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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®

Harbourland Kobe A shopping district with a European aesthetic

Harbourland Kobe A shopping district with a European aesthetic

When staying at Hotel Crown Palais Kobe of if you are just visiting the city then Harborland (or Harbourland) is the place to go for all your shopping and dining needs. Built on the former site of a Japanese National Railways freight depot in 1992, this more recently developed shopping district gives the city an aura much different from it’s Kansai neighbors. With a primarily European design you might even forget you’re in Japan. Located in Kobe’s port, enjoying some retail therapy or a bite to eat with a Pacific sea breeze in the air is what makes this area of the city a great place to spend the day. Mosaic is the main host of restaurants in the district and closet to the harbor. With a huge selection of various cuisines available you may just find yourself stuck for choice. Harborland also has its own Ferris wheel as well as the Kobe port tower so getting a great vantage point over the city and surrounding mountains couldn't be easier.

Kobe Sannomiya Tokyu REI Hotel

kobe

6-1-5, Kumoidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0096 

  • 2 minutes on foot from JR Sannomiya Station East exit (access by private railway, subway, port liner, airport limousine bus, with bus for Universal Studios Japan)

  • 10 minutes on foot and Subway Line from Shin Kobe Shinkansen Station

  • 18 minutes by Port Liner from Kobe Airport to Sannomiya

Distance from hotel

about 3 minutes by train from Kobe Sannomiya Tokyu REI Hotel

Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel

kobe

1-2-35, Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0023 

  • 3 minutes on foot from Motomachi Station (JR Line and Hanshin Line)

  • 1 minute on foot from Kyukyoryuchi-Daimarumae Station Exit 1 (Kaigan Subway Line)

  • 15 minutes on foot from Sannomiya Station, West Exit 1 (Kobe Subway)

Distance from hotel

about 12 minutes by walk from Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel