During my short stay in Osaka I definitely saw a lot of new and unique things. The food and the night life there was definitely a new experience. The atmosphere in Osaka was special in its own way and I wish I stayed there a bit longer. I was unable to visit a lot of the famous locations in Osaka, but I managed to visit some of the big ones! I arrived into Kansai International Airport around 17:00. By the time I was done with immigration and retrieved my bags I got onto the Nankai Railway and headed for Osaka.
The first thing I did in Osaka was visit the famous Dotonbori. I took the subway to the Namba station which a stop away. Initially I was afraid that public transportation would be a lot different from Tokyo, but I was wrong. Using the ticket machine was not a challenge at all, make sure you know which stop you are getting off on and pay the price that is attached to it and a small ticket will come out.
Once I got off the subway getting out of the Namba station was a challenge. Finding the right exit to Dotonbori took me several minutes of wandering around and looking for the signs. But eventually I found my way out of the Namba station and I was greeted with the colorful streets.
It took me several minutes to walk from the Namba station to Dotonbori. The moment I reached Dotonbori I saw a street filled with tourists and locals. There were lines everywhere for some of the more popular restaurants. When in Osaka you gotta try the takoyaki and okonomiyaki!
On day 2 I took the subway to Osaka Castle Park. The moment I got off the subway and searched for the castle. There was some difficulty locating the castle, but after a minute of wandering around I was able to locate the castle. The walk to the castle was not too far, but in the summer heat it seemed very far away.
Before heading onto the castle grounds I took a quick detour at the Lawson. I stocked up on water and chilled in the shade before heading inside the castle. With the weather being so humid in Japan these little breaks made a big difference.
As I was sitting under the shade waiting for my sweat to dry I heard the sound of summer. The sounds of the cicada definitely gave an Anime feel as I was sitting there staring at the castle I was ready to explore.
After my short break I headed towards the castle ready to conquer it. As I walked closer to the castle I realized how massive the castle was. The moat surrounding the castle was massive and many different wild life was seen in it. After I reached the entrance of the castle I paid for a ticket and begin following the path leading me inside the castle. There were cooling mists laid along the path to cool everyone down before heading inside.
Before entering the castle there was a huge cannon sitting there. Right next to the cannon there were two paths you could take to go inside the castle. One route leads you to the elevator which would take you straight to the fifth floor while the other route leads you to the stairs. Many people preferred the route where the elevator was at, but I decided to walk up the stairs to check out the many exhibits. Walking up to the top there were signs stating that there were certain floors that you are not able to take photos due to what was inside.
Once I got to the eighth floor I reached the observatory deck. Looking out of the observatory deck I was able to overlook the city of Osaka. Along with the city in the distance I was also able to check out the detail of the castle.
After exploring the Osaka Castle I took the subway to Umeda to visit the Pokemon Center Osaka. The Pokemon Center was definitely smaller than the Mega Pokemon Center in Tokyo, but it was still pretty big nonetheless. Not only did I see young kids at the Pokemon Center you also see young adults walking between the aisles looking at the different merchandise put up for display. Of course I was one of those people who went all out and started picking out items left and right. Once I approached the cashier they asked if I needed any extra bags for souvenir purposes and they gave me several bags. After the mini shopping spree I went back to where I was staying to put down everything and took a quick break before dinner. For dinner I went back out to Dotonbori and explored the area a little bit more. I turned in early for the night because I had to wake up early for the next day.
On my last day in Osaka I visited the Kuromon market. The market provided a much different vibe from Dotonbori with the many small stalls on the side of the road. I went to the try out the famous sesame mochi. The store which sold the famous sesame mochi also had mochi with a strawberry inside. Eating one of those was definitely a unique experience. I went around exploring the many items sold at the market and I was able to see the famous fruits which were sold at a high price. I was surprised at how melons could cost USD20+. After exploring the market I made my way to the train station to take the train out to Kyoto.