Sunshine Sakae

 

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Last weekend I was in Nagoya for a doctor’s appointment, so I spent a little time in the city. Sakae, to be specific. Since I don’t get the chance so much anymore, I figured I would be touristy.

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I rode the Sunshine Sakae Ferris Wheel. It wasn’t super impressive, but it was fun enough. I also videochatted with a friend during the ride.

For five hundred yen, its not a bad way to spend ten minutes.

Yakitori in Osaka

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Late last month, I took a short trip to Osaka for some sightseeing. It really was a spur of the moment trip. I had wanted to do some sort of traveling, but tickets to Tokyo Disney (where I originally wanted to go) were sold out, so I ended up looking up bus tickets at 5 pm, Sunday night. I bought a round trip, with my bus leaving at 6:30 that night, and the return trip scheduled to arrive back in Nagoya around 5:30 pm Monday evening. I made a reservation for a capsule hotel while the bus was leaving the terminal.

It took some time to find my hotel (I arrived in Osaka around 9:30), during which time I found this interesting chicken restaurant. It could hold about 10 customers max, with 2 staff members and a grill. It specialized in yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers), which I ordered a decent amount. It cost me around $10 for my fill of chicken.

I realized after the fact that it was about 5 metres from my hotel.

Sakae at Night

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During the holidays, Nagoya TV Tower hosted a special event showcasing the city-scape at night. It was with a special light show by a famous FX group called Naked.

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The entry price was a little more expensive than the usual entrance fee, being 1000 yen instead of 700 yen, but it was well worth it.

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The light show was pretty cool, but nothing compared to the city lights below. The indoor viewing deck shows a 360 degree view of the city. It is also 90 metres above street level.

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From the deck, you can see Central Park, Oasis 21, the Sakae shopping district, Hisaya Oodori, and the famous Ferris Wheel. During the day, you can also go to the open air observation deck, above the enclosed one. It’s fenced in, and quite chilly on a windy day, but a whole 100 metres above street level. Unfortunately, during events such as these, that deck is closed to visitors.

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Oasis 21

 

oasis21_01Oasis 21 is an interesting spot in the Sakae area of Nagoya. It’s surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and parks. This is the Spaceship-Aqua portion of the structure. It’s completely free to visit and very close to the Nagoya TV Tower (another famous Nagoya landmark).

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