Hotel Nikko Osaka
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After checking out of the hotel in Kyoto, headed straight to the Kyoto Shinkansen Station to board a hikari train which took 20min to reach Shin-Osaka, Took a cab and headed straight to Nikko hotel to complete the check in formalities and drop off the luggage. The best part of this hotel is that Shinsaibashi subway is right below the hotel in …
... 12,000 yen and I order a main and two sides. We ordered from iPads which is a first for us. I thought I'd found a really nice New Zealand bottle of wine until Noel told me it was £120 so I just settled for a glass of something else. They served a moues bouch each which was a lovely surprise, then Noel had tuna tartare salad, fish and roe ravioli and fish to start courses. In between we were constantly fed some delicious bread rolls ...
... you want. I like these, especially when I'm alone. Afterwards, I visited a few temples around the city. It was a beautiful day. Eventually I went back to the area by the boat, and stopped at a small shop to drink a beer and get a snack until it was time to leave. I snacked on takoyaki, a local specialty. These are small doughy balls that looks about the shape of donut holes. They are filled with herbs ...
... don't get anywhere else in Kyoto (or even Japan). It's quite a fascinating place, with fish being brought live, live octopus being kept in buckets before being sold, marinated fish and vegetables, lobsters, and such.
I then head back, big goodbye to Sascha and Robin, and make my way down to Ősaka. The journey takes around 40 minutes on a normal express train which averages about 80km/h and not a ridiculous 200km/h like the Shinkansen.
Continued in ...
... we paid a visit to the awe-inspiring Umeda Sky Building. At 173 meters, the twin towers are not quite Japan’s tallest structures, but the floating garden observatory (we didn't see a garden or anything floating?), spanning the tops of the buildings provides a 360° view of the city. DH was greatly disappointed that there was no outside walkway that would allow for a repeat of her Auckland Tower walk.
We also managed a day trip to Himejii Castle which ...