Posts Tagged ‘Osaka’

Wonderful Cooking Sun Japanese cooking class

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Hi Koyomi,

We returned from our Japan holiday on Monday.  Everything went to plan with our rail passes and USJ tickets.  I really want to give you feedback on the Cooking Sun Japanese cooking class.  It was so wonderful and I can highly recommend it.  We caught a taxi from Kyoto Station as this seemed easiest, but found our way back very easily after the class.  Fuki, the lady who taught us, spoke excellent English and was just so nice.  There was only Jemma and I in the class and it was very hands on.  We learnt a lot and were very proud of the obento box we produced.  I will send you a couple of photos on a separate email.  Great value for money. 

Regards, Karyn

Wonderful Cooking Sun Japanese cooking class

Bento Boxes - Japanese Cooking Class

Takayama – a great opportunity to experience a ryokan

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
We felt blessed when we were greeted by the lovely guide at Osaka airport after a long queue for fingerprinting, face recognition etc. Of course we were weary, and it was a great luxury to be swept to the hotel in a very flash Toyota limo.

Hyatt very good. Room on first Japanese second floor, so a good view of the roof below, but it was very quiet and comfortable. By far the smallest of our three rooms, but great bed, bath and breakfast.

The bike tour was a huge success. Although we had a couple of rain showers we managed to visit all the temples/shrines/palace as well as stopping at a tiny ‘hole in the wall’ for noodles, which is what we had requested.

If you have any clients remotely interested in architecture or art I would certainly include the Miho Museum. It is absolutely breathtaking. Almost worth the trip to Japan, and made so much easier with the car. Again, the blossoms not out, but magnificent.

Cherry blossoms started to really bloom while in Kyoto, and being the weekend the Japanese tourists were out in force, quite a few in national dress.

Takayama – a great opportunity to experience a ryokan. That place also had a great onsen on the ground floor, and contrary to our expectations we were provided with three not one excellent dinners. The first in a private room of their main dining area, the second at Hotel Alice? where we were served slivers of the heavy duty cholestrol steak. Third night another private room in their sushi bar part of the hotel. I would certainly recommend that place. The town also features some very pleasant walks, and of course the famous floats.


Helen

Thank you for all of your work

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Dear Eri,
I would also like to thank you for selecting such excellent hotels especially Keio Plaza hotel in Shinjuku (ichi-ban) because of the variety and best quality of food at the buffet restaurant –  and the quad room which we understand is very special size in Japan.
 
and Biyu No Yado with beautiful onsens and snow Monkeys were special and Yukki our host is so considerate of us.
 
We had such beautiful sunny weather and Cherry Blossoms were everywhere we went !!!
 
We have had a beautiful holiday and we managed to work out the trains and we just went where we wanted to and when we wanted to.
 
The only time we got lost was in the subway shops under Osaka Umeda station – that was very big – but we did take a compass.
 
Thank you for making all our arrangements,
everything went as booked and our family had a beautiful holiday.
 
Everyone in Japan was glad to see people starting to visit again after 2011.
 
Domo arigatou gozaimasu.

Peter 

Your organisation for us was fantastic

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Dear Olivia,
Thank you SO much for all you did for our trip: we had an absolute ball, and your organisation for us was fantastic. We are already planning a return in for koyo in late October/early November next year, 2013!!
 
The JR Green Pass was amazing: best thing ever.
 
All the hotels were great: the Metropolitan in Sendai gave us an end of corridor room, which was wider, and had western beds on a slightly raised floor: sort of a cross between a western and a Japanese room and really big: it was wonderful. 
 
I think I could live in the Nagoya Marriott forever: the rooms are HUGE, and the bathrooms are to die for: although next time we might be really picky and request a room with a better view we  were on the lowest of the guest floors (20th) which was fine, except we looked straight out on the adjacent tower..no view at all.
 
Granvia as always suited us perfectly. I love that place, and the new Osaka station is fabulous: loved it.
 
And having brekky included at the Shinagawa Prince was amazing: we LOVED that! AND we paid minimal extra (1000Yen per hour) for a late check out
yesterday: we had a quick shower and long brekky, left the hotel for some sightseeing around 9.30am and returned about 1.30pm, had a quick udon noodle lunch, and then a shower and left the room around 3.30pm for the 4pm limo bus: best way we have left Japan ever usually we travel up from Osaka,  never again!
It was so good to get to the airport feeling fresh and clean before the flight, and yet we had still done quite a bit on the day, Happoen garden, and the historic Shinagawa Tokaido Post road area.
 
 
So again, our thanks
 
Best wishes
 
Felicity

We had the most amazing time in Japan

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Hey Clem

Just wanted to write and say we had the most amazing time in Japan. It was so diverse everything we did. We loved the hotel in Kyoto great position and so nice….we felt grubby arriving there with a backpacks after a week snowboarding and staying in a hostel.

Everything with the transfer and JR Pass was easy to work out. The Mt Fuji trip was good too just a pity it was shy that day!! We also made it to Osaka and managed to get Sumo Tickets and it was a lot of fun to watch.

I even managed to eat more then just sushi with my allergies which was nice too haha

Kind Regards,

Sarah 

Thank you for your efforts

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Hello Olivia,
 
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 weeks in Japan.
Just to recap a little, we spent the first 4 nights in Tokyo (Shiba Park Hotel); the next 2 in Yudanaka (Ryokan Biyu no Yado); 4 nights in Kyoto (Ryokan Hatoya); 4 nights in Osaka staying with Japanese friends; 3 nights in Hiroshima 1 in Kurashiki and, our final 2 nights in Tokyo at Shiba Park Hotel again.
In Tokyo, we had two pre-arranged tours you booked for us.  A half-day Tokyo tour and a full day Mt Fuji / Hakone tour.  Both of these tours were excellent.  As we were travelling with our 11yo daughter, having English-speaking tour guides made everything so much easier for her … and for us too.
Shiba Park Hotel continues to be a friendly, comfortable and conveniently located as well.
I’ve already mentioned Yudanaka and Ryokan Biyu no Yado.  What a wonderful little town and a brilliant inn.  The Snow Monkey park was my wife’s choice, so I didn’t know what to expect.  However, the two nights we spent there could easily have become ten! 
We had the best time there with Yuki, Masao and Craig.  They couldn’t do enough for us.
Kyoto and Ryokan Hatoya was a different story.  This was my third visit to Japan, and third to Kyoto so, I’d seen most of the touristy things already.  My wife and daughter enjoyed it though.
Ryokan Hatoya was excellently located, so close to the station.  It was very comfortable.  Some of the staff spoke quite good English, but it was hit-and-miss as to whether they’d be on duty when you needed them.  Their onsen was good too.
One area that was curious to us was breakfasts.  Not only at Hatoya, but it was highlighted there.  There seems to be a notion that Westerners eat huge breakfasts.  Here, and at Yudanaka, our breakfasts were far, far bigger than we could eat.  It resulted in a lot of wasted food and a feeling that we’d ‘let down’ our hosts.
My last visit to Japan was 18 years ago and, back then, the breakfasts were not nearly as big as they seem to have become.  Maybe there could be some education of accommodation providers to offer a ‘tick the box for what you’d like’ for the set breakfasts.
Some of the places we stayed at, offered buffet breakfasts (Shiba Park Hotel and APA in Kurashiki).  We found that a good option too.
While in Kyoto, we did a day trip to Arashiyama.  This was a very pleasant, easily accessed area.  The unfortunate part for us was that we chose a long weekend to be there.  Naturally, that meant we had several thousand of our closest friends there too.  Oh well, you can’t do much about that!
If you were lucky enough to be there on an average weekday, it would be quite scenic and a lovely day out.
Apart from the very well conducted Kyoto/Nara all day tour, we also found Nishi-Honganji Temple; walked the Gion District and found some great places to eat.
Can’t say too much about Osaka.  We stayed in the home of friends in the southern suburb of Yao.  They showed us around their town, mainly the Tennoji area and, we went to Horyuji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest temples and a truly amazing place!  On top of that, we saw the Osaka Aquarium, Tempozan Harbour Village and Osaka Castle.
Our daughter loved all these.  Tempozan Village was new to all of us and the Ferris wheel afforded great views of the city.
In Hiroshima, we did all the usual things; the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Peace Park, Shukkeien Garden (beautiful … and so close to Flex too!) and, Miyajima (always good to visit).
 
Next stop was an over-nighter in Kurashiki.  In hindsight, I’d not recommend an overnight stay in this town unless there was no other choice.
The Canal Area of town is beautiful and well worth a day trip, even a long day trip to take in as much as possible.  However, we didn’t find too much else to interest us in the 24 hours we had there.
Forget the Museum of Natural History … it seemed like it hadn’t been updated since it opened in the ‘80’s.
From Kurashiki, we went back to Tokyo and the Shiba Park Hotel for our final two nights.  It was nice to be back in an area we knew well.  Jane and Mia went to Disneyland on the following day, while I checked out some motorcycle shops.
 
On our last day, with an evening flight home, we just took things nice and easy, got to the airport early, shopped, ate and, thought of what awaited us at home.
We had a fantastic trip, made so much easier by the efforts of yourself and JTB.  Thank you for your efforts … especially after we re-arranged everything following the March disaster.
Regards,
 
Jeff & Jane and Mia

Amazing, as simple as that .. "perfect

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Firstly let me say that the trip to Japan was completely amazing, as simple as that .. “perfect”. I will break down my feedback into sub headings to ensure that I cover all points.

Flights and organization at airport.

Fortunately we were not affected by the customs strike and had not problems at all. On arrival at Tokyo airport all went very smoothly with the funniest thing being that we were met by our Japanese guide as “Stefan XXXX and Party” (He is the 20 year old). this “giggle” continued as everywhere we were booked in and met with “Stefan XXXX and party”.. he was most impressed. This did not cause any problems at all for us, so please do not worry.

Hotels- satisfactory

Keio plaza- lovely thank you. would stay there again. excellent location, staff very helpful etc. Non smoking room was a true non smoking room. Graham found bed far to hard.

New Miyako- sorry never again. The location was excellent but the entire place wrecks of cigarette smoke and made us all feel really unwell. We are avid non smokers and there is no way it was a non smoking room, really horrible. Coughed all night.

Hiroshima-Granvia, no problem would stay again. (small thing is that restaurants and food areas closed a lot earlier in Hiroshima than anywhere else e.g. 8pm so can be tricky to find somewhere to eat after that..which lead to an hilarious evening of drinking sake and eating Hiroshima oysters with a charming (albeit very drunk) Japanese Doctor who loved “Australia”.

Osaka- Granvia only place with comfortable beds during the whole trip. This did not worry me at all but Graham has a bad back and all the rest of the hotels have rock hard beds. Had to laugh bed was great but they put the boys in a room miles from ours! Best of all the hotels though.

Travelling within Japan

very comfortable vans

excellent drivers

trains all worked like clockwork only got mildly lost once

really no problems

train from Osaka to Kansai airport perhaps you should recommend not travelling with luggage in peak hour but .. it all adds to the atmosphere

Tour guides

our guides

Noriko – Tokyo

Yumi- Kyoto and Osaka

Akiko- Hiroshima

were in one word – exemplary. It was a delight to meet such wonderful people, their knowledge, friendliness, professionalism was faultless. I’d like to highlight two charming instances .. one was Noriko making us sing Japanese folk songs to take my mind of my major fear of heights on the cable car.. the second was Yumi travelling back to see us on our last day at Osaka because she wanted to bring gifts to us and to make sure we got the right train!

I cannot sing their praises enough. Having the guides enhanced our experience of Japan enormously. I intend to write thank you letters to their companies as well.

in terms of the tour guides and drivers I had wished in retrospect that I had brought more thoughtful gifts rather than the mundane soap and books we gave them so perhaps this is a good hint to others as their service was wonderful. In general too I had only very small things for the drivers and would have loved to have given them something better too.

Weather and food

perfect weather only one wet day in Hiroshima which added to the ambience

food – fabulous as we love Japanese food, we would have been happy not to have bothered with the western meal at Miaggio and to have had a Japanese meal but not a problem and the buffet was very good. we did pay for one meal that we thought was included but this wasn’t a bother either. the highlight in terms of arranged dinning was the meal in Osaka with Yumi so much fun!

Timing of trip

originally I was disappointed to miss the Sakura when the first trip had to be canceled but the timing was perfect as it was between seasons so to speak (after the Cherry Blossoms but before the Autumn leaves) which meant very few crowds. all tour guides remarked that we had been extraordinarily lucky with how easily we got around the often crowded areas e.g. Golden Pavilion.

Other highlights apart from the planned itinerary

we were invited to join a wedding party in Kyoto- seriously

we saw a traditional Shinto wedding

we were 2 metres from the Crown Prince who we saw twice in an excited throng at Kyoto station

we met and talked with two (young) sumo wrestlers

we saw many many many ladies in Kimonos

..where do I stop!

Overall, a wonderful holiday that exceeded our expectations and Graham and I will book another trip soon…

we also plan to go with “empty bags” next time as the clothing and shoes etc were wonderful as was the art work. (we purchased some incredible original contemporary wood block prints and three fabulous antiques)

I will be in touch!

thank you again

Sue

Thank you for the wonderful assistance.

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Hello Yoko:
 
Thank you for the wonderful assistance provided for my recent trip.
 
I will send to you a copy of my email to the Park Hotel in Tokyo – truly, the best hotel staff I’ve met. an ideal location – close to the Ginza, Shimbashi JR station, Shimbashi and Shiodome subway stations,  Shimbashi monorail (to the Big Sight) and access to Shinkansen lines.  All staff were extremely kind and helpful – it is very pleasing that from the front desk through to the house staff, everyone was cheerful and bright – and quirky in a contented way.
 
The ryokan at Kyoto (RYOKAN AZUMAYA KYOTO)  was marvelous experience – if at all possible, could you please thank them again for the three night stay?  I did very well sleeping on a futon!
The JR Pass was very advantageous.
 
I was bowled over by the fullness of spirit and decency of Japanese people everywhere – many very happy memories – highlights include a performance of Wagner’s Lohengrin by the Bavarian State Opera, with Kent Nagano conducting, at the NHK Hall; horse races at Keiba and Nakayama (the international race meeting last Sunday was spectacular); ramen cooks smiling graciously at my left handed misuse of chopsticks; the culture of Kyoto, buzz of Tokyo and sereneness of Nara; smiling policemen and policewomen; the Prada exhibition at the Museum of Western Art and ukiyo-e and the overall reverence of the aesthetic in everyday life; the amazing food (I love gyozo!); the respect at the core of the Japanese life; wonderful late summer weather; the sheer joy of Japanese individuals; and being chided by a monk for smoking in the grounds of a Shrine at Nikko.
 
There is some hope of possible business with an Osaka based company, Kalita, which manufactures coffee making equipment, and if further progress is made, I would like to contact you regarding future travel to Japan.
 
Like a good restaurant, I have had a most pleasing small taste of a sample, and there remain many further items on the menu.
 
Once again, arigato gozaimasu,
 

Tom

We enjoyed everything about Japan

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
We enjoyed everything about Japan so beautiful and the people  wonderful and helpful at all times.
 
The JR PASS WAS THE WAY TO GO very easy to use compared to London Paris and Shanghai. We departed from Osaka to Tokyo stayed for a few hours returned on a earlier train as it was very hot no problem to change the ticket on the same day at short notice.
 
For mature clients Japan is a safe place to travel and it is much cheaper than here.
 
Food was interesting and the baking super equal to PARIS. Except the prices were again much less than here or Paris.
 
 We cannot wait to return as the 8 days was a birds eye view.
 
When we return again we would use the JR PASS AND WOULD NOT DREAM OF USING ANYTHING ELSE. Plenty of English signage at the stations and on the trains . How I wish we have JR RAIL HERE.
 
We do a lot of travel and JAPAN HAS  IT ALL FOR YOUNG OR MATURE TRAVELLERS.
 
I would like to say how nice the ladies of Japan dress more English than the English at all times.
 
Thanking you
 

sandy

They could not have represented JTB any better than they did

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Dear Olivia,
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank yourself and JTB for a magnificent Tour through Central Honshu.
Please pass on my appreciation of the organisation and conduct of our Tour, to your principals, and I would especially like to mention the Ladies who looked after us whilst on Tour. Their demeanour and most pleasant outlook made travelling a pleasure and they could not have represented JTB any better than they did on our Tour.
 
Japan is a beautiful country and I can only hope that the number of tourists increase in the near future as there were no problems for us, in respect to the Tsunami, at any stage and although I am told there were a number of minor earthquakes in the Tokyo region whilst we were there, we did not feel them.
 
Once again thank you for your assistance in making our Tour, of a small part of Japan, an experience that will stay with us for a long, long time.
 

Kind Regards

Alan

I had the time of my life!

Friday, September 9th, 2011
Hi Noriko
 
I had an amazing time at both concerts! Concerts in Japan are definitely different to Australia!
I went to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I had the time of my life!
It was sooooo hot!! Especially at the concerts!
 
Our tickets were ready for us at the hotel. To be honest we almost forgot to ask about them!!
 
In Osaka, the trains were quite hard, we ended up finding some people who were also going and they helped us to get there.
But in Tokyo the trains were alot easier.
 
The Springs Makuhari was actually quite nice! I didn’t really think of it much more then as a place to sleep, but I was surprised.
Not hugely English speaking though. and no minibar or room service.
 
I also really enjoyed the Kyoto Special Night …. I would highly recommend it.
 
I was very happy with my arrangements, I didn’t have a problem at all!
Thanks so much again :)  I will definitely use you guys in the future for Japan! :)
 
 

My Best Regards
Hayley

JTB WERE AMAZING HOSTS!!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Hi Lisa 
 
I hope you’re well. 
 
We’ve now collated all the feedback from the trip and everyone had an amazing time!  I’ve listed their comments below.  If you could please pass this on to everyone involved, that would be fantastic:
 
Swissotel Nankai
  • Excellent!!! Great location and easy to walk around the shops, resturants etc! Very helpful staff and excellent rooms.
  • Perfect! Very centrally located, close to the train and shop – I will definitiely recommend it to my clients
  • Excellent, beds were so comfortable, service was great, nice views, spacious rooms and the breakfast buffet was great with a large variety
  • The hotel was absolutely perfect in every way
  • great location, amazing breakfast & view
  • amazing location and very nice views in the rooms. Comfortable beds, pillow menus, good breakfasts
  • The Swissotel was beautiful. Clean, comfortable and friendly service. Such a fantastic location that I will most certainly be recommending it!
  • The Swissotel Nankai was FANTASTIC – brilliant location, great breakfast & lovely staff. Would recommend it to anyone visiting Osaka
  • Awesome hotel!!
  • very nice hotel and the service was great
  • The hotel was lovely – very clean and perfect location
  • the hotel was great and in a really good location to tourist areas.
  • Lovely hotel, great location ( Loved the coffee machine in the room too ! )
Day tours & sightseeing
  • JTB WERE AMAZING HOSTS!!
  • All of the touring was great
  • The tours and sights were just perfect
  • The day tours and sightseeing was exceptional, loved the guide and the meal on the last night was the most unique and different meal ive ever had in my life, I loved it
  • we saw a lot  of amazing things in a small amount of time which was great
  • Our tour guide (mochiko) was absolutely brilliant. She was so knowledgable, friendly & humerous. I loved each of the tours
  • the tour guide machiko from JTB was nothing short of amazing!! A good mix of cultural activities, food and free time
  • The guide for JTB was out of this world. Not too overwhelming with info, just enough
  • The day tours were fanstastic! I loved the tea ceremony and the dinner with the geishas, both were experiences i’ll never forget
  • the day in Kyoto is a good seller with The tea ceremony and temples
  • Everything was fantastic. I especially loved Kyotothe JTB Guide was excellent.  The Kyoto day trip was excellent and the dinner that night was just amazing!

Thank you so much for all your assistance in organising everything Lisa!

Kind Regards
Lanie

We were very pleased with the services offered

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Dear Olivia,

I know that Lorraine has already sent you an e-mail describing how well the trip around Hokkaido has gone. We fully endorse her comments!

In addition, we want to let you know that the arrangements that you made for us personally – JAL trips between Osaka Kansei and Sapporo Chitose, and overnight accommodation at the Bellevue Garden Kansei Airport Hotel – all went according to plan. We were very pleased with the services offered and would like to that you for making the arrangements and helping to make our trip a great and memorable success :-)

Kind Regards,
Eileen and Mike

Home after a fantastic trip to Japan

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Hi Clem
We are back home after a fantastic trip to Japan and a bus tour of Taiwan. Everything worked exactly as planned. First let us compliment you on the level of accommodation chosen for us. The Nagoya’s “Marriott Associa Hotel”, once we found it, was very up market for our normal level, the Matsumoto “Tokyu Inn” was satisfactory and the Ryoken in Yudanaka was an extremely pleasant experience even though we only stayed at the “Biyu-No-Yado” for only one night, as they had no other guests they closed the Ryoken for maintenance and moved us to other Ryoken where the accommodation and food was just as excellent, unfortunately we never found out the name of this Ryoken as nobody could speak English and only Japanese identification was evident. The Takayama Ryoken “Hotakasu Yamano Iori” was not as spectacular as the other two but more than satisfactory. From there on the Quality of accommodation in Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka was of a great standard.

Your recommendations of sightseeing and transport option were excellent. We did improvise some train travel and incorporated more stops particular a Cherry Blossom stop in Hikone and Himejei. Travel by train was on the whole easy except getting lost in the huge station like Nagoya and the Osaka subway system. On our arrival at the Nagoya Station, it was late evening, we got hopelessly lost and only through numerous enquiries did we found the Marriott hotel. The following day our tour guide, Sumiko Fukami, gave us an orientation tour of the station even though it was not on our itinerary and way past her tour time. This basically set the tone of the whole trip, every time we were lost or looked confused somebody was always ready to help even with the language barrier. A good example I like to recall: we decided to take the train from Yudanaka to Takayama via Nagano, Naoetsu, and Toyama. The Journey through the mountains was fantastic and once we arrived in Naoetsu the conductor from the previous train made sure we were at the right platform and than shepherded us to a warm waiting room and only than did he leave us.

Japan is a country of Temples, Shrines, Castles, Fantastic Landscapes, Cherry blossoms, Beautiful Customs and History. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to experience this extraordinary country and welcoming people.

The shortage of tourists made our trip even more memorable as we were often the only foreigners in restaurants and at sightseeing spots, however the opposite is true for Taiwan which is being over run by main land Chinese whose behaviour of pushing and very loud behaviour is opposite to the more refined Japanese people behaviour.

One note of something you were probably not aware of, the Free Novotel Shuttle bus in Taipei does not operate between midnight and 6:05, we just had to wait for over an hour for the shuttle.

The Taiwan bus tour was well conducted and delivered everything its promised but after our own sightseeing in Japan it came a bit of a shock by the tour leader always pushing and given time limits on sightseeing some times not even enough time to take a decent photo. Such are group tours.

I am starting to ramble on so to close off again we are very glad we did visit Japan and maybe one day in the future we are able to see more of the fascinating country and helpful friendly people.
Thank You Clem and JTB.
Many Regards
Erich & Rebecca

Every time we would book with JTB

Monday, February 14th, 2011
Dear Lily;

Thanks for your help with our recent trip to Japan. We had a good time there….and plenty of walking. I will quickly ring you to say thank you and to also say next time and every time we would book with JTB.

Regards Chris and Rita.

A quick hotel report.
Hotel Nikko Narita.
Bus at the airport across the road…ready and waiting. Great…good breakfast…no noise…7 Eleven down the road 200 metres.

Shinyokohama Kokusai Hotel
My choice…good location for Shinkansen. But!!!!! They do not turn off the heating.
Totally stupid. That forces you to open the window to let in fresh air. Leaving you with outside traffic noise. Breakfast voucher…is enough to get you going.
Can’t recommend it because of the heating.

Royal Park Inn Nagoya
What a lovely hotel…which will be demolished next year. Nice room…bigger….older style. Heating is left on in Winter….but it is not connected until you turn it on.. Relief…nice and cool. Drink voucher supplied….a nice touch. Nice and civilised in the lounge. And a good variety of drinks ( non alchoholic ) We paid for breakfast…1650 yen….but very good 4 the price.
Good selection….lovely Danish pastries. A great hotel.Fairly close to the station.
And they allowed us to leave our bags in the foyer without charge until 1.30…while we visited Nagoya Castle. I did offer to pay a fee but they said no.

Cross Hotel Osaka
Great. Beautiful upgraded room with a special Japanese shower and bath. Around the corner is the Shinsaibashi arcade. Breakfast reduced to 1300 yen…and we were happy enough.

Everything just works in Japan…but homework helps.
Thank you for the good plane seats both ways.

Chris and Rita.