|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