The Night View from the Tempozan Ferris Wheel

After taking a ride on the Santa Maria cruise and cheking out the Kaiyakan/Aquarium, I tries the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. 

It’s heralded as the biggest wheel im the world, at 150 meters (their words) and the ride is part tour, part Osaka marketing. Surprisingly, the ticket was only ¥800.
I wanted the best pictures possible, although you’re not technically supposed to take them, so I waited on line for maybe fourty minutes so I could get a transparent car.
Once onboard, I was mesmerized by the view, dispite my mild dislike of heights. I could see Universal Studios Japan, the aquarium, a famous red bridge, and a good portion of the city. The ride lasted fifteen minutes.
If you have a chance to try it, it’s worth doing. It’s really not expensive and each car can fit up to five people.


First Class Cabin, an interesting capsule hotel in Namba, Osaka

As I said in my last post, I decided to take a short trip to Osaka, now that the Winter Holidays are upon us. Part of my decision was based on having been to Osaka in the past and the passing familiarity with it from said visits. The bigger factor was price. The bus tickets (roundtrip) were a meer ¥5031, after applying the points gained from my last trip. That should be a little less that $50 USD, I think.

After I purchased the tickets, I googled hotels and hostels in the area I wanted to visit. Since it’s the holiday season, with many people returning to their hometowns, pices were of course inflated greatly, Lucky for me, I’m pretty flexible.

This time, I was saved from another stint in Joysound (karaoke) when I found First Cabin. Their cheaper options were booked solid, but they had some nice rooms for about ¥5700 a night. 

This fee was for a room with a lockbox (the partician has no lock, though women and men are seregated by floor, with electronic locks), a pair of PJs to borrow, free Wifi, a public bath (again one for women and another for men) with sauna, and many amenities. It might not be a good fit for people who are shy about their bodies. 

Also available were VOD services, food, laundry, and massage services. I did enjoy a light snack before bed (tea and chilled tofu with toppings), as well as the ¥800 breakfast buffet service. Both Japanese and Western foods were available, but I prefer Japanese foods.

For my money I did get a lot, but there were three things that were not quite to my liking, though that’s more to do with me personally, I think. First, the bed was much too stiff, though the provided body pillow helped a lot. 

Second, the room was a bit dry, dispite the supplied humidifier, and I woke up with a nosebleed. Thankfully, I didn’t bleed on any linnens. Though, nosebleeds also happen at home.

Last, this is more of a nitpick than anything else, the baths are way too hot. The presoak shower was absolutely fine, but the big tub was very hot. After entering it, I remembered suddenly that Osaka is known for their love of hot baths. I soaked for about ten minutes before getting dressed and heading back to my room.

All in all, it was very worth the price. The location wad great (around the corner from Namba Walk exit 22), the staff were very nice, and I recommend it to those traveling through Osaka and are a bit open-minded about where they stay.

Firework Fridays 2017.06

We were starved by the time we made it back to the tarp, so we ripped those chips open and went to town on them. We got three bags, each a different flavour. We got salt, seaweed, and sour plum. 

Then it was just a matter of waiting. We got comfortable and chatted untill the show started.

We had aready decided to leave a bit early, so we could try to beat the crowd back to the station.

Depending on the event, it can take hours to get home, and we didn’t want to stand around in that heat. 

We had to wait about twenty five minutes to get the train home, which is nothing compared to those who waited. 

All in all it was a great outing.

Aichi Arts Center Pt. 3

For all the exploring I did, I think it’s a little funny that I didn’t set foot in the museum. I was pretty tired, so I rested a few minutes, sent off a few texts, and decided that I spent enough time ignoring the mess in my apartment.

So, I rode the elevator down to the basement to catch the first of two trains home. But first I needed to top off my energy, so I partook of an apple smoothie from a small shop at the train station. It was meh.

Then I jumped on the Meijo bound for Kanayama. After that it was the JR Tokaidou Line back to Anjo. 

Aichi Arts Center Pt. 2

While exploring the building, I must have looked quite silly, if no a little crazy. 
At the same time, I was spamming pictures to my friend in New York. In Japan, all cameras are required to make a shutter sound, so imagine an endless string of katcha sounds. 
Luckly, most people opted to take the elevator up, so I wasn’t bothering too many people. The security guard was more amused by my stares of awe than anything else.
This made it so I could document each floor in peace, which I took full advantage of.

Aichi Arts Center Pt. 1

While looking for something to do in the Sakae area, I stumbled upon the underground entrance to the Aichi Arts Center. This building houses the Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, a theature, and several other arts related facilities.

The building is quite stunning, so I decided to take the escalators up all 11 floors as to see everything. On the way down, I took the glass elevator, snapping pics all the while, much to the amusement of the two grannies forced to share a car with me.

Since I took so many pictures, I will have to divide them over a few posts.