OSAKA | JAPAN MAR 2017 (4D)

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KYOTO | JAPAN MAR 2017 (5D)

Everybody told me Osaka is a great place for shopping and especially the food. I admit it. The atmosphere. The food. The shopping. The weather. The Harry Potter.

Those who know me, FOOD is not my first priority when come to travel. Then WHY OSAKA? I am a BIG FAN of Harry Potter.  People told me that I must go and visit The Harry Potter at the Universal Studio Japan (USJ). Honestly speaking, this one in USJ is not comparable if you ever been to Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter in London. But if you are coming for food and shopping, YES for Osaka.

STAY

ARK HOSTEL OSAKA

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Ark Hostel Osaka
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♥ARK HOSTEL OSAKA♥     BOOK
Address:1 Chome-15-11 Edobori, Nishi Ward, 大阪市西区 Osaka Prefecture 550-0002, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6136-6550
Nearest Train Station: Higobashi Station (The Yotsubashi Subway line)

EAT

SUSHI

CONVEYOR BELT SUSHI

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Randomly picked another conveyor belt sushi to try and compare with the one we ate at Kyoto. This is located along Dotonbori. Not really fantastic and maybe that’s why I didn’t remember the shop name. LOL…

RAMEN

ICHIRAN RAMEN OSAKA

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Never fail to try popular Ramen in Osaka when we were there. Heard from my friend that this is very popular to tourists than their locals. What’s so special?

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Along the long stretch of shops beside the Dotonbori Canal in Namba, this Ramen shop stands out among the rest by seeing a snaking long queue of tourists waiting patiently to taste their Ichiran’s Hakata Style Ramen (thin whitish noodles with Tonkotsu soup base).

Due to the high demand of seats, they have their own system to follow in order to get in.

Here the steps:

1. QUEUE UP

Do the same like the other tourists; start queuing at the stairs outside the restaurant.P1030162

2. PURCHASE RAMEN TICKET FROM VENDING MACHINE

Never experience to order ramen from a vending machine before, you may try this. Get your notes and coins ready. Although it can be quite stressful, especially when there is a super long queue behind you. So once you enter the restaurant, you will see the vending machine. Choose the item(s), pay and get the meal ticket.P1030163

3. VACANT SEAT PANEL

You will see a vacant seat panel machine in the other room. It will show whether there is any vacant seat. Wait your turn to get seat. The waiting time is depending on the period you go, it can be 10mins or stretch to more than an hour. Avoid for peak periods.P1030167

4. SEATS AVAILABLE

A lighted up panel indicates which seats are available. But no worries, a service staff will guide you to the vacant seat, either 2nd or 3rd floor.
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5. PROCEED

All seatings are like individual cubicles, covered with partitions with both sides. You can leave your sweaters and belongings at the wall behind you.P1030168

6. INDIVIDUAL CUBICLE

There is a retractable window in front of the seat in which you can only see the staff’s hands. They will pass you the order sheet and Ramen ticket.P1030166

7. SEAT FOR 2

If you have accompany, you may open up the partition in between you and your friend.P1030170

8. READY TO EAT

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Ichiran’s Hakata Style Ramen
♥ICHIRAN RAMEN – OSAKA BRANCH♥
Address: Japan, 〒542-0084 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Souemoncho, 7−18
Phone: +81 6-6212-1805
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Nearest Train Station: Namba Station (JR line)

DESSERT

PABLO CHEESECAKE

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Pablo Cheesecake
Freshly baked Pablo’s cheese tarts filled with cheese pudding inside this mini crispy pie shell. Highly recommended by my friend so we must try this. I don’t really fancy of cheese but this makes me wanted to come back again.

♥PABLO CHEESECAKE – SHINSAIBASHI STORE♥
Address: Japan, 〒542-0085 大阪府大阪市中央区 心斎橋ゼロワンビル 1F
Phone: +81 6-6211-8260
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm daily
Nearest Train Station: Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji Line)

STREET FOOD

1) TOKOYAKI

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Takoyaki
Considering the great popularity of Takoyaki selling in Dotonbori with long queues everywhere.

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We just picked this where we queued about an hour to taste their fresh and big chucks of octopus.

Never regret we make the right choice to queue for so long. Its taste is unforgettable.

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♥DOTONBORI HONKE OOTAKO (道頓堀 本家 大たこ)
Address: Japan, 〒542-0071 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Dotonbori, 1 Chome−4−16
Phone: +81 6-6211-5223
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm daily
Nearest Train Station: Namba Station (JR Line)

2) FRIED CHICKEN

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Fried Chicken
Forgot the name of the shop but I remembered this was just beside where we queued for Takoyaki.

DO

SHRINE / TEMPLE

SUMIYOSHI TAISHA
住吉大社

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住吉大社

♥SUMIYOSHI TAISHA♥
Address: 2 Chome-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 558-0045, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6672-0753
Opening Hours: (October-March) 6:30am-17:00pm; (April-September) 6:00am-17:00pm
Admission: FREE
Nearest Train Station: Sumiyoshi Taisha Station (Nankai main line)

CASTLE

OSAKA CASTLE
大阪城

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大阪城
♥OSAKA CASTLE♥    WEBSITE
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6941-3044
Opening Hours: 9:00am-17:00pm daily
Admission: ¥600 (SGD$7.53)
Nearest Train Station: Osakajokoen Station (JR line)

MUSEUM

MOMOFUKU INSTANT RAMEN MUSEUM
発明記念館

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発明記念館
♥MOMOFUKU INSTANT RAMEN MUSEUM♥     WEBSITE
Address: Japan, 〒563-0041 Osaka Prefecture, Ikeda, 満寿美町8−25
Phone: +81 72-752-3484
Opening Hours: 9:30am-16:00pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Admission: FREE
Nearest Train Station: Ikeda Station (Hankyu Takarazuka line)

SHOPPING

1) DOTONBORI
道頓堀

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道頓堀
♥DOTONBORI♥
Address: Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Admission: FREE
Nearest Train Station: Namba Station (JR line)

2) MINAMI

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♥MINAMI♥
Address: Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Admission: FREE
Nearest Train Station: Namba Station (JR line)

AMUSEMENT PARK

UNIVERSAL STUDIO OSAKA

日本环球影城

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日本环球影城
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♥UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN♥     WEBSITE
Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 17:00pm daily
Admission: ¥7,600 (SGD$95.38) <12-64 years old> / ¥5,100 yen (SGD$64.86) <4-11 years old> / ¥6,830 yen (SGD$85.72) <65 years or older>
Nearest Train Station: Universal City Station (JR Sakurajima line)

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