Kapoors Year 10: Kyoto and Southern Japan travel blog

The Umeda Sky Building Was Once Reputed To Be In The Two...

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On An Outdoor Platform Lovers Come To Place A Lock On A...

After Seeing The Sky Building, We Headed Over The The 'Museum Of...

The Museum Has Created Streetscapes From The Edo Period (1600-1668)

There Were A Variety Of Shops On The 'Main Street, This One...

At The Top End Of The Street, We Peeked Into The Home...

Parallel To The Main Street, Was A Street Showing Homes Of Families...

Their Simple Furniture And Wood Stove With Steamer Pots On Top Were...

At The End Of The Street Was The Village Well, Young Visitors...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Kansai has to say about Osaka:

"Umeda Sky Building

Also known as Kita (north), this neighbourhood is the city’s centre of gravity by day, with office buildings, department stores, shopping complexes and hotels, plus the transit hubs of JR Osaka Station and multiple train and subway lines converging at Umeda Station. There are few great attractions, but Kita does have the eye-catching Umeda Sky Building.

Opened in 1993 and named one of the world’s top 20 buildings, Umeda Sky Building, resembles a 40-storey space-age Arc de Triomphe. Twin towers are connected at the top by a ‘floating garden’ (really a garden-free observation deck) with breathtaking 360-degree city views day or night. Getting there is half the fun, an escalator in a see-through tube takes you up the last five storeys, between the towers (not for vertigo sufferers). Its architect, Hara Hiroshi, also designed the Kyoto Station.

Osaka Museum of Housing & Living

This museum contains a life-sized reproduction of an 1830s Osaka neighbourhood: shophouses, drug stores, an old-style sentō (public bath) and more. Enhancing the Edo period mood, lighting shifts between day and night, shops sell traditional toys and unique souvenirs. Visitors can rent kimonos for photo ops.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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