|Here's Paul with his pack - we're like turtles with our homes on our back|
|We made it - and our hotel (Remm Shin Osaka) is in this station - it was really convenient!|
|As we looked for our hotel, we saw a panda and some other creature - I think a fish|
|Paul couldn't resist and danced with him|
We finally found our hotel but it was still too early to check in so we killed some time by walking around the station and buying our Shinkanesen tickets for Tokyo.
|Paul is impressed that all the train stations in Japan are so clean and organized|
|We finally got to check in at 2pm - here's the view from the 17th floor|
|And here's our tiny room. I am standing in the bathroom to take this photo.|
|Here's the view from our bathroom of the train station|
After resting a bit, we decided to walk around town and find the Umeda Sky Building.
|Walking towards the Umeda Sky Building|
|Looking up at the Umeda Sky Building - those are two escalators making that "v"|
|Contrary to what we read online, the entrance is not in Tower West...it is in Tower East|
|Another view looking up - about 558 feet (170 meters)|
|Riding the escalator|
|Panoramic view from the rooftop|
|Great view of the Yodogawa River from the rooftop|
|Paul is on the lookout|
|Got someone to take a photo of us|
|Can you see us in the reflection of the windows?|
|Here's a zoomed in shot|
|It was a really clear day - another shot of the Yodogawa River|
|I couldn't resist getting this cheesy photo taken|
|On our way out, Paul had to punch the Umeda Sky Tower mascot|
We then walked around searching for a place to eat. I wanted to try okonomiyaki - a grilled savory pancake that I read was kansai's soul food.
|Instead, Paul found John Wayne to punch|
|Walking around Osaka|
|We found some okonomiyaki to try...it had octopus and veggies in it with an egg base topped with sauces|
After walking around some more, we decided to head back. The next day we were supposed to see a bunch of things but ended up not doing anything.
|The view from the 17th floor at night|