How to memorise the route between Nagoya and Kuwana

Early in the morning, at 6:36 to be precise, we left the Daiwa Roynet Hotel in Osaka Kitahama to be at Nagashima Spa Land in time for the park opening. We first took the underground to Shin-Osaka and from there the Shinkansen to Nagoya. Since we didn’t know if the park had large lockers, we stowed ours in a locker right at the station. We then took the JR to Kuwana and from there the shuttle bus directly to the side entrance of the theme park, where there are indeed enough large lockers in the immediate vicinity.

In the evening, this game was repeated in the opposite direction. After taking our luggage back to us, we travelled the same route a third time, but this time a little further, to Yokkaichi station. Back when I booked the Toei Hotel in Yokkaichi, I always assumed the larger Kintetsu private railway station, as much of the original itinerary started from there. But now we arrived at the JR station, which was again a good 1.2 km from said station. Good thing the suitcases all have wheels by now, so we rattled off the way to the hotel.

Once there, we quickly checked in and once again got enough supplies for the next day at a nearby 7-Eleven. The Toei Hotel itself had a somewhat dated interior, but it was the most Japanese of the business hotels we visited. The room was unexpectedly large and offered a typical Japanese bathroom. Breakfast, which we had only on the second day of our stay, was served in the neighbouring, very quaint pub. All in all, a thoroughly recommendable, reasonably priced hotel.

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The way to Osaka

As already mentioned in the Space World report, getting to and from the theme park is very simple thanks to the JR station of the same name. As we left our luggage at the Comfort Hotel Kokura near the Kokura railway station in the city of Kitakyūshū, we first had to travel back a few stations before setting off in the direction of the city of Osaka. As comfortable as can hardly be, we then dashed on the Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka in just two hours. Once there, we could have taken the metro directly to Yodoyabashi station, but to save some money we first went to Osaka station to get on the same line.

From the station, it was only a short walk before we arrived at our hotel. The Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka Kitahama, which we booked for the next four nights, turned out to be a small and extremely inexpensive stroke of luck. We were warmly welcomed directly at reception and showered with all kinds of information and the hotel’s own coffee (which is also pretty damn good). The room itself was, by Japanese standards, very spacious and extremely comfortable. The breakfast buffet in the morning was extremely rich and both continental and Japanese. But the real highlight was the forced stop on the reception floor every time we used the lift and the staff bowed towards the lift.

Our first encounter with the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Group was therefore extremely positive, which is why I will prefer them to all other (already known) hotel groups on my next holiday in Japan. The location here in Osaka was also extremely optimal for the coming days, as the train stations of the Keihan Line (a private railway, which is not covered by the JR Pass) and numerous metro stations were close by.

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