Sunday, February 16, 2014

Must Go to Places in Namba - Our Traveling in Osaka, Japan

     As I mentioned in my yesterday's entry, my husband and I traveled in Osaka in 2013. We used to live in Osaka for many years and often went to Namba for dining, sightseeing, and shopping. In 2013, we decided to travel in Osaka and walked around Namba just as we used to do before. :)

    After getting off the train at JR Namba station, we headed toward Americamura. As you may know, Namba has many takoyaki stores. The most popular ones are Kogaryu, Wanaka, and Odako. Specifically, we love Kogaryu and Wanaka, which are located in Americamura. We went to Kogaryu to buy takoyaki and takosen.
Kougaryu 甲賀流
Kogaryu 甲賀流, 2-18-4 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Kougaryu 甲賀流

     One plate of takoyaki was around 300yen, which is equivalent to $3. It was very hot and creamy. You can buy takoyaki anywhere in Japan, but takoyaki in Osaka has the best taste!
Takoyaki たこ焼き
      We also bought Takosen, which is made of two takoyakis and two rice crackers. It was around 100yen ($1). I first ate takosen when I was 18. Before then, I had never seen and eaten one in Southern Japan, which is my hometown. The outside of the takosen is crispy, and the inside of it is very creamy. Since I was 18, I have always eaten one when I go to Namba. If you have a chance to go to Americamura, you should try takosen.
Takosen たこせん

     We ate them at Triangle Park. This park is very small and nothing special, but you might see many people who are eating takoyaki there.
Triangle Park 三角公園
       I used to shop at Big Step, which is fashion mall.
Big Step
 Big Step,1-6-14 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

    Then, we went to Dotonbori. As we were walking across the Ebisu Bridge, we saw Glico man, which is the giant electronic display of a runner crossing the finish line.
Glico グリコ

     Kani Doraku Crab is also one of famous landmarks in Dotonbori. This huge crab is moving slowly.
Kanidoraku かに道楽

     Kuidaore Taro is famous clown in Dotonbori. I used to use the keychain with Kuidaore Taro. It was also perfect for souvenir. 
Kuidaore Taro くいだおれ太郎

Kuidaore Taro くいだおれ太郎

     Osaka Osho is one of famous gyoza restaurants in Osaka.
Osaka Osho 大阪王将

      We were not hungry but couldn't resist eating Kamukura Ramen.
Kamukura Ramen 神座
Kamukura Ramen 神座, 1-7-3 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Kamukura Ramen 神座

     Inside of the restaurant, there were many signatures of famous Japanese celebrities.
Kamukura Ramen 神座

Kamukura Ramen 神座

Kamukura Ramen 神座

       Then, we walked around Hozenji Yokocho.

Hozenji Yokocho 法善寺横丁

      We walked along cobbled streets. Unlike bustling Dotonbori, Hozenji Yokocho is a very quiet street and has the traditional atmosphere of Japan.

Hozenji Yokocho 法善寺横丁

Hozenji Yokocho 法善寺横丁

Hozenji Yokocho 法善寺横丁

Hozenji Yokocho 法善寺横丁

Hozenji Yokocho 法善寺横丁

      We went to 551 Horai, which is popular Chinese restaurant. I always buy Butamans, pork buns.
551 Horai 蓬莱
551 Horai 蓬莱, 3-6-3 Namba Chuo-ku Osaka
551 Horai 蓬莱

     Then, we went to Muji store, which is one of my favorite stores in Japan. Muji Namba branch is very spacious and has Muji cafe, which is pretty rare.
Muji 無印良品
Muji 無印良品, Nanba Center Buiding B2-3F, 12-22 Sen-nichimae, Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Muji 無印良品

     After walking for long distance, we got very tired. We got rest for a while at Muji cafe. We chose Chai tea and ryukyu coffee.
Muji Cafe

Muji Cafe

     We went to some other places in Osaka, so I will write about it next time.

     These are my Youtube videos, which I recorded while traveling in Osaka in 2013.

     This is my entries related to Osaka.

     My entries related to Japan can be seen here.

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  1. Great entry! I am in osaka now and I will follow your route and try all your recommendations! Your English is excellent.

    1. Thank you for your comment.
      Enjoy your travel. :)