Fish and Cat: Wakayama

Today is a sunny day!! First sunny day since I’ve arrived in Japan. I decided to go to Wakayama without hesitate. Wakayama is a southern part of Kansai, another bay area in Kansai. I heard that they held fresh-tuna-cutting event everyday, and also has this sushi-sashimi buffet for only 2000 Yen (after few days staying in Japan, I knew if it was actually expensive). It said that it will only take 1,5 hour from Osaka to Wakayama, but it turned to be 3 hours !! we took the wrong train. No, it was actually right, but we took the usual one that stops in every station (which makes it longer).

Travel essential

be aware of your destination line, read carefully. for me, since I used to living in Seoul, I feel frustated with Japanese subway that has so many line, in Japan, rather than changing train, sometimes you have to change the station. So be aware of the line, because every line has its own station, and be sure to take express train if you go out of town.

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We arrived at Wakayama Marina City Fish Market around 12 pm, and start to starve. But then we decided to watch tuna cutting show first before getting sushi buffet. And I swear it was the biggest fish I’ve ever seen in my life, ever.

cutting fresh tuna show

cutting fresh tuna show

What a poor fish, he cut that into pieces and sell it right after the show was ended. His cutting skill was really mind blowing too. Wakayama marina city is actually a resort by the bay area of Wakayama. In this resort they have theme park, market and lots of restaurant.

bay area

bay area

the market

the market

sushi everywhere !!

sushi everywhere !!

fresh caught fish

fresh caught fish

The buffet restaurant is located just second floor of fish market, they limited the time for 2,5 hours start from the time you came.

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sashimi buffet

tempura

tempura

I just found out that Japanese “sushi” is actually that simple. There’s no such thing like california roll, whatsoever. They just put a slice of fish meat and rice. There’s no mayonaise, avocado or another fancy thing. Sushi is a really basic dish. They served so many food at the buffet, consist of tempura, soup, cakes, fondue and even ice cream. It’s worth for a whole packet, but if you only craving for Japanese-style sushi, I recommended you to go to conveyor table.

After finishing out meal (too early) and there’s nothing more to see and go at Marina Bay area, we decided to go see cat train. Cat train ? YAP! I concluded that Japanese people fond of cat so much, since I’ve seen too many cat ever since I arrived. And now, I’m going to go to take the famous cat train in Wakayama. It was actually usual subway train, except they decorated the train with such a cutie cat ornament, inside and outside of the train.

 

cat train

cat train

cutie cushion

cutie cushion

bookshelf with all cat's book inside the train

bookshelf with all cat’s book inside the train

A sudden rain comes, when we were waiting for the train, and it was so cold (it happened to be one of the day that I picked wrong outfit to wear) we became so exhausted after waiting and waiting, so we decided to go back earlier after taking cat train.

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