Today is the day I do my final transit between two Japanese cities before I am homeward bound!
Sadly, my JR pass expired yesterday, so I can no longer take any ‘free’ joyrides on the Shinkansen (or any other JR line train). I therefore caught an everyday regular commuters train to Osaka, which took no longer than 40 minutes (FYI the Shinkansen Nozomi would have taken 13 minutes). A quick platform change and I was headed to Fukushima, the ward where the hostel I am staying at is located.
The J-Hoppers Hostel in Osaka is just as easy to find as the others. It is also just as lovely!
I decided I would head off to ‘The World’s Largest’ Aquarium; however when I tried to purchase the subway/aquarium combination ticket I was told the aquarium was closed but would be open tomorrow.
Not to be disheartened by the change in my plans, I caught a train to Shinsaibashi, which is a major shopping street. It was very overwhelming, but a lot of fun.
I had dinner in Fukushima, in an Italian restaurant. Bellisimo!
|The ‘women only’ carriage on the train, so us ladies can avoid bottom pinchers (!!) in peak hour.|
|Pachinko Slot machines. These game rooms are everywhere!|
|There are so many ladies with babies strapped onto their front; most bigger than their delicate mothers,’|
|Daimaru, an expensive department store.|
|Apparently people actually buy these…|