We walked to Dotonbori next, which is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Osaka. The area is popular for it’s night life and of course hordes and hordes of street food and restaurants! It was almost sunset, so our timing was just perfect for an early dinner, as well as people watching.
Majority of the people use bicycles in Osaka. I’ve lost count of how many riders have dangerously whizzed past me by.
Kansai youngsters are quite fashionable.
One of the many famous and most photographed crab advertisements in the area.
This restaurant is serving fugu, one of the most poisonous fish in the world. If prepared heedlessly, it’s deadly for consumption. The course menu here can be a little steep in the pocket.
We’ve found the iconic Glico running man! It’s one of the most well-known landmarks in Osaka and can be seen over the ebisubashi (ebisu bridge). I’ve been here more than 10 years ago, and now the sign has been upgraded into an LED version. Still pretty cool up close!
During this time, I haven’t tried Lotteria yet!
Botejyu is now in the Philippines too! I should try it one time.
Look at that humongous plate of gyoza!!!
All those giant octopi remind me of Cthulhu LOL
pan fried mochi (rice cakes)~
melon pan (bread) with ice cream
We went to CREO-RU which is one of the best restaurants to eat takoyaki and okonomiyaki in Osaka. You may even have their famous takoyaki in boxes to go!
The food menu display outside looks amazing!!
Inside are tons of photos and memorabilia of famous people who’ve dined in this restaurant.
Actually, what amazed me the most was how the server was able to take our orders just by clicking a computerized pen. Technology in Japan is fantastic!
We tried the house special takoyaki and an order of okonomiyaki.
I love how the takoyaki balls are topped with a runny soft boiled egg and the fresh scallions added extra spice to the dish. Exquisite!
I decorated the top of our okonomiyaki with mayonnaise. One of my friends taught me that design haha!
A statue of the deity Biriken, who is the God of good luck. For some reason, he is popular around the Kansai region.
CREO-RU‘s efficient takoyaki station out front.
Restaurant info in English
After dinner, we strolled around the crowded street. Everything is better at night! The shops have all lit up with the brightest lights!
I love donki! (Don Quijote) This branch is huge so we went inside to check it out.
A mountain of matcha kit kat
Packages of Beni Imo (sweet purple potato) kit kat. This is an Okinawa and Kyushu limited edition variant.
Cheap takoyaki griddles perfect for a home kitchen!! I should definitely buy one next time!
We passed by a cat cafe! Since this was our first and only chance to try one in Osaka, we went for it!
I totally spazzed at all the cats posted around the reception desk.
This sweet munchkin is the most adorable lap cat!
After one of the best cat cafe experiences in my life, we still had a little energy so we spent the rest of the evening by the bridge and taking in the sights and amazing night life.
So many host clubs! A dream of young girls aplenty in the Philippines haha jk.
An English bar with the Union Jack upfront.
Glico running man at night!
This building’s architecture is just gorgeous! This is the Shochikuza which is a historical theater for performing arts, mainly kabuki and musicals.
Japan has plenty of artful manhole covers and this one features Osaka castle.
A cute ad for japanese pudding.
A “standing bar” where people order food and stand around the counter while eating.
A Travel cafe sounds so intriguing!
Plenty of cool stuff and restaurants to see around the train station but it was getting late, so we headed back to our hotel.
All that walking made us thirsty and a little peckish, so we had to drop by a conbini first! I do so love the tea selection in Japan. So many options!
An honest-to-goodness, authentic Japanese oden! Look at all the generous portions of delicious savory ingredients.
We usually pass by this stadium named after the popular soccer manga, Captain Tsubasa!
Daily Yamazaki is one of my favorite convenience stores in Japan so I cannot help but take photos of it haha.
My tea and onigiri for the night. This huge riceball stuffed with grilled salmon is the best!
Next I will write about our day trip to Kyoto, one of the most traditional prefectures in Japan, as well as another amazing city for food spotting! Don’t miss it!
Read about the rest of my Osakan food adventures: