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The Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama A tale of sunlight and shadows

The Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama     A tale of sunlight and shadows

Arashiyama is famous for its Sagano Romantic Train ride, whether during spring for its cherry blossoms or autumn for the brilliant colors of its maple leaves. It is also renowned for its landmark bridge, Togetsukyo which is used in many tourist promotion photos. However, there is another place that stands out and is equally as charming. This place is the bamboo forest paths which are over 500 meters long, set between Tenryuji temple and Nonomiya Shrine.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519 

  • 5 minutes by car from Kyoto Station

  • 10 minutes by free shuttle bus from Hachijo exit of JR Kyoto Station (Shinkansen exit)

  • 7 minutes by walk from Gojo Subway Station

Distance from hotel

about 30 minutes by car from Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

The Cats of Fushimi Inari Taisha Celebrating Fushimi Shrine's most-loved residents

The Cats of Fushimi Inari Taisha Celebrating Fushimi Shrine's most-loved residents

As the crowds disperse in the late afternoon at Fushimi Inari, the shrine's most favorite residents come out from hiding. The cats of Fushimi Inari wander towards the quiet pathways lined with orange 'torii' gates in the thousands. Big cats, small cats, spotty cats, stripy cats - all the cats of your wildest dreams emerge from the wilderness. With personalities as iridescent and interesting as the shrine where they live, the cats of Fushimi Inari Taisha will warm the hearts of everyone they meet

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519 

  • 5 minutes by car from Kyoto Station

  • 10 minutes by free shuttle bus from Hachijo exit of JR Kyoto Station (Shinkansen exit)

  • 7 minutes by walk from Gojo Subway Station

Distance from hotel

about 20 minutes by car from Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

The Osaka Castle Park in Autumn An urban paradise in the middle of Osaka’s jungle

The Osaka Castle Park in Autumn An urban paradise in the middle of Osaka’s jungle

In the heart of Osaka, inside the Great Stone Wall, there is a beautiful castle, the symbol of Osaka. However it’s not the only beautiful thing to admire. The Osaka Castle’s Park, opened in 1931 and covers an area of 106.7 hectares offering unique scenery that attracts many visitors all year round. You’ll be surprised to remember that you’re still in the center of a big city! The people of Osaka are so lucky to have such a beautiful park in their city, one that is ideal for all ages and a perfect place for relaxation and recreation.

Osaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Osaka

2-1, Doyama-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0027 

  • 10 minutes on foot from JR Osaka Station (Hankyu line and Hanshin line) and Umeda Station

  • 20 minutes from Toyonaka Exit on the Meishin Expressway

  • 30 minutes by airport bus from Osaka (Itami) Airport to Osaka Station

Distance from hotel

about 15 minutes by car from Osaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Osaka

9-6, Toyotsu-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka 564-0051 

  • 1 minute on foot from Esaka Station on the Midosuji Subway Line (4 minutes by Subway from Shin-osaka Station, 11 minutes by Subway from Umeda Station)

  • 15 minutes by car from Osaka (Itami) Airport to Esaka Station

  • 26 minutes by train from Osaka (Itami) Airport to Esaka Station

Distance from hotel

about 45 minutes by train from Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI

Magnificent Night Views of Osaka Seen from the Floating Garden of Umeda Sky Building

Magnificent Night Views of Osaka Seen from the Floating Garden of Umeda Sky Building

On a cold clear day in December 2013 I climbed to the top of Umeda Sky Building in Osaka to see the gorgeous night view from there.

Umeda Sky Building has a famous 'Floating Garden' on its rooftop, which is an observation floor that boasts a 360 degree panoramic view of the city of Osaka. The most important feature of this place, which pleases me a lot, is that since this is an open-air space, I don't have to worry about the reflections of lights on the glass windows. Although it's unbearably chilly to stand on the 40th floor of a 173-meter-high building, once you see this gorgeous night-time view, you'll forget about the chill for a while. This is the must-visit place if you ever come to Osaka!

Osaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Osaka

2-1, Doyama-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0027 

  • 10 minutes on foot from JR Osaka Station (Hankyu line and Hanshin line) and Umeda Station

  • 20 minutes from Toyonaka Exit on the Meishin Expressway

  • 30 minutes by airport bus from Osaka (Itami) Airport to Osaka Station

Distance from hotel

about 10 minutes by car from Osaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Osaka

9-6, Toyotsu-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka 564-0051 

  • 1 minute on foot from Esaka Station on the Midosuji Subway Line (4 minutes by Subway from Shin-osaka Station, 11 minutes by Subway from Umeda Station)

  • 15 minutes by car from Osaka (Itami) Airport to Esaka Station

  • 26 minutes by train from Osaka (Itami) Airport to Esaka Station

Distance from hotel

about 20 minutes by car from Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI

Viale Osaka

osaka

3-1-3, Azuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 541-0052541-0052 

  • 3 minutes on foot from Honmachi Station served by the Subway Midosuji Line Exit 1

  • 5 minutes on foot from Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station served by the Sakaisuji Subway Line Exit 17

  • 5 minutes on foot by subway from Namba Station

Distance from hotel

about 15 minutes by car from Viale Osaka

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan™

Osaka

6-2-52, Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 905-0207554-0024 

  • 1 minute on foot from JR Universal City Station

  • 30 minutes by car from Osaka (Itami) Airport

  • 40 minutes by car from Kansai International Airport

Distance from hotel

about 25 minutes by car from The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan®

Tsūtenkaku & Shinsekai Osaka's Colorful Past

Tsūtenkaku & Shinsekai     Osaka's Colorful Past

Tsūtenkaku Tower is located in the Shinsekai area of Osaka. The tower was first built in 1912 as a reminder of the Eiffel Tower and was connected to the nearby amusement park, Luna Park, via an aerial cable car. Tsūtenkaku Tower and Luna Park were major attractions in the Shinsekai area. The tower eventually became so popular that it turned into the Osaka’s symbol. Unfortunately, in 1943, the tower suffered a fire and was so badly damaged that it wasn’t repaired. Instead, the steel was used for military purposes during the war. Before this incident, the tower had been 64 meters tall and was the second tallest structure in Asia.

Viale Osaka

osaka

3-1-3, Azuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 541-0052541-0052 

  • 3 minutes on foot from Honmachi Station served by the Subway Midosuji Line Exit 1

  • 5 minutes on foot from Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station served by the Sakaisuji Subway Line Exit 17

  • 5 minutes on foot by subway from Namba Station

Distance from hotel

about 15 minutes by car from Viale Osaka

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan™

Osaka

6-2-52, Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 905-0207554-0024 

  • 1 minute on foot from JR Universal City Station

  • 30 minutes by car from Osaka (Itami) Airport

  • 40 minutes by car from Kansai International Airport

Distance from hotel

about 30 minutes by car from The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan®

Dotonbori Shopping Arcade Heart and soul of Osaka

Dotonbori Shopping Arcade     Heart and soul of Osaka

Be mesmerized by the masses of neon lights, labyrinthine of streets with multi colored shops including pachinkos, karaokes, drug stores, boutiques, souvenirs shops to restaurants that cater to all kinds of demand. The street is always full of noise, full of light,