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Hello! Usually never upload photos of my trips but I think it's necessary to change mind.

This is my first project uploaded in an internet forum. In October 2013 I visited for a couple of days Kansai region. Actually i'm living in Busan so it's a cheap destination using Fly Peach :lol:

This report is divided in five parts. First, arrival at Kansai Airport and short visit around Osaka Station. Second, one day in Kyoto, then, the third day, my first time in Kobe. Fourth part for Osaka, and the last one: back to Korea.

Sorry for my photos, It's obvious I'm not good in this area and my camera was not the best.

My trip starts on Busan-Gimhae International Airport. I like this airport, it's small but convenience. Not far away from the city, you can arrive by LRT in 10 minutes from Sasang Terminal (transfer to Busan Metro Line 2). If you take a taxi from Haeundae it cost around 20.000 won (15 euro / 2000 yen)

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Busan-Gimhae Airport has two independent buildings. One for domestic routes and other for international flights. Basically Asian routes to Japan, China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

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Departure area has nice views of the runway, cargo terminal and military base.

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Time for embarkment. Peach it's a nice company with good prices. I dislike you can't buy a combined ticket i.e. Busan - Kansai > Kansai - Narita. Except that, the res is perfect. Good attendance, fast and punctual.

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Busan New Port :)

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First views over Japan: Yoshii river and Okayama.

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Seto-Ohashi Bridge.

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Seto Inland sea is a fascinating area. Like other parts of Japan, I want to visit in exclusive.

Here the bridge in Naruto.

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Awaji City.

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Arrived at Kansai Terminal 2 I went direct to my hostel in Shin-Imamiya area. I think I was booked a really nice and cheap option.

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It was late, maybe 20h and was tired so I spend the rest of the day looking technology in Yodobashi Umeda.

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I was surprised by the development of Osaka Station. Last time in 2006 I remember a ugly station and worst surrounding areas but now they do a nice job!

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Next: Kyoto (Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama, Nijo Castle, Umekoji SL Museum and others)
 

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Thanks inefekt!

Well, the first full day in Japan starts early, at 5:00. For movement this days I was bought the Kansai Thru Pass for three days. Very convenience and interesting if you want to use all the private operators in Osaka area :) Is my case :cheers:

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Ready for take the first train of the day on Dobutsuen-mae (Midosuji Line)

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Not bad, only 10 minutes to Yodoyabashi.

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Keihan-Yodoyabashi station.

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First Express train leaves at 5:48 in the morning. My planning was arrive at Fushimi Inari before 7:00.

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Some scenes at Fushimi Inari Station (Keihan)

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If you want to enjoy Fushimi Inari but you can visit now, good option is watch this anime: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.


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Fushimi Inari is 24 hours nonstop shrine so, the best moment of the day is early morning, maybe. No tourist and only local citizens doing sport or cleaning streets. You can enjoy a typical japanese morning.

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I don't know why people likes Love Live!, please, Wake up, Girls! or The [email protected] was best options.

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Your friend.

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I love this morning scenes.

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Back to the station I found an small bakery with really good prices and better products.

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The owner speak english so he ask me were I'm from and other basic questions. The only problem of this bakery was they haven't coffee machine :eek:hno:

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Next: Kyoto (Arashiyama)
 

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Now we move to Arashiyama. From Fushimi Inari I take a train to Gion-Shijo and change to Hankyu Kyoto Line for two stop and then the Keifuku Tram to my destination.

In fact the urban sector of Keihan and Hankyu can take part of the Subway System.

Idea: Construct an underpass saving Kamo river connecting Keihan and Hankyu stations.

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Pontocho.

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I like the interiors of Hankyu trains :lol:

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Shijo-Omiya.

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I never take Keifuku tram before, and I've been two times in Kyoto -_-

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My favorite moment is when Tram runs in the street with cars and pedestrians.

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Arriving at Arashiyama Station. I really love this new design with the "Kimono forest"

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Again, two times I been in Kyoto but this is my first time in Arashiyama area -_-

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Main visits in this area was Tenryuji Temple and Bamboo Groves.

Some parts of the Tenryuji Temple was under works so I can not visit the inside rooms.

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Behind the Bamboo Grove there's a nice residential area. Time to back to the Randen station.

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Oh! crossing on the San'in Main Line :cheers: Time for lost time taking photos of trains :lol:

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Next: Nijo Castle.
 

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Thanks to all.

Well, after an intensive week with lots of work, here I am back with more photos.

Nijo Castle

I've been twice in Kyoto before the present short trip but I never visited the Nijo Castle. Big mistake, after visit the complex I think it's one of most interesting places in the city.

From Arashiyama, I toke the Randen to Tenjingawa and transfer to the Subway Tozai Line. The Subway in the first station on the lines was empty :shifty:


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Short trip, 5 minutes. Kyoto Subway has one of my favourite station chimes when the voice announces the next train.


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Inside the castle you can not take photos :eek:hno:


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Looks like a tea house.


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Ganbatte!


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From Nijo Castle I went to the Kyoto International Manga Museum near Karasuma Oike Station. Unfortunately it's impossible to take photos inside de museum but I recommend to all who visit Kyoto to dedicate a little time in that place.


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My lunch was on Kyoto Station.


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Next, Umekoji SL Museum.
 

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Let's continuing with the Umekoji SL Museum. This old depot in the Kyoto Railway Triangle has no direct connexion by rail but you can access by bus from Kyoto Station.

Diesel tractor and Limited Express Haruka.

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Spain MZA SL miniature

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Big diorama inside the museum.

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In a side of the SL depot there is a garage with workers repairing and cleaning pieces of the SL.

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That's all for now.

Next, Keihin Uji Line and Kyoani.
 

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Sorry for the delay.

Let's continue with the Uji Line and Kyoani.

Back to Kyoto Station, using the Kansai Thru-Pass I rode on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Tanbabashi and changed to the Keihan Line and Keihan Uji Line in Chushojima.


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Passing train at Kamitobaguchi Station.


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Ok, let's ride on the Keihan Uji Line!


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But first of all, I stopped at Kawada Station, just for this:



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Back to the Uji Line, I rode until the last station, Uji Station.


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And back to Osaka. After shower, I looked for a place to dinner. Walking from Dobutsuenmae to Dotonbori.


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Mmmm I've found an Animate shop.


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Azusa from [email protected] and Ichika for Ano Natsu de Matteru. I love those characters.


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Kirino's dakimakura :lol: For your tsundere nights.


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DTR zone.



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Next, Kobe.
 

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Kobe

I woke up early in the morning (again)

In this occasion I decided to use Hanshin from Hanshin-Umeda Terminal. I don't know why I didn't use Hanshin from Kintetsu-Namba :dunno:

First of all, a subway ride to Hanshin-Umeda. I want to use a freak-route. From Dobutsuen-mae take the Midosuji Line and change at the first station (Daikokucho) to the Yotsubashi Line.


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Inside the train, Sanyo Electric Railway 5000 series through the Hanshin Main Line.


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Nice redesign for Kobe Sannomiya Terminal.


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But it's early in the morning (7 am) so... I decided to visit Shin-Kobe Station using the platform ticket.


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OK, nice neighborhood.


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That's all for Shin-Kobe. Next: Kitano ward.
 

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Kitano Ijinkan in Kobe, an historical district with some foreign-style residences from late Meiji and Taishi eras. Good area and better views of Kobe.

Walking from Shin-Kobe is only 20 minutes... and I've found interesting business.


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Former Chinese Consulate.


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Weatherclock.


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Moegi House.


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Weatherclock House.


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Next: Sannomiya and Awaji-Hanshin Earthquake Museum.
 

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Continuing Kobe, I walked to Sannomiya Station and take a Hanshin train for visit the Kobe Earthquake Museum.

Frankly, I love these clean streets.


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Sannomiya Station.


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Iwaya Station area.


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Nagisa Junior High School.


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Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art.


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Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum.


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These museums are in a new developed district, HAT Kobe. I'm waiting for a nice skyscraper or whatever.

Getting back to the Hanshin station went through the Nagisa Elementary School.


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In contrast with Spain, schools are well completed. Specially elementary schools where children caring for animals and have lots of materials in the school.

Even the temporary classroom building looks better than too many temporary school buildings in Spain.

Case: http://goo.gl/maps/nu2if


Next: trying to visit Sake Factory and Takarazuka.
 

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After the Earthquake Museum I've tried to visit a Sake Factory in Ishiyagawa.


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Hanshin Expwy.


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The Sake Factory.


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Back to the station and before move to Takarazuka I toke more pictures.


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Hankyu Imazu Line.


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Arrived at Takarazuka, after short walk I visited the Osamu Tezuka Museum. Nothing exceptional except the building and the nice neighborhood.


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And back to Kobe.
 

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Back to Kobe using Hankyu, I love their cuban-green olive moquette :lol:

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This is the Port Tower area.

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An the Kobe Port Tower.

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Hotel Okura Kobe and the weird Kobe Maritime Museum.

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Idyllic scenery with the Hanshin Expwy and the business towers.

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Kobe Airport lights?

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Port Island.

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Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park.

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This is a kind of Kobe downtown area. Nice western-style buildings mixed with towers.

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And now, some views from the top of the Kobe City Office.

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Sannomiya Center Street.

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Chinatown.

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Robot in Wakamatsu Park.

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That's all for Kobe.


In my opinion one of the best cities in Japan for life. Downtown is compact and looking to the port, it seems like Tokyo Port. Close to Osaka and Kyoto is a choice to consider if I want to live in Japan.
 

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^^ WTF!!??

Well, as I promised to Ukiyo, after a long ~hiatus~ (always want to use this word since certain anime production used it :lol:) here the final of my short trip in Kansai.

Osaka. The second third largest city of Japan. This is my third time in that city, and probably the first that I enjoyed a lot. First in 2004, my day here was rainy and humid, difficult to enjoy. The second in 2006 was an extremely cold day.

After two days leaving my hotel around 5am, today is time to rest until 7~

First of all I visited one of main shrines in Osaka, Sumiyoshi Taisha. Interesting ride with the Hankai Tramway, but they didn't accept the Kansai Thru Pass and it generates a problem for me. Only 10000¥ note, and only 100¥ coin ... and the ride cost 200¥. For sure the motorman was gently and he let me down without pay. Thanks!


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The Shrine:


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Who designs those bridges? :lol:


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From the bridge:


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Back to the Nankai Station to use my last day of Kansai Thru Pass.


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Interesting shop, Lanvin. I remembered a spanish genius of arts.


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It makes sense. :lol:



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