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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.

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The view from the ship towards the Osakako metro station.

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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.

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The castle.

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One of the entrance ways to the castle.

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One of the outer turrets.

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Entrance to the Hokuku Shrine.

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Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537 - 1598)

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One of the many out buildings.

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

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The outer moat of the castle.

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Osaka Castle.

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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.

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Our ship's flag.

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

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Ferris wheel at Osaka Port.

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Ferris wheel at Osaka Port.

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