OSAKA

 

A 24 HOUR WHIRLWIND

Let me start by saying this.... 24 hours just isn't enough time in Osaka.  That being said we managed to hit a few of the major key points that are must do for your time there.  I just hope you have more time than we did!!

Osaka Castle

Our first stop of the day was the Osaka Castle. There's no wonder why it has it's own emoji! This castle is one of Japan's most famous and iconic landmarks that was established in 1583! You can take a tour and walk through the castle if you have the time, or you can hang out on the castle grounds and walk around. Unfortunately time didn't allow us to go inside, but next time I'm in Osaka I have every intention to do so!

Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium

This is one of the world's largest aquariums and the main part of it holds 15 different aquariums and takes about 2 hours to walk through.  Trust me it is well worth it!  When we got to the main "pacific rim" themed aquarium, I think I spend an hour alone here. It is a 4 floor take that holds a ton of fish including the largest fish in the world.... the whale shark.  Not only did they have one, but they had TWO!! As far as I know this is one of the few places in the world where you can see a whale shark.  The size of these things are massive and make you feel like an ant to a human. DEFINITELY go here and tickets are roughly $25usd.

Dontobori Street

 

This is the most well known street in Osaka.  Comparable to tashikidori street in Harajuku or Shibuya in Tokyo.  With shopping, food vendors,  street artists, and arcades you definitely won't be bored here.  Just walking around and seeing all the store front signs alone will keep you entertained.  Main dishes to try here would be gyoza (pot stickers) and for the daring- fried octopus. We passed on that, but not before taking a picture of course! ;)

 

Hope you enjoyed your 24 hours in Osaka! I'd love to hear from you as what I should do next time I visit Osaka!

 
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