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Avid Globetrotter: 24 Hours in Osaka

Avid Globetrotter: 24 Hours in Osaka-Kobe

Osaka is the 2nd largest city in Japan; and if you have the opportunity to only spend 24 hours here, this is our list of the best way to spend your time.

Where to Eat

  • Breakfast
    1. Egg’n Things, The Park Front Hotel – Cafe/Hawaiian – You can enjoy a delicious and voluminous breakfast menu not only in the morning but also in the day and night. Please enjoy the bright and calm Hawaiian atmosphere such as the surfboard on the wall, light Hawaiian music, smiley staff and Hawaii Hawaiian shirt in the interior shop based on the wall’s off-white and the floor’s light beige .
    2. Remone – From breakfast to dinner, buffets and tapas vary widely from time to time are offered from the lively open kitchen.  Enjoy a hearty moment in a pleasant space surrounded by greenery and water.
  • Lunch
    1. Kuma Kafe – Pizza/Cafe/Australian/Vegetarian Friendly/Vegan Options – Known as one of the best pizza spots in all of Japan.
    2. Okonomiyaki Chitose – Japanese/Asian/Vegetarian Friendly – One of the best Okonomiyaki spots in Osaka. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”.
  • Dinner
    1. Alto Tritone – Italian/European/Vegan Options – Homemade Italian food in Japan.
    2. Harukoma – Japanese/Sushi/Asian/Gluten Free Options – Authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi with very fresh fish. No reservations accepted, expect to wait in line in front of the restaurant (always a good sign).

Where to Shop

A thriving port city on Japan’s largest island of Honshu, Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan behind the capital city, Tokyo. It’s known for its bustling city streets, striking architecture, lively nightlife, foodie scene, and, of course, shopping.

  1. Underground shopping mall – Don’t miss out on visiting the myriad of alleys and laneways of the underground shopping mall under Osaka city. There are many shops and eateries and we managed to find a delicious sushi bar that served fresh oysters.
  2. Shinsaibashi Shopping area – Great place to spot all the latest fashion trends and has a combination of department stores, trendy boutiques and a number of retail shopping chains.
  3. Hankyu Sanbangai – The Hankyu Sanbangai shopping center is at the Hankyu Umeda Station and has gourmet food, fashion and lifestyle goods. It’s a great place to shop with kids because there is a large Kiddy Land store.
  4. Grand Front Osaka – With more than 260 venders, Grand Front Osaka offers everything from cosmetics to cafes. The shops sell popular international and Japanese brands and an appreciable collection of Made in Japan brands.
  5. Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street – A unique indoor street market with a high-vaulted roof that creates and open-air vibe, Tenjimbashisuji is Japan’s longest shopping sreet with 1.5 miles of eateries and conventional goods and services.

Top 5 Tourist Spots

  1. Universal Studios Japan – Movie-themed amusement park with rides. This sprawling theme park dedicated to popular American movies features rides & live entertainment.
  2. Osaka Castle – Renowned, historic castle with a museum. Revered castle dating to 1597 & since rebuilt, featuring gardens & a museum with varied exhibits.
  3. Dōtonbori – Popular district for dining & theater. Lively entertainment district known for its soaring illuminated billboards, restaurants & theaters.
  4. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan – Huge landmark for marine-life exhibits. One of the world’s biggest aquariums, with exhibits ranging from Arctic to tropical marine life.
  5. Tsūtenkaku – Iconic tower with an observation deck. Famous for its neon lights, this landmark features an observation deck open to the public.

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