Saturday, February 11, 2017

Day 7: Japan (Osaka)

It was our last full day in Osaka and we made full use of the day to visit main landmarks in Osaka. That morning, as we were walking towards the train station, we came across this bar. It looks dodgy but we decided to give it a try. The owner was very friendly though we had a hard time communicating ie. pointing pictures on the menu and made full use of body language to describe things.

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Our first stop was Osaka Castle. It is surrounded by its huge park. This castle houses an informative museum about the castle's history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was not difficult to find the place but to reach Osaka Castle, you need to walk some distance from the train station. There are a few stations to reach this place – we stopped at Tanimachi 4-chome Station.

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Since we are sort of an anime fans and the boyfriend was excited to see some cosplays on the street, we went to Den Den Town which is located in the Nipponbashi area. Den Den Town is an electronics district, probably like Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur or Bukit Jambul Mall in Penang. It is also know to be an otaku paradise with numerous manga and anime retailers as well as a maid cafes.

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We had Japanese curry rice for lunch and shockingly, the are delicious. Not spicy but, delicious. We did check out a few anime retail stores and geez, they are everywhere! We even entered an adult store just to check out the place. I was walking ahead, rows to rows, while the boyfriend was behind me – just to see the reactions of the Japanese guys who saw me. Fun experience. Highly recommended.

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We did check out one of the maid cafes there. The food was not great but the place is interesting. Oh well, I don’t think people go to such cafe for its food. The men can take pleasure by using the bell to call out to the waitresses. Well, most of the customers are men when we were there.

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Our last destination before we called it a night was Tsutenkaku Tower, located in Shinsekai. The tower is 103 meters high, with the main observatory at a height of 91 meters. In order to get up there, you need to take a lift which was located underground. Its open-air deck on the top of the main observatory was closed during our visit. Anyhow, we were still able to enjoy the night view of Osaka.

To be honest, we did not go to much places during this trip. Hence, we will definitely be back again…

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