One of the perks of living in Busan is easy access to Japan. Last year we went on family trips to Tokyo and Fukuoka and Osaka was the next Japanese city on our "to visit" list. Although I think spring or fall are the best times to visit Japan (spring being my favorite, hello beautiful cherry blossom trees!), due to Appah's work schedule we went a few weeks ago in mid-August. As expected the weather was hot and humid, but thankfully our hotel was connected to a train station and all our destinations were close to train/subway stations. 

If you ask the boys what their favorite thing about Japan is, they will immediately answer "the good food"! I have to agree! We ate bowls and bowls of delicious udon and donburi, plates of perfectly fried katsu, fresh sushi, and shabu shabu. For breakfast we love going to the quick and cheap "diners" where you buy food tickets from the machine (j's absolute favorite). Busan is lacking in good burgers so we even sacrificed one meal and ate some burgers and fries in Osaka. And since the weather was hot we enjoyed eating ice cream every day (I love green tea floats)!

Although I originally had a long list of sites to visit in Osaka, once I realized it was going to be hot and humid I decided to play it by ear and focus on relaxing and having fun together as a family. So in between our three delicious Japanese meals each day we took the boys to their favorite store on earth (the Pokemon Center) and a few of my favorite stores (Uniqlo, Muji, and Tokyu Hands).

Now that the boys are older we were able to mix up our free time so that Appah could go visit a local golf shop on his own while the boys and I hung out together. And the next day I was able to make a solo trip out to the Atelier to nani IRO, although sadly it was closed that day. 

On our last full day in Osaka we made it out to Osaka Castle, which is one of Japan's most famous castles. The castle and surrounding park is quite beautiful and scenic. We walked around the park and toured the museum. The boys were even able to watch people practicing Kendo.

We definitely have to return to Osaka to visit the sites we missed on this trip. And hopefully squeeze in a trip to Kyoto! Our Shim Family travels continue as we leave for Shanghai and Rome next month! 

Reader Comments (5)

Woah I was in Osaka this July! Haha I agree, it was way too hot to do anything other than bum around and drink iced tea. Bus Osaka-jo was beautiful! Wish I could have seen a lot more!

08.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKj

Sally -- I just stumbled upon your blog by chance. What a lovely site! Though we miss you here in Portland, I'm glad to see that you are thoroughly enjoying your time in Korea and traveling the world. Can't wait to see more of your posts!

-- Harini

P.S. I grew up in Kobe, Japan, and Tokyu Hands was one of my favorite stores, too!

08.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarini Sampath

KJ // Yes, we definitely learned our lesson about traveling to Japan in the summer! :) But at least there is plenty of good food and shopping! :)

HARINI // Hi, Harini! Hope you are doing well! Miss the old neighborhood. :)

08.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

really nice post. These states are really good to visit that too in summer.

01.6.2014 | Unregistered Commentergoodlife

pictures are awesome. scenery are beautiful and food look delicious. people should really visit this place once.

01.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSnapdeal

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