Another morning flight again... I left my home and called a cab to airport since there are not many cabs in the wee hours. I reached airport at around 5.30am and met up with CH, Fredrick and his relatives before we proceed to check in. We had our breakfast at Ya Kun. Hmm... not a good choice cos the bread is not nice at all. =(
The flight departs promptly at 7am and the flight is almost full. This is my longest flight to date as it takes 8hrs to reach Osaka with 1hr layover at Taipei Taoyuan Airport. Surprisingly, I didnt slept at all throughout the flight.
Bye bye Singapore
Does this cloud resemble a face?
I ordered beef stew which cost $8. A $3 top up will includes a drink and a dessert. The beef stew taste quite nice and it's one of the nicest meal that I have ate on the budget flight.
I was surprised when a flight attendant replied that we need to fill up the Taiwan immigration card even if we are only transiting in Taiwan. It turns out to be wrong later.
We walked to the JR Ticket Office which is located at the corner of the train station. We intend to buy JR West Rail pass and Sanyo pass. Seat reservation can be make at the Green Window (Midori-no-Madoguchi) Reservations Ticket Office.
o Unlimited usage of local trains on the Sanyo Main Line between Osaka and Shimonoseki
o Unlimited usage of JR trains in central Osaka and the JR airport trains between Kansai Airport and Osaka (including Haruka Limited Express)
o Unlimited usage of the JR ferry to Miyajima
o Seat reservations can be made for free
After returning back to Singaore, I did a check and discovered that each foreigner is limited to One pass when purchasing rail passes inside Japan.
Doesnt the interior of the train carriage resemble subway train carriage? This is the case in Japan except for those express train and shinkansen. There are also no steps on the trains when passenger has to alight or board the train from the platform. I remembered that when I took the trains to Malaysia when I was in my teens, the trains had such steps.
My first sunset in Japan
We reached Nankai Shinimamiya Station after 40min train journey. It was already pitch dark when we exit the train station. We managed to find our way to Hotel Chuo Selene which is about 10min walk away.
I choose to stay in Hotel Chuo Selene as it is a new hotel which was open in Mar10 and the rate is cheap at ¥6,000 for double room. It is also conveniently located near Nankai Shinimamiya Station, JR Shinimamiya Station and Dobutsuen mae subway station.
We discovered that the hotel is located beside the railway but was too tired to be disturbed by the train.