Japan Travel Diary: Osaka Part I

Osaka

We had a nice view from our AirBnb in the city of Osaka. We walked to the 7-11 around the corner and picked up breakfast. The selection is far more interesting than in the states. Pastries, steamed pork buns, hot meals, and sushi… we wanted to try it all! We planned out our day each morning while we ate our fancy breakfast on our Osaka balcony.

Osaka Castle

Osaka is known as Japan’s kitchen and second largest city. We were eager to start exploring and eating! First stop was the beautiful Osaka castle. Fell in love with the juxtaposition in Japan’s cities. They fuse urban life with picturesque parks so effortlessly.

Osaka Castle

It was a small hike to get to the castle entrance and green tea ice cream was the perfect treat.

Matcha green tea ice cream

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Dotonbori Street Food

Dotonbori was at the top of our list. From Osaka castle we jumped on the train to Namba Station, closet station to the Dotonbori area. This region in Osaka is known for entertainment and theaters, but we came for the street food. When you see the Glica billboard you know you are close!

Glica man

In addition to shopping at Shinsaibashi, the street is lined with speciality vendors of Osaka specialities. Their large displays tell you what food they sell. We walked down the entire street first to plan out the food we wanted to try!

Dotonburi

Dotonbui

Takoyaki is a must! Battered ball goodness with octopus bits, scallions, panko and topped with sauce and shavings on bonito flakes.

Takoyaki

Gyoza – Pan Fried Dumplings

Gyoza

Melon Bread is a sweet bread and one of my favorite desserts. It reminds me so much of Pan De Sal (filipino bread)!

Melon bread

Dotonburi

Kuromon Market

We walked to Kuromon Market from Dotonbori for more food. Obviously our bellies were not satisfied! Kuromon is a market where you can also buy and sample Japan’s finest seafood.

Kuromon

There was a long line for these buttered grilled scallops. You pick you own and they prepare and grill them right in front of you. So delicious!

Buttered scallops

Buttered scallops

Uni, uni, uni… This was one of the highlights of the trip. I have always been reluctant to try Uni or sea urchin, but Japan is the place to do it. It is so buttery and smooth and definitely not what I was expecting!

Uni

Sushi is never ever going to be the same…

Sushi

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