Our third day in Japan has a bit of “chill” itinerary. For the past 2 days ( Day 1, and Day 2) we had a jampacked schedule and was able to visit the major attractions already (Pokemon Center, Dotonbori, and Kyoto), so technically, we are “attraction-satisfied”.
Nonetheless, we decided to visit Kyoto again to explore the main city, then ensure to go back to Osaka Castle just in time for sunset ( since on our first visit, it was so rainy, that we can’t even see it).
So here are our destinations for our Japan Budget Travel Day 3:
1. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto
From all of the Kyoto temples, this is my first priority. The temple itself looks so picture perfect in the blogs and sites that I’ve read- and as a travel photographer, this really makes my heart jump.
There are definitely tons of tourists when we arrived there. The good thing is that the temple has a lot of staff that facilitates the foot traffic flow.
The temple is really golden! I also love the whole landscape surrounding the temple! You can just sit there all day long.
How to go: From Osaka Station, ride the JR Line to Kyoto ( ~ 890 yen). Alight in Kyoto Station, then take the Kyoto City Tour Bus 101 or 205. Instead of paying the bus a one-way fare of 230 yen, it’s better for you to buy the Unlimited City tour bus for 500 yen per day. This will definitely save you lots of money especially if you plan to visit 2 or more destinations within Kyoto. You can buy the passes across the street from Kyoto station. It is an enclosed booth, and just tell them that you want to buy the city tour bus. For more details, you can check this link: Kyoto City Tour Bus.
What to do: (1) Take pictures with the golden temple, (2) Roam around the Kinkakuji area
Cost: 400 yen
Notes: No closing days. Open form 9:00-17:00
2. Kyoto Botanical Garden
This is one of our unplanned destinations in Kyoto. After the visit in Kinkakuji, we suddenly felt tired about temples, and decided to leave Kyoto early and just relax in Osaka Castle. On our way back to Kyoto station, we passed by Botanical Garden and realized that it is a great place to do some nature photography! So, we immediately hopped off the city tour bus. Oh well, that’s how flexible DIY itineraries can be.
We actually don’t know if what we’ve visited is the Botanical Garden itself or just the entrance. But the river, the bridge, and long streak of grass is just awesome.
Pardon us for our selfie pictures. We just really enjoyed the view and the chill ambiance of the place. It is so perfect that you can lay down the grass and wander the clouds all day.
How to go: Take the Kyoto City tour bus that will pass by Shokubutsuen-mae.
What to do: (1) Take pictures!! This is probably a great spot during cherry blossom peak season, (2) Take a rest and have a picnic!
Cost: 0 since it is an open area/park.
3.) Osaka Castle (sunset time)
This is the second time we’ve visited Osaka Castle, since as i mentioned, our first visit is rainy day.
Please take note that when you alight at Morinomiya station, the walk might take long and tiring(around 20-30 minutes)! Just to share, we arrived at Morinomiya around 5:30pm, and the sun is still up. By the moment we are halfway near the castle, it’s already sunset! So in the end, we just took pictures from the halfway spot.
Nonetheless, the Castle is really a beauty with the sunset. You can also try what will it look like in sunrise!
For the directions, you can refer to our Day 2-Japan Budget Travel since that’s the first item on our itinerary.
4.) Denden Town (Nipponbashi), Osaka’s Akihabara
Jon and I both like Gundam, Pokemon, and Anime. ( well, he is more into it). We used to build Gunpla as our bonding. Plus, we also enjoy toy photography! So, we ensured that Denden Town is in our list!
We got lost on our way here. We thought that it’s walking distance from Shin-imamiya where our hostel is. However, upon walking for 15 minutes up to Tennoji, we realized that we are lost. So we just ride the subway, and got off at Nipponbashi.
Guys, this street is just awesome! Lined up with various stores selling anime stuff and electronic (games and gadgets), it is a wonderland for Anime fanatics and gamers! How I wish we can read Japanese language since there are tons of Nintendo 3ds games being sold in Japanese version!
Gunpla kits, and toy models are also very cheap ( around 30-50% cheaper compared to price in Philippines, or sometimes up to 70% if the product is promo). In terms of stocks and models, they have a lot! T-O-Y H-E-A-V-E-N!
The part that we enjoyed the most is toy photography. Be mindful, as some stores have labels that it is not allowed to take pictures, but some stores don’t mind it at all! So we really took advantage! If you appreciate anime and games, then this is a must-visit place!
How to go: Take either the Sennichimae (Pink) Line, or Midosuji (Brown) Line, then alight at Nihonbashi station. You can check my uploaded subway Osaka map here.
What to do: (1) Toy Photography, (2) Hoard for toy models and Gunpla, (3) Buy cosplay supplies and costumes, (4) If you know how to read Japanese, then buy games!
Cost: Depends, how much shopping budget you have. For us, we only did window shopping, so 0 yen.
That ends our Anime fun Day 3 adventure in Osaka!
Read more about my Budget Travel Osaka Adventure:
- Part 1- Japan Travel like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Personal Tips and Notes
- Part 2- Day 1-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Tenryu-Ji Temple, and Umeda Sky Building
- Part 3- Day 2-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Osaka castle, Tenma, Pokemon Center Osaka, Dotonbori
- Part 4- Day 3-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos – Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Botanical Garden, Osaka Castle, Denden Town
- Part 5- Day 4-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos -Namba, Dotonbori, Ichiran,Shinsaibashi
- Part 6-Japan Travel Like a Ninja for only 12,000 pesos-Itinerary and Budget
- Japan Travel in a Budget:Osaka-Nikko-Kyoto-Tokyo Autumn Highlights
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Japan Experience
- How to Apply for Japan Tourist Visa
Tokyo/Kanto Budget Travel posts:
- Hitachi Seaside Park – Japan’s Best Autumn Spot
- Chureito Pagoda, Shimo-yoshida- Great View of Mt. Fuji
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