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Stories and Tips Osaka

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Tennoji District, Osaka

Written by david on 27 Jan, 2004

Tennoji is the center of "Minami" (south) Osaka, and is the best place to experience the true working class, hard-drinking, pachinko-playing spirit that persists in this die-hard "local" city. It is the fabled land of Yakuza, love hotels, vice, and hard lives that is popularized…Read More


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Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory

Written by david on 27 Jan, 2004

Located a 10 minute walk to the west of Umeda station, the 40-story Umeda Sky Building http://www.skybldg.co.jp/ichiban_e.html is (according to the website) "the world's only pair of skyscrapers connected in midair". It tends to satisfy the image many have of a wealthy, ultra…Read More


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Umeda, Osaka's transportation hub.

Written by david on 27 Jan, 2004

Most visitors to Osaka de-train at Umeda station (JR Osaka station) and are immediately thrown into the multi-level subterranean complex. This is challenging to navigate, not least because of the intense barrage of people from all directions. Fortunately near the main exits of JR Osaka…Read More


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Kobe's Ko Ka Shita (under the JR rail line in Kobe)

Written by david on 26 Jun, 2000

The walkway which runs from Kobe's JR (Japan Raliway) Sannomiya station to JR Kobe station is one of the densest, most active areas in the city. In the past it was THE place for seamen-on-leave from Russia and S.E. Asia to buy second-hand electronics…Read More


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Kobe's ShinKaiChi

Written by david on 26 Jun, 2000

Shinkaichi epitomizes 'shita-machi' (rough, older part of town) to most Kobe residents. Back in the 60's and 70's Shinkaichi was the center of Kobe, though in the eighties newer Sannomiya took precedence and Shinkaichi began a steady decline. Recently it has undergone a revival…Read More


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Gacha Gacha - great souvenirs

Written by david on 27 Jan, 2004

Gacha Gacha is the name (reflecting the sound of the turning handle and dropping toy) given to the kind of coin-driven, toy dispense we usually encounter near the entrances to supermarkets in the United States. Over the past year or so there has been…Read More


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Universal Studios Japan

Written by david on 27 Jan, 2004

Universal Studios Japan attracts mainly Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Chinese tourists. Many westerners--especially North Americans--give it a miss, however it can be used as bait/reward for your child's quiet endurance while visiting temple after temple in Kyoto. Be warned that it is extremely popular…Read More


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Osaka Aquarium

Written by david on 27 Jan, 2004

The Osaka Aquarium's central organizing theme is the relationship between the "Ring of Fire", (the seismic/volcanic belt that surrounds the Pacific) and the "Ring of Life" that exists along this belt. Visitors to this very popular, family-friendly attraction move along past aquariums that simulate various…Read More


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A Night and a Day in Japan

Written by Kun-chan on 10 May, 2001

Reaching the Kansai International Airport, my sister and I left the cool of the plane into the humid sweat bath of a Japanese summer night. It was about 10pm and it was over 30°C! Well, leaving the air-conditioned airport was worse. At least we only had a…Read More


Spa World

Written by cathy1955 on 10 Dec, 2006

My beautiful Caucasian daughter went to Spa World and once undressed and her Japanese tat (kanji for imagine) was discovered, she was told to leave. She was very upset, but didn't argue. Not her way, I think she's an egg. Anyhow, the woman who called…Read More


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