It was time for us to check out of our wonderful Kyoto airbnb apartment. Kyoto is a city with tons of magnificent attractions - I will definitely visit Kyoto again! Till next time...
As mentioned previously on Day 2 travelogue post, travelling between Kyoto and Osaka is not difficult to manoeuvre around. Simply take train from Kyoto station to Osaka station via JR Kyoto Line. More details can be found here.
We stayed at Mue's apartment in Osaka and her apartment is around 15 minutes walk from Namba station (Nankai Line exit). We spent around 1 hour to reach her house as I did not know which Exit should we head to even though she provided a direction guide with images... Just be sure to look for Nankai exit or Exit 5. So thankful that the weather is not too warm.
Remember to stock up Lycee eyedrop if you are a fan of this! 548yen before tax is meant for contacts and the other is the original version.
Had a quick lunch amidst travelling
It was quite exhausting for us to change airbnb apartment thrice and we decided to explore Dotonbori at night since it is within 20 minutes walk form our apartment. Oh my God I fell in love with Dotonbori - you can find awesome food, shopping and MORE food there! The entire area is still very crowded after 8pm. However, do note that the shops will start to close after 10pm... I'm gonna summarize Dotonbori by uploading photos.
P.S. we visited Dotonbori almost every night, so I'm going to combine all the photos in this post for easy reference.
I love this street the most! Spot forever21 😍
Not sure if it's just me but I don't really like eating Takoyaki in Osaka...
Because their Gyoza, sushi and crab meat ARE WAYYYYYYYYY BETTER!!!
Bro went crazy over Jap beef and we still feel that the one we had in Kyoto is more tender!
This plate cost us about 2000-2500 yen.
I love their onion hidden beneath that kobe beef 😆
Bought this strawberry + banana crepe right behind Kobe beef shop.
Not recommended as I can easily find this crepe in Singapore as well....
Bought these 3 items from the crab shop (you can NEVER miss out their large 3D crab sign) and it is awesome!
Please note that the food will be sold out by 7pm?? We went at 8pm and the store located right at the entrance is closed. You may still consume their crab by dining in but the price is.... quite steep 😲 Hence, I would recommend you to flock to the crab shop - watch out for the mini counter selling crab meat, siew mai and many more by 6pm.
If you walk along the street (forever21 that area), you should be able to spot this Dessert cafe signboard.
This Taiyaki is the bomb. The one sold at Takashimaya food hall SUCKS BIG TIME. They are selling for 200yen ONLY. Although it is quite expensive to some, YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS ONCE.
Look at the goodness Taiyaki. The texture is like our local Roti Prata with brown sugar. It is very crunchy and I could never forget the taste. I love it, I would definitely buy it everytime I pass by Dotonbori. Highly recommended to all tourists!
We purchased the Osaka Amazing Pass the next day from Klook for S$41 per person for 2 days usage.
The package includes:
- Unlimited travel on Osaka Municipal subway and Osaka City Bus
- Enjoy complimentary entry to selected attractions
- Enjoy discounted rates at selected attractions
More information can be found here: https://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/about/about_2day.html
I would strongly recommend to get this Amazing pass if you are a first-timer in Osaka. You get free transport along Osaka Municipal subway (those colourful lines as shown in Osaka train map) and free entrance to popular places leh!
The only downside is that you are limited to 2 days usage.
For those who are interested to sign up with Klook for free, please click on my referral code to get S$4.30 off your first purchase: https://www.klook.com/invite/9EO59 .
Osaka castle is located at near Morinomiya station. Don't worry about getting lost as there are signage to direct you to the castle entrance.
Took an artistic shot for Mum using Samsung S7, not bad hor?
It is going to be difficult to get a good shot here... I give up 😅
Thanks to the Amazing pass, we get to explore Osaka Castle museum, Nishinomaru Garden for free!
Next up, we decided to tour around Osakako around - their famous Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Cruise Ship Santa Maria. Simply alight at Osakako station (Chuo Line) and follow the signage to Aquarium.
Spotted these gorgeous flowers along the main street! SO COLOURFUL 💜
For the cruise experience, please keep a lookout for the departure timings on that specific day. More details can also be found at the Osaka Amazing Pass website.
The wind is crazy as you get to tour around the island from the sea. So glad that this unique experience is made possible with the Amazing pass. However, I would not recommend to pay just to get onto this cruise as it can be quite boring.
Boarded the Tempozan Ferris Wheel together with Aunt and Dad located right beside the cruise area. You can never miss that Ferris wheel as well! They will explain the current view you can see in english and I enjoyed the ride very much, excluding my height phobia 😱
Forced to take a photo oh my...
It was definitely a fruitful day spent with all the awesome perks as an Amazing pass holder and I look forward to Day 2!
Check out Day 1 & 2 in Japan here
Check out Day 3 in Japan here