Time for the next instalment of our Japan Travel Diary: Osaka!
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Now onto Osaka. We had two days in Osaka – one for the city and one to spend in Universal Studios.
We began the day at Umeda Sky Building. It’s a tall building in Osaka that boasts a 360 view of the city. It was the perfect day for it too!
I somehow managed to take no photos of the building but it looks like this.
The escalators were especially cool as they are on the outside of the building.
Then we visited Osaka castle. It was so pretty! You can pay to go inside but we preferred to look at the gorgeous exterior.
Namba shrine was a must do for me and not because of the shrine but of the stage that sits next to it. It’s a dragon head! I only saw this in a couple of places online and it was pretty quiet when we visited so a good one to visit for something quirky that’s slightly off the usual tourist track.
Plus the shrine itself is nice to look at too.
I became what’s known as a “drainspotter” while we were in Japan and this one in Osaka of the castle was by far my favourite. Why can’t our drain covers look like this at home?
This area of Osaka was a must on my list do list as it was very visually appealing to me. Plus Topher’s a big fan of lit up cities at night so this was a perfect location. There was just so much to look at as well as eat but that’s for a whole other blog post!
Dotonbori Street was the last stop of our day and well worth leaving until last. You can go during the day which is ideal for avoiding crowds but crowds is what we were after. When the street is full of people at night time there’s just an amazing atmosphere. Long lines of people, delicious smells and lights everywhere.
When we go on holiday we’re usually back in the hotel room at night after a full day but this had to change our ways. Alive is definitely a word I’d use to describe Dotonbori st.
Universal Studios Japan
Up bright and early we headed across the city on the subway to Universal Studios Japan. I’d done my research and it told me that the Japanese tend to queue up early an hour or so before parks open so we managed to get to the gate at 8.30am. It was a good thing we did as they started letting people in at 8.40am. And they were running!
How to describe USJ? It’s like it’s American counter parts but with a distinctive Japanese twist that you can’t replicate. It was fascinating walking around and I especially enjoyed people watching here. Young or old people will wear the merch and I am so down for that. Who says kids get to have all the fun?
And of course we had to visit the Harry Potter section. We both agreed weather wise it was the most accurate of the three we’ve now been to. And it was mainly the same but in Japanese (of course). Only the Japanese merch game is way better. I went nuts for their tins of sweets as the tins were perfection. Check out our haul to see what I mean.
Take me back!
Next up will be everything we ate in Osaka.