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 …
Today I decided to go ahead with my plan to see a j-league football match. Having slept for 11 hours to shake off the Halloween night out in Kyoto I took up the challenge of the 'all you can eat breakfast'(let's face it, it is a challenge!) and ate so much that I didn't even need lunch later! Gamba Osaka's stadium was handily located, just 25 minutes by local train from Kyoto so I got there in plenty of time to try and find out how ...
... up to second floor. There are lots of Anime drawings on the walls but it doesn't look like a shop ... humm I take the elevator up to the third floor. On the third floor there sits a lady behind a desk and I ask her if this the Anime shop Mandrake to which her replies "No ... tis is Anime skuule". Ahaaa it's an Anime school!
Later I find out that my guide map is quite a bit of regarding the location of the Mandrake shop. The get there I have to take a local subway train ...
... was less than 200 euros. I'll ship these ones back home, this is seriously comfortable! Love it!
2.7. I have had in mind (for several years, actually) to buy a big and nice cho-chin lantern from Japan for back home. This lantern type is familiar from traditional Japanese images and is essentially a rice paper lantern with painted on kanji script. The lanterns are still commonly used outside restaurants and temples. So, the top Japanese ...
... the past and tradition.
I have never been swallowed up in a sea of people the way I felt in the Tokyo and Osaka subway system but it all flowed so amazingly well. The trains and subways run like clockwork, so fast and punctual.
As a mountainous country the population centres and agriculture are forced into the limited flatter spaces of Japan. I was struck by the intensity of land use and how even small spaces would be cultivated with ...