A few days ago, my wife and I went to Osaka, Japan. It is our second time in Japan, but our first time to really explore Osaka.
We stayed at the Hilton Osaka Hotel, which was very clean and pleasant.
After settling in the hotel, we went to one of Osaka’s major city centers around the Namba Station. We got to see Osaka’s neon lights, including the Glico Running Man. We also saw the Kani Doraku crab sign and other grand mechanized signs at Dotonburi, a popular food destination in Japan, where we also had our first taste of authentic Takoyaki or octopus fritters.
On our second day, we went to Osaka Castle after eating breakfast. The Osaka Castle, while still appearing to retain its original exterior, is a completely modern museum in the inside. It features various multimedia exhibits about the castle’s history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the general who completed Osaka Castle. The castle is surrounded by impressive stone walls and scenic moats. The stone walls and moat are in turn surrounded by a huge park. The view at the top is kawaii because of the large green space surrounding the castle.
Thereafter, we went to the International Osaka Peace Center. The museum documents the horrors of World War II, including the Osaka air raids which destroyed much of the city toward the end of World War II. We then ate at McDonald’s on our way to Kaiyukan.
Kaikuyan or the Osaka Aquarium is one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums. It is located in the Tempozan harbor and it houses various forms of life inhabiting the Pacific rim, including a whale shark and various manta rays and hammerhead sharks. It is like the Manila Ocean Park on steroids. My wife even got to pet one of the manta rays towards the exit. We then went to the Tempozan Marketplace to look for Astroboy toys for our son but we did not find any.
Afterwards, we went to the Animate Nihombashi at the Den Den Town. There weren’t any Astro Boy toys also in it, but we were lucky to find some second-hand Astro Boy toys in nearby stores in the area. We also ate Katsu Curry in a small curry restaurant, which, surprisingly, was one of our best meals in the trip.
On our third day, we went to Universal Studios Japan after eating breakfast at Hilton Osaka Hotel. The theme park is very impressive, especially the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section. We got to experience various rides and shows attractions. The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is truly breathtaking! We also got to experience or see the following:
1. Amazing Adventures of Spiderman – The Ride 4K3D;
2. Back to the Future – The Ride;
3. Terminator 2: 3-D;
4. Magical Starlight Parade; and
5. the nearly fifty feet tall Attack on Titan statues.
We drank Butterbeer while walking and then ate ribs, chicken, potatoes and corn at at The Three Broomsticks for lunch. The meal was so-so and was very expensive. I certainly do not recommend.
Afterwards, we went to Ippudo Ramen, which was walking distance from our hotel. We ate ramen for dinner and it was oishi!!!
On our fourth day, we went to mass at Sacra Familia. After the mass, since it was Father’s Day, the community gave the various fathers a small token. I received a cute pair of socks. We then went to Umeda Sky Building, where we hand a wonderful view of Osaka at its Floating Garden Observatory at its 39th Floor. We then went shopping at Yodobashi, where we also had tempura for lunch. We went to also various department stores near Hilton Osaka Hotel and at the Dotonburi, where we had Okonamiyaki and Takoyaki for dinner. Okonamikayi is a Japanese savoury pancake packed with various ingredients. This, and Takoyaki, are truly oishii!!!
We basically just packed on our fifth day and went to the airport after eating breakfast at the Hilton Osaka Hotel. All in all, the trip was a truly wonderful experience, especially the days and nights we spent in Universal Studios Japan and Dotonburi.
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