After the hearty meal of crispy juicy tonkatsu at Kyoto Station, we made our way to Osaka Station. Since we had our 7 Day JR Passes, we took the JR Kyoto from Kyoto Station to get there. The train ride was about 40 minutes.
About: Osaka Station is a large train station which also acts as an interchange of sorts: serving a large number of both local and inter-regional trains to nearby cities such as Kyoto and Kobe. Within the station itself are shopping, dinning, entertainment and recreation establishments, making it a multi-purpose attractive one-stop station.
Honestly, the sheer size of Osaka Station was a little intimidating, more so with the crowd which seemed to know where they were going in an orderly manner. But we soon overcame that once we alighted the train and decided to walk about for some window shopping. It also did help that we scouted the place the day before a little when we were on our way to Universal Studios Japan. 😊
|A very long flight of stairs and escalators|
I can't remember the exact shopping mall we went to, but it should have been Daimaru as there was a floor dedicated to Pokemon (should have been the Pokemon Center). We mostly browsed the clothes and other accessories, but it really wasn't our style and the prices were slightly pricey so we soon found ourselves at Tokyu Hands, which sells mostly interior goods, DIY products, and novelty gifts which are really a feast for the eyes as well as an eye opener for the amount and designs that are available.
|Wooden lunch boxes and interesting cooking utensils|
|All shapes and designs of bottles made of of different materials!|
|Some pretty functional and nicely designed bags|
After that, we even stumbled upon Pokemon Center, a mecca of Pokemon themed goods raning from stuffed toys, to accessories, stationary and games. The perfect place for Pokemon lovers; both children and those young at heart.
|A brightly colored Pokemon wall|
That said, if you are looking for specific and/or interesting things, than shopping within the Osaka Station might be just your thing. But the prices are a little pricey since the shopping malls are mostly mid-high end, so definitely not much for those on a budget.
When we were done with the windows shopping (because really, sometimes once you have seen one, you have really seen them all... 😜), we decided to head down to Namba Walk. The funny thing was since we alighted at Osaka Station, we assumed that we had to take the train from Osaka Station to Namba Walk, which is at Namba Station. It took us a lot of walking and some time later to realize that we could not use our JR Pass, but had to catch the local line and purchase a single trip ticket from Umeda Station, which was near the Osaka Station! 😅😂😂😂
|Thankfully purchasing the tickets via the machines was pretty easy. There's an option for English and graphical representation too.|
|We got out ticket and made our way to the platform.|
|The single ticket cost us 240¥ each|
|Though established to combat harassment locally, as I think its reassuring and can be seen as the perks of being female - you get a to use a train carriage exclusively for women only.|
[Interesting Read: What's with women only carriages?]
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- Japan Spring 2016 Itinerary 9D/8N
- Japan Trip Day 1 Kyoto
- Japan Trip Day 2 Kyoto (Arashimaya & Gion)
- Japan Trip Day 3 Kyoto (Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden & Gion)
- Japan Trip Day 4 Osaka (Universal Studios)
- Japan Trip Day 5 Osaka
- Japan Trip Day 6 Kyoto - Tokyo
- Japan Trip Day 7 Tokyo
- Japan Trip Day 8 Tokyo (DisneySea)
- Japan Trip Day 9 Tokyo - Singapore
- Cost Breakdown & Overview of our Japan Trip: Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo (9 Days/8 Nights)