Osaka Namba Washington Hotel Plaza
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Was booked by our tour group for us. Convenient location, comfortable enough as a place to sleep. Right next to Dōtombori, with all it's restaurants and shopping, but still nice and quiet.
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Today is the start of the G Adventures tour, so we checked out of our first hotel and made our way to central Osaka to the hotel our tour had arranged. We wandered around Dōtombori and the Shinsaibashi-suji Shotenga Shopping Center For a few hours until check-in time. Tonnes of cool restaurants and shops. Very busy, bustling area. There were …
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A short wander back through the crowds, past karaoke bars and love hotels (you can pay by the hour...) led us back home to bed!
... and soup.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (I looked up its name using the wifi) was predicting temperatures between 0 and 3 degrees with some snow. With layers and a down jacket I was quite comfortable. We ever spotted some of the predicted snow falling from our hotel window.
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... walked through the door the noise was deafening. It took all I had not to cup my hands over my ears and run back out the door...actually, I think I did once. The sound was from hundreds of pachinko game machines going off and the thousands of little silver balls bouncing around in the machines. Not only was the noise virtually unbearable, but so was the air. Every person sitting at a machine was smoking. After overcoming this first shock we then realized we had no idea ...