30.03.2008 - 30.03.2008
Second day in and i knew that I would struggle to fill my day with exciting things to do in Osaka. I started by heading to Tennoji koen, with promise of homeless people setting up karaoke machines and charging people to sing. There was none of this! Maybe because it was raining, or maybe that jsut doesnt happen anymore.The park was nice enough, apart from the rain and my insistance on not taking an umbrella!
From here I walked around and found shitenno ji, which was really good because it had a pagoda, AND i got to go up and inside it, which i have never done before. AND to make this place even better it had the oldest Torii. So my two favourite things.
THen i found the bonus temple of Ishiji, but i didnt feel inclined to pay money to see any more of this temple. Kyoto maxed me out for temples really.
After wondering around aimlessly for a short period i ended up back at the park. The problem with Osaka is the limited map in my guide book, and lack of maps on the street to assist. So i had to go back to the park in order to find the next thing worth seeing. Which was an abandoned amusement park. Well according to my book it should be very much open, but by later doing some research on wikipedia i found that it closed last year. This doesnt really suprise me looking at the area it is in, the whole area looks pretty run down. I guess in opening the park they were hoping to reinvent the area but that didnt work.
SO i walked past this and into the shin sekai area, which is probably the reason for the parks close. ITs kind of a run down street, with restaurants you wouldnt wanna eat in and lots of pachinkos. The Tsuten-kaku tower in the middle is dowdy looking compared with the umeda sky building.
THen i walked through den den town which is the osaka equivalent of Akihabara, bought a new memory card becasue it was less than a tenner. Then i walked back up to Dotonbori because lonely planet recommended an all you can eat thai buffet,and with thailand being my next country, i thought i best get in the mood for their food. WHich at least will beat Japanese food.
So after a late lunch my day was done. And i feel that i had completed everything interesting worth doing in the city with 2 days to spare!