My trip to Japan started a few days ago, with Osaka as the first destination. On my first morning, we woke up at 5 am from an earthquake, which btw was considered to be strong even for Japan- MAG 6.3 in the epicenter. Because our hotel room was at the 10th floor, the room was shaking intensively… To be honest, it was pretty scary! Luckily for us and every other person from here, the buildings in Japan are spectacular, therefore not even a MAG 9.0 earthquake weren’t able to crash them! Ok, less about the only unpleasant moment so far, and let me introduce you the second biggest japanese city- Osaka.
The area we were staying in, near the Osaka Jokoen Station, was so quiet and beautiful that all we wanted to do was walk the whole day. That’s basically what we did.
The first place we visited was the Osaka Castle. The place is not only attractive from the outside, but it’s actually a museum inside. Filled with artifacts from the japanese history, such as samurai armor, old paintings, royal clothes, swords, etc. The Castle Park around it is great for walkings, especially in spring, when it’s full of Sakura Trees.
After that we walked to the Osaka History Museum, which is around 15-20 mins from the Castle. It think it was the most interesting museum I’ve ever been to. Everything was explained in details, with a cinema room and a whole movie about the city. Also you can dress up in traditional japanese clothes and take photos, weird enough, but that’s free!
I’m off to Tokyo now, to celebrate my birthday on the 20th. Would be happy to receive suggestions from you about where to go, especially I’m looking for a Bookstore with Manga books in English, and shops with japanese handicrafts notebooks, paper, etc.