Osaka - Day 25 to 27

Trip Start Oct 02, 2006
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Day 25 - Hadouken

After taking the super fast 25 minute train from Kyoto to Osaka, we trekked around with our massive bags trying to find a capsule hotel, just for the laugh of staying in one...

The reality of them wasn't so funny though as we could check in no earlier than 4pm and had to check out every morning at 10am, meaning we'd have to lug our bags around everyday. No thanks. So we happened upon another hotel near by named 'Hotel Kinki' Kinki being the area we are staying, this isn't a by the hour love hotel, although there are hundreds around.

So anyway we checked in then headed out to Osaka castle - a really massive and beautifully built castle that looks out over all of Osaka and is famous to lots of people from the being in the computer game Street Fighter 2 - we did the usually kung fu poses then headed out for a night of carnage.

Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan, and also famous as 'Namba' the cities center was the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner - its not difficult to see why. The neon lights here are more concentrated than even in Tokyo and with the reflections off the river that runs through the centre, its beautiful.

We found an all you can drink club and got home at 7am with little memory of the 9 hours we had just lost.

Day 26 - WhaleSharks

Up early, but not so bright we headed to Osaka Aquarium which was absolutely AMAZING. It features the biggest tank in the world that is home to a Whale Shark. I kid you not that thing is massive... the whole aquarium though was amazing with penguins, dolphins, crocodiles, otters, seals, all up close and very personal.

We then headed out into town to pretty much repeat the previous nights antics - this time with a Halloween twist however and a hell of a lot more people!

The people here are all so friendly and fun - the way they celebrate Halloween is like Christmas in the UK - everyone in fancy dress giving out candy (it seems in japan instead of trick or treating they just hand out treats) The bar in particular that we returned to from the night before has one of the most amazingly friendly atmospheres Ive ever experienced in a bar... we felt like warmly welcomed regulars after just two evenings there!

Got home at 8am, and slept from like 9am til 5pm - how messed up is that!

Day 27 - Tired

So, so far today I've had breakfast at 6pm and played guitar. That's it. Its 8pm and i might go to the cinema or just sit online all night and save some cash!


Adam was busy with internet and phone calss tonight, so I headed out to pretty much just walk around Osaka on my own for a couple hours.

One thing i haven't mentioned before is Osaka's amazingly impressive underground network. It's hard to describe just how large it is, but for example tonight, i walked in one direction for 20 minutes, all underground and I could have gone further - the whackiness however is when you consider that during this walk, i probably walked over 30 junctions where i could have gone left or right. It is sinply sprawling. As far as I've found so far it covers three tube stations and two national rail stations, so I guess it would be something like walking underground from Charing Cross to Goodge St or something. Massive, and full of cinemas, shops department stores, pachinko arcades, kareoke, bars and restaurants. Its a city beneath a city.

After my trek under the city I headed to a big electrical market - and when i say big its the size of a whole block and has 16 floors... I checked out lots of stuff, the most random of most being a sweetie museum. Sweet.

Osaka is a brilliant place - just like Tokyo but all fit into a much smaller concentrated area so theres much more a sense of community. Don't get me wrong i love Tokyo more than anywhere else, but it is a bit 'faceless' with so many people, places and things to do.

Tomorrow, Hiroshima.
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