Our second day in Japan is rainy. Nonetheless, it never stopped us from exploring the city! Initially, I prepared a jampacked Osaka City Tour, but since it rained, we chose indoor destinations . Guys, this is the beauty of Do-it-yourself travels! It offers great flexibility and offers a thrill of adventure at the same time!
Here are our adventures for Day 2 in Japan !
1. Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is one of the main attractions in Osaka. It is a famous spot during spring season because of its numerous cherry trees.
It was actually the first castle that I’ve seen in my life, and I was astounded on how large and deep the moat is! And I think it’s pretty scary too if you happen to fall on it! I also went on imagining secret passages deep down the water.
Nonetheless, the castle itself is so great and glistening from afar. When we visited this on our Day 2, we cannot take pictures because of the heavy rain, so we just opted to return again the next day.
How to go: You can take the Osaka JR Loop Line and take off at either of the 2 stations: Morinomiya or Osakajo-koen. We’ve tried the Morinomiya station, and once you get off the station, look across the street, and you’ll see the Osaka Castle grounds (front). This is actually the longer route, and it might take you ~30 minutes just to arrive in front of the castle itself. Warning: Not elderly friendly because of long walking and steep stairs. The Osakajo-koen might be a better option though I haven’t tried it.
What to do: (1) Take pictures with the cherry and plum blossoms during spring, or (2) Have a picnic in the grounds, or (3) Go inside the castle to see the museum.
Cost: 0 if you will just walk around and take pictures. If you plan to go inside the museum, then entrance fee is 600 yen.
Notes: Open from 9AM-5PM, entrance hours only up to 4:30 PM. Extended hours for holidays and exhibitions. Closed from Dec28-Jan1.
2. Tenma’s Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
Because of the rain, we tried to search through our tourist booklets given by the hotel. Fortunately, we’ve seen the shopping street in Tenma, and explored it instantly!
The Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street is said to be the longest shopping street in Japan! You can see lots of local restaurants, supermarkets, and stores selling various stuff- from clothes, food, medicine, mochi, etc.
We loved this place too since it has roof, so we didn’t had any trouble walking in the middle of the pouring rain.We bought our lunch on a grocery store that sells lots of Japan goodies! Furuta ABC chocolates are being sold 500 yen for 2 big packs!
The bento boxes that they are selling are also cute and affordable! You can choose from sushi and sashimi boxes, beef toppings, or even karaage!
How to go: You can take the Osaka JR Loop Line and take off at Tenma station. From there, just go down, then turn left. The start of the shopping street is just beside the KFC.
What to do: (1) Visit the supermarkets/ grocery stores in this street. They sell various chocolates and snacks for a very low price ( example- 2 big packs of Kitkat Green Tea for 500 yen), (2) Buy some bento boxes, (3) Roam around and shop for anything you can see. They sell various stuff from manga, food, beauty products, and tea.
Cost: 0 if you will just walk around and take pictures.
3. Pokemon Center Osaka
Since we are really big fans of Pokemon ( from the classic yellow version up to the latest Pokemon X and Y), we really made sure to allot time to visit this place! Just imagine how big our smiles are after seeing the Pokemon Center label in Osaka station.
Upon walking in the store, you will definitely see a lot of Pokemon fans bringing their Nintendo 3DS gaming consoles- ranging from all ages! Let me tell you- if you are a Poke fan, you will definitely feel the chill of excitement!
The store itself has various Pokemon stuff, from cute stuffed toys, spoon, socks, shirts, key chain, up to cotton candy and Poke biscuits!
How to go: You can take the Osaka JR Loop Line and take off at Osaka station. From there, just go inside Daimaru mall ( entrance is just beside the Osaka station exit). Go to 13th floor of Daimaru and you will see Pokemon Center Osaka!
What to do: (1) Take pictures with the cute Pokemon merchandise (it is allowed yehey!), (2) Shop for various Pokemon items
Cost: 0 if you will just walk around and take pictures. Products definitely cost more than a normal department store, but it is not too expensive/ touristy in price.
4. Dotonbori – Ultimate Osaka Foodtrip and Glico Man!
Osaka is the place to go in Japan if you want an extreme-super-mega Japanese foodtrip! It may not have the glamour of city lovin’ Tokyo, but it definitely wins in the authentic Japanese food experience.
Dotonbori is a single street that runs along the Dotonbori Canal. You will know when you are in Dotonbori once you see the famous Glico Man plus all other lights of various stores selling takoyaki, souvenir items, and even clothes ( H&M, Forever 21).
In Dotonbori, you will also see the super famous Glico “Running Man” neon signboard (one of the three symbolic sights of Osaka, along with Tsutenkaku and Osaka Castle). Initially, I thought that this is just a small signboard, but it’s definitely not! It’s a 33m tall signboard along the Dotonbori Canal! It’s also a great spot where you can take a photo especially at night with all of the sparkling lights!
In Dotonbori, the must try foods are takoyaki and okonomiyaki. You can find numerous foodcarts selling takoyaki. I’m sharing with you the Dotonbori foodtrip map we got from the hotel as you can see below. It plots the must visit restaurants in the vicinity.
How to go: You can take either the Midosuji line ( red line), or Sennichimae line ( pink line) and take off at Namba station. From Namba, walk along Midosuji Avenue towards Shinsaibasuji street, passing by Namba Hips. Once you see the Dotonbori Canal, and Glico Man, then you can start roaming around the streets in the area. Most of the famous food stalls are near the Ferris Wheel.
What to do: (1) Try the must try foods in the Dotonbori map, (2) Eat the most famous takoyaki in Osaka in the store beside the ferris wheel, (3) Eat at Ichiran ramen- the most delicious ramen I’ve ever tried in my life!
Cost: A bowl of ramen in Ichiran will cost around 900 yen, one order of takoyaki is around 300-500 yen. If you want to splurge all night for food, then 3000 should be more than enough.
That ends our Rainy Day 2 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
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- How to Apply for Japan Tourist Visa
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