Sightseeing outside Osaka, Osaka
Nara is the enriched with Japanese Sprit and has a massive Buddhist temple here one of the biggest in Japan i think and surrounded by a lovely park with Deer running around and attacking me (ha ha ha) these little buggars got hold of everything including nearly ripping my new t-shirt, a great experience all in all
It`s a steep walk down to the water falls at Minou but it`s well worth it take a camera get some pics of the water falls, have a drink at the cafe then roll up your trousers take your shoes off then mess about in the stream doesn`t sound that much fun but i`ll never forget it.
Watch out for these little fellars, they look cute and kind but these guys will be off with your wallett and mobile phone given half the chance, great fun to go and see these little monkeys they truelly do have a nerve.
While being in Osaka it is a good idea to visit the whereabouts of Kyoto. Kyoto is about an hour away from Osaka and it is considered as the religious center of Japan so there are many temples etc. Furthermore it is a great idea to visit Shogun's castle
Characteristic monuments are Todai-ji temple,Ryonzi temple,Nijo castle, Kinkakuji temple (golden pavillion) and kasuga shrine
Go to MINO PARK in the city of Mino in Osaka to hike & see wild monkeys. The best time to go is in the autumn when the leaves are turning color. It`s so beautiful & the air is so fresh!
It takes about 45 mins to hike all the way to the waterfall. Along the way, enjoys views of a red Japanese bridge, visit the insect museum, or stop in one of the restaurants for a bowl of udon noodles or a cup of tea.
There are souvenir shops lining the entrance of the trails/park selling mostly monkey goods & in the autumn time deep fried battered maple leaves!
BEWARE: When you are hiking up, try not to have open food on the trail. The monkeys are wild & if they see your food, they might come & try to get it from you.
In travel guides, it is said if you visit only one castle in Japan, you should visit this one. I understand why they would recommend the 'White Castle' after visiting it on my trip. It is very beautiful and there are many artifacts around the castle which explains many of the uses and devices of the shogun era. Make sure you ascend to the very top floor because the view is extraordinary. When you pay your entry fee, you receive a card that you can stamp at the top floor. The stamp signifies that you made it to the top of the castle. This is great fun for kids!