Osaka Castle is the first day we visited on our second day on this 8 day Japan trip. We were supposed to go on the first day but since we could not check in early at our hotel and go about our day after, we skipped this on our first day. The Osaka Castle was the biggest castle built in its time. The castle complex is huge. It is surrounded with gates, moats and gardens.
Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka’s skyscrapers. The building is 173 meters tall and offers a birds eye view of the city of Osaka. It is distinct with its form having two parallel structure and an observatory connecting them at the top. It is one of Osaka’s popular landmarks. The building was completed in 1993.
Yakiniku M Dotonbori is a grill restaurant that specializes in Matsusaka beef. I know that Kobe beef is very famous in the world. In Japan, the top three beef are Matsusaka, Kobe and Ohmi beef. All of those beef are raised in the Kansai region of Japan. Matsusaka beef is the meat of a Japanese black cattle brought up in certain conditions in the Matsusaka region of Japan. The Matsusaka Yakiniku M Dotonbori restaurants specializes in that kind of beef. Only 2,500 Matsusaka cattles are slaughtered every year that is why the prices are quite high. From our hotel, we took the Osaka Loop and transferred for Namba station at Tennoji because of our JR pass.
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka review is my experience on staying at this aparthotel located close to the Shin-Osaka station. We chose Residential Hotel Hare Shin Osaka mainly because of it’s size. We were looking at rooms on booking sites and they were usually 10-15 square meters. The rooms at this hotel are 35 square meters. It’s also a walking distance from Shin-Osaka station which is very convenient for transportation and food options. We got to the hotel from Kansai International airport by the Haruka limited express which is just two stops away from the airport.
After our long flight, we were itching to get to our hotel to put away our luggage and get some rest. Kansai Airport to Osaka is relatively easy to reach but which kind of transport you take depends on which part of Osaka you want to go to. From Kansai International airport, you can go into the city with car, buses, taxi, ferry or train. Kansai airport is also the closest airport to Kyoto. It can easily be accessed by train. When I was researching information for our trip, I found that it depends which train companies you will use the most to get the most value. JR trains were the best option for us for what we wanted to do. We were also staying near Shin-Osaka so the fastest and most convenient for us was the JR Haruka Limited Express. It’s also great value if you go to Kyoto.
Our 8 days Japan Itinerary was full of amazing experiences. It was the schatje's first trip to Japan and my fourth. 90 percent of what we did was also new to me despite having been there before. It just means that Japan has a lot to offer. I divided the trip into two parts, around Osaka and Tokyo. We also wanted to ride the Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo which takes 2.5 hours, also a first for me. It was expensive but definitely an experience. This is the schatje's second foray into Asia after the Philippines. I thought it was a really nice place to explore for in Asia. We plan to visit at least one other Asian country whenever we go to the Philippines. It was also made possible with the good flight deal we had with Finnair and Cebu Pacific to the Philippines
8 Days Japan Itinerary
- Flight from Brussels-Helsinki-Osaka
- check in at Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
- Umeda Sky Building
- Dinner at Yakiniku M
- Shinkansen train from Osaka to Tokyo
- check in at Tokyo Hotel
- Shibuya crossing
- Mario cart around Tokyo experience
- Tokyo Skytree
- Meiji Shrine
- Maid Cafe in Shinjuku
- Ichiran Ramen Shinjuku
- Asimo the Robot
- Panasonic Center
- Toyota City Showcase
- Tokyo Station
- Imperial Grounds
- Flight to the Philippines
We had days that were really busy on this 8 Day Japan Itinerary but we also had easygoing days. The stress on our feet from walking so much had to be eased. We averaged 17,000 steps a day. It was a really good trip. We were glad that the weather was nice the whole time we were there. It was mostly sunny and we only had one day of rain.
Japanese curry is probably one of the more affordable meals you can have in Japan. It’s also tasty. It has a much milder flavor than the usual curry. As with a lot of things, curry is a foreign import by the British which the Japanese made their own version of. It is recognizable by its thick dark brown sauce usually served over rice.
My must try food in Osaka are the Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki. There are plenty of takoyaki stands in Osaka. We passed by this one on Dotonburi. It was nice as they were cooking it outside and they had a sitting area inside.
Just in case you don’t know what a Takoyaki is. It’s a very popular Japanese snack. It’s made from batter, usually with minced/diced octopus. There are variations as well like cheese and bacon. It is usually served warm, drizzled in takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise with bonito flakes on top.
I actually had no idea what President Chibo was or if it was any good. We were on Dotonburi and wanted to try okonomiyaki. We just walked further down the street and saw a line, we were like this should be good enough. We waited for a good 5-10 minutes before we were ushered to our table.
The original plan was to go to Osaka Castle, then take a cruise boat to Namba and Dotonburi. Since we got in the city later than planned. We decided to skip Osaka Castle and go in the morning. Dotonburi shouldn’t be missed at night. ^.^