Long trips can be very exhausting but you’ll likely to relish and explore your destination more. However, it doesn’t always have to be like that. You can catch a glimpse of the beauty of a place on a very short journey. Say, 2 days? Yes, it’s definitely achievable.
- Decide which part of the place where you really want to see/ visit. Like you rank it at number 1.
- Book a hotel/ guesthouse that is near to that place. Make sure that it’s near the train station too. And that station is an easy access to major stations.
- Search for the neighboring popular places.
- Use the Google Maps app. 😉
As you may know, Osaka is a huge port city in Japan where tourists flock in to due to the many beautiful places, shrines, modern architecture, nightlife, and abundant street food. My husband and I decided to take a jaunt to this interesting city.
You can get there from Tokyo by bullet train or plane. We chose the latter because it’s cheaper and faster. Peach and Jetstar are known as LCC. Peach was our choice. Our flight was around noon from Narita International Airport and it took us an hour and a half to touchdown Kansai International Airport. That didn’t count as one day, right? 😀 So from there we started our quick expedition. Here are the places we visited:
1. Namba Walk
Before heading to our guesthouse, we took a few walks and saw the commendable design of the shopping center. Lies with the Subway Midosuji Line Namba Station as the focal point and schemes one extensive and straight shopping avenue, from the Subway Nippombashi Station on the east to the JR Namba Station on the west.
Then off we went to Guesthouse Bourgeois to doze off and prepare ourselves for the next day’s event.
Guesthouse Bourgeois is located 7 min to Dekijima station on foot which isn’t far from our target spots. We were able to get some good rest but I didn’t like its untidiness.
2. Universal Studios Japan
This was the main course of our jaunt. We spent a whole day there and it wasn’t just enough. 😀 I previously shared my thoughts about this, kindly see it here. Thus, we only had 1 day left to savor Osaka. We made the most out of it through these worth visiting spots:
3. Osaka Castle Park
It was an easy access from our guesthouse so we took the chance for our last day.
Nestled in Osaka Castle Park are quite a few remarkable structures including the castle tower, the Nishinomaru Garden with about 600 cherry trees, an ume (plum) orchard vaunting 1,270 ume trees in 100 assortments, and other spots where visitors can revel in seasonal flowers.
Always open. No entrance fee. Click for more photos.
4. Osaka Castle
The historic castle has gone through major restorations and fortunately, now one can only see its mysterious beauty. There are presentations of treasured historic materials and valuable cultural possessions inside the castle, which is now a history museum that makes use of illustrations and dioramas to educate and at the same time amuse the guests. Photography is prohibited in some floors of the museum.
I felt like I went back in time as we roamed around the area. It was an absolute delight!
Of course, we didn’t miss out on Osaka’s takoyaki for lunch just within the area.
Kuidaore literally means “to eat oneself bankrupt”. No wonder why there are dozens of restaurants streak along the Dotomborigawa River. You can stuff yourself with Osaka’s flavorsome reasonably priced food to your extreme dietary content.
Presently, large chromatic neon signs and flash signboards jazz up the area, uncovering that the district still speaks for the passion of Osakans.
Just a few steps from Dōtonbori is this dining and shopping street where laborers who reconstructed Osaka after World War II assembled, and it still encompasses Japanese-style pubs and cheap cafeteria-like restaurants with highly unique menus. We had our lunch and dinner here.
For lunch was a bowl of this hearty dish which gave me a hard time to consume everything. It was so delicious, though. The best I’ve ever had!
We had this great tasting yakisoba paired with okonomiyaki for dinner. We came back here after the last spot we visited.
Can’t say anything but just heavenly! To my surprise, they seemed to taste different from what I have tried in Tokyo.
And the last but definitely not the least,
See that crowd? 😀 Many boutiques and specialty shops are lumped together here, captivating both local people and visitors. With a history of 380 years, it was already an entrenched shopping district in the Edo Period. If you’re a certified shopper, this is your paradise.
And that was our quick and short, yet memorable adventure. Remember, trips don’t have to be long and luxurious. 😉