Osaka Day 1: Namba, Intro to combini food, and the weird and wonderful world of food shopping at Takashimaya .

This was the first time I planned a trip by myself and although I spent a few days at home and at a nearby cafe with my iPad and a Kansai region guide book, I ended up planning things on a day-to-day basis (i.e. each day I would sit down and plan where to go, how to get there for the next day).
I really don’t like being anal about traveling. I really prefer choosing an overall area to look around and walk about and explore rather than picking restaurants and sights to see beforehand.

I planned a laid-back itinerary for the first day. Main plans are successfully getting to our rented apartment (via Air Bnb), having a light snack, and then heading to Namba to look around.
We Arrived at Kansai International Airport at approximately 1pm, and because I purchased Kansai Thru Passes before I left for Japan, we immediately got on the Nankai Rapito Beta with a added fee of 510 yen, and transferred twice to get to our destination, Nishinagahori. I highly recommend buying passes before leaving (If you live in Korea, they sell passes online and you can have them delivered beforehand), because it can be rather stressful to sort out buying passes when you first arrive. I chose to buy 3-day Kansai passes because we can use it when we visit Kobe and when we change locations to Kyoto on the fourth day of our trip. The best thing about the Kansai Thru pass is that you don’t have to use it consecutively. If you’re traveling Monday through Friday and want to use the pass on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the pass will automatically figure it out and you don’t have to do anything.

As soon as we arrived safely to the apartment, we headed on to the local 7/11 (convenience store–> combini) to buy some snacks.
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DSC_0002 Garigari-kun ramune flavored ice pop.

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DSC_0003 Menaiko (marinated cod roe) onigiri.

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DSC_0005 Salty and delicious.

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DSC_0007 The weather was nice and sunny throughout our trip. Much less humid than Korea.

We headed over to Namba station.
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DSC_0010 Namba station has numerous subway lines running through it so is incredibly large. Takashimaya department store is connected directly with the station. We went through the department store to the first floor and looked around a bit after stepping out.

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DSC_0012 We came upon a well-known Shotengai where we went into a random takoyaki shop.

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DSC_0013 We ordered negi shyoga takoyaki, which is little molten balls filled with tender octopus pieces and topped with a good handful of sliced long green onion and drenched in ginger juice. Ginger juice may not sound that appealing, but it gave the takoyaki a more savory flavor and actually reminded me of the flavor of arroz caldo (chicken porridge with heaps of ginger and green onion).

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DSC_0014 It’s funny how I’m so used to molten hot food now because Korean food is served so hot, I didn’t burn my mouth at all eating this.

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DSC_0015 Dried turtles.

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DSC_0016 Dried snakes for sale.

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DSC_0017 Walk through Ebisu Bashi-suji and you will come upon the famous…

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DSC_0021 Glico man. Everyone and I mean everyone took a picture in front of the Glico man doing the same exact pose. I refused to do so and moved on.

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DSC_0026 Lanterns beside the river.

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DSC_0027 There is a tour that goes through the river on a boat as well, if you’re in to touristy stuff like that.

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DSC_0035 The main Namba road, full neon lights, people, and gigantic figures promoting what’s for sale. I found it interesting that similar to Korea, but moreso in Japan I think, people would stand on the street handing you flyers and trying to get you to come in to their restaurant.

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DSC_0036 Blowfish is also eaten in Korea and if it isn’t properly prepared by a licensed cook, has enough poison to kill you right there on the spot. But it is also quite delicious in soups.

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DSC_0037 Takoyaki galore.

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DSC_0039 A restaurant selling… sushi.

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DSC_0041 These kinds of nooks and crannies are my kind of place.

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DSC_0044 Menus are often displayed outside.

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After going back to the apartment, we stopped by combini to buy more snacks.
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DSC_0052 Salt and ume (plum) drink. Tasted bright and refreshing.

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DSC_0055 We also bought some food from the food selling floor of the Takashimaya at Namba. So much food. We had a hard time deciding but finally bought an assortment of stewed vegetables and fried salmon in a soy sauce-based soup. Even if it was cold, it still tasted delicious.

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DSC_0056 After hearing so much about the goopy delicious eggs in Japan, I had to try some. Had a boiled egg with a creamy center that was magically salted by some sorcery I can’t explain but Japan.

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DSC_0062 Also tried pudding! In this case, yaki pudding, similar to a creme brulee except the top is not hard and brittle.

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DSC_0066 Yums. A delicious end to the first day of travels.

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DSC_0072 and a relazing bubble bath before going to bed.

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4 responses to “Osaka Day 1: Namba, Intro to combini food, and the weird and wonderful world of food shopping at Takashimaya .

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