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Osaka, Japan (Day 6: Shitennoji Temple, Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and more)

Just like Day 4, today is another day of guided touring but in Osaka. Our first stop was Shitennoji Temple. It is said that this is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan built around 593.

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We were only able to enter the outer temple grounds. Apparently, another place to visit is theΒ Gokuraku-jodo Garden which is located inside the grounds. I only discovered this inner temple area as I’m writing this post.

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From Shitennoji Temple, we went to our last historical stop – theΒ Osaka Castle. Walking towards the Osaka Castle was a very nice experience. You will pass by a moat to enter the grounds. On the opposite side, you can enjoy the scenery of lush gardens.

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Once you enter the complex, you can already see the castle from afar. I was excited every step we walked closer to it.

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Make your way inside the castle and get to the top floor. From there, you can view the rest of Osaka.

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Lunch was already nearing so we had to go already.

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For our lunch, we headed to the port area. We had buffet lunch in one of the buildings there. Food was just right but the view was killer!

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During the afternoon, we went to Umeda Sky Building. This officially marks the last stop of our guided tour.

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We went straight to the Floating Garden located 173 meters above. It was so cold when we reached the open area.

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They even haveΒ love locks on the top floor.

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Another souvenir token for me!

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Though our guided trip has already ended, our driver was nice enough to drop us to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Only 4 of us went out of our group of 15. If there are only two things I can do on a trip, it would be temple touring and aquariums.

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The place is huge spanning several floors. The variety of marine animals alone is worth the visit. The highlight of the visit however, is the large tank that features an actual whale shark. I believe this was my very first time to see one in real life.

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I also enjoyed their jellyfish tanks.

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There’s also a semi-open area where you can Β see seals and other marine animals. They can see you as well!

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After our aquarium tour, we headed back to Umeda for dinner. I think I’ve eaten tempura at least once a day during this trip.

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The young ones decided to head out after dinner. We found an area with drinking places about 15-20 minutes away from our hotel. Our first stop was drinks at a classic whiskey bar.

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After a few glasses of good 18-21 year old whiskies, we went to another bar that serves yakitori.

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I order some niniku (garlic) and kawa (chicken skin) to go along with my beer.

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This wraps our 6th day here in Osaka. Kampai!

Osaka, Japan (Day 7 & 8: Ichiran Ramen, Yakiniku Icho)

– The Tourist Pao

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Osaka, Japan (Day 3: Universal Studios Japan)

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Our 3rd day in Osaka was dedicated to Universal Studios Japan. It’s not very often that I visit theme parks when I travel. Everyone was excited to be a kid again!

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Our first stop was the Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic. I was only able to take a hidden snapshot (just like other attractions) before the show started. The show was entertaining but quite dated already. Kids will definitely enjoy this one!

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We then headed to the Space Fantasy ride. This is a roller coaster ride similar to Space Mountain inDisneyland. I enjoyed this more though! You have to ride this when you’re here.

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We also did the Terminator 2:3-D, The Amazing Spiderman Ride and some other attractions. The highlight of the theme park however is the Hollywood Dream roller coaster. This is a must-ride for me when you’re here.

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Just like any other Universal Studios around the globe, the place is just picture ready! Though manufactured, I still enjoyed taking pictures of the grounds.

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Don’t forget to wait for the parade at night. It might get crowded so it’s best to find a decent spot earlier. We were fortunate to find a front spot right in the middle where the parade takes a corner turn.

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Overall, everyone enjoyed their visit in Universal Studios Japan! If you have a day to spare, you might want to drop by. The Harry Potter theme park is already open by now. Too bad it was still under construction when we visited.

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For dinner, we headed back to Umeda and had some yakitori. This officially wraps up our Day 3 in Osaka, Japan. Tomorrow is the day I look forward to the most – temple touring!

Osaka, Japan (Day 4: Nara, Kyoto, Cherry Blossoms)

– The Tourist Pao