Shin-Osaka Sunny Stone Hotel
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... the massive structure used to talk to aliens in the movie Contact. The views up top were spectacular as shown in the pictures.
After the Sky Building, we braved the Osaka Subway system and took the Midosuji line to the packed nightlife district of Dotonburi and Minami, off the Shinsaibashi and Namba stops. It was very easy to get to and cost only JPY240 each way. Please read the captions in ...
... I said to Ryoji that if he gets to come to New Zealand, that I would help him out, show him around and things. He seemed happy about that, but he was not happy about his interview.
I returned home and later I went shopping in Namba with my host mother. She took me to Takashimaya, which is a huge department store, maybe the equivalent to Myers in Australia. Except this felt like bigger than any department store ever! I had my ...
... We ate a lunch at a ramen shop and then headed back over to the Peace Park where we visited the Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, the Children's Peace Monument and the A-bomb Dome. Hiroshima also has a castle that we went to when it got dark before taking the train back to Osaka.
Friday morning we had to be out of the hotel bright and early because our train for the airport left at 6:17am. We took the 8am flight to Sapporo and made it back in time for me ...
... Koya, which took about two and a half hours. After nearly three months on the road, this was the first time we had shown up in a city without a hotel or apartment booked. We decided we wanted to stay near the Namba train station, as this was where the train from Mt. Koya stopped and the train for the airport departed, and which had the added bonus of being located in the heart of all the action in Osaka.
After surfacing from the ...
The crew headed to Tokyo's Arashiyama district which was a bit touristy but had some very worthwhile sights. We had a pretty cool trek through a bamboo forest, after which we all headed to a "monkey mountain"--arguably the best 550 yen spent on the trip. After about 20 minutes climbing the forested mountain, the top opened up to a grassy plateau with a cabin, other tourists, and lots of monkeys roaming free. A strong storm hit ...
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