Armed with my JR pass I headed off to Osaka for the day via Shinkansen. I would be staying in a Kyoto hotel for a couple of days, but my first date in my Kansai trip was Osaka. Hereby, by the way, I need to remind myself that next time I have to do Kobe. And get a hotel close to Inari so I can bloody make it to the top for a change.
Arriving in Osaka, once again, I felt an overwhelming sensation of being home, and that was once again the feeling I got upon remembering that I was to stay on the right on the escalator (in Tokyo, you keep to the left). My visit was carefully planned to be the most time-efficient day in the whole trip, even considering transportation times and queues. Yes, it was not the most… travel efficient one if you look at a map, but had to be done like that in order to work, time wise.
My first stop was at the Sumiyoshi Shrine compound. Sumiyoshi Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto Shrines in existence, so of course I had to go there this time over.
After the shrine I headed off to downtown Osaka to visit the Osaka Museum of History, which features exhibitions depicting the evolution of the city from ancient times to the occupation period and the start of Western influence.
Although this was close to Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle), after I was done I headed back to the train station and backtracked half the way I had previously advanced in order to go to Shinsekai, the New World. there was something else I had pending here, and that was going up the Tsutenkaku Tower to get a view of the city and, of course, to visit Billy Ken, the God of Things as They Ought to Be, and his sidekicks.
After that I headed back to Osaka Castle area to be up when the sun set, and thus be able to see it lit up, which I had not managed the previous time I had been there either.
Finally I took the Shinkansen to Kyoto and checked in my hotel for the night.