I couldn’t believe how quiet the bullet train ride from Tokyo to Osaka was. I was amazed. I fell asleep right away. It was as smooth as a non-fat person’s butt.
When I arrived in Osaka it was pouring like crazy. I was hungry and tired. These two variables made me crazy. It took me 2 hours to find J-Hoppers, my hostel. When I finally found J-Hoppers I was greeted by Kyohei, the receptionist. He’s really cool. He has travelled to over 20+ countries and knows English, Japanese, and Italian. He plans to backpack throughout Latin America in Summer 2014 during the FIFA World Cup time. I might join him as well. He recommended me a restaurant named ALL 280 Restaurant in which each individual dish only costs 280 yen! Super duper great deal since food in Japanese is expensive.
The food was excellent! I mainly ordered izakaya food. This night I tried so many dishes and it was deslih.
Next day I went to the Osaka Castle with Dean Gallagher, an Aussie who tours in a band.
Then we visited the oldest temple in Osaka (or was Japan?) and then parted our own ways. I went to visit Kobe which was near by Osaka.
My real intentions of visiting Kobe was to eat nomnomnom Kobe beef but made a detour to visit the ship yard first. Unfortunately, I got lost in the shipyard. It was like a maze. I was climbing tires, giant metal boxes, and couldn’t ask for directions because there were no one there! I don’t remember how I found my way out but when I did I was hungry.
I thought about eating the kobe beef at the nice area that sells it but I realized it would be weird since everyone else eating the beef is on a date, married, or with their family. I’m the lone backpacker with technical clothing in a posh area.
Plus, I realized that I don’t need to spend more than $200 on a single meal. I’m a backpacker on a budget, not a posh traveler making loads of $. Instead, I ate this: