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.
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.
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
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
What to Eat: EVERYTHING! Dumplings, ramen, sushi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, yakitori, green tea everything
Coming up next… KYOTO