Day Two of the trip, we broke into groups and explored the city as we pleased. Six of us girls decided to visit Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, located in the outskirts of Osaka. It was a fantastic experience and a humbling one too, knowing the vast wonder that’s out there in the ocean. We saw penguins, stingrays, seals, and all sorts of fish but my favorite part has got to be the jellyfish area. 🙂
After a yum lunch in this nondescript restaurant, we headed to Dotonbori to shop, shop, shop! Our first stop was Orange Street which was the epitome of Jap hip. On the expensive side though!
I didn’t chronicle much of the shopping but went loco documenting our grand time in Hana Sake and Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M. WAGYU BEEF OVERLOAD!!! By far, that has got to be the best (and most expensive) meal of my life and it was every bit DELICIOUS. Heaven in the mouth, I tell you.
This day proved Osaka’s real stake as a tourist destination — it’s more laidback than Tokyo (as those who have visited say) but it certainly doesn’t hold back on the retail and dining offers. If I had been less careless about cash, I would’ve grabbed everything in Dotonbori. Haha! From sneakers, bags, to food! Shopping and dining haven INDEED.