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Friday, April 30, 2010

Japan Trip Day 0 – Getting to Osaka + Hotel Villa Fontaine Shinsaibashi

The truth is… I am feeling kinda lazy and honestly tired to blog about my Japan trip. So, I will mostly just let the pictures do the talking and make some comments. Enjoy!

We boarded our plane at about 11am and landed at Kansai airport at 8+pm. In between, we had to transit at HK and stay at the airport for 1.5 hours. Now guess what we did?

EAT!

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Humongous meatball kway teow!

And, at Hongkong, you must definitely have CONGEE :)

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My favorite pi dan chok (century egg and pork porridge).

When we landed in Japan, we felt the ‘coolness’ of the country. It was about 15 degree celcius! Compared to SG’s 27 degrees…!

The first place we visited here… are the toilets. The toilets in Japan are very clean and plentiful!

Most of the female cubicles come with a baby seat…

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With toilet seat sanitizer…

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And with gadgets at the side of the toilet bowl to help you enjoy a cleaner, more sanitized toilet experience. :)

Some toilets even have warm seats for the cold/chilly weather. Nice…

Japan’s toilets are one indication of a 1st world nation.

Next thing you will notice – Vending machineS. Everywhere and anywhere. I’ve seen machines dispensing hot (bottled and canned) drinks and cold drinks, ice-cream, instant noodles, food etc. AMAZING.

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@ the airport, we bought a Yen$3,800 (=S$56) Kansai 2-day pass which includes the pricey train ride from airport to our hotel @ Shinsaibashi. It covers all subway rides in Osaka and the greater Kansai region which includes Kyoto, Nara (think deers) and Kobe (think yummy beef).

We were given the below guide book which highlighted the various places of attraction in Kansai region. The pass as well as coupons inside this guide book gave us some freebies and discounts to certain places. Worth it esp if you know you are going to travel alot!

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Now look at the railway lines here. Thank God SG’s one is much less complicated! Japan has so many different operators in charge of the various networks. You think transiting from east-west line to north-east line @ Dhoby Ghaut or Outram is tiring? Wait till you come to Japan! You might have to change several times and because there are different operators, you got to check in and check out, walk to the different stations which are a distance away from one another!

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I love their train seats! All cushioned and comfortable!

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Took some pictures on the long train ride from Kansai airport to our hotel. We took about an hour plus.

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Dun ask me why Jared looked like that….

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We girls are excited to ‘conquer’ the new land!

Our hotel was Villa Fontaine Shinsaibashi. The hotel was just adjacent to a shopping street at Shinsaibashi as well as many branded shops such as Gucci, Chanel etc.

The hotel room which we were to spend our 4 nights was really cosy but COMPACT. But honestly not a bad deal for S$138 per night.

Here’s our bed-

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Our desk in front of the bed.

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And our ‘spacious’ toilet. (It just keeps on getting smaller….)

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After putting down our bags, our stomachs were yelling out for food. As the shops in Osaka closes rather early (about 7-8pm for shopping and some F&B outlets), we went to a 24-hour convenience store which was 5-minute walk away. It was called ‘AM , PM’. Hmm… aptly described but seemed like they couldn’t think of a better English name. Limited Vocab. HAHA!

Anyway, look at this!

A book store?

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Supermarket?

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No! It’s our wonderful convenient store! Their stores beat ours hands down! You can even find shiseido makeup travel kit here!

Now look at some of the food we bought that night…

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Some omelette noodle with loads of cabbage and teriyaki sauce. It costs S$8!

And look at this packaged 2-slice bread….

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It comes very soft and without the edges AND within a slice, it actually contains butter and maple syrup. SO NICE!!! They even have tuna, chocolate etc breads like these! Gosh… I could eat this for breakfast everyday for the next 10 years of my life!

Nothing much on Day 0 when we touched down…. Soon after eating our suppers, zhou gong came to look for us….

Update you more another day. And hopefully my guest blogger will help me blog!

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