Spring Break in Japan [part 1 – Osaka]

While Matt’s away us girls will play, and we did, in mainland Japan…

goofing around at our AirBnB apartment

goofing around at our AirBnB apartment

roar!

roar!

As some of you already know Matt spent the majority of this year away for work. Thankfully he is now home, which is probably the reason why I have got my blogging mojo back since we have been out and about exploring a whole lot more.

treats at the local neighborhood park after dinner

treats at the local neighborhood park after dinner

Eden & this little girl made friends straight away, despite the language barrier, the played & giggled for ages!

Eden & this little girl made friends straight away, despite the language barrier, the played & giggled for ages!

Don’t get me wrong the girls and I did plenty while Matt was away but our Okinawa adventures just weren’t the same without him!

"yay I'm on Spring Break"

“yay I’m on Spring Break”

There was one particularly fun filled week where we headed to mainland Japan for Eden’s school Spring Break.

we just missed the peak of the cherry blossom season BUT there were still ample of beautiful blooms!

we just missed the peak of the cherry blossom season BUT there were still ample of beautiful blooms!

We flew from Okinawa to Osaka where we spent a few nights in a small, but perfect for us, AirBnB property before getting the Shinkansen (i.e. the bullet train) down to Hiroshima for a couple nights which was the perfect base to make a day trip to beautiful Miyajima.

Clio exploring the moss gardens at Yoshikien Garden, Nara

Clio exploring the moss gardens at Yoshikien Garden, Nara

not sure what the one trouser leg rolled up was all about!

not sure what the one trouser leg rolled up was all about!

So that this post isn’t a complete photo overload I am just going to focus on the first part of our trip; Osaka.

I actually had no desire to go to Osaka and the only reason we ended up visiting was thanks to an amazing airfare sale that I couldn’t refuse!

the deer at Nara, while could be aggressive, were a lot of fun!

the deer at Nara, while could be aggressive, were a lot of fun!

the girls loved feeding them!

the girls loved feeding them!

Once we arrived I realized I was wrong to dismiss it and I actually would love to return, with Matt of course!

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"you want me to pose for a photo? like this?"

“you want me to pose for a photo? like this?”

Since this trip was all about the girls we approached things a little different and I basically gave them the choice of what we did and our time there went a little something like this; play parks, Nara, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka Castle, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, LegoLand Discovery Centre & of course plenty of ramen.

Eden loved hanging out with the kids during our cultural even with Kids Travel Japan

Eden loved hanging out with the kids during our cultural even with Kids Travel Japan

We also got to spend a morning as part of fun cultural exchange hosted by Kids Travel Japan however I will save that awesomeness for another post, in the mean time a few more photos since I know a couple of you (Mr & Mrs C!) have been missing photos of our girls!

outside Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

outside Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Clio fascinated by something at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Clio fascinated by something at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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jellyfish are my favorite thing at aquariums!

jellyfish are my favorite thing at aquariums!

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan was really neat, I would definitely recommend if visiting Osaka

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan was really neat, I would definitely recommend if visiting Osaka

Tempozan Ferris Wheel is no joke! Clio didn't want to do it, but we convinced her and then I spent most the ride with my eyes closed!

Tempozan Ferris Wheel is no joke! Clio didn’t want to do it, but we convinced her and then I spent most the ride with my eyes closed!

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Japan always has great manhole covers...this is one of Osaka Castle

Japan always has great manhole covers…this is one of Osaka Castle

all worn out!

all worn out!

and this one too!

and this one too!

Osaka by night...on our walk to the castle

Osaka by night…on our walk to the castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

 

 

 

 

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11 responses to “Spring Break in Japan [part 1 – Osaka]

  1. It looks like you ladies had a wonderful time. We really did miss the pictures. They are so much fun seeing the girls explore all the venues on offer. Love you all!! Mrs. C

    • Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things and there will be plenty of photos to look at! We are house sitting this weekend, so maybe the following weekend we can skype!

  2. Love your Japan adventures, I was your girls’ age when I used to spend my summers in Japan with the grandparents. Brings back so many memories! 🙂

    • I really hope our girls have some fond memories of their time here, Japan is such a wonderful country! I think Eden, the oldest, will remember buts and pieces, but not so sure about our youngest! What a neat place to come visit as a child, I bet you have some fantastic memories!

  3. Hannah, so glad to have an update on you guys. Glad Matt is home safe and sound, but funny that you took separate vacations. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, I have missed it and love the pictures.

    • lol, I am not sure I would call climbing Fuji a vacation!! Don’t worry we plan to adventure together again soon!

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  5. Your photos are stunning! Loved it!
    I saw you’re coming to NZ in December! I have loads of posts about it, if you feel like checking out. We’ve been living here for the last 6 years.

    • Thank you! I am actually from New Zealand so going ‘home’ to see family! I will probably spend most of my time in Wellington but will also make a trip to Nelson to visit family there IF we have time we will head further South too! I will definitely check out your blog though, I love reading about my home country!

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