Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN ASIA ADVENTURE 2018
JAPAN DAY ONE ~ II:
OSAKA TO WAKAYAMA
Our first day after
our arrival in Osaka was designated a free day but there were optional
tours. We learned, however, that not enough people had signed up
for these tours and they weren't offered.
We didn't want to spend the day
in our compact hotel room so we arranged for a private guide and car. Our
first stop was at a shopping mall to find a place where we could convert
our money to Japanese funds.
The sprawling mall area was outdoors
under cold cloudy skies but provided access to a multitude of brand name
storefronts. It was so early in the day that the mall was almost vacant.
After a long walk during which our obliging driver accompanied us, we returned
to our car with fist-fulls of Japanese Yen.
We decided to see some of the
sites in nearby Wakayama. A temple, sea cave, seaside cliffs, fishmarket
with two meal stops along the way. The trip through the country gave us
a chance to take in the scenery in the Japanese rural areas. As we had
seen in our trips across other parts of Asia there were a multitude of
tunnels through the highland areas. Much of Japan is mountainous and engineers
have worked hard constructing multi-lane roads through rocky areas and
there were endless retaining barricades along the hillsides.
Early morning breakfast at the Premium Hotel and making
plans for the day
Street views from the hotel front
Meeting our driver who took us to a nearby mall
On the road through tunnels and hillside barricades
The City of Wakayam
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