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Osaka! What's There To Do For 2 Days?  
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7239 posts, RR: 17
Posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Hey guys lets stop talking about the Zimmerman trial, and help me figure out how to make the best of my time in Osaka for 2 days!


I'm planning on being there from August 5 to 6. And I've never even set foot in Kansai before (farthest west I've been in Japan was Takayama) so I'm in need of some things to see for 2 days while I'm here.

I'm going to arrive early in the morning on the 5th and go back to Tokyo on the 9 or 10 o'clock Nozomi. (it's expensive but it will be worth it!)

And the idea posting commences....now!


One of the FB admins for PHX Spotters. "Zach the Expat!"
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User currently onlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4382 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

There Dotonbori, but i'd go to Kyoto, my favorite city on earth.


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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8036 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

Do you seriously have to ask what there is to do in Osaka??

You can check out the international village in Kobe's Kitano, you can do outdoor rock wall climbing at Namba HIPS, you can hike and check out the yakuza boss's hillside mansions in Yamate-cho in Ashiya (there's a Frank Lloyd Wright home up there as well), you can do an all-night pub crawl in Shinsaibashi/Namba/Dotonbori, you can go to USJ, you can ride the monorail to Itami Airport, you can take in the view from the Umeda Sky tower, you can see a Tigers game at Koshien, you can go to a shogakko-themed izakaya in Umeda and try kujira, you can have the best takoyaki on earth from a street stall at 3 am....there's no limit to what is possible in Osaka.



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2643 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

Why did he keep talking after he said ride the monorail...


Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8036 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 3):

Why did he keep talking after he said ride the monorail...

Pure awesomeness.

http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/923228_3107927274274_214191694_n.jpg

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/537850_3107927154271_950332286_n.jpg

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/310949_3107932834413_660993410_n.jpg



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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

I took the local train south to Maiko, took the elevator up to the bus stop on the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, took the bus across the bridge to the first stop on Awaji Island, got off and took the return bus back to Maiko. Then I went to KIX and did some spotting. In addition to aviation, I like bridges. Going over the bridge and spotting at KIX were the only reasons I went to the Osaka area.


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

why are Japanese cities so badly planned and un aesthetic, considering the zen stuff and their culture I would've thought they'd have the most picturesque cities, well laid out, beautiful architecture but no.

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
un aesthetic

This is in all circumstances a judgment call. I can't comment on it. But I can say, e.g., American cities with their interminable suburbia are thousands of times less aesthetically pleasing...

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
badly planned

Really? In what way? Public transportation, for instance, is brilliantly planned and executed. I just don't get what you're getting at, here...

If you want badly planned and un-aesthetic, go to Bucharest, (my hometown). Though even that I wouldn't say is badly planned. There are just too many cars, which always causes nightmares.

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
most picturesque cities, well laid out, beautiful architecture but no.

If you know Japanese culture, you know that everything's supposed to be very functional, and, in my experience, it is. That kind of architecture usually isn't very picturesque, though.


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

They look as bad as third world cities, Bucharest is like Paris compared to them.

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
I would've thought they'd have the most picturesque cities, well laid out, beautiful architecture but no.

They did...up until 1945.



Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8036 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1307 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
why are Japanese cities so badly planned and un aesthetic, considering the zen stuff and their culture I would've thought they'd have the most picturesque cities

Impossible when you consider the history. The major cities were completely destroyed in the 1945 fire-bombings. The first 10-15 years after the war coincided with both rapid economic recovery and the first wave of the baby boom generation. Pretty tough to be concerned about aesthetics in that kind of environment.



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User currently offlinejet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

Osaka is a bit rougher around the edges than Tokyo, so pick things that compliment that.

And ya gotta eat okonomiyaki.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7239 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Really? In what way? Public transportation, for instance, is brilliantly planned and executed. I just don't get what you're getting at, here...

If you want badly planned and un-aesthetic, go to Bucharest, (my hometown). Though even that I wouldn't say is badly planned. There are just too many cars, which always causes nightmares.

I think he's talking about how the streets are laid out. My first impression of Tokyo was that whoever mapped the streets must have put sharpie on spaghetti, and threw the spagetti all over the planning paper. "There's our street layout" 
Quoting jet-lagged (Reply 11):
And ya gotta eat okonomiyaki.

As long as it doesnt have octopus that's fine with me 



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