Toyoko Inn Kobe Sannomiya 2
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... around and see what we wanted to
see. We walked all around the harbour area, saw some pretty cool
space age-looking hydrofoil boats that had been dragged onto land
for display, went into China town and looked around the shops. Tried
to make it up to Shin Kobe to catch the cable car but we arrived
right on 5pm, not realising ...
... into Osaka. Its overwhelmingly to see so many signages and so many options but I only knew one thing - I needed to get to Namba Station and then take a metro line and exit two stops away . Now that sounds easy right but Namba station is huge!!!!. Many levels and looking for the right metro line was tough. Numerous asking, going around in circles and the occasional distraction because there were so many underground shops etc , we finally found the line which was a good ten ...
... has an enormous shopping district both above
and below ground. The underground has
hallways in every direction, with shopping and restaurants as far as the eye
can see. It is spacious, well lighted
and directional signs have English on them.
Above ground the main shopping district is miles of city streets
converted to pedestrian walkways lined with shopping and eateries. The area known as Shin Siabashi is covered to
... by it the first time, we eventually found it. We checked in and dropped off our heavier bags so we could go explore until the official check in time.
Using our very handy subway passes, we first went to Osaka castle. This castle looks very cool towering out of the waters of its moat on giant boulders that form its base walls. Its gold trimmings and tigers glimmer in the sun next to its green roof. We went inside up to the top ...
... because of the constant coughing as the smoke haze inside was quite overpowering and thick but we didn’t care, we were in Osaka, we were together and we had made some wonderful friends right in the heart of a big city that appears to never sleep! Off to bed at 1:30 and so ends our first day where we experienced many emotions – frustration, exhaustion, elation & much merriment!!!!! If this is an indication of what is to come – we say “BRING IT ON”!!!! ...