My wife and I went to Osaka and Nara for sightseeing  during May 8 and 10.
The first day:
We left home at 05:30 and arrived Osaka at 08:16 and our baggage was deposited at Nishi-kujyo Sta. Then we headed to Nara and arrived there at 09:30. We visited (1)Koufuku-ji temple,(2) The observation floor of Nara prefecture's office,(3) Kasuga-shrine, (4)Todaiji temple,(5)the ruin of Hiejyo Palace,(6) Toshodaiji temple and (7)Yakushiji temple. Those shrine and temples are on the list of World Cultural Heritage. In order to keep this cultural buildings, they need a large amount of money needed elaborate maintenance. Actually, some temples and shrines we visited were under renovation, and covered by thick cloth. We had to pay from 500 to 1000 yen per person as an admission fee. We came back to Osaka at 18:00 and had a dinner at (7 )a Kushi-katui restaurant by the (8)Tuutenkaku Tower. The area is called Shinsekai, which literally means "New world". This place was once an amusement park which was built in 1912. The tower was imitated Eiffel Tower and built the symbol of the park and entertained many citizens at that time. we stayed Hotel Kintetu Universal city. The hotel is located in front of the Osaka USJ : Universal Studio Japan. **Kushi-katu :deep-fried breaded meat or vegetables on skewers Tako-yaki :grilled octopus-filled balls made of pancake batter Okonomi-yaki:Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients.
The second day:
We enjoyed the  USJ all day by mainly  show attractions such asHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Terminator 2:3-D, WaterWorld( A series of tremendous stunts just like in the movies. An adventure show full of breathtaking action). In the night, we dropped in a restaurants arcade adjacent to the hotel which offer from  tako-yaki, okonomi-yaki to ramen. We hesitated about the choice for a while, and finally decided to eat ramen.  Half of the guests were Chinese at that shop.
The third day:
We left the hotel at 08:45 and went to Osaka(Umeda) Sta to deposit our baggage. Then we visited  (1) Osaka castle, (2) Osaka history museum, (3) Douton-bori, (4)Teki-Juju, and (5) Osaka Sta. square. We came back to Yokohama by Shin-Kansen  and arrived at 22:24, then picked up a Taxi and got home at 22:50. ** Amazing accurate Shin-Kansen Do you know how often the trains run during peak hours? The trains run every 3.5 minutes at peak hours. This interval is the time to stop the train not to crash the previous train in case of emergency. **Osaka Castle is widely known as an emblem of the power and fortune of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. In 1583, Hideyoshi began construction at the former site of Honganji Temple and completed the magnificent castle, which was reputed as being unparalleled in the country. After Hideyoshi's death, Ieyasu Tokugawa, who worked for Hideyoshi as his chief retainer, was appointed to the Shogun and he established the shogunate (government) in Edo (Tokyo). In 1615, Ieyasu ruined the Toyotomi family and destroyed Osaka Castle . Thereafter, the Tokugawa shogunate reconstructed Osaka Castle. It held the castle under its direct control until 1868, when the Tokugawa shogunate lost power and the castle fell. In 1931, the Main Tower of the Castle was reconstructed in the center of Osaka Castle, which was used as a military base, with funds raised by the citizens. The present-day Main Tower is the third generation. It follows the Main Tower from the Toyotomi period, which was destroyed by fire during the Summer War, and the tower from the Tokugawa period, which was struck by lightning and was burned down. **hydrological engineering(river management) in Oosaka city
kochizu2 genzai oosaka-map
Edo period(1700's) Today: Some rivers were made underground Today's Google Map
Some of the pictures I visited this time  
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2015-05-08 15.29.05 2015-05-09 09.47.21 2015-05-09 13.53.30
2015-05-10 11.36.46 2015-05-10 15.11.34 HDR 2015-05-10 17.31.29