I went to a small village...
I went to a small village near Kyoto called Ikoma, I think. You need to use a cable car to get up to it and then you need to climb up a sttep road to a beautiful and peaceful temple. It was so nice up there. If you look out, you can see Kyoto and Oskaka. It was great!! But there are many more things to see, too. On the second day I was in Osaka, my friend and her father took me to Minoue, or monkey mountain. It was amazing. There are cute, but a little scary, monkeys everywhere in a beautiful natural setting!
Also I enjoyed the fact that in Osaka,there is so much to do. You can go to different parts of the city and just do what you want.And all parts offer unique experiences. It's great!!
Yodoyabashi Bridge' in...
Yodoyabashi Bridge' in Nakanoshima connects the north and south of the central of Osaka to smooth the stream of people and traffic on the main avenue 'Mido Suji'. It was named after a successful merchant Mr. Yodoya who built the bridge with his own property. A gigantic brick-built Central Public Hall (now under renovation) was also built with the contribution of a single stock investor. It was typical for merchants in Osaka to squander their own fortunes on public buildings. Today, however, things have changed. Osaka is supported by all citizens rather than one rich person. The contrast between the stately Osaka City Hall and the superannuated Central Public Hall is a symbolic view of Osaka.
Only a 40 minute train ride...
Only a 40 minute train ride from Kyoto, Shin-Osaka Station is located in a central part of Osaka, very convenient. Kansai International Airport, a large, modern facility, is a 45 minute drive from this station.
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Osaka Aquarium!! (Kai Yu Kan)
Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Firstly, you travel up this giant escalator to the very top floor, where you walk your way down as if you are descending through the depths and different layers of the sea. You will see otters, monkeys, penguins, and dolphins. As you descend, you can watch these animals swimming. It is an amazing experience to see the bouyancy of the otters whilst they clean themselves floating on their backs, and you can also watch the dolphins from an underwater point of view as they gracefully swim and play in the sea! Osaka aquarium holds a whale shark, which is the largest shark ever held in an aquarium. There is also a sunfish, which is the strangest looking fish ever! The jellyfish were also amazing to see. They were lit up strategically by UV lights so some glowed a red color, some glowed white, some blue. They pulsate gently, and look like aliens from another world! Oh, talking about aliens, the Japanese Deep Sea Crabs were giant alien looking creatures! They are huge! And creepy! Definately a sight worth seeing! If you go to the aquarium on the weekend, be prepared for many many children and crying babies, perhaps during the week would be more relaxing! However, I went on the weekend, and it was still a very enjoyable experience!
The marine/harbour village in Osaka is the only Aquarim in the the world with a Whale Shark in captivity, the whole complex is well stuctured and planned out as you would come to expect in Japan, the price for entry was around 15GBP not bad espeacially if your intrested in marine life and animals.