Osaka – castle and aquarium

We spent three days in Osaka looking around, I was a bit worried at first as there didn’t seem to be that much to do actually in Osaka, and it was too hot to head out to a country park and go for a long walk.

However, we managed to fill the three days easily; with exploring the castle, wandering around the shops and visiting the aquarium.

Osaka castle (wikipedia has the history better than I can summarise it) is nestled in the heart of the city, surrounded by modernity on all sides and is a grand building with a double moat, high defensive walls and a surrounding park (which would once have housed the soldiers). It was a bit too hot to really enjoy the castle and grounds, we could have stayed a lot longer but needed to head to avoid the heat.

We also set ourselves the challenge of finding a bookshop, with an English language section. Why? Simply to have an aim when we wandered around. Near Namba Station we found these wonderful (and cool) covered streets, which had loads of arcades with slot machines all lined up.

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We didn’t find a book shop there, but we did later on in a mall next to Osaka station. We also found the Pokemon Centre, which pleased Gregor a lot.

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On our final day in Japan our flight home wasn’t until 7 in the evening, so we needed an easy activity to take up the time, but not get anyone too tired/hot and then grumpy on the flight. We saved going to the aquarium, one of the world’s largest (or the largest depending on which website you look at – safe to say it is a big aquarium), which worked perfectly. We were staying in one of the Universal Hotels and there is a ferry straight to the aquarium. We left our bags and headed over (there is an airport bus from the hotel, so everything worked out really well).

I’ve saved the photos from Kyoto for the next blog post, which I hope to write up tomorrow. We really enjoyed our trip and are so glad we made the effort to go.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 16:11:37

    Great pictures Esther. Looks like fun. Will you miss living in Asia?

    Reply

    • Esther Haydock
      Jul 16, 2013 @ 18:54:30

      I will, a lot. I have enjoyed being in Korea but also being able to use it as a base to explore. It is a new part of the UK so we can explore there and it will be nice to have life a bit easier for a while.

      Reply

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