Toyoko Inn Shin-Osaka Chuoguchi Shinkan
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... s sorta like the food truck pods in Portland, but without the hipster pretense -- wolfing down hot, deep-fried octopus dumplings (takoyaki) or crab sushi in the middle of the street is expected and approved.
In addition to these smaller food outlets, there are also rows of restaurants. We had booked reservations at one these for a multi-course dinner of Fugu (pufferfish). Aiko, our good friend in ...
... airport is on a (relatively) tiny island that the Japanese built in the bay and it looked like we were going to land in water until the last second!
Finding Our Accommodation
Having touched down in Japan, we made it unchallenged through passport
control and headed for baggage collection (our bags arrived just as
we did with only one red strap as a casualty).
With our backpacks ...
... electronics department store.
Ah yeah, we ordered 3 separate packages from Amazon Japan today. They all arrived to our room a couple of hours later. So cool!
The typhoon is getting stronger now with amazing winds and a lot of rain. It's certainly a great experience.
Tomorrow we're off to Hiroshima, which needs no introduction, of course... ...
... is very uniquely Japanese. We also had a look around the wand shop and post office, both of which had identical merchandise as Florida. We didn't even attempt to get into Honey-dukes as it had by far the largest queue in the land if not the park, we weren't willing to do it for a sweet shop! We did head over and get a photograph taken of us in the Hogwarts Express which was cool. We waited to see Hogsmead at night before we packed up and headed out.
We stopped into the shops on our ...
... and over to America-mura (another shopping area that is a little young and wild). We just had a little of this and that for dinner - takoyaki, gyoza, karagi, etc. before heading home. Want to get an early start tomorrow to go west to Himeji to see castle (under some reconstruction but should still be worth it) and mountain temple/village where they filmed Last Samurai. ...