Travel Blogs from Osaka
... by on bikes down the path. This place was totally unexpected and remarkably beautiful. After finally pulling ourselves away from the rivers edge, we walked back into town and walked back to the train station feeling sad to leave this pretty spot. Having a wonderful birthday, we retired to the hotel after a long day in the sun.
The next day it was time to avoid the trains for a bit and walk the Osaka Castle grounds. But, first we need to stop for a ...
... traveled bu shinkansen to Osaka where we headed out straight to the aquarium.Massive tanks (they have a whale shark + in one tank !) Quite innovative displays with a huge vairiety of fish,penguins,and wiildlife on display.
... sun fish, dolphins,
seals, sea lions, spider crabs, herds of screaming school children
and more. The area around the aquarium is worth a look too, with a
shopping mall, arcade, food places, docks and a 'mermaid statue' like
that in Denmark; in fact it was a present from Denmark to Japan.
There is also meant to be a prime sunset spot here too, and although
we stayed for this, the clouds and rain came in and there was not a
lot to see – ...
... made my way back South by the river, stopped for the ice cream I mentioned and felt completely at home. There seemed much more space in Kyoto than Tokyo though that may be an accident of picking a nice hostel. This morning I got up and packed, answering Bruce's friendly 'what are you doing today?' with a conversation-closing (to a man who came from Kyoto the day before) "I think I'll head for Kyoto". That made the decision for me so I made a repeat visit to yesterday's restaurant - the ...
Pretty fitting, our last day in Japan and it is raining! Determined not to waste the day altogether, we checked out, leaving our bags at the hotel we made our way back to the railway, stopping for coffee / roll. We found yesterday an underground walkway running past our hotel, all the way into the Railway station (maybe 700m), so this is pretty handy when it is raining. Caught the train to Osaka Castle and lucky for us the rain virtually stopped the whole time we were there. ...