Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Today we went to Osaka city first thing in the morning. We went up to the top of the castle and from there we could see the whole of Osaka city. It is an old castle that has over 300 years of history. Than we are off to our second destination: a museum about old Osaka. It has a live model of a part of the old Osaka ...
... a slightly different colour to the body, apparently because it's fallen off a number of times during an earthquake! We spent the rest of the day walking around the park and avoiding the very tame deer. They were equally as tame as the ones in Mirajima, though they even tried to take off the cover from a motorbike and we're also found in the tourist shops looking at the souvenirs! Luckily we managed to keep hold of our park map this time around! ...
... 10 minutes or so in a post office trying to buy stamps - the girls were very sweet and we got there in the end!
Dropped back off at the ship so we had lunch sitting on our balcony. We then went off to find the subway. My tour guide was ace at finding the right train which took us right to the centre of Osaka. Lots of shopping malls are underground and everywhere was very busy. We thought we were in ...
... made the trip very pleasant.
But I always find Japan very intimidating because the writing is totally alien, hence my aversion of Eastern Asian countries. But a girlfriend who frequently travels to Japan on business who is just nuts about flowers jumped at the suggestion of visiting Hokkaido. But even she at first found the many train lines into Osaka intimidating.
I had done my research for trains to New Oriental but seriously did not expect the complexity ...
... Osaka is known as the city of food indulgence, and had a lot of specialty restaurants with big models of the animal (crab, blowfish) in which they specialized out front. I opted to add another critter to the menagerie that has passed through my gullet - whale. Whale stomach, whale flank sashimi, whale tongue soup, whale hot pot, and whale cake. The sashimi was gorgeous - a cross between tuna sashimi and steak tartare, but not ...