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5 Days in Osaka with a day trip to Mount Koyasan

Oct, 11 || No Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Osaka at nightOsaka at night

Welcome to Osaka! Osaka is my last stay during my Japan trip. When you have a couple of days to spend in Osaka, buy the “Osaka Amazing Pass”. It’s a pass which allows you free access to many facilities and even unlimited use of the subway. It’s possible to purchase the pass as a 1- or 2 day pass. (1 day at 2300 YEN, 2 day at 3000 YEN). In my opinion a great bargain. You can grab the Pass at one of Osaka Visitor’s Information Center in Umeda or Namba station (restrictions: you need bring your original Passport with you and must be a temporary visitor in Japan, similiar like the Japan Rail Pass).

Altogether I visited the Osaka Castle, HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, did a Tombori River Cruise (was nothing really special), Tsutenkaku Tower and as well the “Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory” at night (was much better compared to the Tsutenkaku Tower, so if you have a lack of time don’t visit the Tsutenkaku Tower).  Around Bay area I did a cruise on Santa Maria and had a ride at Tempozan Giant Ferris Whel (one of the biggest in the world). Everything was included in the Osaka Amazing Pass. Altogether I had to pay with the subway about 9000 YEN but with the 2 Day Osaka Amazing Pass I ended up at 3000 YEN :-)

Osaka CastleOsaka Castle

Osaka Park MascotOsaka Park Mascot

Osaka Floating GardenOsaka Floating Garden ( you can see the escalator almost on top)

Escalator to the top in Osaka Floating Garden BuildingEscalator to the top in Osaka Floating Garden Building (coool!)

Escalator to the top in Osaka Floating Garden BuildingEscalator to the top in Osaka Floating Garden Building

Fence with locks on top at Osaka Floating Garden BuildingFence with locks on top at Osaka Floating Garden Building

Fence with locks on top at Osaka Floating Garden BuildingFence with locks on top at Osaka Floating Garden Building

View on top of Osaka Floating Garden BuildingView on top of Osaka Floating Garden Building

Santa Maria Cruise in Osaka with Osaka Amazing PassSanta Maria Cruise in Osaka with Osaka Amazing Pass

View during Santa Maria Cruise in OsakaView during Santa Maria Cruise in Osaka (on the left you see the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel)

View during Santa Maria Cruise in OsakaView during Santa Maria Cruise in Osaka

Mysel on Santa Maria Cruise in Osaka

During Santa Maria Cruise in OsakaDuring Santa Maria Cruise in Osaka

During Santa Maria Cruise in OsakaDuring Santa Maria Cruise in Osaka

view from Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building (Cosmo Tower)view from Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building (Cosmo Tower) – would like to play soccer on that roof :-D

view from Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building (Cosmo Tower)view from Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building (Cosmo Tower)

If you are staying in Osaka you HAVE TO VISIT Mount Koya. Like almost for every place, city or attraction in Japan there is a special offer available. In this case also for Mout Koya. If you buy the “Koyasan World Heritage Ticket” (2860 Yen) you receive a return ticket by the Nankay Koya line, unlimited bus use in Koyasan and some other little discounts in some temples. The ticket is valid from Namba station and normally there is a change in Hashimoto necessary (make sure you board there the 2 first cars! the train will be separated on the way to Gokurakubashi/Koyasan). In Gokurakubashi you just can board the ropway for 5 mins. Then you reached Koyasan. Outside after the ropeway you find the Nankai Rinkan Buses which will transport you arround in Mount Koya. Calculate for the whole trip (one way) from Osaka to Mount Koya about 2 hours).

Path on Mount KoyasanPath on Mount Koyasan

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Siteat Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

at Mount Koyasan UNESCO World Heritage Site

Biliken statue in OsakaBiliken statue in Osaka

another Biliken statue in Osakaanother Biliken statue in Osaka

another Biliken statue in Osakaanother Biliken statue in Osaka

In Naniwa Area in Osaka (close to Tsūtenkaku Tower)In Naniwa Area in Osaka (close to Tsūtenkaku Tower)

Osaka at night around Namba stationOsaka at night around Namba station

Osaka at night around Namba stationOsaka at night around Namba station

My accommodation was again at a J-Hoppers Hostel in Osaka. You will find my review here. One night we went out for dinner and drinking with Mr. Yano and guests. So much fun!

a funny night out with J-Hoppers Hostel Osaka Mr. Yano

a funny night out with J-Hoppers Hostel Osaka Mr. Yano

Thanks for reading! See you next time in South Korea with stay in Sokcho, Seoul and Busan! :)

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