Here we arrive in Namba which is regarded as the center of Minami (south) Osaka and also features great places for finding delicious local food.
I love how the Japanese kawaii(cute) culture is embedded all around even in the construction sites haha!
The huge buildings and beautiful architecture always astound me.
We headed to one of the many shopping districts for lunch. Just walking casually around, there were plenty of options to be seen.
Cute pudding-like sweets.
A bakery selling fluffy Japanese cheese cakes.
Ice pops with Penguin mascots.
It’s very enjoyable watching people snacking by the side of the shopping district.
This restaurant’s art is cute.
Matsuya, a popular donburi (rice bowl) fast food chain. I have yet to eat here.
yum, very affordable curry rice!
A must-try when in Osaka, Takoyaki! I think this was one of the first stands we actually saw here but we decided to look around some more.
I love these 3D restaurant decors which can be found all around Namba. I wish I had some for my house haha
We found this noodle shop which sells really cheap soba and udon. I’ve always wanted to try a place like this!
The menu sells mostly variants of udon and soba with the occasional sides of rice such as kayaku, onigiri and inari.
This guy is very quick at cooking and prepping the noodles!
I tried the Curry Soba. The noodles were perfectly chewy and the broth was hearty and delicious! Gotta be careful when slurping!
After a wonderful lunch, we proceeded to walk off some of the calories we gained in search of more food. Just kidding, but there were so many interesting shops and sights to be found! This amusing cutout promotes a curry which is popular in the area. If I hadn’t just eaten, I would definitely have tried this place too!
Another restaurant chain that I wished to try!
This shop specializes in fried chicken. And what a cute mascot!
Yet another takoyaki stand. Yum!
Heading by the south road we see lots of quirky kitchen accessories such as aprons..
This huge chunk of fake meat reminds me of Monster Hunter 4 haha
This shop sells novelty fake food, trinkets and accessories.
Headbands with fake grilled fish! I would wear them!
Takoyaki back scratchers.
These are my favorites! The fake food smartphone holders! omg so brilliant and cute!
They are quite expensive but I think these pieces totally make an awesome conversation starter if you have them in your home!
The novelty fake food carry a lot of intricate details in their design and manufacturing. Japan makes amazing quality products!
Doguyasuji shopping street sells plenty of cooking wares and kitchen goods in Osaka. Here we see some legit Takoyaki grills.
I love the color of these grills. They’re very expensive though!
Several adorable kitty themed bowls!
Fancy chopsticks in girly colors. They’re even bejeweled!
Cheap and cute sweets!~
I still want to try sakura ice cream in the future!
More takoyaki shops.
After all that food spotting, we headed to Namba Yasaka shrine which houses Namba’s guardian deity and is also quite well hidden in the neighborhood of Osaka. We went in the late afternoon so luckily, there were hardly any people around the shrine.
The most spectacular and grandiose monument to see here is the Shishibutai or the lion stage. The stage is shaped like a Japanese shishi (lion) and it is indeed a majestic sight to behold. I was glad I came all the way to Osaka for this!
I was in awe with the details of the performance stage as well as the huge stone carved Lion head! I hope more visitors will be able to feast their eyes on this beauty.
The shrine even sells Lion themed charms!
Next, I’ll be writing about my experience in one of Osaka’s most famous gastronomic hot spots, Dotonbori in Namba!
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Namba Yasaka shrine
Address: 556-0016 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa Ward, Motomachi, 2 Chome-9-19
Namba Yasaka shrine is also on Trip Advisor