August 7, 2013

First Day in Osaka, Japan

Ok. After spending the night at the comic book cafe, we woke up, headed to the train station to exchange our Japan Rail Pass and then onwards for breakfast. Japan train station is massive and there is just so much to see and do. 

Breakfast at one of the supermarket/food court like shop at the station. So healthy!

The wall of the sitting area is so cool. Thank goodness its protected by glass case. If not, I'll not sure if I can stop myself for bringing some figurines back ;p

After a 4 hour express train journey, we arrived in Osaka, got a map, figured out the train lines and made it to our hotel safe & sound. Thank God Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinasaibashi is just opposite the train stop. If you are ever going to Osaka, I would recommend this hotel. We paid only RM640+ for 3 nights. 

After resting and taking our first shower since arriving in Japan, we started walking around. We stayed in Minami area and the hotel was just right around the corner of Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori and Namba.  

It was getting late. So we got a quick late lunch, walked the entire area till it was dinner time. Had lots of snacks in between too - Takoyaki (Octopus Balls), Green Tea Ice-Cream and Cream Puffs (Oh gosh, they have the best cream puffs ever!!!).

Dinner was at Yoshinoya. We had so many meals at Yoshinoya and its equivalent/competitors restaurant throughout our entire trip there. They are like the fast food chain. We did try more expensive Japanese food but it wasn't good and waste of money. So Yoshinoya with its hot, tasty meal of about RM7-10 was our choice for food most of the time. 

Shopping was crazy. There is the really cheap stuffs and also high end branded stuffs so readily available everywhere. And the streets doesn't end. It just goes on and on and on. All the way north to down south and it branches out to smaller streets. Crazy!!!

It was the night before Halloween, so there were plenty of dress-up people/ characters walking around. It was so normal to them. If its in Malaysia, I'm sure plenty people will be staring. And I got to be the hardcore tourist, trying to take pictures of them without being too obvious. -_- fail

OK. Enough of gawking. We headed back to the hotel for some proper sleep in a nice comfortable bed. 

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