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Alvinology goes to Japan – Day 13 of 14

Alvinology goes to Japan – Day 13 of 14

All good things must come to an end. This was the second last day of our Japan trip. There’s so much more we wanted to see, yet so little time. Sigh.

We rented a Toyota BB for our remaining two days so we can travel further and visit more places. It also makes economical sense to drive ourselves to the airport on the last day rather than cab which cost a bomb in Japan.

Free breakfast at the Super Hotel we were staying in

Free breakfast at the Super Hotel we were staying in

The Toyota car rental place which is walkable from our hotel

The Toyota car rental place which is walkable from our hotel

Our funky lime green Toyota BB

Our funky lime green Toyota BB

Mark setting up the GPS for me so I can drive the car

Mark setting up the GPS for me so I can drive the car

Paying road toll - if you think ERP is bad, this is ten times worse

Paying road toll – if you think ERP is bad, this is ten times worse

We woke up relatively early that day and headed for the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋) upon collecting our car.

The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge also known as the Pearl Bridge and is the world’s longest suspension bridge (measured by the length of the center span of 1,991 metres/6,532 feet/1.24 miles). The bridge links the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshū to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait. It carries part of the Honshū-Shikoku Highway.

On our way there, we had brunch at a cafeteria at a nearby rest stop. The food was good and cheap. I presume it’s liken to our “mixed food stalls (杂菜饭)” or “economic rice stalls (经济菜饭)” in Singapore. I also tried the Japanese McDonald’s Quarter Pounder which according to Mark, had beef patties that tasted much juicier than the ones in Singapore. It was a lie… the patties tasted the same to me. Mark is just being biased towards all things Japan as usual.

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After brunch, we did a bit of light shopping at a large suburban mall, located next to the rest stop.

At the rest stop

At the rest stop

Rachel and I with the Toyota BB

Rachel and I with the Toyota BB

The cafeteria where we had brunch

The cafeteria where we had brunch

The interior of the cafeteria

The interior of the cafeteria

Mark is spoilt for choice for dessert

Mark is spoilt for choice for dessert

Lots of food to choose from

Lots of food to choose from

Rachel with her brunch

Rachel with her brunch

Our brunch

Our brunch

Curry rice

Curry rice

Tofu

Tofu

Another tofu dish

Another tofu dish

Fried sotong

Fried sotong

Japanese omulette - one of Meiyens favourite food

Japanese omulette – one of Meiyen’s favourite food

Bamboo rice which we were starting to grow fond of

Bamboo rice which we were starting to grow fond of

Gyoza

Gyoza

Strawberry dessert

Strawberry dessert

At McDonalds - Rachel went to test out her spoken Japanese by ordering a Quarter Pounder

At McDonald’s – Rachel went to test out her spoken Japanese by ordering a Quarter Pounder

Double Quarter Pounder

Double Quarter Pounder

Rachel managed to complete the order! :)

Rachel managed to complete the order! 🙂

The Quarter Pounder feels puny and tasted the same as the one in Singapore

The Quarter Pounder feels puny and tasted the same as the one in Singapore

The large suburban mall we shopped at after brunch

The large suburban mall we shopped at after brunch

Jojo from the manga, Jojos Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)

Jojo from the manga, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)

The comical alien character in the manga, DR. SLUMP

The comical alien character in the manga, DR. SLUMP

Toilet paper with random facts written on them

Toilet paper with random facts written on them

I dont think anyone would dare wear this in public in Singapore

I don’t think anyone would dare wear this in public in Singapore

Manga cloth

Manga cloth

Hello Kitty cloth

Hello Kitty cloth

Peach jelly dessert

Peach jelly dessert

Mango dessert

Mango dessert

Free magazine (actually, its more like a giant catalogue book full of ads)

Free magazine (actually, it’s more like a giant catalogue book full of ads)

We had a lot of fun at the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge. There are observation platforms for us to walk on part of the bridge to experience the strong wind and marvel at the engineering. Mark and I were quite wary of the transparent glass tiles on the platforms which felt like stepping on air when you are standing on them. The ladies had more fun with it than us as we were experiencing “jelly feet”.

At our destination

At our destination

Tickets to the observatory platform

Tickets to the observatory platform

Comparative length of the three longest suspension bridges in the world

Comparative length of the four longest suspension bridges in the world

Checking out the telescope

Checking out the telescope

Interesting sights are indicated on the drawing on the glass panel

Interesting sights are indicated on the drawing on the glass panel

Looking out for suspicious ships

Looking out for suspicious ships

We spotted a ship through the telescope

We spotted a ship through the telescope

Mark and Meiyen toying with the remote for a live camera on the bridge

Mark and Meiyen toying with the remote for a live camera on the bridge

Sea view from the observatory floor

Sea view from the observatory floor

The coastal area

The coastal area

Faraway ship

Faraway ship

The observatory platform is open air

The observatory platform is open air

Scary... standing on transparent glass tiles

Scary… standing on transparent glass tiles

Finally managed to conquer my jelly feet

Finally managed to conquer my jelly feet

Another picture of Rachel and I

Another picture of Rachel and I

Standing on air

Standing on “air”

Rachel and I by the observation window

Rachel and I by the observation window

Brave obasan cleaning the grilles

Brave obasan cleaning the grilles

You can see parts of the bridge, just behind Rachel

You can see parts of the bridge, just behind Rachel

Ink chop which Rachel collected at the end of the tour

Ink chop which Rachel collected at the end of the tour

Rachel and I in front of the bridge

Rachel and I in front of the bridge

Another picture of us showing more of the bridge

Another picture of us showing more of the bridge

This is just a small portion of the bridge - thats how long it is

This is just a small portion of the bridge – that’s how long it is

Side view

Side view

From a distance

From a distance

Bottom view

Bottom view

Jogging track by the bridge

Jogging track by the bridge

Later in the day, we headed back to Mt. Rokkō (六甲山) and visited the Kobe City Rokkosan Pasture. We got to play with sheep there and also checked out the Kobe Cheese House which had many exhibits and demonstrations on how cheese is made. It was a pity there was a very strong wind blowing that day and we weren’t unable to properly visit the entire pasture. The rain, the wind and the bitter coldness almost killed us as we tried to make our way to some of the attractions situated at far flung locations at the top of the hills. It was so bad that our umbrellas were damaged and we could feel the wind resistance pushing us backwards as we trouped back to our car.

Mt. Rokko

Mt. Rokko

Just arrived at the Rokkosan Pasture

Just arrived at the Rokkosan Pasture

Our admission tickets

Our admission tickets

This place feels more like Europe than Japan

This place feels more like Europe than Japan

Another view

Another view

Rachel is still smiling because we didnt know about the coming strong wind and rain

Rachel is still smiling because we don’t know about the rain and strong wind yet

Exhibition area

Exhibition area

Different kind of cows

Different kind of cows

Different kinds of wool

Different kinds of wool

A full piece of wool from a sheep

A full piece of wool from a sheep

Kobe cheese

Kobe cheese

Interesting poster

Interesting poster

Registration for cheese-making workshop; it was already closed when we reached

Registration for cheese-making workshop; it was already closed when we reached

Disappointed that the cheese-making workshop is closed

Disappointed that the cheese-making workshop is closed

Mt Rokko cheesecake

Mt Rokko cheesecake

It tasted quite good, but rather expensive for the small serving

It tasted quite good, but rather expensive for the small serving

The cheese-making area

The cheese-making area

Cheese in the making

Cheese in the making

One of the room where they make cheese

One of the room where they make cheese

Another cheesse-processing room

Another cheesse-processing room

Large slabs of cheese in the making

Large slabs of cheese in the making

Rachel with sheep

Rachel with sheep

Staring at us

Staring at us

Walking carpet

Walking carpet

Stroking a sheep at the shed

Stroking a sheep at the shed

Buying food from a vending machine to feed the sheep

Buying food from a vending machine to feed the sheep

Feeding the giant walking wool balls

Feeding the giant walking wool balls

The sheep like this waffle biscuit very much

The sheep like this waffle biscuit very much

The sheep wont stop chasing Rachel once they knew she have food

The sheep won’t stop chasing Rachel once they knew she have food

Rachel was having lots of fun

Rachel was having lots of fun

Meiyen wants to play with the sheep, but is very scared of them at the same time

Meiyen wants to play with the sheep, but is very scared of them at the same time

Meiyen playing catching with the sheep

Meiyen playing catching with the sheep

Rachel and I with the sheep

Rachel and I with the sheep

Truck to transport either the sheep or wool

Truck to transport either the sheep or wool

Large shed where most of the sheep are kept

Large shed where most of the sheep are kept

Blah Blah Blah

Blah Blah Blah

A lazy sheep that hung its head on the ledge to stay awake

A lazy sheep that hung it’s head on the ledge to stay awake

Another shot

Another shot

Rachel and I in front of the shed

Rachel and I in front of the shed

Close-up of the two of us

Close-up of the two of us

The inside of the shed

The inside of the shed

Close-up of a sheep

Close-up of a sheep

Flowers

Flowers

Rachel likes the pasture very much

Rachel likes the pasture very much

Braving the rain and wind

Braving the rain and wind

Various European-styled houses and sheds

Various European-styled houses and sheds

Rachel beside the sheep dog which was hiding in its kennel

Rachel beside the sheep dog which was hiding in it’s kennel

A picture of the sheep dog

A picture of the sheep dog

Goat pens

Goat pens

Sad-looking goat

Sad-looking goat

Another snowy white goat

Another snowy white goat

Resting goat

Resting goat

Two little goats

Two little goats

Look at the state of the umbrella!

Look at the state of the umbrella!

We were really struggling to walk properly

We were really struggling to walk properly

We survived! (but our umbrella didnt)

We survived! (but our umbrella didn’t)

Manga titled Heidi - about a girl who grew up in a pasture

Manga titled “Heidi” – about a girl who grew up in a pasture

Heidi and her friends

Heidi and her friends

Close-up of Heidis friend

Close-up of Heidi’s friend

European novel styled Heidi poster

European novel styled Heidi poster

Cafe

Heidi-themed Cafe

Wide variety of cheese from around the world

Wide variety of cheese from around the world

Keychains

Keychains

Heidi tin can candies

Heidi tin can candies

Hay view from the top of Mt Rokko

Hay view from the top of Mt Rokko

Another shot - I am sure the view will be fantastic sans the fog and rain

Another shot – I am sure the view will be fantastic sans the fog and rain

We headed back to Harborland for our last bit of shopping after that. Mark then made all of us accompany him via train to another station because he felt like eating something special for the last day and was not impressed by the restaurant choices at Harborland. Rachel and I had sashimi dons for our last dinner in Japan. The restaurant we found was very popular and we had to queue for quite a while to get in. It was worth it for the price and quality. Mark and Meiyen went to try out the beef don which Rachel and I were very impressed with during our visit to the area two days ago. They liked it too.

Chestnut ice cream which Rachel bought to eat on our way to the dinner place

Chestnut ice cream which Rachel bought to eat on our way to the dinner place

My delicious Belgian chocolate puff

My delicious Belgian chocolate puff

The yummy seafood don Rachel and I tried

The yummy seafood don Rachel and I tried

Outside the restaurant

Outside the restaurant

My salmon with mayonnaise don

My salmon with mayonnaise don

Rachels seafood don

Rachel’s seafood don

The four of us then had gyoza for a after-dinner snack. The interesting thing is, we were not allowed to sit in the restaurant as we did not order any alcholic beverages – that was the house rule in the gyoza specialty restaurant. Apparently, the Japanese only eats gyoza together with alcohol?

Crappy burnt gyoza

Crappy burnt gyoza

We had Haagen-Dazs ice cream for dessert. The price is surprisingly cheaper in Japan than Singapore despite the lousy exchange rates. They also have more flavours on offer.

At the Haagen-Dazs restaurant

At the Haagen-Dazs restaurant

Special Haagen-Dazs Valentines Day chocolate

Special Haagen-Dazs’ Valentine’s Day chocolate

Mark and Meiyens Haagen-Dazs

Mark and Meiyen’s Haagen-Dazs

Rachel and I had a green tea and chestnut cone

Rachel and I had a green tea and chestnut cone

After that, we went back to Harborland to retrieve our car and headed back to our hotel to tuck in for the night. Tomorrow, we will be leaving Japan and returning back to sunny Singapore. Oh… and as per our previous days’ tradition, we had supper at our hotel meal area, feasting on food we swept up at the supermarkets. Mark bought a set of yakitori which he was very eager to try. However, he never got to taste them as he stupidly place the yakitori into the microwave to reheat together with the plastic container. In the end, the plastic melted and stuck to his yakitori.

Mark bought these for supper at a supermarket, but he did not get to eat them at all

Mark bought these for supper, but he did not get to eat them at all

Rachel had a can of sparkling beer

Rachel had a can of sparkling beer

Snacks we bought to bring home to Singapore

Snacks we bought to bring home to Singapore

Links to my previous blog entries on my Japan  trip:

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Day 1 – Kansai Airport, Hokkaido

Day 2 – Skiing, Otaru

Day 3 – Asahikawa, Asahiyama Zoo

Day 4 – Sledding, Shiroi Koibito, Crab Buffet

Day 5 – The 60th Sapporo Snow Festival

Day 6 – Staying with the Asai, Shōnan

Day 7 – Ueno, Tokyo

Day 8 – Shibuya and Akihabara, Tokyo

Day 9 – Ikeda, Osaka

Day 10 – Kobe

Day 11 – Kyoto

Day 12 – Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Dotonbori

Day 13 – Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and Mt. Rokko

Day 14 – Return to Singapore

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

1 Comment

  1. yongwei92

    Heidi the manga? I watched that show growing up, Dr Slump, wow,

    You should compare the taste of the DARS chocolate you bought in Japan and Singapore’s

    The ones from Japan are a little more bitter than the ones sold in Singapore.

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