Osaka

Osaka Castle

The stunning Osaka Castle

I love walking around Osaka Castle in the evenings. The castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. The stone walls and moats surround the castle separating it from the bustling city. As dusk sets in, the sodium lamps light up the pathways surrounding the castle. The weeping sakura leaves along the wide moat briskly sway in the wind and the castle itself looks like a fantasy structure from the mythical age of dragons.

I dropped in at Osaka today to capture the stunning Osaka Castle in the evening light Osaka, Chūō-ku is the second largest metropolis of Japan It’s a bustling city with over 19 million inhabitants The city is well-connected by the subway During my first few days in Osaka, I used to feel very lost making my way through the confusing subway But I have made progress in the last few months and now am able to understand the routes better We started from Nara after lunch Nara to Osaka Castle We reached the Tembabashi Station at about 4 pm In my opinion its the easiest route to the Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Wonders of the Pacific at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

I head to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan for a special encounter with the incredible sea creatures. The aquarium is home to some 580 species from the Pacific Rim and nearby areas. The colorful sea creatures swimming around soothe the soul. The delightful jellyfish leave me awestruck.

The freezing cold of previous week was gone The Nara sky was again an endless blue and, even though it was a work weekday, we just couldn’t let this awesome weather go to waste We still had the Surutto Kansai Pass with us So we decided to go explore some incredible creatures of the sea at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan The Surutto Pass does not cover any JR trains, so we took a train from Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba From there we made a short halt at Umeda From there we took the Osaka Subway Midosuji Line to Hommachi At Hommachi, we transferred to the Chuo line to Osakako station We disembarked from subway at Osakako station and walked down to the
Rinku Town

An Evening in Rinku Town

I head up to Rinku Town in Osaka, where Mani stayed during her scholarship some 5 years back. We take a ride on the giant Ferris Wheel and experience a thrill like none before

Life sure could do with a little less Adventure Apologies for a bit of a rant first up My day began with the most unfortunate news that I cannot buy a Pocket Wifi in Japan, not on my tourist visa I could literally feel my face turn pale as we hurriedly set out for Kansai Airport to get the rental ones from SoftBank Kansai Airport is an 85 minute trip from the JR Nara Bus Stop in Nara It costs 2500 Yen approx, depending on the Bus The Airport Limousine ride to Nara from the Kansai Airport had cost us 2050 Yen, a couple of days before It was a lazy ride with

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