Kobe and Osaka

Trip Start Jun 09, 2003
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Trip End Jun 02, 2007


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Monday, July 21, 2003

Today I was woken ridiculously early (6.30am) by a really loud announcement over the tannoy in japanese. I found out later she was saying "Get up, it's bath and breakfast time." She then proceeded to give an indepth weather report. So much for a long lie. It was quite good though because I was up and on the train to Kobe by 8.30am. In Kobe I walked round the harbour. There was a memorial garden for the victims of the earthquake in 1995 when 6000 people died. I wandered round Kobe for a while, had some lunch and then decided to find the Sake museum. After walking for half an hour in the wrong direction, twice, I gave up and got back on the train to Osaka.

In Osaka I decided to go up the Umeda Sky Building, which has a floating observatory at the top, perched across the top of 2 tall buildings. I'm not afraid of heights, but a glass elevator up the outside of one of the buildings was quite an experience. Not quite as scary as the escalator that took you across from one building to the other. It wouldn't be too bad normally, but in a country so prone to earthquakes it makes you a little bit more nervous. The observatory felt quite safe in comparison.

After this I decided to go to Spa World and relax my still aching muscles. It was 20GBP to get into the swimming pool and spa. They won't let you into the spa with a tattoo so I thought it was a bit expensive just for a swim, so I gave it a miss.

I had another early night, after exploring Kyoto station. It's quite an impressive building all made of glass. About 8 escalators to get to the top for a view all over Kyoto. Apparently it's the most photographed attraction in Kyoto.
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