Que pasa amigos? It’s Mr. Wada on duty.
How did your Obon holiday go? I and Mrs. Wada actually stayed at cafe most of days but had a little adventure on the first day, a trip to Osaka by the Seishun Ticket!
If you don’t know what a Seishun Ticket is, please refer to this post.
Highlight of this trip is Naruto Exhibit.
About Naruto Exhibit
This is about 15 years of art works by Masashi Kishimoto, the writer of Naruto who ended its manga in 2014. So it is a part of a celebration and also flashback of the whole Naruto thing.
FYI, he is from Okayama! (to be specific Nagi Town) Hehe. The world of Naruto was made based on Okayama, I’d say.
Leave to Osaka
We got on the train that bounds for Himeji (Hyogo Prefecture) early morning, then hopped on to another to Osaka.
Between Okayama and Hyogo is just green-ish. No WI-FI signal received. After this more buildings will appear.
Since Seishun Ticket doesn’t support bullet train, it took us about 3 hours from Okayama to Osaka. Well, we are used to it. Hehe.
Alright. We needed to transfer to the subway (since the Seishun Ticket covers only JR lines, we had to buy a ticket for this).
Caught a Chuo-Line subway and headed to Osaka Bunkakan Museum, where Naruto exhibit is being held. Osakako (Osaka Port) Station is the nearest subway station.
Get out of the station and you may see everyone going to the same direction. Perhaps you wouldn’t get lost.
Hey, look over there. That is Kaiyukan, one of the biggest Aquariums in Japan (to be frank I’ve never been there).
And on your left, that’s where we are here for.
Enter the Exhibit
Ok, shall we enter the exhibit? A go go…then what?!? It’ll take 60 minutes to the entrance? No kidding!
It took us more than 60 minutes for real after all, though with all the pictures hang on the wall, etc., it didn’t feel that long. The closer we got to the entrance, the more excited we got!
Finally we entered the exhibit…SORRY CAMERA IS NOT ALLOWED AT THIS EXHIBIT. Too bad. (>_<)
It displayed the original drawings, life-size statues, special movies, and many more. It’ll be the first and the last exhibit of Naruto. You’ve got to witness it with your own eyes!
Naruto Exhibit in Osaka is open until September 27th, 2015. What are you waiting for? Grab the chance!
|High school / jr.high||1,500 YEN|
|4 years old to Elementary||800 YEN|
Have you heard of Santouka Ramen? I’ve been seeing/hearing this name a lot from TV and been wondering how this is like. Before this trip I figured there is a branch of Santouka in Osaka, so we planned on visiting.
We headed back to the Osaka Station by subway first. It was just a 10-minute walk from the Osaka Station.
It was a bit busy but we didn’t have to wait. As we got to the table, I found that its speciality is Shio, Syoyu Ramen (didn’t know).
If you aren’t familiar with ramen soups, please check this post.
I ordered their Syoyu Ramen while Mrs. Wada ordered the Shio one.
Looks good, doesn’t it? I liked it. Don’t know what to say but sorta tasted like classic syoyu ramen for me.
Tried Mrs. Wada’s shio ramen as well. It was rather creamy, more like Tonkotsu soup? And kinda reminded me of Chanpon soup that is famous noodles from Nagasaki City.
It seems Santouka has many stores over the country and even overseas! It even includes Vancouver where I used to live in.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE : Santouka Ramen
Naruto Exhibit took us way longer than we expected (mostly the wait). After lunch it was already past 3 PM.
We had some break at cafe with some coffee and dessert.
You know about Pokemon Center? It sells all Pokemon stuff and it’s been sorta popular sightseeing place. I’d heard of it but never been. It’s in the department building next to the Osaka Station.
Yeah, I see tons of Pokemon stuff.
Alright. That’s it. Let’s call it a day.
Here’s fare comparison (for one person) between a regular ticket and the seishun ticket.
|Tickets||Fare (Okayama – Osaka)|
|Regular Ticket||6,040 YEN (return)|
|Seishun Ticket||2,370 YEN|
So this time we saved about 3,700 YEN each? Yahoo!
Train trip can be tiring but still fun for us. A seishun ticket for winter will be available from December 1st. Start planning for winter already! Adventure never ends!
See you around!