Toko City Hotel Umeda
Travel Blogs from Osaka
... The freeways are all raised above street level. The housing is mostly apartments. They are interesting in that most are walk-ups even when 10 to 12 stories. The stairs are on the outside of the building. All of the cars are small and most are Toyotas. There are very few luxury cars in evidence…no Mercedes, Jaguars and no American cars. Not even any Lexuses!! Japan is obviously not doing as well economically as China.
... but if he wanted me to deliver it in Japanese too, that he should have let me know way before ten minutes before doing it. He said okay (thank goodness), so it was decided that I'd just have to wing the speech in English. I went to the hall and congratulated the students, wished them well and all the rest. It felt strange, sort of like I was leaving too, which I suppose I am, but I was doing one of those stereotypical graduation speeches. I think ...
... us to the JR office a bit of a walk away. Thought we could do it there but apparently we have to do it at Osaka main station. Will do it tomorrow. Stopped for a drink at a pub on the way. It was about 6.30pm so headed home.
After Lorry cooked the soup we sat up playing Phase 10 and Mensch until 3am. It will be a very slow day today!
... cream and sat in front of a water fountain with the old Japanese people. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Can see why these people seem so happy. It's like they don't have a care in the world. Went into the heart of Osaka for some dinner and a look through the shops. Osaka has the most shopping malls etc than I have seen anywhere else in Japan. Underground malls are big here and they just link in with the train stations. Very easy to get lost ...
... Depot -found just by
walking down our street to the train station!) seeing as the ski
section was absolutely huge but the very helpful assistants conveyed
to us that they were unfortunately out of stock. They did however
direct us to another store a couple of subway stops away (Web Sports/
Tatama sports) where we did strike gold (bought powder stocks for our
poles, the extra wide break for Jord's skis and bought Steph some
poles and goggles!). So ...