Himeji castle

En-route from Osaka to Hiroshima we decided to break the journey and visit Himeji castle, an imposing castle dating back to the late 1500s but renovated in recent times. From the station we walked through the shopping street in the correct direction. Along the way we saw this bridal couple, a bit of a bonus,…

Our first Shinkansen trip.

Arriving at the right time at the right platform was just the start of successfully boarding our 9:18 to Himeji from Osaka. The second part we were blissfully unaware of until a young British couple helped us out. Always check to see if the Shinkansen has 8 or 16 cars because it makes a big…

Nara

The ancient capital of Nara was a short train trip from Osaka. So we decided to head there for a day trip. Nowadays it’s better known for being the home of the largest wooden temple Todai-Ji which houses a massive bronze Buddha known as Daibutsu. The train trip on the Kintetau line took just on…

Osaka – a castle and octopus balls

After an excellent night’s sleep we indulged in a breakfast of eggs, bread, pastries, juice and black tea. At Ebisucho station we purchased a Sunday day pass for unlimited use of the subway for only 600¬•. Our first destination was Osaka castle. It was in the middle of a massive park. We followed the steady…

Nachisan to Osaka

Our bus arrived at 9:45. We were soon on our way winding down the mountain and through some small towns. When we reached Katsuura station we purchased our tickets for the train. The first ticket would take us to Tenoji and the second to Osaka Central station. We guessed Tenoji must be a suburb of…

Nachisan

After another traditional Japanese breakfast we packed and checked out, leaving our cases to collect after we had the chance to view the Nachi-no-Otaki waterfall, Japan’s tallest, at closer range than yesterday. We walked downhill and reached the tori gate nestled between two rows of tall trees. We made our way up the stone stairs…