Part two of my Japan trip is here! (Click here to read part one!)
One night bus later, we arrived at Osaka! This marked my third time to visit Osaka, and every time I go back, it brings me warm memories. It’s the place where I visited Japan for the first time, after all! Every time I go back, I feel bubbly and excited—there’s just so much to do and see!
Day 4: Osaka Exploration
After a comfortable and smooth 7-hour ride on the night bus, we were welcomed by the cool Osaka morning as we got down the bus. We made our way to our hostel, Osaka Hana Hostel, where we dropped off our luggage and went to a nearby Mo’s Burgers for some breakfast:
The hot milk tea and warm cheeseburger definitely hit the spot!
After breakfast, we walked back to the hostel and freshened up for the day. This day was a free day dedicated to shopping and exploring; we didn’t have a fixed schedule, so it was nice to just take the city in. We walked to Dotonburi and enjoyed exploring the shops in the area. Eventually, with all the walking we did, our stomachs went empty once more and we decided that lunch would be a little “treat yo’ self” meal and headed to Daimaru.
So. Good. Everything was cooked to perfection—almost like a melt-in-your-mouth experience!
After lunch, we went to Tokyu Hands and Kawachi for some shopping (yes, my wallet felt particularly light after visiting these two places—HAHA!) Just outside the building, we were lucky to find such delicious ichigo daifuku for sale. Naturally, we bought one each:
Armed with bags of Tokyu Hands goods, Kawachi goods, and strawberry daifuku, we headed back to the hostel and checked in our room:
Futon beds are the best!
We fixed our bags, did our laundry, ate the daifuku as a snack, and rested our feet for a few hours before heading out again for dinner. Along the way, we saw a store that only sold strawberry goods, and (still on a high note from the strawberry daifuku earlier) we bought some delicious treats for dessert later on.
I got a white strawberry daifuku (which was pretty expensive, honestly.)
After getting slightly distracted with all the strawberry treats, we finally headed for Ichiran! With such a cool evening, a hot bowl of ramen definitely felt like a warm embrace to us.
“I’ll have my usual, please.” (HAHAHA)
After dinner, we walked around Dotonburi when I suggested that we look for Lord Stowe’s Bakery as they sold different flavors in Japan (whereas in the Philippines, only the original egg tart is sold!)—I remember eating the chocolate egg tart before and loving the flavor of it.
We ended up buying a small box of four for dessert (in addition to the strawberry treats earlier, hehe.) After that, we walked to a grocery store (it was far enough for us to burn everything we’ve eaten) to buy souvenirs and breakfast for the next day. The day pretty much ended when we exhaustedly walked back to our hostel (it was a far grocery—we walked for like 20 to 40 minutes, haha!)
Day 5: Universal Studios Japan
What’s a trip to Osaka without visiting USJ? This also marked my third time to visit USJ—I’ve gone during Fall and Summer, and now, I’m here for Spring! The day started off a little late, as we were tired from all the walking (and eating?) the night before. After a quick breakfast, we hopped on a train and eventually reached USJ just two hours after opening. Thankfully, we already had pre-purchased tickets (thank you, Klook!) so we were able to skip the line. Immediately, we ran for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter/Hogsmeade and lined up for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride!
Butterbeer break! (I tried all three already: hot, cold, and frozen—my fave would have to be hot Butterbeer!)
We hopped from ride to ride, patiently waiting in line before we stopped for lunch. We had lunch at Snoopy’s Backlot Cafe (where I’ve coincidentally always had lunch for every visit.) I ordered the salmon burger, a side of french fries, and a cup of Snoopy hot chocolate—yum!
So cute. Huhu.
We rode a couple more rides (sometimes as single riders to save time, haha!) before reaching the other side and trying out the Detective Conan crepes they had on sale!
(I kept all the crepe sleeves, hehe.)
As the day was coming to an end, we walked around the amusement park and enjoyed the atmosphere. We also (kind of?) went on a photo walk. It was our last day of Osaka, as we were off to Kyoto the next day, and we wanted to soak up every moment.
Yes, I bought a Snoopy headband—heehee.
This took several takes! I placed the camera on a pedestal and turned on the self-timer!
We all got headgear on now!
Later around six or seven in the evening, we left the park and went to Takopa (takoyaki park) for dinner:
Incredibly soft and melts in your mouth—so good!
Fueled up with energy and food, we went back to the hostel and called it a night. Osaka, you’re amazing. I can’t wait to visit you again soon!
That’s it for this blog post! My next post will focus on Kyoto, our third stop of the trip.
‘Till the next blog post,