Osaka

Osaka – Japan Week Day Two

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Exploring the Namba Yasaka Shrine

Osaka is our second stop for #JapanWeek, and it was our first time visiting a major city outside of Tokyo. It proved to be an unforgettable experience.

Chief on my list of things that I wanted to do in Osaka was to visit the Kaiyukan Aquarium, in order to see the Whale sharks. The Aquarium was unlike anything I have ever seen in my life, and we were completely blown away by the sheer size and scale of the place. Highlights included finally seeing a capybara in real life, seeing whale sharks and hammerhead sharks, and getting to pat sharks and sting rays in the Aquarium’s rock pool.

Osaka isn’t just about the Aquarium though!

Completely by chance I booked us into an AIRBNB property in the lively Dotonbori red-light district, and so our night was a neon adventure of street food and window shopping. There were stunning boutiques everywhere in Osaka, and I am so looking forward to heading back in May with friends who are as fond of shopping as I am. We visited the gorgeous Osaka Castle and got to see some stunning architecture, and I was also able (thanks to the boyfriend’s superior Google-fu) to visit the amazing Namba Yasaka shrine and to see the stunning lion stage in this quite little temple that’s off the beaten track.

Food and booze again played a huge role in our adventure. We discovered an amazing Craft Beer pub named Kamikaze which served delicious food and beers amongst a punky sort of vibe, and I tried Mellon Bread for the first time. Osaka is also known for takoyaki, and after a few poor quality examples we found some truly delicious octopus dumplings.

I have no doubt that I will discover much more about this amazing city when I return in May, and I am looking forward to sharing my adventures with you.

You can view the Osaka Vlogs here: https://youtu.be/q7o7dvkB6kI (more…)