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Hotels at a glance
Hearton Hotel Shinsaibashi
The first of the Hearton Hotel Group, the hotel is nestled just a one-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station and offers smoking and non-smoking rooms with flat screen TVs, attached bathrooms, and complimentary internet access. Guests may indulge in pampering session of relaxing massages before dining at one of the hotel restaurants or venturing out to one of the many eateries surrounding the hotel.
Comfort Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi
Just a short walk from the city centre of Dotonbori, the hotel places its guest in the midst of a bustling landscape of shopping malls, cafes, and amusement parks. In addition to basic room amenities including en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators, and internet access, the hotel also offers a designated floor for female travellers, as well as laundry services and an on-site massage therapist. Attractions nearby include the Osaka Castle Park, known for its apricot trees and cherry blossom trees that bloom during springtime, Universal Studios Japan, and the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Crowne Plaza Shanghai
Tucked within the historical French Concession vicinity, the hotel is a 15-minute drive to Shanghai Mart, and five-minute walk to the nearest MRT station, while the tranquil gardens of Huashang Greenland are but a 10-minute walk away. Guests may unwind with a a variety of spa treatments in the in-house Balinese-style Four Seasons Spa, or head to the indoor pool or fitness centre for a quick workout, before dining at the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Putuo
A 15-minute ride from the airport will lead leisure and business travellers to the river-side hotel. While each room is furnished in contemporary designs with complimentary Wi-Fi, guests may opt for rooms with a view of the manicured gardens surrounding the hotel or one that looks out to the Suzhou River. Business travellers will delight in the hotel’s 24-hour business centre and their close proximity to the commercial districts of Putao, Changning, and Jing’an. Meanwhile eager explorers are but a five-minute walk from the nearest MRT station for a ride to popular tourist spots including Shanghai Disneyland Park, the historic Jingan Temple, and more
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- Max. occupancy: 2 people
- Room size, bedding, and facilities vary from hotel to hotel
Osaka, Japan: What to see and do
The Osaka district though recognised as the second smallest prefecture by size, holds a populous lot of up to 2.6 million making up 7% of the nation. Bustling past its electrifying state of current economic vibrancy and commerce, the city owes its culmination of culture, business, and arts to its central fixture West of Kobe and North of Sakai; forming a coastal cusp that formed the entryway for the welcoming of past dignitaries and explorers from China, Korea, and the Asian continent. The former Naniwazu Port saw excursions from foreign craftsmen and trade stalwarts during its operations in the 5th century, as well as the introduction and spread of Buddhism.
This seeping in of spiritual salience among Osaka’s kinsfolk spurred the sprouting of historical structures of worship and idolatry, with main exemplars including the Naniwanomiya Palace, considered to be the oldest palace in Japan, as well as Shitennoji Temple – built in 593 A.D by Prince Shotoku, marking a notch in the annals of his repertoire as unifier and advocate of Buddhism during the dogmatic rift between his Soga Clan and the conservative Shinto leanings of the Mononobe Clan. Now surrounded by the enveloping city expanse, the weathered beacon sits within a few minutes’ drive south from the Osaka Castle – an imposing display of legacy, with rebuilt walls, intricate gold leaf accents, and perching dolphin and tiger roof embellishments marking a lasting testament of perseverance and treasured heritage through the test of typhoons, wars, and the occasional strike of lightning.
Incorporated as a city in 1889, Osaka came into form as Japan’s largest city and the world’s sixth by the year 1925. Spurring forth from this scale of urban growth, the city tract of Osaka holds winding lines of subway routes, with the Osaka Loop Line circling central district haunts, while road travels come available through family-friendly car rentals providing motion through the stretch of the Hanshin Expressway, with designated city lots in Umeda and Namba offering handy parking convenience for further strolls within the city’s streets.
A glance into the buzzing street sights of Osaka yields travellers with a multitude of cuisine and leisure attractions immersed in ingrained appreciation for the varied native cultures and traditions. Quirky quests find cause in attractions such as the Konamon Museum – with exhibits and activities revolving around the making of Osaka staples of takoyaki octopus-filled snacks; or instead delve into the craft of making decorative plastic food samples at Morino Samples. Guests looking for actual edibles can venture further into local tachinomi standing bars serving deep-fried skewers, or kushi-katsu; in addition to local necessities of okonomi-yaki and yaki-soba, while sightseers eager to grasp the city’s vastness can find eagle-eye views overlooking the urban tract from the looming red Ferris wheel perched atop the Hankyu Entertainment Park in Umeda.
Shanghai, China: What to see and do
Feel the whir of “the engine of China’s future” that is Shanghai as you trek across her Eastern stretch of Oriental Venetian Suzhou, cultural Nanjing, Pearl of the Lake Wuxi, and Hangzhou. As you wander Suzhou, admire the smaller twin to Beijing’s National Stadium, the Suzhou’s Nest, which perches on a bay and affords you the views of Jinji Lake, the Rainbow Walk, and the ‘Eye of Jinji Lake’. Then, move on to the concrete maze of Shanghai and witness the city skyline that is dominated by the Pearl of the Orient Tower, high-speed trains, and European-style neighbourhoods that make up the city’s step into the future.