Day 9 - Sunday 5 April - Osaka/Kobe

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So this morning my throat was still feeling sore :(  Definitely not happy Jan :(

Went down for breakfast at 9 (and was first one there heh) and everyone else came down and we discussed what we all planned to do. Stu and I needed a quiet recovery day. Sandra did too. Natty decided to go to the zoo and so Sandra decided to go with her. Natto and Andrew were all set to go to Kyoto, but at the last minute decided not to, and they ended up going to Universal Studios.

So I spent the morning moaning and feeling like crap. However I did manage to do a bit of Kyoto research and even came up with an itinerary that I thought Stu and I could manage. Stu went out to Umeda for a couple of hours on a mission to find a book store he'd read about somewhere. He came back later with a box of octopus balls - supposedly an Osaka speciality.

A bit before 3pm I finally dragged myself out of the hotel and we went on an excursion to Kobe. Hopped on a shinkansen and were there in fifteen minutes. Decided to walk down the hill to Sannomiya and from there got a local JR train to Maiko. The train line was right next to the ocean for a while, it was very nice, and could see the bridge coming in advance. Walked down to the bridge and took a bunch of photos. In the northern pylon there is the "Marine Promenade" which lets you go up to the underside of the bridge deck. There's a walkway and even a whole visitor's centre with telescopes, cafe and gift shop! Makes for some cool photos of the under side of the bridge. Afterwards we went back outside and took more photos in the setting sun.

Looking down towards Sannomiya from Shin-Kobe station
Looking down towards Sannomiya from Shin-Kobe station 

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
At 4km long, the world's longest suspension bridge 

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 

Maiko Marine Promenade underneath the bridge
Maiko Marine Promenade underneath the bridge 

Stu in the Maiko Marine Promenade
Stu in the Maiko Marine Promenade 

Looking through the middle of the bridge
Looking through the middle of the bridge 

Visitor's Centre in the middle of the bridge
Visitor's Centre in the middle of the bridge 

Stu controlling a camera atop the bridge
Stu controlling a camera atop the bridge 

Flowers in front of the bridge
Flowers in front of the bridge 

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge through the Möbius stone
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge through the möbius stone 

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge through the Möbius stone
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the möbius stone 

The Möbius stone
The möbius stone 

Sunset over the Akashi Strait
Sunset over the Akashi Strait 

Visitor's Centre in the bridge
Visitor's Centre in the bridge 

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 

We took about six photos before we got one we liked
We took about six photos before we got one we liked

Got the JR train back to Sannomiya and paid for the subway train back up to Shin-Kobe. Found a place to have a sit-down dinner. I had a big kirin which helped slightly numbing the general pain in my body, and we both had a fried pork curry then we hopped on a shinkansen back to Osaka.

We had hoped for an early night but as the others came back from their days they came and dropped in on us, so we had the team meeting for tomorrow and I showed them what I'd come up with for an itinerary, and crazily enough everyone was happy with it - weird!! :)

Impromptu team meeting in our room
Impromptu team meeting in our room
Photo by Stu 

Steps walked today: 5545
Photos taken by me: 202
Photos taken by Stu: 185

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