Osaka is amazing. People are friendly, food is fantastic and public transport is so good it is scary. With so many great properties I am sad we only spent 4 nights in this beautiful place, but we had a ball.
Main station is pretty easy to figure out and well set out. JR pass will of course be easiest way to use the JR lines.
Again a great array of stations for your convenience. We picked up a map from our hotel which made it heaps easier!
Didn’t really use buses at all in Osaka due to great train system.
What we did in Osaka
Renovated castle which housed the Toyotomi family and is now a great example as to what life was like and the history of the 16th century. Keep in mind most of the information is in Japanese. The atmosphere and the food around it is more than worth it. Bring comfy shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking.
Umeda Sky Building
Umeda floating garden is one of the tallest structures in Osaka. Even though there was no floating garden you get great views of all of Osaka. PS. The garden is on the ground next to the building. There are so many restaurants around the sky building so bring your appetite!
We really fluked this one. We woke up one day and asked our hotel if there was any baseball on that day. We were in luck. It was a pretty simple train ride to Dome-mae Chiyozaki Station.
We saw Hanshin Tigers VS Orix Buffaloes. Tickets were $40 for the two of us, $60 on Tigers kits we were off to the ball park! Great venue and easy to get to via train and the atmosphere was awesome! You have to get a beer from the ladies with kegs on their back!
Right next to Spa World is the Shinsekai district of Osaka. This is a fantastic little district full of amazing restaurants, bars and the Tsūtenkaku Tower. Home to a lot of Glico memorabilia and Billiken Shrine, The God of Happiness who is an very important figure in Osaka. It a beautiful building and fantastic at night, so bring your camera!
You need to book this! For one Asahi is an amazing brew, two you get a 30 min free tasting…… so that is 3 beers and snacks! You go through a 30 min tour with your guide speaking Japanese, but never fear you get an english translated book for everything. It was amazing to see. Take some time and money to look through the Gift store as you can find some awesome gifts like mugs, bottle openers, beer, whiskey and anything else Asahi related.
Wow what an experience. It was our first time in an Onsen….. Wow. Separate floors for male and females which change monthly. Please read carefully the information your given in english as it’s hard to ask questions if you have little to no Japanese. I think I am going to do a separate post just on this!
Check In Time
3pm is standard check in time over in Japan and some hostels are not staffed, key to check times as most places will hold your bags till check in.
Suica and Pasmo Cards
Load and go cards for public transport. Most handy things I have seen and 100 times better than Aussie Myki.
Google Maps and Portable Wifi
Again was fantastic in all conditions. Nothing better than getting directions and costs for a transport system your unsure of.
We had a fantastic time in Osaka with beautiful good food and fantastic people. If your traveling Japan its a must stop place!
Ja mata ne!
See you later!