Tempozan and Nightlife
Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
9Trip End Dec 14, 2007
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At Umeda we were able to get a special ticket allowing entry to the Osaka Aquarium Kaizukan and an all-day subway pass for 2400 yen (about $25), which was a really good deal. When we got to the harbour, we decided to go on the Tempozan Giant Wheel, which went to a massive 112.5m tall! It took abuot 15 minutes to go all around, and cost about $7 each. Not bad, definitely good entertainment; and it's supposedly the largest ferris wheel in the world.
Every book and website claims this is the best aquarium ever, so I was very excited - but it was no better than Melbourne Aquarium!! It had a larger tank in the middle, with over 5,400 tons of water and a (undersized) whale shark in it; but their layout and variety seemed a bit less interesting. It was still very fun, though, for those of us who enjoyed watching otters play and penguins being fed!
It was only lunchtime by then, and we were bored of the harbour already. I was starting to feel really sleepy for some reason too! So we took our all-day subway passes back to the hotel for a nap.
About 6pm we headed out again, feeling well rested, to move on to the Minami district (using our subway passes again of course). The bright flashing lights and gimmicky signs that were around were fascinating! There were so many, too. We walked around Dotomburi, and although the hunger pains were striking fiercely, all the food places were stupidly overpriced or smelt bad. Total tourist trap area! There were some interesting people around though, wearing interesting clothing, and doing interesting things... Well I thought it was all interesting :)
The subway home was packed solid on the front carriages, but we were on the fifth or sixth carriage so we were okay! The boys are enjoying the cheap cheap booze bought from the convenience store right next to the hotel and I am trying to finish my dessert (mochi cream, yum!) but I'm far too full... Well anyway, that's it for today. Tomorrow, it's a cultural day; Kyoto here we come! :D