Osaka

Dōtonbori, Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Castle

May 12, 2016

In the morning of the 10th of May I arrived in the city of Osaka via Night bus. I arrived at 6:30 but the earliest check-in of the hotel is 12 am so I spent the morning at an internet cafe. I had chosen a capsule hotel. This is a special hotel form from Japan. One sleeps there in single bed cabins of which there are plenty in a wall.

Capsule hotel
“A capsule hotel (カプセルホテル kapuseru hoteru?) is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require the services offered by more conventional hotels.” To Wikipedia

I wanted to stay for several days at this hotel but then moved out after just one day. The reason was the extreme lack of space for my luggage. The capsule is cleaned every day and is not locked, so I was not able to store things inside of it. You get a locker, but this is too narrow for my bags and I was able to store only a few clothes in there. For larger luggage there was a small storage room at the front desk. So when I needed anything from inside my backpacks I always had to go to the reception and that was not acceptable to me ;). But for short stays with little luggage these hotels are well suited.

I then moved to a hostel. Similar as in the capsule hotel there are also bed compartments in the wall, but they are bigger and you can take the luggage into the room. The days here in Osaka I spent with sightseeing. I visited Dotonbori, the Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Castle.

Dotonbori is a district that, with its numerous restaurants, is well-known for delicious Japanese food. For those, who love Japanese food, Osaka is a must. Everywhere there are street stalls with delicious snacks and the choice of restaurants with different specialties is really big. I have unfortunately super-filled my belly just at one of the first restaurants I crossed. That was a big mistake! I had wished I still had some little space left for some snack but with such a full belly I could only watch … :(

Dōtonbori
“Dōtonbori or Dōtombori (道頓堀?, pronounced [doːtomboɽi]) is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan, running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city’s Chuo ward. Historically a theater district, it is now a popular nightlife and entertainment area characterized by its eccentric atmosphere and large illuminated signboards.” To Wikipedia

The Umeda Sky Building is a skyscraper with an observation deck from which one has a beautiful view of Osaka.

The Umeda Sky Building
“The Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル Umeda Sukai Biru?) is the nineteenth-tallest building in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. It is located in Kita-ku.” To Wikipedia

The Osaka Castle does not only look very beautiful, it is now also a history museum about the origin and fate of the castle and its builders.

The Ōsaka Castle
“Osaka Castle (大坂城 or 大阪城, Ōsaka-jō?) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.[1]” To Wikipedia

Tomorrow I will travel to Kyoto.

Impressions from 10.-11.05.2016

Impressions from 12.05.2016




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