Yup! 48 hours is just not enough to do Osaka! I thought that there's not much to do in osaka.. how wrong I was! I enjoyed osaka so much that I want to go back again right now!
|octopus on the loose in dotonbori|
|blow fish galore in dotonbori|
So much to see and eat, so little time! If you are planning to visit osaka, you need to dedicate at least 3 full days, if not more, to properly soak in the sights and eats. 2 days is just not enough, remember that!
It really is KUIDAORE in osaka! Eat till you drop! So much to eat, just not enough stomach space for it! And fatty hubby and I really stuffed ourselves silly as we wanted to eat as much of everything as we can (^^)
|on dotonbori looking at ebisubashi-suji|
|on dotonbori looking at shinsaibashi-suji|
Our late and dramatic arrival at 1am due to plane delay, forced us to spend a bomb of 18,000 Yen/RM720, on taxi from the airport. Luckily, we managed to share the cost with another couple headed for the same hotel. On hindsight, I'm glad we brought more money than we intended to spend, or we'd be forced to sleep at the airport.. or maybe we should have? 9000 yen is a lot of money! That's 10 bowls of ramen!
|best ramen at Ichiran|
Anyways, we headed to Ichiran for ramen after checking-in. It's really just round the corner and I must say it's the best ramen in osaka! The ramen and soup was PERFECT! Look out for a bright red square cloth-like signboard facing the dotonbori river. It's just 2 doors away from the brightly lit corner takoyaki shop! The takoyaki there is fantastic too! 8 pieces of takoyaki topped with shoyu and mayo at 500 yen. Even though it's the only one we had, I still say it's the best (^^). Sorry, no pictures.. we ate up all before I remembered to take any (^^||).
|cute guy making takoyaki|
|peaceful and tranquil sumiyoshi park|
|the famous curry rice|
Next we headed for Kuromon Market. At 3pm, I expected most shops to be on the verge of closing, but they were still going strong (?!). I had a great time there. Lots to look-see and EAT! We stuffed ourselves with sugar-free soy bean drink, azuki dorayaki, doughnut, japanese cheesecake and sweet sweet strawberries (^^). But best of all, we found an out-of-this-world tuna toro sashimi in the market! It was so so sublime that I forgot to take a picture of it! We went back for more the next day but found the shop closed. So be warned, most shops in kuromon are closed on Sundays.
|best-ever sugar-less soy bean drink - thick 'n creamy|
After all the food, we went back to the hotel and took a 3 hour nap, and woke up to feast on kushikatsu at Daruma on Dotonbori. It's right opposite Kinryu ramen and Shitenno ramen, you can't miss it. At peak hour, you'll see a line outside the shop. I love these fried stuff on skewers, which you dip into the sauce (no double dipping here!). Each kushikatsu order comes with a complimentary serving of cabbage. Yums! A skewer is around 120 yen.
|a "full"-filling meal|
|karaage and rice - just the way we like it|
On Sundays and holidays, the unlimited day pass for the subways and buses is only 600 yen. So we went to namba subway station (midosuji line),bought the card and headed to Osaka Castle. It was raining when we got there (><). And since we didn't have an umbrella, we ended up at the Osaka Museum of History. It's ok, but I don't recommend it because there's no explanation in English. So, it's just another mediocre look-see. We took pictures of Osaka castle from the museum. No chance to visit the castle park (><). We did however, enjoy a really nice latte at Seattle Coffee before heading back to Shinsaibashi (^^).
The shinsaibashi subway station is right under Daimaru. And so we ended up at daimaru food market for more yummies. I remember that japanese food markets used to offer lots of food samples. Not anymore. Out of the many food shops in daimaru, I only noticed 2 or 3 shops that gave out samples. A cost cutting measure, you think??? Anyways, we bought original castella or kasutera cake from Ginsu, 525 yen.. And we had the most AWESOME deep fried oyster(-katsu) from the food mart. They were huge and oh-so succulent, and left us wanting more! Take note that there is no place to sit and eat whatever you bought from the food mart. Guess the japanese must be really disciplined and too polite to eat in public, unlike us hungry, greedy and impatient pigs! Well, we couldn't wait and had the oysters right outside daimaru's entrance on shinsaibashi-suji! (^^)
|tall, tall angel cakes|
|pretty-ness in a row|
|the awesome-mest oyster katsu ever!!!|
The walk on shinsaibashi-suji heading towards ebisubashi-suji (namba), was really nice. Lots of young people, lots of shops and lots of energy.. very vibrant and "happening". Alas, we didn't have the much time to browse through the shops (><). Just window-shopped and cuci mata.. would have been nice to be able to spend more time at shinsaibashi-suji.
|vintage hokkyusei amidst modernization|
|ooey-goeey creamy omelette with fragrant fried rice|
|wonder if I can replicate this at home?|
I love OSAKA! Fatty hubby loves Osaka too! Till next time! KUIDAORE!!!