Monday, February 24, 2014

Train ride to Osaka Station

The best way to see Japan is by getting out and onto the train.  Their train systems are so efficient and allows you to really see the country and other great cities and towns.  From Tokyo to Osaka, the JR Shinkansen (bullet train) takes about 2-3 hours.  The ride goes by so fast, and smooth.  Plus you can bring food from the stations or even buy it on the train.

The winter scenery along the way really changed once we neared Nagoya and into Osaka.  Fresh snow was starting to coat the grounds and roof tops.

From Tokyo, you arrive into the Shin-Osaka station.  From there you can take a cab or another train to connect to your destination.  The main station is the Osaka station.  It's worth a look as there a few great department stores, malls, and a lot of restaurants.  Plus since it was the year end/new year, the spirit of the holidays were beautifully lit around the station.

Katsu sandwich and a beer from the station for the ride.

Snow covered scenery along the way.

Osaka Station dressed for the holidays

Lit up like a winter wonderland

A closer look

Grand Front Osaka mall

Getting ready for the New Year celebration

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