Our second full day in Osaka and us with no bikes, so no stress, we’re now just normal tourists so let’s go and see something, we checked out the guide books and decided that we were done with castles, gardens and shrines so instead we headed out to the bay area on the tube and half an hour later we were in the queue for this….
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
We had already got discounted tickets with our Osaka Eye tickets so strolled straight through the queues and into one of the best Aquariums I’ve ever been to, well designed, huge tanks and reasonable lighting, the only drawback, it’s Holiday time so it’s full of kids !!!
Tried to take some photos but with a point and shoot its really not up to the job, here are a few that I didn’t delete…
As I said, not great quality but enough to give you an idea, really enjoyed it here, spent much longer than we’d though as well !!
Looking though the guide book we both settled on the Museum of Contemporary Art and set of in search, never thought it would be so hard to find and in fact we actually gave looking altogether, we were told it was on the 13th floor of a building only the lift would not go to the 13th floor !!
Sod it, we were tired, frustrated and hungry so off in search of food and beer !!
We wandered into Dotombori again and sampled some Fugu, Japanese Blowfish, it was fine but nothing special so we went in search of noodles and found just what we needed round the corner, hot and spicy and lots of them, realising that we still had washing to do or we’d end up with nothing to wear we caught the tube back to the hotel and took all our washing to the coin laundry at the back of the hotel, two hours later it was all done and we were showered and dressed ready for dinner.
Naomi had said that she’d like to have at least one more good meal of sushi or sashimi before leaving Japan so consulting the guide book we headed for the Umeda area and soon stumbled upon this place….
No idea what it’s called as I don’t speak Japanese, what I can tell you is this was probably the best Sushi and Sashimi we’d eaten in Japan and to top it off we also had Kobe Beef, sliced wafer thin that you cook yourself at the table, fantastic !!!.
Morning folks, well here it is our last day in Osaka, sounds terrible but we’ve done temples, shrines, gardens etc so we decided to go mad and take the Bullet Train or Shinkansen as its called here, I’m by no means a train spotter but this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while so we took the tube out to the Osaka Shinkansen Station and travelled to Kobe, I’d no more than sat down and got comfy when the bloody thing arrived and we had to get off, incredible ride really, very smooth, no noise and really comfortable seats to boot, only 11 minutes from Osaka to Kobe, incredible.
Here’s some photos of the Bullet Train…
Beautiful looking bit of kit 😉
Anyway as we were in Kobe we decided to go and look at the The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, yeh I know not a great title but if like me you remember the Kobe earthquake in 1995 then this might interest you, it’s a brilliant building that details the before, during and after of one of Japan’s worst disasters and most of the info is from people who survived plus footage from security cameras, private individuals and some footage from news agencies. The most amazing bit for us was the incredible way that Kobe has bounced back and how quickly it seemed to do it, it really is a beautiful city and is testament to those that live and work there, it might seem like an odd way to spend a day to some but we came out feeling inspired so a good day really 😉
To commemorate the rebuilding of Kobe they spent a 1.4 million dollars on an 18m tall statue of a robot, it’s called Testujin 28 , it’s a fifty ton replica of a famous Manga robot…
Only in Japan, it’s a huge tourist attraction in its own right now 😉
Well by the time we’d finished wandering around Kobe we were ready to head back to the hotel and get packed ready ready to leave in the morning, we’ll head out later for one last meal and a beer, somewhere local as we’ll be up at 5.00am.
This will be therefore be my last post from Japan, I haven’t enjoyed everything here nor do I expect to enjoy everything in any other country either but I’ve tried as much as I can to have a go at new things and for the most part Japan has been brilliant, as much the people as anything else 😉
Bye for now, hopefully I’ll report from Hong Kong !!