Near Kyoto, Osaka is also a big city where you can spend some days there. However, I just
spent one day and tried to do the maximum during this beautiful day. So, the first thing that I did was the Osaka castle. It’s one of the most famous in Japan and it played a huge role during the 16th century. Nowadays, in the castle you can find a museum. The museum is starting from the last floor until the first floor and retraces the history of Japan. Moreover, at the last floor you can see a panoramic view of Osaka which is not that bad.
After this stop in the castle, I decided to go in the city center where all the other famous places are. I walked into Den Den Town which is basically the electronic town of Osaka. However, there is not only electronic stuff there. You will find CD shops, manga shops, costume shops… Everything that you can imagine is there! I really enjoyed this place because of its variety of crazy stuff. There is also a lot of “free taxes” shops where you don’t pay the tax on the articles.
In Den Den Town you will find everything related to the crazy Japanese culture such as winning yogurt or chocolate bars into a machine game. The drinking machines are also decorated it give them a fancy look. You can find the costume of manga’s heroes and buy them (if you are courageous or crazy enough).
Which is also surprising is the contrast of modernity and old objects. Indeed, you can find entire shops of old video games with old player station and on the other hand you’ll find extra modern shops with huge screens and the last game on the market.
Before going to the last place that I wanted to see in Osaka I tried typical food from the city. I tried the Takoyaki which is basically some small balls with octopus inside. When I tried that, I didn’t know that some octopus was inside so I was really surprised and disgusted at the same time when I saw a tentacle coming out of the ball. Moreover, I took the plain version of balls but most of the Japanese people put some sauce on it like soy sauce.
People who make these small balls are basically putting the dough into some half circle molds and when it’s starting to cook they turn it really quickly with chopsticks.
So, the last thing I did in Osaka was going to see the beautiful and famous Dotonbori arcade. This huge street is full of restaurants, shops, crazy things… It’s a really beautiful avenue because of the outside of the buildings which are all full of lights and decorations.
Hanging out there was really good and I was once again in the crowd of Japanese people. This place also gives you a lot to laugh about because of weird things such as pet’s clothes or restaurant where you can fish your fish to eat.
In one of the bridges of this long street, there is THE famous place that everyone saw on pictures. This is the place with the big screens and lighting. It was really a good time to spend time there and see the sunset.