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Apr 7, 2018 - Kanazawa to Osaka

Still raining in Kanazawa. Caught the "Thunderbird" train to Osaka. Walked around the Dotonbori District and through the covered food markets. Walked down the cooking utensil street but no time for shopping. Went out to Osaka Castle and went through the extensive museum - not that exciting, mainly dealing with civil war in Japan. Back to Dotonbori, where a few of us put money into a kitty and went sampling the street food of Osaka, including okonomyaki and sushi from a conveyer belt (invented in Osaka)

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Aug 22, 2017 - A curious start to Japan

Today we flew to Japan. It wasn't on our original intended list of countries to go to but as we spent less time in China we thought we'd make the most of the time we have. We arrived courtesy of a rather bumpy flight from HK and were greeted with the typical Japanese efficiency. Fingerprints taken and retinal images provided we entered Japan...just. Clearly my unkempt hairstyle and Katie's general demeanour garnered the attention of the Japanese customs officers to the extent that they asked us if we were importing drugs and then proceeded...

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Aug 18, 2017 - Japan 2017

Flight from Sydney via Tokyo to Osaka was uneventful, everything went smoothly including the train ride from Newcastle to Sydney Airport. Our hotel Courtyard Marriott is only a short walk to Shin Osaka station. We chose it as it gives us easy access to central Osaka and it is the station where we will pick up the next leg of our journey on the Bullet Train. Used the Subway today to visit Osaka Castle. Of all the historical sights we have seen on our travels the stone work that surrounds and on which the castle sits is amazing example of...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Three nights in Osaka

The toilets at the airport have all the fancy cleaning options including a privacy option which sounds like running water to muffle any bodily function noises! Similarly all the ones at the hotel had all the bells and whistles the Japanese feel they require in a toilet. The Backyard Travel representative met us at the arrivals, she had a sign with our names on it. We were both very tired as she handed over our itinerary, JR train passes, and various vouchers and brochures. It was very overwhelming. Grae and she went to hire a Smartphone for...

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Apr 2, 2016 - Osaka Castle Sakura

Sat 2nd 13-21°C, clear/cloudy I went to Osaka Castle Park (Osakajo-koen) in the morning, the sakura was in full bloom. Also the plum grove was in flower, very pretty sight. The park was crowded with people having hanami parties or just enjoying the spectacle of sakura blossom all around. I walked completely around the castle before approaching the main keep. Osaka Castle is a concrete reconstruction but is still quite imposing. I didnt go in as I have explored the castle before.

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Mar 30, 2016 - Fukuoka to Osaka

Wed 30th 11-21°C Cloudy/Clear later. Went shopping in Tenjin, chased the free premium wifi voucher Bic Camera are supposed to have (never heard of it). Then a rush to Hakata for our shinkansen to Osaka. Packed train, even green class. Nice and comfortable, even had a sleep. (Despite young kids roaming about >.<) Checked in at Osaka Garden Palace hotel, Mel had washing and assignments to do so I packed myself off to Osaka Station City to see the water clock and find someplace for dinner. No proper photos today so here's some fill in: Why...

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Feb 6, 2016 - Osaka Dōtombori

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Kansai has to say about Osaka Dōtombori: “Highly photogenic Dōtombori is the city’s liveliest night spot and centre of the Minami (south) part of town. Its name comes from the 400-year old Dōtombori-gawa canal, now lined with pedestrian walkways and a riot of illuminated billboards glittering off its waters. Just south and parallel to the canal is the pedestrianized Dōtombori Street, where dozens of restaurants and theatres vie for attention with the flashiest of...

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Feb 6, 2016 - Osaka

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Kansai has to say about Osaka: "Umeda Sky Building Also known as Kita (north), this neighbourhood is the city’s centre of gravity by day, with office buildings, department stores, shopping complexes and hotels, plus the transit hubs of JR Osaka Station and multiple train and subway lines converging at Umeda Station. There are few great attractions, but Kita does have the eye-catching Umeda Sky Building. Opened in 1993 and named one of the world’s top 20 buildings,...

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Aug 12, 2015 - Osaka

Osaka rapidement avant de prendre l'avion. Un aperçu qui ne nous a pas donne envi d y revenir... ET pour conclure sur le Japon: un pays a découvrir absolument pour sa culture, sa nourriture, ses paysages, sa vie trépidante, juste pour ses differences...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Playing with the fish!

First off, Osaka! Aquarium....awesome!!!! But then I like most places where I can geek out over jellies ;) And the whale sharks so cool, AND we got to watch them get fed!!! This city is beautiful and I look forward to visiting again and exploring it more!

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Nov 16, 2014 - Osaka, Mino Park Autumn colours

Osaka Sun 16th Nov. Sunny, some clouds 13°C I boarded the Midosuji line from Shin-Osaka Stn to Umeda Stn, walked to the Hankyu line and took two trains to Mino-o Stn via Ishibashi. I then strolled 3.4 km to the waterfall along with many other visitors, almost all Japanese. Very few foreign visitors know the well kept secret that is Mino-o park, especially of its beauty during the Autumn koyo season. I went on a busy Sunday, go on a weekday to avoid large crowds. Mino-o Falls is a leisurely uphill walk following the stream. There are many...

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Nov 15, 2014 - Seoul to Osaka

Seoul to Osaka Sat 15th Nov. It's 4:30am, I am up and ready to check out, then I walk the 150m to the airport limousine bus stop for the 5am 6001 to Gimpo. Bus arrives, opens door, driver asks "Gimpo?" I say "yes" and nod. Door closes and bus starts to depart *frantic rap on door*. Bus stops, point to self "Gimpo!" Ahh, catches on and loads luggage. I possibly made an almost imperceptible wave of my hand while nodding, only explanation I have. At the airport I line up 3rd in queue for check in. Korean Air official takes me to one side...

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