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Things to do in Japan: Osaka day 1

Day 1: Osaka castle, Dotonbori

12pm-3pm: Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle is opened from 9am to 4.30pm. It was the largest castle after its construction started in 1583s. Though it was destroyed in 1615, it was rebuilt again in the 1620s by Tokugawa Hidetada. Unfortunately, the poor castle got burnt down in 1665 after it got struck by a lightning. In 1997, it got repaired and thus I was able to take a selfie with it today!

When I was there, I saw many students in uniforms and cute little toddlers with their red, orange and yellow hats walking in twos. I guess this castle really bears a huge meaning to the Japanese people. This is one of the most popular place for tourist during the Cherry Blossom Season.


Take the train to Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line from JR Osaka Station.

It will cost you 600 yen

3pm to 4pm: Lunch at Ichiran

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5pm to 11pm: Dotonbori

Dotonbori is basically heaven on earth for people who love to eat! I went crazy in Dotonbori just by eating the takaoyaki, matcha ice cream and okonomiyaki. A river cuts across the middle of Dotonbori so it is the perfect place to sit by the riverside for a romantic night, or just take a stroll. There are many shops along Dotonbori that sells makeup or tidbits, so you basically can fatten yourself here.

I was not kidding when I said I spent the whole night here just eating different kinds of food! For supper I simply placed yen inside this neat vending machine and my ramen was ready in a few minutes! Talk about efficiency!

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