After Nara and Kyoto I gave Osaka (were I stayed) itself a try…

First I went to the temple Sumiyoshi (住吉), but after seeing Nara and Kyoto I was quite disappointed…

well I think I’ve seen enough temples and shrines for now… but nevertheless I took some photos:

Afterwards I went into the city and tried to find why people think Osaka is a great city…

and I couldn’t find it. My image of Osaka is, that it is a typical million people city with huge shopping districts and too many people 🙂

I guess Osaka is great when it comes to night-life and amusement, at least that’s the image I got walking through the city at night, but it somehow lacks something, but I don’t know what. Well I guess I’m not the type that likes big cities…

So, I’m now on my way to Tokyo…


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My second day-trip went to Kyoto. Of course with the same goal as in Nara… explore the traditional Japan, Temples and Shrines. In comparison to Nara, Kyoto’s Temples and Shrines are far spread so that you have walk quite a lot and take a few trains. I recommend a 3 day trip for Kyoto at least. I tried to explore the most famous places in 1 day and didn’t make it… so I went there a second time.
Since I went to Kyoto after Nara I was a bit disappointed. The Temples are huge and well taken care of, BUT since everything is so far spread and in the middle of town I didn’t get the same feeling that existed in Nara. Don’t get me wrong, there are some real nice places in Kyoto, but … I don’t know, maybe it was the location in Nara that was nicer.

Well nevertheless I took loads of photos … But as a friend already told me beforehand, “if you have seen 1 or 2 Temples, you have seen all of them”. And I guess he was right. They really look pretty much the same. At least there were a few exceptions… 🙂

And here the pictures of the second day:

Pictures of Osaka and Tokyo will follow soon…


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