We’re not done with Tokyo: we’ll be back at the end of our stay, patience!…
…But for the time being, we’re taking the train to Osaka! (I heard that Osaka is Tokyo’s rival city, kind of like Marseille and Paris here in France…as for me, I like all 4 of them!)
During our stay, thanks to the JR Pass (I can try to answer all your questions regarding this topic in the comments below), I enjoyed travelling aboard the Shinkansen, the japanese fast train.
For one because it is extremely rare for trains to be late in Japan (did you hear that SNCF?) and also because the food in the stations is incredible (here we go again: did you hear that SNCF?)!
Light-years away from our horribly expensive and not all that tasty mayonnaise-drenched sandwiches: here, the food trays served in train stations is almost art (an art called Ekiben = an abbreviation for the term eki-uri bentô, chich means “food tray served in train stations”)!
You can easily find shops selling all kinds of bentos at incredibly cheap prices (ranging from 800 to 1500 yens, which equals to 6 to 10 euros) and if the prices are cheap, the quality certainly isn’t!
In any case, wherever you go in Japan, I found that there was absolutely no room for hastily prepared meals or tourist traps restaurants. Quality is omnipresent in food: I was truly blown away! Here are some examples of what I ate in the train.
I actually ate quite a many, that I’ll very probably share on Instagram.
I even tried the auto-heating bento (that I forgot to take a picture of): when I ordered, the saleswoman told me I had to pull on the string before eating. I thought it was probably to open the box! And what a surprise as I was preparing to eat my rice with stir-fry beef. I pull on the string and my bento starts boiling from the inside, with steam coming out: quite magical!
I was able to eat a warm meal while sitting in the train. I’d so love for this concept to be exported to France: it’d be so cool to be able to eat bourgignon beef from inside the train!
Once in Osaka, after dropping our luggage off, we went for a walk in the famous Dotonbori street, reknown for its brands and its restaurants.
I’ll be back very soon to share my good addresses in the city (fyi: okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes) and takoyaki (octopus balls) are Osaka’s signature delicacies!).
UMEDA SKY BUILDING (梅田スカイビル)
In the meantime, I’ll let you enjoy Osaka by night, and the superb view we had from the Umeda Sky Building.
We had the Sky Tree in Tokyo, here in Osaka, the Umeda Sky Building is also worth visiting! (English translation by Bleu Marine)
Previously on MY JAPAN TRAVEL DIARY :
Notre appart à Tokyo
Day 1 : Sumida Park & Asakusa
Day 2 : Namco Namjatown
Day 3 : Omotesando & Harajuku
Day 4 : Ueno Park
Day 5 : Errances gourmandes à Omotesando
Day 6 : Odaiba お台場
Day 7 : Tsukiji market, Meiji & Yoyogi
Day 8 : Tokyo Skytree