02 June 2016

Japan Trip - Osaka


> Flight ✈ : Jkt - Osaka  : Airasia Promo (Rp 1,8 jt / pax)
                      Tokyo - Jkt    : Phillipine Airlines (Rp 6,5 jt / 3 pax)

> Stay 🏨  : https://www.airbnb.co.id/rooms/3266972
                       Rp 900,000 / night

for better view of the room please check their website

It is close to the metro station. The room is a little small but has everything we need. There are many signs for our foreigners. Kazuya provided Internet, pocket wifi, and warmer but unfortunately the warmer did not work properly during late winter so we were a bit freezing. But if you are looking for an okay stay with great surrounding with minimum budget, you can choose this place

> Transport 🚂 : Osaka Amazing Pass (2 Day Pass)

Complimentary admission to 28 facilities by using the attached coupon book including Osaka Castle Main Tower, Floating Garden Observatory, sailing ship Santa Maria, etc.
2-day Pass: All stationmasters' offices at Subway/New Tram, Osaka Visitors' Information Center, major hotels in the city, etc.

Fare : 3000 yen/adult , you can buy this pass at the airport information.


Umeda Sky Building

A place where most tourist will go for the scenic views. It provides superb views to see. If you are holding on to Amazing Osaka train pass, you will be able to enter the attraction with no fees needed or you have to pay the entrance fee for around 1000 yen. A simple walkaround to see the views, but awesome. We visited during day time and it was windy so please prepare proper jacket or coat especially if you bring your small kids. 

Hours    : 10:00 to 22:30
Closed   : No Closing Days

How to get here : it is a 10-15 minute walk from Osaka Station and Umeda Station.

Kaiyukan Aquarium Osaka

One word. HUGE. I heard that this is one of the largest aquarium in the world. Personally i would recommend my friends to visit this aquarium as it displays various fishs and marine life and it is very well design. 

We spent almost 3 hrs walking through the various thematic displays and special exhibits. Our 10 months old had fun looking out the fishs displays, she was crawling from one to another.

Hours   : 10:00 to 22:00 

Closed  : Irregular closing days
Fees     : 2300 yen

How to get here : Just drop off at Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.


When you visit Osaka, you need to go to Dotonbori, i think it's like Time Squre in New York (eventhough i have not been to go there hehehehhe). There are a lot shops and eatery, also the famous seafood with giant crab signage restaurant located not far from the centre. If you love Japanese cosmetics, you will find a lot of Duty Free shop with special discount for foreigners, just bring along your passport but keep it carefully. The street itself is excellent to look at and also those amazing giant signage will give you different feeling.

It's always busy and crowded everyday, but it's more busier on the weekend, so be ready and be prepared. If you want to try some restaurant here just be ready to wait. 

Dotonbori is definitely worth to visit, if you love to see people and light and try out Japanese snacks and restaurants. And oh, don't forget to take your photos in front of the famous and iconic Glico Man. 😁

We skipped  a few main tourist destination such as Osaka Castle just because we heard it took a long walk to get to the top and  as we bring our baby, 2-3 places a day is quite enough, if you make it to 4-5 places a day i think it's quite ambitious, nonetheless every parents have their own style, as long as both of you support to each other, i think it is doable. Just do it with smile and a happy heart. ❤❤❤

After we had fun strolling around Osaka, we headed to beautiful Kyoto on the second day, there is a lot of option to get to Kyoto from Osaka you can take the high speed Shinkansen (also called the bullet train)  from Shin-Osaka Station to Kyoto Station in 15 minutes for 1,420 yen per adult. This is the fastest and most comfortable route from Osaka to Kyoto, and might be worthwhile if you have a Japan Rail Pass to cover the cost. If you do not have a Japan Rail Pass or you want a cheaper ride but a bit slower, you might prefer to travel from Shin-Osaka Station on the JR Kyoto Line’s Special Rapid Service (see below). From Shin-Osaka Station the Special Rapid Service will get you to Kyoto Station in 24 minutes for just 560 yen per adult.

Stay tune.. our Japan Trip will be continued soon.. 

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