Checked out and then we headed to the station and hopped on the shin to Osaka and checked in to the Intercontinental Osaka which was just across the street from the station, room was on the 30th floor and had amazing views of the city. We settled in and went exploring the area and stopped for some ramen at Ippudo.
Day 6 - A long day ahead of us, we went to explore the Awaji Island a bit and stop for some Kobe beef in Kobe. We had a rough idea of the trains/buses we needed to take to get there, but stopped in one of those Tourist offices at the station for some input they pointed us in a direction that would've taken significantly longer but was with their preferred bus company, we ignored them and found the more local bus with better timing, had some translation challenges along the way but we worked it out. First stop was the Awaji Island Water Temple and it was so beautiful and serene. Then the plan was to try and take the bus to take us to the Awaji Yumebutai but by the time we were able to walk down the hill to the bus stop we had just missed the bus and it only came once an hour, we couldn't get a taxi from any of the apps so we walked a couple blocks to a Lawson's. There just so happened to be a taxi parked there and we asked if he could take us. Once we were able to communicate with him where we wanted to go he opened the door for us and it was just a quick 5 min ride. When we got there he wouldn't let us pay him, we really tried to more than once. I think he ended up parking and going into the hotel property for some reason. We wandered the grounds of the property and it was gorgeous with beautiful views of the ocean. After that we headed back into Kobe and wandered into one of the random Kobe beef places for lunch, so good but I also don't think you need to go to Kobe just for Kobe beef, there is plenty of great Wagyu beef in most cities. After the late lunch we finally headed back towards Osaka for a bit to chill out. A bit of rest and then we went back out and got in line at Okonomiyaki Kiji, we only had to wait about 15 minutes here, but by the time it was our turn the line was out the door and around the corner, so I guess we got there just in time, it was so good! We then wandered around the area more and decided to go into one of the Arcade, Karaoke, Billiards, Bowling buildings and decided to go bowling. This was a great time and it had lanes on multiple floors, it also had a ticket machine like at the ramen places were you buy tickets for beer and stuff and give it to the person and a few minutes later drinks at your lane, we probably had a bit too many beers and high balls. On the way out we did some of the crazy photo booth things which is always a good time and after that just headed back to the hotel to crash.
- Day 7- It was raining so we decided to go check out the Osaka Aquarium. There was some really amazing things there and it was really cool, but even as big as the aquarium was it was still kind of a bummer seeing 2 pretty large whale sharks just swimming around in circles in that space. That day there happened to be a bunch of school field trips and it was pretty cute seeing all the little kids in matching outfits and hats all scrambling through the place. After that we headed to one of the random highly rated ramen places in the city which of course was another great meal. Then we headed back to the hote, dried off, changed, and relaxed a little bit before we headed back out for more okanamayki at another local acclaimed place (it wasn't as good as Kiji) and then ended the night with having a drink at the hotel bar enjoying the city views.