In the spirit of France's "extended summer holiday" we extended our layover on the way back home from Vietnam in Japan for a few days in Tokyo and a few days in Osaka, for more eating, shopping and temple-exploring adventure. 

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In Osaka we explored their life-changing aquarium where we met a whale shark, rode the 17-minute long, 112 meter high ferris wheel in the harbor, saw the breathtaking view of the city from the top of Osaka Castle (and the Shachihoko-chan!), and chowed down on Osaka-style okonomiyaki pancake - cooked on top a layer of yakisoba. We love Tokyo but Osaka really knows how to show you a good time!