but the displays were amazing! They had penguins, dolphins, sea lions, more kinds of fish than I could count, stingrays, and even a whale shark! The tank with the whale shark was particularly cool – it was huge at over three storeys high!
After visiting the aquarium, we went to the mall next door for a bite to eat. I made Mom and Bro try takoyaki (battered & fried octopus!) for the first time! I admit, it’s not my favourite Japanese food, but this was some of the best I’d ever tasted (although I still only had two of the six).
We got the train back to Kyoto in the late afternoon. It was still rainy, so we decided to spend our evening shopping at the Aeon Mall down the street from our hotel! We found some good deals, including a sale at Gap, before heading to the food court for ramen and ice cream. It was a nice end to a nice day!