apologies for how brief this post is, and now late in the day! (I’m writing it at 2.30am on what is technically my day 3 already!)
So, flight went well, no problems with connections, seats, fellow passengers, customs or food. Only problem was a total lack of sleep all the way from Glasgow to Osaka.
I arrived at kansai international from a different direction than before and found myself low flying over Nagasaki, the southern part of Honshu and the island of Shikoku by way of the Inland Sea.
My initial plans for this trip had included trips to Shikoku and to Hiroshima so it was nice to at least catch a glimpse of the huge whirlpools on the crossing to Shikoku, albeit from 10,000 ft up! Still looked impressive though!
Maybe one for the next trip…
The sun was setting as we approached Osaka bay and the very low, heavy, rain clouds gave the whole scene a strange orange and purple tint. I grabbed a few snaps from the window on approach to the airport but these were on a tiny compact camera so I’m not holding out much hope that I’ll have anything worth sharing when I get home.
I’m staying around 15 minutes from my usual hotel on this visit, which required either a walk or a subway trip from Namba. 18hrs of flights and a 1hr train trip from the airport decided that one for me! Subway…
My apartment on this trip is in a residential area and, although more basic than the place I’d normally stay, is a lot quieter and I have a balcony to sit and watch the world go by in the streets below.
After a brief shopping trip to the local store for the essentials (including a complete guess at what I thought might possibly be milk for my morning coffee – I’ll confirm exactly what it is when I open it in a few hours!) it was back to my apartment for a welcome beer and noodles with tofu.
After the meal I settled down to write this blog only to wake 4hrs later! So hence the late posting…
Tomorrow is a local day. A day of tickets, rail passes, then a trip to osaka castle which is apparently lit up at sunset to make the most of the autumn colours.
I captured a nice view of the castle on my last visit, just as the leaves were turning, and since then I’ve seen some lovely photos of the same scene in spring and autumn, so I’m hoping to add my own take on the autumn view tomorrow.
I’ll be having an early(ish) night tomorrow as I have a very busy wednesday scheduled!
I’ll post some autumnal photos tomorrow (and confirm what the “milk” was!) 😛