As a warning, when I talk about our trip in Osaka, you'll never hear the end of it... I just fell in love with the city, the food, the people, the stores, the hotel, the restrooms, the roads, the subway, the train, the taxi, the airport, everything!!! I can't find a reason why not to come back. When my friend MC told me about Osaka, I couldn't imagine what she was talking about. Because I didn't expect it to be different from Tokyo.
Now, I understand... It's a lot different!
Now, let me tell you how I fell in love with the PEOPLE:
They're the most stylish/courteous people I've ever seen. When you smile at them, they will greet you and make their famous "japanese bow". When you bow, they will again bow, and they will never stop until you do. Because they want you to feel special, they want to be the last one to take a bow, that's their sign of respect. I've never seen people give so much respect for others the way they do. Whenever I pay for something in a certain store, the cashier first wraps what I bought, then says how much I need to pay, then when I give her the payment, she will give me my change one by one. And mind you, I never saw a crumpled Japanese money in my entire stay. Then after I got my change, she leads me to the exit, and there, she gives me the neatly wrapped item I bought. I felt so special, and all I wanted was to come back and buy more!!!
Yes, there are tons of Subway Lines in Japan. You really have to read, search, and ask. That's what we did, if we rely on reading only, we won't get to our destination. What's fascinating is, we got to our destination in time, and we didn't have any problems asking them. Some of them may not really speak English, but they will try their best to help you. I really felt awkward asking them, but they showed so much interest in helping us. Aren't they nice???
Ramen love!!! Sushi love!!! Yakitori love!!! Vendo love!!! I can't talk about food much because it will only make me hungry!
Isn't this canal the cleanest one in the whole world?
Who wouldn't love to stroll around this place?
Name it, they have it. I only bought a few of their local shoe brands.
We stayed at Swissotel in Namba, Osaka. The hotel is strategically located, I loved that I didn't have to go out of the building after taking the subway because the hotel has access to the Namba Railway station, Takashimaya, and Namba Carnival Mall. Isn't it fabulous??? Now I ask you, wouldn't you feel the same way too???
I got so many stories to tell about my stay-cation, but so little time!
Just can't get over you Osaka!!!