Sunday, February 20, 2011

Osaka at Daytime

Osaka - formerly known as Naniwa. Its part of Kansai region, besides Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

The places Nicole and I been to when we were in Osaka:

Osaka Castle
This is a classic style of the Japanese castle. Osaka Castle is Osaka's famous landmark and the symbol of the city. The castle even features museum where you can see historical artifact.

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Sakura-mon (Gate) Osaka Castle

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The magnificent of Osaka Castle

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The station we stopby to Osaka Castle but actually the nearby station is Osakajokeon

Castle Tower
Opening hours : 9:00 am - 5.00 pm
Admission : 600 yen
How to get there: The recommended approach to Osaka Castle is through Otemon Gate at the park's southwestern corner. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line. The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokeo on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute and 160 yen ride from JR Osaka Station.


Shinsekai
Means "New World" in English, is a district that was developed before the war but then neglected in the decades afterwards.

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Tsutenkaku Tower

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In Shinsekai, you will noticed there is a lots of Billiken - cham doll which looks alike elf created by American art teacher. It believes that Billiken has three kinds of luck - good, better and best.

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Besides Billiken, Shinsekai also noted for Osaka's local delicacies such Takoyaki - octopus ball and Okonomiyaki - Japanese savoury pancake. Osaka is the first city where Takoyaki being popularised by a street vendor.

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Left side is varieties of Takoyaki and right side is Okonomiyaki.
We decided to try on Takoyaki.

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Vendor machine to order the foods you want. Put your money and press the button on the foods you want. Come out the ticket and pass to the people in counter. That's so cool.

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Takoyaki - It is so delicious. Soft from the inside and outside too..

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Few fugu (blowfish) restaurant in Shinsekai.

America-Mura
America Village, a center of youth culture in Osaka. A place full with lots of casual stores with sporting unique fashions.

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Triangle Park

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Shinsaibashi
A shopping haven in Osaka. Shinsaibashi Shopping Center is the largest shopping area in Osaka which extends 580 meters in a north-south direction and approximately 180 stores including old-established shops, department stores, and those selling major brand products stand next to each other.

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A unique and vibrant shopping experience area

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We spend most of our time shopping in Shinsaibashi. Well, that's we are ladies. Next, will continue with our Osaka at Night Time. Sayonara.

Finally, done with another travel post. Took me whole day to finish this post.

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