Finally, after taking a week break from my Japan Trip posting. Now lets complete my last stop Osaka. Sapporo > Tokyo > Osaka.
Osaka. Probably not the first Japan Visit stop choice tourist would make. Most tourist would chose to visit the magnificent capital of Japan, Tokyo City. Alternatively, the cultural Kyoto. Or probably the peaceful and beautiful Hokkaido.
I would like to share with you some great parts about Osaka, where, you may make some changes to your travel itinerary, and drop by Osaka.
What i love about Osaka?
A city full of Human Warmth. A place full of tradition, art, shopping, entertainments, etc. Just like any city in Japan, easy to commute through the underground train. And everything here is much cheaper if you would compare to Tokyo. So prepare to get almost anything so much better with the same price!
The Best Street. Minami (Namba)
Located around Namba Station. The City's most famous 24hours entertainment district offering abundant of streets stalls, dining, arcades, shopping both malls and shops. My favourite Food Destination, one of the area called Dotonbori.
|The Street at Night|
|Great Building Exteriors|
|Enjoying the Creative Exteriors|
One of the best food destination i been to in Japan. At night this place is lit by hundreds of neon lights, signs, decorations and not to miss, the Glico Running Man (will be shown later)! Do not miss the Daikisuisan, for some quick fresh sushi, cheap, similar to Malaysian pricing. And of course, do not miss this delicious Takoyaki. Look for the Octopus!
|Huge Variety of Snacks!|
I love this place. Not only food, but having plenty of shops with huge variety of Japanese snacks. Very interesting to us tourist. However, do pick the ones you think you may really like to try / eat. As the flavouring of most of them, probably is not to your liking. I am kinda disappointed, since the packaging was so unique, was hoping it would taste the same.
|The picture on your right bottom. Glico Running Man!|
|The Most Famous Sign in Osaka!|
|Shopping Time :)|
Tokyo have Castle, so does Osaka!
There is no say you are in Osaka if you did not see the Osaka Castle! The main symbol of Osaka. You can easily access the place at any station nearby. I would recommend the closest station Tanimachi 4-chrome Station.
|The Osaka Castle|
|The Castle Layout|
The one and only Kaiyukan
A must to visit. As you don't get something like this elsewhere. Kaiyukan is one of the largest aquariums that reproduces the natural environment of Pacific Rim. Based on the concepts of Ring of Fire, showing the natural environment of the sea life of the Pacific Rim areas. Admission is about RM70.
|Checking out Live Performance|
|The Highlight. The Whale Shark.|
|Meeting the Sealions|
|Meeting the Penguins. Kawaiii|
|Meeting Wild Life close up. Interesting Enclosure|
|Meet the Mighty Crab!|
Meat Lover's Dinner Time!
Yakiniku Rokko, another place for delicious Japanese BBQ. Approximately 5min from Shinsaibashi Station (exit 6). The road between Disney Store and Dalloyau Cake Shop.
B plan (2,550yen):19 kinds (including NO.1 seller spare-rib) to choose from.
C plan (3,050yen):22 kinds (including Japanese beef) to choose from.
What more can one ask for? Yummy :)
What other awesome place we missed out that you shouldn't due to not having more time?
1. Universal Studio
As a huge fan of theme parks. Missing Universal Studio featuring Harry Potter, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Jaws and Back to the Future is a huge blow to me. Well, i will be back! Osaka is lovely.
2. Nara Park
A beautiful park just about an hour from Osaka, in the central of Nara. Having hundreds of freely roaming deer, the messengers of the gods, the natural treasure.
A city just about an hour from Osaka. Will be the ideal place to have some really delicious Kobe Beef :)
How I Travel and Stay?
We travelled to Osaka from Tokyo City, using Jetstar Airline costing us only RM157/person. Also giving us the opportunity to see the Mt.Fuji through sky.
Staying in this beautiful hotel, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Kitahama, next to the train station, costing us only RM270/night. Everything was perfect and convenient.
What's My Next Japan Itinerary?
Well definitely visiting the traditional and cultural Kyoto during the cherry blossom. Renting a car, driving about an hour plus to Osaka for some great shopping and food experience, staying two nights and of course checking out the three places i shouldn't miss.