On day 5, we checked out early from Hotel Granvia Tokyo and took the Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka Station. But before checking out, we forwarded our 2 big luggages to our hotel in Fukuoka – Hotel Nikko Fukuoka. We only brought along one carry-on suitcase to Osaka since we were only staying 1 night and it is a lot easier traveling on the trains without huge luggages.
At Shin-Osaka Station, we had to hop onto a local train.
From Namba Station, we headed to our hotel – Swissotel Nankai Osaka which is located right above Namba Station. Since it was too early to check in, they let us store our luggage there. So we did and headed off to our next destination – Nara.
From Nara Station, it is a short walking distance to Nara Deer Park and the grounds of Todaiji Temple. This is definitely a must visit especially with kids. They will love feeding the deers that roam freely although you have to be a little careful of some overly-aggressive deers.
On our way back, instead of leaving from Kintetsu Nara Station, we walked an extra 15 minutes to the Nara Station (for JR trains) to get to our next destination. As per CJ’s request, the next destination is the Pokemon Center Osaka!
After lots of oohing and aahing at the Pokemon Center, we headed back to the hotel.
After checking in, picked up our luggage from the hotel storage, we were out the door again and walked 10 minutes to Dotonburi. Dotonbori is a food haven as well as shopping haven. We spend a few hours in Dotonburi just pigging out and wishing we had six stomachs!! Such a fun place with lots of elaborate shop ads like the ones below.
(More on Dotonbori post coming soon)
Next, we travel to Fukuoka . . . . . . .