Here at Apex, we believe in the motto “Work hard, play hard” and last year we definitely worked hard, resulting in one of our most successful years to date. Last weekend, we decided that it was time to play hard and as a company and we took a trip to Osaka together!
We normally host events each season, for example Hanami or Yakatabune, but this was something special. The company recognizes how much each employee gives in order to be successful, and so we wanted to give back, in celebration of our shared success.
SHINKANSEN TO OSAKA
In the early morning we caught the Shinkansen together from Shinagawa Station. Along the way, we chatted, enjoyed snacks and drinks on the train, and took in the beautiful Japanese country-side from the train windows, including a very nice view of Japan’s majestic Mt. Fuji.
We chatted and enjoyed the scenery on the Shinkansen
Early in the morning, everyone was excited for the trip
A beautiful view of Mt. Fuji from the train
CHAPTER 1: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
Once we arrived in Osaka, we took a bus to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) for a day filled with good food, thrilling rides, and great photo ops! We were really glad the weather was so nice. Osaka was a little warm even though it was winter.
Group shot at a popular Harry Potter Area. Because it was on a weekday, we had the rides all to ourselves
We've got some huge Minions fans here at Apex
In front of the Universal Studios fountain, ready for the rides!
CHAPTER 2: HILTON OSAKA
Once we’d had our fill of USJ, we decided it was time to head back to the Hilton Hotel in Osaka for a wonderful company dinner at the luxurious Centrum Grill & Wine where we ate, drank, and were merry.
The dessert course of strawberry coconut mousse with caramel pecan icecream was both parts beautiful and delicious!
From there, some people, tuckered out from the day’s festivities, relaxed in their hotel rooms or the spa, while others decided to extend the party and experience Osaka’s nightlife.
Dotonbori is a must-see in Osaka. Night life in Minami was really cool!
The next day, everyone decided to venture out into Osaka and take in all that Tokyo’s sister city has to offer!
You can't leave Osaka without getting Okonomiyaki!
There was good food, great times, all in the celebration of our success! Here’s to another year of working hard and most definitely playing hard!