Morning all, back at it again! I’m having some quiet time in the hostel at Hiroshima after a heavy day, and thought I would update the story on here!
After a night on the floor of Janet’s place on her spare futons (they are more like blankets from the UK, I used 2 stacked on top of each other) with my back hurting from straining in the UK…. I felt FANTASTIC! It worked WONDERS! I love them! can sleep anywhere with em! Jet lag hasn’t been a problem either!
We got up and headed to Kobe! How best to describe Kobe… visually of course!
We headed up to the Kitano area (which is like Little Europe, has a lot of houses named “Amsterdam House”, “Denmark House” which are museums of the eponymous country. Was also the Bridal Capital of Kobe it seemed! Lot’s of wedding shops! We found the street performer guy but couldn’t understand a word he was saying!
Our main goal was to head up the cable car (Shin-Rokko Ropeway)! And am I glad we did!
The view at the top was amazing! And we got to hike down as well (me in full on walking boots, Janet in trainers… and Janet had the easier time!). We headed to the Glass Houses that you can see in the panorama, where we found one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever been in, the Spice Museum. The smell was fantastic and it was an unexpected find to say the least!
We proceeded down a bit with me in hiking boots and Janet in trainers… as £120 of hiking boots carried me down I couldn’t help but think she was having the easier time. We soon came to Nunobiki Pond… I think the name is decieving…
And it got better from here!
I then laid off the camera for a bit while we went to Wendy’s (neither me nor Janet have had one in ages and we were starving after the walk) and then headed to Chinatown… where I didn’t take many photos, but this one sure did stand out…
Janet headed back to Osaka earlier than me since she had been invited to dinner, but I wanted to see the harbour area.
I’d hope that most of you remember the Kobe Earthquake (Great Hanshin Earthquake) in January 1995? Well that happened when I was in Primary School… but I do remember the news footage… so I thought I would go and see an unrestored part of Kobe that was hit baddly.
But looking at the rest of the city, it’s as if it never happened! You would never know if it were not for the memorial. I travelled into Sannomiya Station, a huge station combined with a massive underground/overground shopping centre… a station that looked like this after the quake. And the port aint bad too:
I went and found some Beef Donburi for tea… and then took a few shots with the aid of the mini tripod and no flash…
We spent yesterday in Osaka but the main event of the day was the castle!
You can read up on the history here… I’ll skip to the good bits!
But the best bit!?
We then headed out into town! Roamed around and found the Love Hotel district…
We then headed to a museum which is a combination of a culinary experience (as most things are here) and how Osaka used to be…
After a show there etc we headed for dinner when we encountered this HUGE CRAB! It was at least 2 feet across and all the other fish were afraid of it… except this one:
Dinner!? Well it was a nice soupy stew thing that we ordered, but my choice for the sushi starter was:
Before we headed home, we simply had to try the Umeda Sky Building and see the view… the way up wasn’t bad!
And that’s us caught up until today. I might write another one about Hiroshima before I leave, but for the moment I want to go out and find the nightlife!