My first visit to Osaka Dome. I was taking photos outside the entrance when the mascots for the Kintetsu-Osaka Buffaloes stopped near me. Well my friend who was with me make challenge and ask me to have photo taken with them. So I did and really enjoyed myself.
You want electronics??? We've got electronics!!!
Den Den Town is the name given to the "electronics strip" - scads of stores, big and small - corporate and mom-and-pop, which line this downtown street for literally a mile or more.
Most of the selections are the same, so it's a flip of the coin to find one sale better than another.
The only single shop of note I found was Sofmap (a computer giant mega-store). For the electronics buff, you can (and WILL!) find everything, and anything, you want here.
In fact, there was a Sofmap on every 2nd or 3rd block here, so large is its presence.
From batteries, to floppy disks, to credit-card CD-Rs, to camcorders, PCs & PC-digital-still-camcorders-with-built-in-photo-printers... it's ALL here...
As for getting 'great deals', don't wait until you're here - you'll find enormous choices, but the prices weren't good enough to make me buy more than a few unique-shaped CD-Rs (and then, they showed up on Toronto shelves 6 months later!)
For selection, however, the place is a godsend.
**LEAVE YOUR CREDIT CARDS AT THE HOTEL :> **
a world of choice
if u are staying in or near the hyatt regency make your way to the AtC and u will find an endless chice of reasonably priced restaurants including Mc donalds !! beer is @500yen avarage western style /american Moby Dick there is also italian and korean with a charcoal grill in the middle of the table , we tried the korean it was very nice especially the claypot noodle and the self made BBQ
One of the many Japanese Castles
Japan has many Japanese Castles. They differ greatly from the European kind but are grand in the immensity of their moats. However, the central castles themselves tend to be quite small.
Someday I hope to see them all. The castles
are rich in history. It should be noted that photography is absolutely prohibited inside some areas of the castles you may visit.
It's open from 9am to 5pm ( the last admission to the Central Tower at the Castle is no later than 4:30pm)
Just off Shinsaibashi-suji is a unique shrine with a moss-covered Buddha. Locals make their prayer, then splash the statue with water from the pool in front of them. I asked if I could take a picture once, and was asked not to out of respect for the shrine. One night I saw a ceremony taking place where several monks were burning blocks of wood with prayers written on them; it's one of my strongest and favourite memories of Osaka.
It's a little hard to find. Walk north on Shinsaibashi-suji until you find the Glass Factory store. Turn right/east, and go straight until you see a cobblestone courtyard and a nice-looking restaurant (lots of wood). Walk in there, and it's just around the corner. If you're on Midosuji, the landmark is the convenience store next to exit 25 from Namba station. Head straight and you'll get to the Glass Factory right away.