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2015/06/13 Japan 2015 Day 12: Nara to half day in Osaka
π 2015-06-13 01:01 in Japan, Japan2015, Trips

We were pretty much done with Nara and my dad was longing for seeing other things than temples after 3 days of Kyoto and Nara :) so we ate a great breakfast at our Ryokan and went directly to Osaka. My dad was a bit tired, so he went in our room, and I went roaming around for the half day or so.




Osaka is literally filled with shopping arcades, too many to list :)



I got the Osaka 2 day attraction pass (3000 yens) and went to see attractions on the list. The first 2 were museums next to Osaka Castle. The museum of peace shows the ravages that war did to Osaka, although it does a poor job saying much about why Japan was at war to start with, or how Japan repeatedly failed to surrender when it was clear it was losing, and it took 2 atomic bombs to finally get them to yield without fighting to the last person alive like at Iwo Jima:



Next was the museum of Osaka History which reproduced a huge palace that used to be there before the whole city was destroyed to ruins from war bombing:




what's left of that palace
what's left of that palace

what it used to be like
what it used to be like



a game where you have to hit a target with a fan
a game where you have to hit a target with a fan





From there, I went to a 3rd museum, the osaka museum of housing and living, which was actually quite nice:



Done with museums (which all close at 17:00), I went to Ame Mura, to see some unusal Japanese people and stuff:




And went on to go to tsutenkaku, an old short-ish tower which still offers an ok vantage point:



abeno harukas, a 300m high skyscraper (the tallest in Japan), where I went next
abeno harukas, a 300m high skyscraper (the tallest in Japan), where I went next

So I then took a quick cab ride to abeno harukas since I was afraid of a long line to get to the top and I wanted to be there before sunset, but luckily, there was no line at all and I got to the top in little time:







tsutentaku, where I was just 30mn earlier
tsutentaku, where I was just 30mn earlier


the sad zoo, I was warned to avoid at all costs
the sad zoo, I was warned to avoid at all costs








I then had just enough time to go back to our room to meet my time for dinner:



one fish restaurant had an aquarium with fishies that came to eat your skin
one fish restaurant had an aquarium with fishies that came to eat your skin



we settled for a 5 course crab dinner :)
we settled for a 5 course crab dinner :)




crab sushi, crab sashimi, crab any way you can think of :)
crab sushi, crab sashimi, crab any way you can think of :)

And that was it for our first day in Osaka, just enough time to head back for some sleep.


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