We stayed in Osaka for 3 nights and we went to an izakaya style restaurant named AMATARO for dinner where we tried some of the local food.

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I enjoyed the fresh sashimi platter a lot! The scallops in particular were exceptionally sweet~

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These were some of the best, and unlike any gyoza I’ve ever eaten. The bottom of the crispy skin was pan fried and the overall wrapper had a mochi-like fluffy consistency. Totally blew me away.

More info on this restaurant: AMATARO

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We headed out early the next day to see Osaka castle, but not before dropping by the conbini for some quick breakfast. Here’s some yummy looking yakisoba pan (fried noodles in a hotdog bun) ..and since we were in osaka, I wanted to try one but something else caught my eye.

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Dry curry onigiri! And it’s even topped with a square of cheese. The packaging is designed to look like a baseball, which is quite a popular sport in the prefecture.

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Since I’m a curry and cheese fanatic, this was just amazing for me.

Cute japanese snacks in the vending machines. I’m watching my sugar intake so I couldn’t try any : (

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It was a very sunny day when we strolled to the park from the station. I’m glad we brought an umbrella but it was still too hot for me.

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This park is huge, and it was inevitable that we would spend quite some time walking under the searing sun.

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ugh so hot.

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Finally we reached the castle! And you may rent some samurai costumes nearby to snap commemorative photos in front of Osaka castle.

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A food truck! Look at all those exciting flavors of ice cream!

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This stand is selling  various matcha items such as cold drinks, sweets and ice cream and there was a long line of people up front.

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Look at that huge pile of warabi (bracken rice) mochi! And even better because they were matcha flavored! Traditional warabi mochi is made from bracken starch and dusted in kinako (sweetened toasted soybean) flour.

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So beautiful. Warabi mochi is one of my most favorite japanese sweets!

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I was sad I didn’t have the chance to eat some because of dietary restrictions during this trip. I need to keep healthy so I can try such food next time!

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Since it was a hot day and I gave up warabi mochi, I thought some ice cream would be fair. I didn’t eat a lot anyway, and matcha ain’t sweet, just to try a little!

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I just love the taste of bitter green tea with the soft serve. When in Japan, never skip the matcha ice cream!~

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More food stands !!!

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Glorious Osaka castle. The last time I’ve been here was in 2004. It’s also beautiful at night.

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Osaka castle is no doubt one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and played a significant role in the unification of the country during the 16th century.

There’s several floors inside housing exhibits and dioramas depicting famous samurai and feudal lords.

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This dude is quite popular in anime and video games.

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The view from the roof of Osaka castle’s main tower is just fabulous.

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Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his family lineage. He’s a significant daimyo (great lord) in Japanese history who had the castle constructed.

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You may try on one of the helmets and coats for a reasonable fee. They appear to be quite heavy!

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More artifacts and materials used for building the castle.

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Golden screens.

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Don’t forget to collect your castle stamp!

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Of course, we had to drop by the castle museum’s gift shop for food and souvenirs.

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Wow matcha chocolate Apollo! I’ve only tried the strawberry variant. Kansai is amazing! haha

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Okonomiyaki senbei!

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So much rice cakes and traditional sweets.

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Sakura cream daifuku sounds heavenly.

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Whole strawberries coated in white chocolate. Truly a delectable treat!

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Another view of the castle from the outside.

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I forgot what this building is for but the exterior reminds me of European style architecture.

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More ice cream and food stalls.

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The outer moat. It looks cool without any water.

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The castle park is gorgeous but there’s no shade in sight!

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Next on my Osakan food adventure is Namba. Watch out for it!

 

Osaka Castle Park 

Museum address: 540-0002 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City

Contact: +81-6-6941-3044

Museum Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.)
Opening hours extended during certain  periods in the spring and summer. Closed during December 28th through January 1st

Official website in english

 

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