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OSAKA, JAPAN | 12 MUST GO PLACES/ THINGS TO DO

Osaka 4D3N trip!

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MY Experience in Osaka

  • Most of the places can be reached by train, very convenient.
  • Can’t leave without my sweater especially my scarf because it was really cold
  • Regret not bringing thermal garment (bottom), legs were numb while walking for few hours on the street
  • Wore 3-4 layers of clothes just to keep me warm. I’m afraid of cold
  • Communication problem. Hand gestures are important.
  • We spoke English and they replied in Japanese or vice versa but we understood each other
  • I love the way they promote their food or any promotional items in their shop

MY ITINERARY 

Day 1: Dōtonbori 道頓堀  / Shinsaibashi 心斎橋  /  Ebisubashi-suji 戎橋筋商店街
Day 2: Namba walk 難波 / Osaka Castle 大阪城
Day 3: Nara Park 奈良公園 / Tōdai-ji 東大寺 / Kasuga Taisha 春日大社 /Spa world 世界の大温泉
WEATHER

Winter season. Love the sweater weather! It was 8 to 10 degree Celsius in the afternoon and about 4-6 degree Celsius at night.

STAY
Airbnb homestay in Nipponbashi.
Suitable for a family or a group of friends up to 6-8 person.
About 10-15 mins walking distance from our apartment to the Nippombashi railway station.
#MeganTravelTips Prefer to stay somewhere near the main city/town.

By MRT: Kansai Airport → Namba (via Nankai line) → Nippombashi (via Sennichimae line)

 train ticket
 
Stopped here for lunch before heading to our apartment 
 
Paid and chose our ramen flavor from the machine
Oily


walking to our apartment from Nippombashi railway station
Our apartment!
Attractions in Osaka

#1 Dōtonbori 道頓堀
Eat your way through Dōtonbori! This is a popular nightlife and entertainment area. Largely illuminated signboards can be seen everywhere. You can spend the whole evening or night here for night time shopping. Other than that, there are plenty of restaurants.
(connected to Namba/ Ebisubashi-suji/ Shinsaibashi)

By MRT: Walk from Nipponbashi  →  Nippombashi station → Namba station (via Sennichimae line)

 Shinsaibashi 心斎橋 (Link to Dōtonbori 道頓堀)
A covered bustling shopping street at the north of Dotonbori. There’variety of shops with both local independent boutiques and well-known brands such as Zara, Bershka, Forever 21 and H&M.

Ebisubashi-suji 戎橋筋商店街 (Link to Dōtonbori 道頓堀)
It’s linked by a street from Shinsaibashi.
Another shopping area with department stores, fashion specialty shops, high-level movie theaters,  fashion specialty shops, traditional shops, restaurants, and bars.

#2 Namba walk 難波 
An extensive and straight shopping avenue from the Subway Nippombashi Station on the east to the Namba Station on the west.

By MRT: Nippombashi station  → Namba station

porcelain panel paintings along the walk

 

Curry katsu don! Fav!
 
takoyaki

#3 Osaka Castle 大阪城
A most famous landmark and sightseeing spot for tourists. There are two ways of going up to the top of the castle, by elevator or stairs.
#MeganTravelTips It’s best to take the stairs down, there are different shops or things to see at every level.

By MRT: Namba → Sennichimae line (for nodahanshin side) → Tanimachi 9-chome → Osaka castle (tanimachi 4-chome)


The view was taken from the top of the castle

#4 Nara Park 奈良公園 

A home to hundreds of bowing-deer roaming freely in the public park located in the city of Nara. There’s so many deer! Everywhere! It’s fun to feed them. Get special deer cracker which cost around 100-150 yen from the small stalls along the road. The reason why they were called as “bowing deer” because they literally bow to ask for food.
#MeganTravelTips Beware of things that keep in your pocket or backpack especially the brochure/leaflet, hungry deer might bite it.

By MRT: Nippombashi → Nara  (interchange station in between)


Deer are everywhere

Tōdai-ji 東大寺 (Located in the Nara Park)
It’s a Buddhist temple.
Besides having one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha, there is a pillar with a hole in its base which makes it a popular attraction. The hole is the same size as the Buddha’s (Daibutsu) nostril. It is said that enlightenment will be granted in the next life for those who can squeeze through this opening. I almost stuck in the hole! Going side way not a problem haha! There are stalls selling souvenirs too.

Kasuga Taisha 春日大社 (Located in the Nara Park)
Nara’s most celebrated shrine, famous for its lanterns.
Many bronze and stone lanterns that lit twice a year during two Lantern Festivals( Early February and mid-August). I don’t get to see that
The shrine offering hall can be visited free of charge but there is a paid inner area which provides a closer view of the inner buildings.
I walked around outside of the shrine as everything was closed.

#5 Spa world 世界の大温泉
Entry price: ¥1,200
Locker: ¥100 coin

23 hours hotspring! Excellent place to relax after a long day.
There are open air and indoor onsens, fitness gym, stone spas, saunas, jacuzzi, sleeping room, kids park, game room, pool, and hotel. Males and females were separated at a different level. Everyone has to be naked! Literally naked! Not a good idea to walk out nakedly for open-air onsens during winter, it was freezing cold, but the moment when I get into the onsens, it was so so so comfortable. I’ve spent a few hours there to try different onsens, jacuzzi, and sauna at night.

By MRT: Nippombashi station → Tengachaya line → Dobutsuen-mae

Other recommended places….. which I’m not able to go =/

#6 Universal studios Japan
#7 Instant Ramen Museum (make your own cup noodles)
#8 Pokemon Centre Osaka
#9 Kuromon-Ichiba Market (most popular food market and must eat street snacks)
#10 Umeda (largest departmental stores and underground malls) & Umeda Sky Building (towering skyscraper stretching 173 metres tall)
#11 Orange street (best for cafe lovers and hipster shoppers!)
#12 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

TRANSPORTATION

#MeganTravelTips Not recommended for taking a cab if it’s going to be a budget trip. Flagfall is ¥680. Most of the places can be reached by bullet train or express train, so why not?

Get your ticket here
Train ticket
Train station
Vending machines – Everywhere!

 FOOD

#1 Taiyaki 鯛焼き
Japanese fish-shaped cake. The most common fillings are red bean paste and sweet potato paste. Crispy skin with hot filling makes it perfect, especially during winter. This is good <3 Sweet potato flavor was my favorite. Bought it every time when I walked back to my homestay.

#2 Daikisuisan 大起水産回転寿司
A conveyer belt sushi bar, perfect for a quick stop. Sushi is fresh. Tuna sushi should be popular here. Thick and juicy.
Price: Around 100 yen to 500 yen.

Super thick tuna cost 500 yen/plate


Crab soup – perfect for cold weather

#3 Takoyaki (たこ焼き)
Must try street food! Thumbs up for this! The queue was always long.

Order your takoyaki here
#4 World’s second best freshly baked melon pan ice cream  (世界で2番めにおいしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス)
The pop-up store spotted near the end of the street of Dotonburi. Seeing people queuing up makes me wanna try it so badly. Eating ice-cream during winter was totally fine! Honestly, it’s niceeee. Must try!

#4 Okonomiyaki
Another must-try street food in Osaka. I’ve missed a chance to try this out! T.T

#5 Soup from vending machines
Vending machines are everywhere along the streets and train stations. There are hot and cold drinks and even warm soup!
Tried a few corn soups from different vending machines, some weren’t nice (too much of pepper) but some were nice.

Corn soup. 
Red bean soup

#6 Ramen restaurant
Passed by while I’m on my way back from World Spa. A small restaurant selling ramens. It was 3 am midnight and the restaurant was still full of night hunters!
Ramens were good, better than the previous one I had. Good meal after relaxing at World Spa.

Make your order
#7 Other must-try street foods
  • Stalls in Osaka Castle Park

Must try! Super good!
 
  • On my way to Nara Park
Mini egg sponge cake
  • A stall in Nara park that sells only Udon and Mochi for dessert
The mochi is GOOD! MUST TRY!

Udon

Don’t steal my ice-cream~
Matcha ice cream <3
Last day: Bye!!
By MRT: Nippombashi station → Tengachaya, change to Nangkai line → kansai airport
Ticket from Tengachaya to Kansai airport
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