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Japan 2017: Osaka Castle

We arrived at Narita Airport at six in the morning. After having breakfast at McDonald’s (yes, I know, not the best choice) and getting our JR Passes, we headed to Osaka. To get to Osaka from Narita Airport, we had to ride the Narita Express and the Shinkansen. Total travel time was a little under four hours. It was a long ride but it was a great start (we got super excited about riding the Shinkansen) to our trip. After settling into our hotel and freshening up a bit, we headed to Osaka Castle. The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time. However, a few years after Hideyoshi’s death, Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and terminated the Toyotomi lineage in 1615. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main castle tower was struck by lightening in …

Japan 2017

Last October 11-18, I was blessed to be given a chance to spend eight days in Japan. In all honesty, I don’t really know anything about their culture or country. I don’t really watch anime or read mangas. It’s such a surprise when I booked the tickets and found myself in the land of the rising sun. We land and depart at Narita Airport but we also plan to see the Kansai Region. With this plan in mind, we opted to buy the JR Pass for convenience and comfort. Sure it costs a bit more but with hours of travel in between, it’s a price we gladly paid. Our plan was simple – to maximize the JR Pass, we had to go to as many places where we can use it. We ended up with this map and plan for our Japan trip. Day 1 – Arrival at Narita. Travel to Osaka. Day 2 – Kyoto Day 3 – Universal Studios Japan Day 4 – Nara Day 5 – Himeji. Travel to Tokyo. Day 6 …