Still in Osaka but spent the day in Kobe whihc is only 30 minutes away on the train. Didn`t really see a lot but there isn`t a whole load to see in Kobe. Just had a bit of a wander and took in the city. Went out last night. Got talking to an American who was also 22 and also a english with creative writing ba graduate. He is in Japan teaching. We went to a couple of different bars and found ut how inaccesible some of the Japanese bars are. We went into one and ordered a beer, the bar staff all went into the kitchen and started talking to each other and then the hostess told us the people in the bar were having a private party which they obviously weren`t, they just didn`t want any westerners. Some women tried to pull us into a massage parlour as well, obviously the kind of massage parlour where you get extras. Probably going to head to Shirashima tomorrow which is an onsen(hot spring) seaside resort or to Koyo-san which is a temple town in the hills. Both are small and could be a bit disasterous but I am going to be spontantous, will be nice to go somewhere completly random before I leave. Will probably base myself in Osaka the day after as my train pass runs out on the 19th anyway but I will head back to Kyoto on a day trip seeing as it is so cloe.