From the museum we went back to the park for some lunch and then took the underground from a different station (much closer to the park) out to the last station on the line ‘Cosmosquare’.
We did not know what to expect but found there several large modern blocks of flats and some tower blocks of offices too. The 2nd tallest building in Japan stands there – it is government offices for the Osaka Prefecture.
On the further shore we could see something which looked like a Hundertwasser creation to us. We find that it is – it is an incinerator which Hundertwasser help design in the 1990s.
Then we walked to the far end of the green area where we could see a strange dome. As we got closer we could see that it was all glass and furthermore was not connected to the land at all. On land was another building, concrete and shaped in an arc matching the dome. They were the Osaka Maritime Museum which closed for financial reasons in 2013. The dome is reached through a 60m underwater tunnel.
Also on the end of the promontory was a bird sanctuary but it closed on 31st March 2014, we presume also for financial reasons but there was no indication on the internet about that. The Asia Pacific Trade Centre opposite the museum is a very colourful building.
This post is an extract of my mother’s travel journal written during a tour of Japan in 2014.