Yesterday afternoon we arrived at the Marriott Miyako Hotel. The hotel is located in the top 12 storeys of the tallest mixed use building in Japan - the Haruka 300. At 60 storeys high, this building tops out at 300 meters and is only surpassed by the Tokyo SkyTree at 634 meters. This building is nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower! Our room is on the 53rd floor and floor to ceiling windows provide a spectacular view of the sprawling metropolis.
Today dawned with drizzly rain, which we watched come across the city in bands. We decided to make this a home day and did not venture beyond the multitude of shopping malls surrounding Tennoji station and the hotel. The shops are independently owned and not filled with the familiar brands common to most cities all over the world. This makes it a joy to wander through.
Back in our room, we were fascinated as from nearly 300 meters up in the air we watched people go about their lives from the comfort of our chaise lounge.
We also could see first hand more effects of the recent typhoon as a patchwork of blue tarpaulins covered hundreds of rooftops.
The occasional ambulance siren drifted up from below but otherwise we had an undisturbed day.
We settled in for the evening with our spectacular view and the best Executive Lounge we have experienced anywhere in the world. With triple height ceilings, excellent food and superior service it is a soothing retreat from the bustle of 19 million people in the greater Osaka area.
After dinner, sake and plum wine we returned to our window to watch the night lights.