Osaka, Japan

We spent three days in Osaka (the second largest city in Japan) after our time in Kyoto. One day at the aquarium, one day at Universal Studios, and our last day was spent doing some shopping before we headed home.


We stayed at the Cross Hotel in Osaka, I booked this with I picked this hotel because of the location. It’s right near Dotonbori which is like the Times Square equivalent of Osaka. There are a ton of shops and restaurants in this area.

Osaka Aquarium

We decided to check out the Osaka aquarium since we read it is one of the top aquariums in the world. After visiting I highly recommend this if you are a wildlife lover. It has some great exhibits and we got to see seals, whale sharks, dolphins, hammerheads, jellyfish, and penguins to name a few things. It’s probably the best aquarium I have ever been to.

View of the aquarium from the ferris wheel

We both loved the whale shark tank. There’s something very soothing about sitting and watching the underwater world come to life in front of you. It’s not something you see every day and the fact that we know so little about the ocean when it occupies 70% of the earth is really interesting to me.

This is how thick the glass is in the tanks.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Right next to the aquarium is the Tempozan ferris wheel with great views of Osaka. If you aren’t afraid of heights I recommend taking a ride. It gives you a unique view of Osaka and how big the city is.

Great view of Osaka from the top


Dotonbori is like the Times Square equivalent of Osaka. The streets are filled with neon lights, extravagant signs, restaurants, and tons of shops. We spent a whole day just walking around the streets exploring this area.

Famous Glico sign

Vending machines

Another interesting thing about Japan is that they have vending machines on every corner. They are usually filled with drink options (hot and cold) but we found a few that had some interesting items.

Pikachu-themed vending machine
Sriracha hot sauce vending machine, so random in the middle of a parking lot!
You can buy beer from the vending machines. No ID is required.

Street life in Osaka

Osaka is a photographer’s dream city. There are neon lights everywhere and the signage above the restaurants is so extravagant and over the top. The signs usually depict what they sell inside the restaurant.


Beef, not sure why Spiderman is climbing up an oyster here
Takoyaki, the famous fried octopus balls in Osaka

More beef

What I ate in Osaka

I ate this vegetable burrito at Borden Coffee right next to the aquarium. It was really good and the first Mexican food I have seen here.
I found a really good vegetarian Indian restaurant. It was called Shama Vegetarian Indian Restaurant. The naan bread was enormous and really good.
Joe enjoying his curry
We had to try Mcdonald’s here. I think the fries are better in the US personally.
Street food. Rice dumplings covered in a sweet and sour sauce.

Up next: Universal Studios

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