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18.05.2015 - 21.05.2015
Toured Osaka, in the rain, mainly to see Osaka Castle. I am starting to get the ABC (Another Bloody Castle) syndrome you get when travelling old countries that have that kind of thing. Those who have been to Europe / Ireland will know what I mean. Still Osaka Castle is not a bad one, having had a huge battle in the 1600s to capture it after the Shogun died, as well as being bombed to hell in the war since it was Imperial Japanese Army HQ. Great story, will tell you about it sometime.
Other than the castle though Osaka is a pretty basic and working class city, not really a tourist place, but trying to cater with loads of bars and clubs. Even found a proper pub. One thing that is a highlight at night is the river front, which is lined with multistory blocks of restaurants and the biggest, flashiest advertising I have ever seen. All you need to do to bring the city to a halt is switch off the power.
I have now worked my way back to Tokyo and will be doing some day trips up north, but won't get a chance to stay anywhere there. Great day today, and spent most of it wandering around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, much of which has been archaeologically excavated and restored since I was last here.
Winding down over the next few days and will fill in my time nicely at my own pace. The new camera has been great, and managed to get some fantastic pics. I have only uploaded a small sample of the best ones, but the best thing with the digital is you can take heaps then pick and chose what to keep. To date, I reckon I have done over 1500 photos.
How is the weather there by the way, as I sit in 30 degrees in my shorts...?
PS. By the way, the Shinkansen is the best way to travel, Osaka to Tokyo (500km+) in 2 and a bit hours. And from 2020, there will be a Maglev one that runs between Osaka and Tokyo even faster.