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2019 - China & Japan (Part 3 - Osaka)

Into Japan's second largest city.

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Friday 23 August

We had a late arrival so we could sit on the balcony watching the port facilities go past.

The view from the ship towards the Osakako metro station.

The obligatory ferris wheel.

The metro station was about 400 metres straight up the road, but we did not make it before a thunderstorm arrived and drenched everything. We ducked into a small, local coffee shop to wait it out and bought coffees. The proprietress would not allow only one coffee so we had to buy two. There was also a queue to buy umbrellas at the local 7/11 as well.

Once we got to the metro it was easy to buy tickets to Morinomiya station. This was a direct route and we ended up right outside the castle. We wandered around the castle grounds and the various outbuildings and coffee. Did not go in a there was a long queue to get in.

The castle.

One of the entrance ways to the castle.

One of the outer turrets.

Entrance to the Hokuku Shrine.

Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537 - 1598)

One of the many out buildings.

Entrance to one of the many temples in the castle grounds.

The outer moat of the castle.

Osaka Castle.

The main pavilion of the castle.

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Us posing next to the castle.

From there we caught the metro to the main railway station where we had a very good lunch in the food court many levels below the station. I also sorted out our Japan Rail pass and booked the required trains.

Back to a deserted ship, an afternoon swim and nap.

Our ship's flag.

Another ship full of tourists (a replica of the Santa Maria).

Ferris wheel at Osaka Port.

Ferris wheel at Osaka Port.

Posted by nzhamsta 12:00 Archived in Japan

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