This is the last full day I have in Japan. The plan was to check out Osaka Bay Area, and finally do some shopping.
These are the various landmarks around Dotonbori, which are mainly sign boards of restaurants. Some of these open early in the morning till late at night, so you can have it as early or as late as you wish. Literally every shop along the whole stretch sells food. If having a yummilicious time is your priority, you can consider coming to Osaka! I think this place is more crazy on food than Tokyo which is more known for the shopping.
For lunch, we went to Yotaro Hoten for tempura. Read more about it here.
After lunch, we went to check out the Osaka Bay Area which features the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium.
There was light rain throughout the day.
As you can tell from the design of the building, the Kaiyukan has quite a long history. The design reminds me of the 90s and this aquarium was born in 1990.The entrance fee for adults was ¥2300 ($28.75), which is comparable to the S.E.A Aquarium in Sentosa ($29).
Stingray says ‘Hi!’.
Another lazy starfish
Penguins doing their silly antics. There was another enclosure for other species of penguins, with ice and all.
You get to feel the sting rays and eels here! I like how they have interactive exhibits in this aquarium.
The aquarium was quite interesting and I like the variety they offer. I would recommend this attraction!
１-１-１０ Kaigandori Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 552-0022, Japan
While walking back to the train station, we picked up some ice cream from a nearby supermarket.
I was expecting to find matcha ice cream along the streets but sadly it’s not common in Osaka. I guess Meiji matcha ice cream does the trick too!
After returning to Shinsaibashi, we did some shopping. The Japanese drugstores are a beauty addict’s haven.
Uniqlo was having some sort of sale too. They have outlets everywhere but most of them are rather small. The store at Shinsaibashi is one of the few flagship mega stores and is much bigger than usual and has mutiple levels. You probably may have more things to choose from here. They had many Limited Offer items going at ¥1000 ($12.50)! I got a pair of legging pants in demin like material (technically, jeggings) for ¥1000! It was such a steal. You can also find souvenir t-shirts here, with the graphic prints of various icons of Japan.
2-1-17 Shinsaibashi-suji Chuo-ku Osaka
I wanted to get some Matcha powder and according to Lonely Planet’s Kyoto guide Ippodo is a famous brand. The main store is in Kyoto but their products are also available at leading department stores in Osaka. There was a stall at the food hall of Daimaru in Shinsaibashi. However, thinking of the tedious brewing process and requirement of specific apparatus, which I am not confident of using properly, I decided to get Sencha instead. Ippodo sells a wide variety of Sencha too and the brewing process is seemingly simpler.
However, do not buy hoards of them at once for the purpose of stocking up, because these teas have a shelf life. They should be consumed within 9 months of opening, and that’s if you store it properly. Other than the fragile shelf life, no trip to Japan is complete without getting some authentic Japanese green tea! The one I bought was Unro and costs ¥900 ($11.25) for 100g.
Osaka-shi Chuo-ku Shinsaibashi Suji 1-7-1
After shopping, we went for a coffee break at Link. Weirdly, we couldn’t find the way again and got lost. Getting lost is inevitable, even if you’ve been around for 1 week.
Soon, it was time for dinner. We had dinner at Sushi Jinsei. Read about it here.
After dinner, we continued our shopping and went back early to pack up. I’ll reveal my haul in the next post!