Osaka is Japan's 3rd largest city that's well known for it's delicious food and down to earth vibe. I had booked a tour via airbnb to check out all the city's highlights but it got cancelled last minute by airbnb due to the coronavirus. I didn't let that stop me so I ended up finding a free walking tour that I signed up for. Osaka isn't that far from Kyoto thankfully, so I was able to get there by train within half an hour and meet up with the guy that was offering the free walking tour.
The tour ended up having about 18 people show up and the guide covered a lot.....most of which I can't remember but I will go ahead and summarize some of the highlights. Here we go:
Dotonbori - A very lively street full of restaurants and colorful billboards that are best seen at night. We stopped by the famous billboard of the Glico running man for a brief photo opportunity, there is a story behind this billboard but since I am too lazy to go into details, I will summarize by saying that it's an advertisement of one of Asia's most famous confectionery companies.
I got to take a photo with the chef preparing the fish.
Nipponbashi - This area is known for inexpensive electronics and Otaku culture. An Otaku person is a person obsessed with a pop culture such as manga or anime, none of which is my thing.
Shinsekai - This area once flourished with amusement parks and restaurants and drew many people but got neglected after world war 2. The area has lot's of restaurants where you can try unique foods and also Japanese style pubs.
I am heading back to Tokyo tomorrow where I will have 3 days so I am debating on whether I should go back to Osaka on one of those days, only problem is that the shinkansen train is expensive....hmm?! what a bummer. Anyway, I will leave you with these photos of my fabulous breakfast today. I surely will miss this when I leave Kyoto.