Hotel Plaza Osaka
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Up early today, at 6am, no jetlag. Warm, Sunny day; our all-Japanese TV reports 27 degrees today.
We are staying at the Best Western Joytel Osaka. The hotel is on the 9-19th floor of the Oskar Dream Building. Our hotel room is very basic, but we selected a simple room as we are out most of the time or asleep anyways, so no use spending a ton of $$$. Our one requirement was to be close to a train station, its on the same block as ...
... to personal development. Kids Plaza Osaka is always ready to
provide kids with amusing facilities and new surprises and thrills every
time they visit. Since our opening, more than 400,000 guests from every
region in Japan (mainly from Kinki region's 6 prefectures) visit
... up the hill and through the tori gates. It was a perfect, sunny day or us at the park. The sunlight was reflecting off of the gates so intensely that they almost seemed to glow! At the start of the path, the gates are very close together, some with less than an inch of separation. Walking through this section was really an incredible experience. The gates were spaced perfectly to let in the sunlight, but too close to see any of the outside gardens. It ...
... garden, where a flautist was playing "in the street where you live". After a lie around and a drink - yes, a walled garden with an entry fee also has a vending machine - I was ready for the next step. And that step was food. I considered heading back and checking in to my final hotel, on side 3 of a square, but figured I could take in a bit of Umeda, which had previously been a little too far North for me to head to. It promised to be just 15 minutes so I went first to ...
... the river is called Dark River, for some reason). Unfortunately, one of the Canadians lost her camera (having taken it out to take pictures), so we waited about 15 minutes until she told us to go on without them. The rest of the morning was, thankfully, without additional mishap -- visiting Heian Shrine, a Zen temple, and biking down the Philosopher's Path (along with huge numbers of people walking). We covered quite a big area in 4 hours, and it was fun to ...