Golden Week is a string of holidays that occurs in early May. Most people see it as a nice break from the hectic start of the school year and I’ll have to agree with them. With the many changes and the new kids, it can be a very stressful time. My friend from Kumamoto visited Osaka and together we went to Nara, Kyoto and explored Osaka.
The first day she was here we checked out Nara. Nara is well-known for the giant Buddha, or Daibutsu, as well as the endless amount of deer in Nara park. The people there consider the deer to be a holy animal so a lot of people take care of them and they are very accustomed to humans. It’s super common to see a pack of deer just chilling by people, looking for food. The deer will instantly know when you have food and will surround you and even try to take it out of your hands. I’m not joking. I saw various people running away from persistent deer until they finally gave in and gave them crackers. Here are a few picture of them:
Respect the deer!:
Here’s the giant Buddha:
This gap here is a famous for giving you good fortune if you’re able to fit through it. There was a huge line and I’m guessing almost no one could do it. The hole is about the size of a kid’s body so you can imagine the difficulty some adults were having trying to go through:
Although the weather forecast said it was going to rain really bad, we were lucky only to get a little rained on while we left.
Next up was Kyoto. I’ve been to Kyoto a few times already so most of where we went wasn’t new to me. However, we did go to this awesome shrine called Fushimi Inari. It’s famous for having hundreds of red gates that you walk/climb through. It’s a bit of a hike but it was really fun. Here are some pictures of that:
The last day involved exploring Osaka. Osaka during Golden Week is INSANE. Actually, Kyoto and Osaka were jam-packed full of people. Golden Week is a very popular time for people to travel since everyone has the week off. Needless to say, the amount of people in areas usually triples. Japan is already a crowded country so you can imagine being surrounded by hundreds of people going the same way you’re going. It’s a huge pain in the ass.
I revisited Osaka Castle and was happy to finally get some good pictures of it. The first time I was there, it was raining the entire time so it ruined the experience. It was a nice, bright day out this time around:
At night we went to Umeda and checked out the Sky Building. I had been wanting to visit this place for awhile because I’m a sucker for observatory towers and I heard that you can get a great view of Osaka’s skyline without glass being in front of you. There was a bit of a line to go up but it was totally worth it. The view from the top was gorgeous at night. I wish I had a better camera to take pictures of the city at night because these pictures don’t do it justice:
After that it was time to get ready for school once again. Overall I had a good Golden Week!