The weekend of the 10th I finally made it to Osaka. The ultimate goal was go and get Samara from Kansai airport and help her transition into her trip to Japan. I went up a day and a half early by express train and Shinkansen.
Let the following be noted:
- Try not to be shocked that ATMs may be closed on Sundays in some areas. Also, even though the ATM says it takes visa, your debit card may not work.
- Although there are many places outside of major cities where you cannot use a credit card, you can pay by credit card for JR and Shinkansen tickets at the ticket counter.