Konnichiwa! (Hello/Good day!) Ogenki desu ka? (How are you?) 🙂
Hello everyone! I’m baaaaacccckkk! 😀 Before reading my DAY 1 itinerary, I hope you have read already my Japan Travel Guide. Check my previous post here. 😉
Our departure time to Osaka via Jetstar was at 7 o’clock in the morning. We arrived at NAIA Terminal 1 around 4am then we immediately paid P1,650 for travel tax. There weren’t too many passengers that time so we only spent few minutes for immigration clearance and had more time for breakfast! HAHAHA
Our flight was not delayed so we arrived at Kansai International Airport (KIA) on time. So unusual, yeyyy! 😀
OHAYO OSAKA! ♥ ♥ ♥
Just like in Incheon Airport, KIA has a train from the boarding gates to the main building. We had a fast clearance in Immigration and Customs and their officers are not that scary. LOL
Time to fill up our tummy! 😀 It’s always a part of my itinerary to try either KFC or McDonalds in every country I get to visit because I love comparing their food and trying something that’s not being offered in our country. In Japan, we tried McDo! 🙂 BUT… I don’t like their fries! huhuhu I spent 450 yen (P207) for this meal.
Our AirBnB room is located in Namba so we took Nankai Airport Express which costs 920 yen (P423) to Namba Station for a 50-minute travel time.
Our check-in time was at 6 o’clock in the evening because we needed to wait for our host to finish her work that day. Good thing she suggested Namba Hands-Free Center. It is where you can leave your luggage for a corresponding fee. This is located near Namba station and Namba Park. It’s on the fourth floor of Hotel Ichiei. I paid 500 yen (P230) for my big trolley bag and 200 yen (P92) for my backpack.
After leaving our luggage, we went to Osaka Castle.
Subway Midosuji Line (Red Line) at Namba Station (M20) → Hommachi Station (M18) → transfer to Subway Chuo Line (Green Line) → Tanimachi 4-chome Station (C18). Total Fare: 240 yen (P110).
From Tanimachi 4-Chome Station, take Exit No. 1-B and walk for about 10 minutes before reaching the gate of the castle. You know you’re on the right track when you see these landmarks below. 😀
Few more steps before the gate….
This is the GATE! hahaha
From here, you still need to walk for almost five minutes before reaching the castle. There are different food stalls inside.
Entrance Fee to Osaka Castle: 600 yen (P276)
Inside the castle is a museum but you can’t take pictures in a certain floor. ( I forgot if it was the 2nd or 4th hahaha)
There is an observation deck in the topmost floor of the castle tower which offers a beautiful panoramic view of Osaka.
One amazing thing I found in this place is the Osaka Castle souvenir coin machine located at the ground floor. 😀
Step 1: Choose between gold or silver coin for 500 yen (P230)
Step 2: Choose between necklace chain or key chain for 200 yen (P92) (Optional)
Step 3: Engrave your name (or your lover’s name if you’re very sure s/he is the ONE already ‘coz maybe s/he has another ONE or TWO? y’know! lol) at the back of the coin for 30 yen (P14) This is a fixed rate regardless of the length of your name.
Time for some ice cream! 🙂 This tastes a little ordinary but it was kinda big. Well it should be big, it’s so pricey! hahaha 400 yen (P184) ! Gosh.
We stayed for only few minutes in Osaka Castle, upon exit you will see this fountain above. From here, just walk for maybe 5 minutes before reaching the nearest station. Fare to Namba Station: 240 yen (P110).
After claiming our luggage at Namba Hands-Free Center, we directly went to our AirBnB room which is located beside Rise Motomachi Animal Hospital. We walked for almost twenty minutes. Whew!!!! I don’t really recommend the place. HAHAHA
We took a rest for just an hour then went to Dotonbori for dinner!!! 🙂 Dotonbori is one of Osaka’s most popular tourist destinations because of its many shops and restaurants. This is the perfect place in Osaka for those tourists who want to experience “Kuidaore” which means “To ruin oneself by extravagance in food” or simply “Eat till you drop!” This is also where you can find the iconic Glico Man.
Takuyaki with egg – 550 yen (P253) for 6 pcs
Okonomiyaki – 1,000 yen (P460)
This was our only dinner because everything was very pricey. HAHAHA And also, we were very tired already so we all decided to just go home and sleep. LOL
That’s all for now tomodachi! 😉 DAY 2 will be posted sooooon! :*