Smile Hotel Nishi Akashi
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For those who don't know Craig is one of my best friends from secondary school and Taka is Craig's friend who Craig met when taka lived in London. Craig and I were each others first drinking buddies. We spent many a weekend as teenagers drinking execcsive amounts of vodka and lager at his house while his folks made their weekly pilgrimage to the local pub.
Craig and Taka joined us for a few drinks as we got ready. There was ...
... the development of the Osaka Itami Airport, an expressway, and a monorail that connects the airport to the old Hankyu train line. Access to the Toyoko Inn is by a winding narrow alley that takes you behind the Green Rich Hotel. This Toyoko Inn is actually a large building, with 296 rooms, but it looks like it was built in anticipation of a street that ...
... like a child with every step to the station. Luckily, it's only a few hundred yards but it felt like miles!
We opted to take the local train to Osaka, which takes longer than the Shinkansen but avoids changing trains at Shin-Osaka. Arriving at Umeda Station, we found the recommended exit and set off to find the hotel which, according to the provided map, wasn't too far away. Having limped part of the way in what we thought was the right direction, ...
... other Japanese businessmen, we caught the trains we needed to Osaka Castle park.
I'd been looking forward to the Osaka Castle 3D illumination, and I wasn't disappointed.
The train station for Osaka Castle park is on the exact opposite side of the castle to the entry for the illumination, so after a fairly decent hike into the castle grounds, and then around the outskirts of the castle along the moat, we arrived at the ticket gate.
Osaka made my head spin, literally.
We stayed in the slums of the city (not really but you get it) so we had this idea of Osaka not being that great. On our last day in the area we decided to explore the different parts of the city and we were in for a good surprise at the end of the day.
First the castle, which was nice but we had to walk under the rain which spoilt a little bit our visit. Then we went to the port area which was very nice. It is home to ...