Our Travel to Kansai, Japan-Osaka Zoo, Keitakuen, Shinsekai, and Tsutenkaku Tower

Day 3

We had breakfast at home again, and I realized that I need to study up on reading Japanese Kanji because I couldn’t read the instructions on the bag. Thankfully I had posted my delima on Facebook and one of our hanai kids translated the instructions for us (after we already made the pancakes.) The only thing we got wrong was we were supposed to use milk in place of water.

Shooting Gallery & the “Angry Chef”

We didn’t need to catch any trains or subways today, but we still did a lot of walking. From our house we walked Across the street from Dobutsuenmae to the covered mall towards Osaka Zoo (the Zoo closes on Monday). We stopped at a shooting gallery because the kids wanted to try their luck at winning some prizes. It costs 500 yen for 10 shots (using a cork gun). I said to the kids, “You can go to the store to buy these snacks for 100 yen.” Our grandson’s reply was, “yeah, but Ma’mah this is more fun then just going to the store.” So we let them spend some time having fun shooting for their prizes. It wasn’t easy, since those guns aren’t the greatest, but they managed to hit a prize 1 out of 4 times. Before we got there the place was empty, but a crowd gathered to watch the kids and after we left more people took our place. I guess we drummed up some business  for them.

Moving on we made another stop so that my husband could take a picture with the “Angry Chef” (as he calls the statue in front of the Kushikatsu stand). He’d seen a picture of the statue on websites when he was looking for places to eat in Osaka, and said if we find on he wants a picture, he got his picture. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to eat at this restaurant.

Osaka Zoo in Tennoji 

At first when we stood outside the zoo I thought it was a little one, but when we got inside we discovered that it was bigger. I found it funny that they had pheasants that run wild here in Volcano, Hawaii on display.

And another bird that looked like the Skeksis from the movie “The Dark Crystal.”

Our oldest daughter wanted to see the Red Panda, and was so happy that they were out (you know how you go to some zoos and the animals are hiding or in their cages in the back of the pens and you can’t see them).

There was no shortage of food vendors in the zoo, our daughter got a cute curry rice plate. The rice was molded into an otter placed in a sea of curry! After enjoying the cuteness of her dish she finally ate it and said it tasted good.

We spent a leisurely 2 hours walking around looking at the animals.

Keitakuen Garden

We left the zoo to join the others who had gone to the Osaka Museum of Fine Arts via a side exit that leads straight up to the museum. Unfortunately part of the museum was closed for renovations. We decided not to go, instead we decided to go to the Keitakuen garden that is to the side (entrance) and behind the museum. It costs 150 yen to enter. It’s a beautiful and tranquil place to sit and ponder and/or take pictures.

I would have liked to stay longer and photograph my family, but they were not cooperative due to hunger, so we left in search of nourishment.

Lunch Split

We walked back to the Shinsekai area for lunch. Since we all couldn’t decide on a single place to eat that provided food for everyone’s taste, we decided to split up into three different groups. My group (our grandson, two youngest and myself) wanted sushi and seafood. We found it in abundance at the restaurant we went too, and our daughters tried the crab and clam (big and little) dishes that I ordered ( bad idea, they ate a lot of it). It was totemo oishii (very delicious). The little clams (about 40) came in a sake, butter broth, yummy! The sushi 🍣 was fresh and ono (delicious)!

Tsutenkaku Tower

After our meal we met up with the others and did some shopping before heading to Tsutenkaku Tower. You go down into the basement where there is a gift shop, and a monkey show (a young lady has a trained monkey doing tricks) that you can watch. After purchasing your ticket you are taken up to the observation deck, where you can have your picture taken and they have games for the little/younger kids to play (our teens played it too). Even if you don’t win you get a consolation prize. From there you can go up to the open air platform. This time we were looking down upon SpaWorld, it was a nice view. There is also a zen garden that you can go into to sit and relax, and a small museum with displays of the history of the tower. At this Tower you can find all different flavors of Pocky, and the original  chicken ramen.

After Tsutenkaku Tower we did more shopping in the Osaka Shinsekai area. Later we had dinner at a ramen restaurant that our son said had good reviews. We used google map to get us there, and it took us 30 minutes. (Walking) There was a line, so we waited for about 20 minutes. We purchased our tickets for our ramen from the vending machine while we waited to be seated, (it was a bit difficult because everything was in Kanji and there were no pictures), then a waitress came with a laminated paper to ask what type of soup base (shio-salt, miso, or shoyu), and the firmness of the noodles. Most ramen shops are small so our group split up, 4 at a table and 2 at the counter. It was Okay.

Since we knew where we were we headed back to our place taking only 20 minutes to get back.

Man Hole Covers

Since our last visit to Japan I’ve been collecting pictures of Man Hole Covers. The ones in Japan have pretty, cute, and interesting pictures on them that is connected to the area they’re in. Here are a few I collected on this trip.

What kind of pictures do you collect on your travels?

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