Thanks to how loud the cicadas were and how early the sun came up (at approximately 5 am) I was forced to wake up pretty early. Today’s itinerary includes looking around Umeda and having lunch there, going to Osaka Castle, visiting Kuromon market, and having dinner either in Kuromon market or any other place.
Due to the extremely picture-heavy nature of my Day 2 itinerary, I’m going to separate my Osaka Castle outing into another post.
The neighborhood the apartment was at, Nishinagahori, was only two stops away from Namba (central Osaka) but felt like an entirely different place. There were only largely residential apartments around the area and many people often travel by bicycle. Overall, I thought that Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto were very bicycle-friendly cities.
Students dressed in school uniforms complete with a adorable yellow hat.
Waiting for the subway.
This kid definitely looked like he belonged with the two kids I photographed in their shorts and yellow hats. But he’s dressed in a rather mature school uniform with a huge bag reading a book waiting for the subway.
Arrived at Umeda and looked at food (like I always do) in a random department store. But cheese!
Kushikatsu, fried food on sticks. Vegetables or meat skewered on sticks, dipped into a batter, and deep-fried.
We made our way to Garden City, one of the biggest department stores in the area, to the 8th floor where the restaurants are located. After looking around, we discovered a okonomiyaki joint with a long line out of its door. We sat down and waited for our turn. The waitress took our order while we were waiting.
Draft beer is so delicious in Japan. Just the right amount of whipped foam on top and has the perfect balance of fizz and hoppy flavor.
Okonomiyaki sauce, mayo, katsuo powder, nori (dried seaweed), shichimi (chili powder) to put on your okonomiyaki.
A mini spatula to spatula your serving on to your plate.
Some places make it right in front of your table, but this place brought ready-made orders to your table.
We ordered yakisoba.
And simple buta (pork) okonomiyaki with added moyashi (bean sprouts).
Add toppings to your taste.
This is the entrance to the restaurant.
Overall, a pretty delicious meal. I would definitely go back. But instead of ordering yakisoba, I think next time I would order two medium-sized okonomiyaki instead. The yakisoba was just meh.
The toilets glow.
Man sleeping comfortably in public.
HEP Five. A Ferris wheel. Apparently, you can get quite a nice view of the city. But, I’d rather just walk around the city.
A coffee break. What I liked about Starbucks in Japan is that you can get a small sized drink unlike in Korea.
Kuromon market. It was about 4pm when I arrived, and a lot of the shops were closing up. If you want to visit the markets, go in the morning or early afternoon.
A coffee shop that sold beans they roasted right on the spot.
Fresh wasabi in root form. The best kind.
After a successful day of sight-seeing, I stopped by the combini and bought a Mont Blanc cake.
WHY SO GOOD? Mont Blanc has a sponge base with whipped cream and a topping of chestnut flavored fluffy mousse. There was also chestnut cream in the middle.
I thought Korean convenience stores were nice. But this cake tasted like it was made in a nice bakery. It was so cheap as well.
Part 3 to come.