Step Inn Shin-Osaka Higashiguchi
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We were up fairly early because we had a beautiful long sleep. It was nice in the capsule but a little lonely when you wake up alone. Showered and ready we got downstairs to collect a map and start planning our day. Whilst we were looking at different attractions and sites we wanted to see we picked up some breakfast and chocolate milk, our favourite. We were all sorted so we hopped on the rail station next to us which was ...
... is a very common street snack and lots of sidewalk food vendors sell it. It is basically a ball of flavored dough with a piece of octopus inside it. It is topped with some yummy sauce and seaweed bits. There are other toppings like fish flakes or something but we opted not to try those. I'm not quite sure if I liked it or not. It was interesting tasting and octopus is a little chewy. I will have to try it again as it is a local favorite around here.
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... in the lower levels. We combed through many clothing stores looking a jackets, anime paraphernalia and books and toys of all sorts.
We eventually left and made our way back to our hotel before dinner for some planning for tomorrow and dinner. Dinner was uneventful as Mark stayed in his room so I went on a little walk to find something interesting. I found a little noodle store across a few roads and had a simple meal before returning to the hotel for ...
... to food stalls. Try 'okonomiyaki'=grill whatever you want :) Osaka is also a great starting point to explore the area: Nara, Kobe and Himeji are a mere half an hour bullet train ride, while our ultra modern Remm Shin-Osaka hotel was situated directly within Shin Osaka station, for even more convenient train hopping. Nara, Japan's first permanent capital, was established in the year 710, but, as the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew ...
... a bus into Gion. The streets were packed with people all rugged up and looking for somewhere to eat. We wandered down the side streets and admired the beautiful alleys all let up with their lanterns. On some alleys there were lots of "clubs" with pretty girls at the front enticing patrons inside (all while shivering in front of a heater). Nearby there would always be a shady looking guy with an ear piece in and a long black ...