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Nesting at the Hilton, Osaka Japan

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A May 2004 trip to Osaka by samepenny

Hilton Osaka Photo, Osaka, Japan More Photos
Quote: I adore Japan and respect the customs and culture, but after a long, long flight across the Pacific Ocean, I was pleased to check into the Hilton Osaka and begin my pleasures in that fine city.

Nesting at the Hilton, Osaka Japan

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Overview

Osaka street scene near the Hilton Photo, Osaka, Japan
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Memories of my trip to Japan bring back fond memories. It was wonderful, but I was fairly well prepared with the help of many IgoUgo guides and their fine journals. I printed out many of them, including those by becks, to have as a custom-made guide book. I enjoyed the ancient sites almost as much as I enjoyed the Japanese people I met along my way. Their kindness and hospitality were outstanding. I overcame my fears of problems with unusual food by finding tiny restaurants where the staff made great efforts to make sure I didn't go away hungry. The artistry is amazing and the care taken in the details of every day life is something I truly respect. I longed to return before my airplane landed ba...Read More

Hilton Osaka

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Hotel

Hilton Osaka Photo, Osaka, Japan
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Big king-sized beds are hard to find in Japan, but this hotel has some that are so comfortable, you can shake off the effects of jet lag. Tall Americans will appreciate these beds. You will receive a smiling, warm greeting on arrival. These employees aren't looking for tips (tipping as such is not allowed in most Japanese hotels) but are happy to see you. The staff at this fine hotel made my visit. I spend a lot of time in hotels. This one is on the top of my lists for comfort, service, facilities, comfort of beds, bathroom features, ease and quality of room service (very fine speakers of English answer your telephone call, and American-style food is on the menu), and beauty of the building an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2005

Hilton Osaka
1-8-8 UMEDA
Osaka, Japan
81-6-6347-7111

Lobby Bar and Restaurant at Hilton Osaka

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Restaurant

Lobby Bar and Restaurant at Hilton Osaka Photo, Osaka, Japan
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This restaurant is one of six in this hotel. Those for Japanese and Chinese cuisine are both elegant and expensive. Jet lagged and too worn out to go out hunting a restaurant, we were given a nice table in this lovely bar. The extensive menu of this and that from around the world had the typical Japanese-menu feature of highly detailed photographs of the food on offer. My husband ordered a large glass of red wine and a selection of shrimp and seafood items, all cooked. I ordered, for no reason, a plate of nachos! What was I thinking? In actual fact, they were very good. Our service was very elegant and refined, with a full layout of silverware and cloth napkins. It was certainly not a ty...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2005

Lobby Bar and Restaurant at Hilton Osaka
8-8, Umeda 1-chrome
Osaka, Japan 530-0001
+81-6-63477111

Hilton Osaka Breakfast Buffet

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Restaurant

Hilton Osaka Breakfast Buffet Photo, Osaka, Japan
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The cost of my room included the buffet breakfast, but some rates don't. Be sure you find out when you book. The buffet breakfast in the bright, sunny morning room on the level above the lobby has enough choices for just about anyone to find a breakfast. There are areas of American and European-style foods, and also Japanese. Coffee (very good), tea, cooked cereals, and eggs to order are brought to your table. I developed a taste for cold Soba noodles for breakfast, but also enjoyed the fresh yoghurts, fruits, pastries, and eggs. The breakfast meats were more in the European style than American, with the bacon being a wider than we are used to and less cooked. Although this resta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2005

Hilton Osaka Breakfast Buffet
8-8, Umeda 1-chome
Osaka, Japan 530-0001
+81-6-63477111

Ice-Cream Shop

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Restaurant | "Ice-Cream Shop at the Hep Five Ferris Wheel"

Ice-Cream Shop Photo, Osaka, Japan
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I have a couple purposes for posting this entry. Primarily, I want to explain how to order food in a restaurant in Japan when you don't speak Japanese. It is remarkably easy. Nearly all Japanese food-selling places in all price ranges have either menus with photos and/or plastic representations of the food. If you have a choice made, it is considered polite to walk your server over to the plastic replicas and point one out. Most food places in Japan do not take credit or debit cards. You will need cash. In the case of this ice-cream shop, the items cost around US$10 each. It was high by American typical prices, but the ice-cream specialties served were large. We made a meal of them. The...Read More

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Ice-Cream Shop
Hep Five Ferris Wheel
Osaka, Japan

Hep Five Ferris Wheel

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Attraction

Hep Five Ferris Wheel Photo, Osaka, Japan
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It must have been the fatigue of jetlag that caused me to make the decision to ride this enormous Ferris wheel is located on top of a shopping center! I don't do things like this as a usual habit. For ¥700 (you will need to coins to buy tickets), you get a 15-minute (or longer) ride in one of 52 gondolas 106m above the Umeda shopping district. You see plenty if you have a clear day, but I think a sunset ride would be much more interesting. Each gondola holds four people. What I could see when I now and then opened my eyes was great vistas of Osaka. You have to go up to the seventh floor to buy your ticket to ride in a glass elevator! That was almost enough for me. This woman is quite content ...Read More

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Hep Five Ferris Wheel
5-15 Kakuda-cho
Osaka, Japan 530-0017
+81 (0)6 6313 0501