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Travel Blogs from Osaka
We said goodbye to the land of the rising sun. A very long goodbye at that. Leaving Japan consisted of three parts: an 8 hour bus ride from Ninohe to Tokyo followed by a 9 hour bus ride from Tokyo to Osaka and finally a 19 hour ferry from Osaka, Japan to Busan, South Korea. This "ferry" (PanStar) was more like a mini cruise ship with three …
Since I hadn't booked way in advance, I ended up in three hotels in Osaka. I'd accidentally been clever, though-spotting the address was similar I'd booked three that I hoped were in the same district, albeit without checking the map to make sure. It turns out that all are on the same small block, so I only have to leave my luggage at one, check in …
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Z rana wskoczyliśmy do pociągu starzały (szkoda ze nie ma takich wszędzie!) i chwilę później jesteśmy w Osace. Jedno z większych miast w Japonii (19 milionowa …
Um 11:00 fuhren wir los Richtung Umeda Sky Building. Dort wollten wir US$ wechseln da wir in der Früh drauf gekommen waren dass wir kein Geld mehr hatten^^' In der Bank war das aber leider nicht mehr möglich, zum Glück fanden wir dann aber ein Post Office wo wir auch Geld wechseln
Zufrieden gingen wir wieder zur U-Bahn zurück …
Zu Mittag gingen wir mal gemütlich in unserer Umgebung herum. Wir kamen zu einer Mall wo wir uns Donuts und ich noch ein Softice kauften. Danach gingen wir am Tennoji Park entlang und dann zum Tsutenkaku. Dort wurden wir von einem komischen Typen angesprochen der absolut auf Drogen war… war etwas seltsam da er uns dann noch eine Weile folgte …
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An Awesome hotel. I stayed here for my first solo trip overseas.
First of all, it's very cheap. I paid about $33 AUD per night for my room. It was the cheapest private room hotel I could find in Osaka (note that my capsule hotel in Tokyo was DOUBLE this price).
The hotel is fine and clean. The staff are nice, and they have a few English speakers who work there. The private rooms have a fridge, which is great (especially in Summer).
My favourite thing about this hotel is the bath downstairs. It's a traditional public-type bath for the hotel guests. I was a little shy about it at first, but it's actually really cool bathing the same way the locals do. The water is always at 42 degrees Celsius, so it's the best way to finish your day after walking the length of Osaka or Kyoto.
One thing that may deter people is the location. It's in Nishinari-Ku, which is the homeless ward. It was a little scary at first seeing homeless people sleeping on the streets, but they are completely harmless. They never, ever beg. So I know some travellers certainly won't want any of this, but it actually gives a good insight into the lesser known parts of Osaka.
Taking the subway about six minutes north will take you to Namba / Shinsaibashi, which is where a lot of the night life is located. There is a great bar called Tin's Hall about ten minutes East of the hotel, which I also highly recommend.
You can also hire a bicycle from the hotel for very cheap, which is a great way to see the city.
I'll certainly be returning to this hotel when I come back to Osaka. :)
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