So Saturday, Day 7 dawned to find Mom and Drew sleeping soundly in our bunks and Dad up on deck enjoying the sunrise and the final leg of the ferry cruise into Osaka harbor.
Japan is a heavily built-up country as you all know, but the Tokyo and Osaka urban areas easily dwarf the rest of the country with their expansiveness and population densities. I had been to Osaka once before, but this was my first chance to really see it, and it just seemed to go on forever.
Friday, Day 6 began bright and early as we caught a morning train back to Beppu to give us time to take a breather before we boarded the overnight ferry for Osaka that evening. I took advantage of the low number of passengers to grab another hour or so of sleep as we quietly zoomed through the beautiful Kyushu countryside.
The weather remained unchanged with it’s slight drizzle and low-hanging clouds, but I’ve always felt that sort of stuff lends an extra bit of beauty to a lush countryside panorama.