Day 1 Morning - Osaka Castle
First, we will heading to Osaka castle, a famous landmark and popular sightseeing spot in Osaka. This tower is surrounded by citadels, turrets, gates and stone walls. After major repair works in 1997, Osaka castle is now entirely modern on the inside and even has elevator for easier accessibility. The scenery of the place change from season to season. It is attracts many Japanese people and foreigners throughout the year.
Day 1 Afternoon until Night– Shinsekai and Tsutenkaku Tower
If you want to experience retro atmosphere in Osaka, Shinsekai and Tsutenkaku Tower is the place you must go. Tsutenkaku Tower is symbol of Osaka. The building of the name means building leading to heaven. In fact, the tower is only at 103 meters high. First, I went to the tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The fee to go to the top is 700 yen (adult) and 300 yen (child). Got down from tower and went to find the foods to full my stomach. There have many local Japanese street food and entertainment.
Shinsekai is an area have many shops and restaurants and flooded with light and signboards. When you walk through in Shinsekai district, you will easily spot popular good luck Biliken statue. There are plenty of Kushikatsu in Shnsekai. It is a famous deep-fried skewered meat, seafood and vegetables food with crispy texture. It is a common food for working class people in Osaka. It is so delicious.
Day 1 Night – HEP FIVE
HEP FIVE is in the northern part of Osaka. It is a shopping mall mainly on fashion. When I heading to the building, I saw a red Ferris wheel on the roof of the building. That is become a symbol of this commercial complex and from the wheel, I can enjoy a night view over the city of Osaka. If you come with your partner, I highly recommend this popular date spot to enjoy the romantic night scenery at only 500 yen per person. Operating time is 11.00am to 10.45pm. Get off the Ferris wheel and my first day in Osaka is over.
Day 2 Morning – Kuromon Ichiba Market
In the morning of second day, we are heading toKuromon market to find our breakfast. This is a shopping district and become a popular spot for foreigners. Japanese people loved to hang out in this market, so the market also named as the “Kitchen of Osaka”. This is because undercover market, which is 600m length and around 200 shops to sell variety of fresh ingredients and foods, such as seafood, sweets, vegetables and fruits, ramen and bento. This market opens from 9.00am to 6.00pm.
Day 2 Morning until Afternoon – Umeda Sky Building
After the market, we are heading to Umeda Sky Building. British magazine was introduced Umeda Sky Building as “triumphal arch of the future.” Since then, this building became famous and the number of foreign visitors has rapidly grown and now Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka’s most popular sightseeing spots. Inside the building, there have “Floating Garden”, an outdoor observatory, where visitors can enjoy the view from this tall skyscraper. Also, there is restaurant on the 39th floor and basement floor. You can find a restaurant to have a special meal if you have time.
Day 2 Afternoon until Night – Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi
This is a popular shopping and entertainment district in the South area of Osaka. The streets are full of foods’ stalls and people especially at the weekends and night. Hundreds of neon lights and billboards in Dotonbori, for instance, famous sign of Glico and Kani Doraku Crab. In Dotonbori, you can enjoy live music performers in Tonbori River Walk, where the place is right at the end of Shinsaibashi shopping arcade.
Shinsaibashi is another shopping spot in Osaka. It is approximately 600 metres long where the area combines chain retail stores include trendy boutiques, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Hence, this is a good place to people get sense of local fashions. The western area of the Shinsaibashi has famous imported fashion spot named America-mura. You can find many young people always heading to that place. If you have time, I recommend stopping by America-mura.
Okonomiyaki is popular food in Osaka. Okonomiyaki is seem like pancake that made from flour, water and cabbage as the base. Then, sweet sauce will be brushed on top and mayonnaise. Some of the shops use meats or seafood to make Okonomiyaki. We went to Mizuno Okonomiyaki restaurant in Dotonbori to enjoy this traditional Japanese dish to full my stomach. Okonomiyaki was my supper to end my last day of Osaka.
We have end of my 2 days Osaka trip. Osaka is the largest city in Kansai region, there still have many attraction spots in Osaka. If you plan to go Osaka next time, it is recommended to stay longer in order to discover how beautiful of Osaka is.
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