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).