Took the train down to Akashi, Hyogo today.
Today, we plan to visit Akashi Tenmondai (Akashi Municipal Planetarium).
Could it be this building that I could see from the train and platform of Akashi Station?
I saw a big clock and letters, SEIKO – the company name of Japanese famous watch/clock manufacturer.
Another interesting structure that I found from the station platform is …. is that the castle….?
Later, Mom’s friend explained to us that that is the ruin of Akashi Castle; the actual castle does not exist today.
I had donuts for breakfast at Japanese brand donuts shop, Mister Donut.
I picked a matcha donuts collaborating with Kyoto’s famous Matcha (green tea) shop, Tsujiri.
I had to have this since I’m in the area. hahaha
After catching up on each other for over one hour, we departed for Akashi Tenmondai.
Akashi is Japan’s Standard Time Meridian where 135th Meridian East is located.
I was fortunate to listen to the music to indicate 12 o’clock noon.
If it’s noon in Japan, it’s 3 am in London.
From the observatory floor, we can enjoy the great view of Akashi Ohashi (Akashi Big Bridge).
After enjoying the great view of Akashi city at the observatory floor, we went down to the planetarium.
Reminded me of my childhood…I enjoyed the show very much.
I even stopped by at the exhibition area.
Now it’s time to enjoy Akashi local food!
Akashi is famous for Akashi Yaki (Akashi Balls) which is family of Tako Yaki (Octopus Balls), but it’s actually omelet balls dunking in dashi (soup).
The taxi driver highly recommended us to go to Akashi Yaki Shop Funamachi.
We see the queue, but I persuaded Mom and her friend to queue as well.
I know they want to continue talking; I thought it’s no harm for them to talk while we are queuing.
Then after some time we found a cone says, “it will take two hours from this point”.
We mentioned it loudly, but we managed only people behind us to leave.
The queue remained long.
The signboard was right; we waited for nearly 2 hours.
We finally get a table!!!
Yes, waited these for 2 hours!
First, I enjoyed these Akashi Yaki (omelette balls) simply dunking in dashi (soup).
Then for half of them, I added toppings: sauce, katsuobushi (bonito flakes) and aonori (seaweeds), then dunked in dashi.
These are yammy!!!
It’s worth waiting for 2 hours!!!
It was nice Lundi (I made it up the word for lunch and dinner. hahaha).
We started queuing around 3 pm; we ate at 4:30 pm.
After satisfying our stomachs, we walked down to Uo no Tana (Akashi’s Fish Market).
We reached to Akashi Station, but we went to Wa Cafe Conana (Japanese Cafe Conana).
I had Japanese style Warabi Parfait set (bracken-starch cakes parfait with Hoji-cha (Japanese roasted tea).
It was fun sightseeing Akashi♪