Japanese food. Ahhh, I just love it. When it comes to trying different street foods, Tokyo is great but Osaka is even better, known as Japan's kitchen, you can easily find anything from sweet desserts to savory Kobe beef - all in carts along the streets!
After leaving Tokyo we took the infamous Shinkansen Bullet Train straight to Osaka. If you don't know anything about the Bullet train, I suggest you look into it... this train is the fastest in the world getting up to nearly 200 mph! Aboard the 2.5 hour train ride we were able to take in the amazing greenery and countrysides of Japan, along with a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji (which we'll definitely be making that a pitstop next time we visit Japan). Although the Shinkansen is a bit pricier than a standard train ride, it really is an amazing experience... not to mention it does get you into Tokyo in less than half the time as it is insanely fast but surprisingly such a smooth ride. I highly suggest trying it.
As you can see on this map, Osaka is pretty centralized in comparison to a few key places that we wanted to experience and visit, Kyoto and Kobe. Because of this as well as, Universal Studios, we decided to make this our "home base" for the remainder of the trip. And we are honestly so glad that we did... it is such an amazing city with such easy access to even more must-see places... I might even like it a little more than Tokyo... maybe.
Just like Tokyo, Osaka too has the huge tall buildings just waiting to be discovered. While exploring one of the many tall buildings, on the first floor we watched a kid kill it on the Dance, Dance, Revolution game before heading up a floor to play darts, then going up even higher to enjoy an amazing night of karaoke!
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Ballin’ on a budget?! You can find knock off anything here for a great low price!
We don’t generally shop when we’re on vacation but that doesn’t mean that we don’t like to explore everything that Japan has to offer!
Plus, it was a perfect spot to stop by and buy a pair of gloves and a belt to hold us over through the trip! :)