One Day Guide to Osaka

Peter and I had just one day in Osaka before we took the train out to Kyoto, but we sure made the most of it. There are a few sites to see in Osaka, but my agenda (not surprisingly), was all about the food. 

No time to sight see...I smell RAMEN

No time to sight see…I smell RAMEN

Our time in Osaka was the start of a wonderful trip that easily made Japan one of my favorite (if not, my favorite) countries to travel to. Needless to say the Japanese Curry recipe I shared before, is just the start of the Japanese-inspired recipes I hope to share on this blog.

Osaka Castle

Sunset view of the city from Osaka Castle

How to Get In: Direct flights from Hong Kong International Airport to Kansai International Airport 

How to Get Around: Taxis are pricey (especially compared to Hong Kong!) so make use of the rail system. While not every map or guide you see will be in English, each train station will have someone working in a little booth just next to the gates where you put in your train tickets to enter.

Some speak excellent English, and the ones who don’t will still be able to tell you how to get on the correct train if you can give the name of the station you are trying to go to. Everyone we spoke to was super friendly and anxious to help even though they had limited English skills (and my Japanese consists solely of “Arigatou!”)

Where to Stay: Yamatoya Honten — 2 Chome-17-4 Shimanouchi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0082, Japan
Phone:+81 6-6211-3587

A no-frills ryokan with an excellent location just near Dotonbori

What to See: On my list? Sunset at the beautiful Osaka Castle, a bit of shopping in bustling Shinsaibashi, and eating everything in sight in Dotonbori

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle Osaka Castle Osaka Castle



Dotonbori running man


What to Eat: EVERYTHING! Dumplings, ramen, sushi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, yakitori, green tea everything


okonomiyaki – a savory grilled Japanese pancake


takoyaki – octopus balls ( as in dough balls stuffed with octopus, not the errr balls of an octopus)

Pablo cheesecake

Pablo cheescake– The most amazing cheescake EVER ( )

ramen dotonbori


ramen dotonbori Dumplings


Coming up next… KYOTO


  • Patti

    I want to go eating with you! Your posts always make me hungray!

    • Sounds like you need to come for a visit to Asia 🙂

  • Alicia

    This is so cool! I want to be a traveler so bad! Hubs just wants to go to places where he can hunt and fish ha

    • Haha! Sounds like you need to plan a girls trip without him 😉

  • I would be all about the food too – especially here as the use of flavour combinations seem to be so inventive and interesting! A joy for the tastebuds!

    • Trying new foods is definitely one of my favorite parts of traveling