I really didn’t know what to expect from Osaka. I hadn’t researched the city before my arrival there. So I just let the city guide me and followed the bright lights.
A tourist without a plan can be a bad thing, as I found out. If you don’t know where to go, you most likely end up wandering the business districts for hours.
After a while my feet hurt, I was bored of all the concrete and the rain started to frustrate me. I started counting the hours until I could leave for the next city. Slightly worried that Tokyo would be too much of a city for me to handle.
Luckily, after a long hot bath and some advice from my BFF the internet, I got my mood back up. After researching Osaka on Foursquare and Pinterest, I was able make an itinerary for the next day.
I passed by Osaka Castle the day before. But due to the rain, the building didn’t quite peak my interest. I’m glad I went back the next day and wandered the castle and its grounds.
On my way to the Namba Yasaka Shrine, I passed Orange street. A hipster shopping street that reminded me a bit of the ‘Kammenstraat’ in Antwerp.
After nearly missing the Namba Yasaka Shrine (these things close at 17:00), I walked back passed the Dōtonbori area and stopped for some okonomiyaki at Mizuno
Come nightfall, I engaged full tourist mode and wandered around the Dōtonbori area. Staring at the pretty lights and took some pictures with the Glico man.