Osaka, Japan

Our next destination was Osaka. Jess and I stayed in the district of Shinsaibashi, the city’s main shopping area, for three nights.  

A highlight from our stay was Osaka Castle. The castle is surrounded by a large moat and stone wall, and offers incredible views of the city. 

Umeda Sky Building was also an interesting attraction. We gave its observation platform a miss, but spent a bit of time admiring the unconventional-looking building from the ground. 

Escaping the city on our last day in Osaka, we visited Minoo Park. An easy trail took us past a range of shops and temples, and plenty of trees adorned with a mixture of autumn colours. At the end of the trail was a waterfall (and lots and lots of people). Photos just don’t capture the beauty and magic of this place.

Highlights (not captured on camera) included a Louvre exhibition at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts and an evening drinking cocktails at Bar Rock Rock (a dingy bar which has literally been visited by every big person in rock, metal and pop). 

Our last evening was spent at a small goth/metal joint called Rock Bar Midian. The only other person at the bar was a fellow Aussie who had grown up with the guys from The Amity Affliction.  

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