Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tokyo & Osaka in pills

photo diary from japan

I'm so happy I had the chance to tag along with my husband's business trip to Japan.
This was my very first time to Tokyo and Osaka, and I am completely mesmerized.
Let me just say that in 9 days I could NOT see a single tiny piece of trash.
And I mean anywhere, including the subway.

Mount Fuji from the Shinkansen (bullet train) on my way to Osaka

One important piece of information: I can't say this is the rule for every place, but for sure everywhere I've had the chance to be: in high-tech Japan, admittance fees for sightseeing and museums are CASH ONLY. So forget about plastic, and get to the nearest ATM machine and get cash! (learned the hard way in a very windy and rainy day....)

Both Tokyo and Osaka are unbelievably expensive !!
(really, 5th Avenue will feel like a bargain after that...)

At MOMAT - one of my favorite pieces by Jiro Takamatsu

on my way out the imperial gardens

Ginza at night. Just like Times Square. (but spotless!)
The fountain at Osaka Station

the Shittennoji temple in Osaka 

Osaka - the Castle

the train stops EXACTLY where it is supposed to be;
arrives ALWAYS on time and leaves ALWAYS on time:

Anyway. I had fun wondering around and getting lost.
Taxi driver often don't speak English, but I had the concierge writing in Japanese the list of the places I wanted to go see, and kept the Hotel card in my pocket; so I managed to not end up at the lost & found office!!

Uh, and all the cabs have white lace sit covers... spotless, of course! 
(imagine how much would these white covers last in lets say... NYC?)

It was fun and I loved every single minute of this trip!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

xox, d.

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