Osaka, whale sharks and stuff...

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
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Trip End Jan 29, 2010


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Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Monday, December 28, 2009

Next, we headed the Osaka. Osaka's biggest claim to fame (for us anyway) is that it's where Bladerunner was filmed! Hard to imagine that it looked like it does now in the early 1980s - some 30 years ago (before computers and before both of us were born). Other than housing Kansai International airport, tourists seem to give Osaka a miss - it doesn't seem to be on many people's itineraries of Japan! But we think it's a really cool city and worth a visit if you're in Japan.

One of the Americans we met in Kyoto told us we could see Avatar in 3D in Osaka, so we went to a cinema chain called 'Toho', and saw the movie. Note sure if it's showing in 3D in Aus, but worth it if it is!

The next day, we went to Osaka aquarium. We heard/read that Osaka's aquarium is home to Whale Sharks and Manta rays - Ash's eyes lit up (he loves sharks) - and we had to go! The museum had lots of other beasties - one of my favourites was a giant guinea pig type of creature, but they were really dopey (Capybara - largest rodent in the world). There was also a ray and shark petting zoo that was really cool.

Osaka port, where the aquarium is located is also home to the largest ferris wheel in the world (photos below). More photos are coming, but I'm using a really old computer at the moment (running Windows 2000!) which won't recognise our Camera.

Note to self: ate some awesome prawn takoyaki, better than the octopus ones. Get Emily to make.

Updated 10/1/2010 with more photos.









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Peter on

Love the otter! I'm a bit over neon.

Emily on

Where is the picture of the giant guniea pig?

hehhe but the takoyaki I make HAD prawns!

Have your tried my ones yet?

Laura on

Yeah, I like Osaka too. I think it has a nicer vibe than Tokyo.

So was Avatar in English with Japanese subs?

sophiatravels
sophiatravels on

Yeah, Avatar was in English. The bits in the alien language were subbed in Japanese only, but there were only a few bits and it didn't matter.

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