Osaka Municipal Gym
Again, another tip for people who are going to be in Osaka for a while. Osaka Municipal Pool initially appears to be a large bomb shelter as it is underneath a manmade hill with a weird metal lid.
A gym is a gym at the end of the day and the ones in Osaka seem to be much of a muchness, with similar prices, opening times and equipment.
The big advantage of this one is that they do a special deal where you can get 11 entry passes for 6,000 yen. This will save you money unless you always use the gym 3 or more times a week, as the monthly price is also 6,000 yen.
Taxis in Japan are expensive, to the point that if you can walk or just use public transport, do. However, we all find those moments when we have no other options so here are a couple of key pointers...
1. Most importantly, shop around. Check the rear left passenger door window. There will be a price between 500 and 660 yen. This is the price for the first 3 kms, but the mileage ratio after this is also similarly varied. This adds up to a big saving. A taxi home in a 500 yen cab will cost me around 2,200 yen (about 20 U.S. dollars). A taxi home in 660 yen cab will cost me around 3,800 yen (about 35 U.S. dollars). It makes quite a difference quite quickly...
2. This may sound sarcastic (especially given the rest of my pages) but seriously, check the front seat of the cab. If there's a half empty bottle of whisky on the seat it's probably not a good idea to get in. If the bottle is empty, it's definitely not a good idea! You'd be surprised the number of times I've seen this...
ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI
This is a kaitensushi restaurant, where the sushi is plated onto a conveyor belt & passes by you where you are seated. At this restaurant, you can eat as many plates as you want!! The price is only 1200yen/women & 1500yen/men. No time limit! Drinks & tax not included. So cheap! And the sushi is delicious! All the green tea you can drink & ginger you can eat as well. There are many kinds of sushi (salmon, tuna, snapper, sea urchin, octopus, squid, egg, shrimp, eel, mackeral, etc) & dessert (flan, jello, yogurt with fruit, etc) & various kinds of maki sushi available. You can also order udon, soba, or miso soup separately for an extra charge.
Open for lunch starting at 11am on weekends/holidays & 11:30am on weekdays. Open until 11pm daily.
I think Ame-Mura is the...
I think Ame-Mura is the coolest part of Osaka City. It is crowded and modern.The Haagen-Daz shop is like a dream . And a bar called the Brick is a small room upstairs of a store where you can meet alot of cool people.
Ame-Mura is mostly for younger people, but I think any Americans would enjoy the bright lights and bustling of this area.
It was like nothing I have ever seen before. And the people are really individualistic and nice to you. They are expecting to see foreigners, so they are kind and patient with bad Japanese.
Shi'tennoji Temple is Osaka's most famous temple and the first-built state temple in the nation, although the present temple is not the original. Prince Shotoku is said to be enshrined in the temple's Golden Hall. The pagoda is an iconic symbol of the temple, and you can enter it, along with many of the other buildings. The temple's treasure house contains many artifacts from the temple that are worth a look, if you don't mind paying 200 yen more.
Entrance to the temple is 300 yen.