The best thing about autumn in Japan is that it’s also so close to Christmas–my favorite holiday season. It reminds me of my upcoming birthday too.
While Japan isn’t a Christian nation, the citizens are not immune to the festive mood Christmas brings. You don’t have to venture out much to experience and appreciate the season. This post will be just about us simply roaming around and exploring none of the tourist sites but only at the central stations of Kyoto and Osaka. 🙂
Let’s start off with Kyoto Station. Oh, I miss the sound JR trains make already!
Just two floors above ground is a giant Christmas tree greeting all visitors of Kyoto. I felt so minuscule compared to this humongous creation. When you go further onto the basement, you’ll still find lots of shops and entertaining Christmas decors.
Right from the Kyoto Station, you can already take a look at Kyoto’s most famous landmark–the Kyoto (what else?) Tower.
There’s also an observation deck called the “Happy Terrace” that’s absolutely free of charge! 🙂 You can just soak up the warm autumn sun on the roofdeck since it could get a little too cold during fall.
Apart from that, there’s a floor dedicated to dining so when you’re feeling extra hungry, there’s no need to worry. Had the yummiest bento meal at Kyoto station.
When we went back to Osaka from Kyoto, we’re admittedly exhausted from the day’s adventures already but the need to explore is maddeningly still there so we roamed around Grand Front Osaka. Haha.
They have parking spaces for bicycles. Neat! Nice! 🙂
There’s also Yodobashi Umeda where you could shop for a lot of random stuff. If you’re not careful, you would either forget the time or forget that you have a budget to maintain. 😛
But my most favorite moment happened right there. Just having a simple dinner enjoying the sights and sounds on that cold autumn night. 🙂