Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
49Trip End May 17, 2008
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The museum was a five-storey building and visitors gent down to the third basement level first and then went up to the upper levels. The first painting I saw was a reproduction of the ceiling and wall paintings of Vatican Sistine Chapel. The original was painted by Michelangelo and very famous, but I didn't know what was painted there. I was just sitting and viewing the paintings from below. The someone talked to me. He was a guide of the museum and he invited me to his guided tour. Because I don't know much about art, I was happy to join him. The tour lasted for two hours, covering the the third and second basement floors. It was really worth taking. If I had explored in the museum on my own, I would have been bored. Thanks to him, I had a great time in the first two hours in the museum. I still had some time left, but it seemed impossible to see all the rest of the artworks. So I chose to see paintings only in the first basement. At 12:45, although I was not unsatisfied, I had to leave the museum to take a whirlpool observation boat.
I was scheduled to see whirlpools around 12:50, the time of low tide of the day. So I rushed to a boat pier. Actually, there were a few different boats available, but I just believed the smallest one was the most exciting and took it. The small boat was a bit pricey, but there were only three passengers. Whirlpools were seen near the Great Naruto Bridge. I thought it was dangerous to get out of the cabin, but the other passengers didn't hesitate to get out. Actually, it was not dangerous at all and I was able to take a lot of pictures on the deck
The next thing on my travel list was a whirlpool observation from the Great Naruto Bridge. That is, I wanted to see whirlpools from a different viewpoint. I got lost a bit on my way, so it took long time to get to the entrance of the observation passage. As soon as I arrived, I quickly bought a ticket and hurried to the point just over whirlpools. There was passages only with fences, but because it was rainy on the day, the passages were all closed. I couldn't help but enjoy views of whirlpools through windows. It was just OK and not worth paying JPY500.
Anyway, I had no time to linger around Naruto, because I had to get on a flight at Osaka. I took a bus at 2:37 to get on a flight at 8:25. It seemed that I had plenty of time, but on my way to the airport, I got on a wrong train at Kobe and the airport was farther from Osaka Station than I had expected. (It took one hour and ten minutes to go from the train tation to Kansai International Airport!) As a result, I arrived at the check-in counter at 7:23, two minutes before the check-in counter was closed. It was a close call and I learned that I should be very careful of time when I travel in the areas which I am not familiar with even in Japan. (Come to think of it, I did a similar thing in Hong Kong as well....)