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Getting towards the climax of the trip, I have to say my days in Osaka were my most favorite days during this trip. In Osaka, I spent most of my time alone. I also probably spoke the least Japanese here, and spoke a lot of English and Thai to other guests at the Youth Hostel.
For the next two nights, I stayed at the Shin-Osaka Youth Hostel. It was only a couple blocks away from the Shin-Osaka Station. I heard a lot of stories of getting lost looking for this place for half a day. I was so surprised, because it was probably the easiest search for me for this entire trip – and probably would have been easier if it wasn’t so sunny, and if my luggage wasn’t so heavy.
Osaka Day I: APRIL 30, 2014, Hitachi Tower, Shinsekai, etc.
Near by the Hitachi Tower laid the Tennouji Zoo. The zoo area was surrounded by a walk way, kind of like a park. As I strolled along the park, the oddity of the surrounding struck me. I noticed there were tourists-like-people or parents with children in strollers, who are obviously there to visit the zoo. Other than those people, I noticed individuals who resemble bums lounging around smoking cigarettes, and throwing the remaining butts on the floor (which I found uncommon in Japan to have THAT degree of littering). The area projected a familiar scene. Seattle’s Pioneer Square came to mind. The only difference is that the people felt half as dangerous in this place.
From there, after walking through the park, I randomly made it to the entrance to Shinsekai. It is the area at the foot of the Hitachi Tower. I thought I might as well take a look. It was even stranger here. Besides the people working at the shops, there really are no locals hanging around at this place. The place was practically empty.
After eating takoyaki, I wandered deeper into a covered restaurant alley, and found that there were only tourists (because they were hanging camera’s from their necks) and smelly middle-aged bum-smelling businessmen, having meals at the restaurants in alley.
I decided to move on to the next place. I found out later that night that locals are afraid to set foot on Shin-Sekai because of its reputation of crimes in the past at back in the 80s. So it isn’t the hottest hangout spot.
After my Shin-Sekai encounter, I returned to the Subway station and head to Namba. Namba was a shopping district. I stayed in the underground mall. There wasn’t anything interesting in particular. I saw a café serving roll cake (swiss cake), so I settled down over there to take a break. The food wasn’t great.
Osaka Day II: May 1 2014 Port of Osaka, Aquarium, Dotonburi, etc.
This day was no doubt, my most favorate day of the trip. I explored the Osaka Port area. I spent time in the Osaka Aquarium and got on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.
In the later half of the day I head towards the station and got off Shinsaibashi Station. I don’t remember why I got off there. I took a coffee break and recorded my adventure. Then I wandered the streets without any destination in mind. I encountered Dotonbori by chance. I really have a thing for river walks.
I continued to wander around (alone) even after it got completely dark. Got some souvenirs, and head back to the Hostel for a hot nice bath.
The next day I returned to Tokyo on the Shinkansen. This was my lunch on the train. Lovely isn’t it?
Final part of my journey is spending more time with friends in Tokyo.
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