Day Trip to Osaka from Kyoto – Japan

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While in Kyoto, in case you have time, I can totally recommend you a day trip to Osaka.
It is just a bit more than one hour by bullet train (Shinkansen), and you can use your JR pass to pay for the trip.

Osaka is a large city with plenty of activities and sightseeing, you can easily spend a day (or more) there. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. You can get here my shared Google maps with the precise location of the great places we visited in Osaka (and Kyoto as well).

Now, let me tell you a bit of what we did in 1 Day in Osaka.

Places to go

Osaka Castle
Our first stop was at the Osaka Castle. The castle itself is amazing, and all the park around is also great, nicely maintained. You can also pay to enter the museum inside the castle and go all the way to the top to have great views from the city.

Just a note so you don’t get a bit disappointed as I did; the castle from inside is very modern, there is even a lift, so don’t expect anything very traditional as I did. 😜

Osaka castle
Osaka castle

Namba and Dotonbori street
Namba is a very busy suburb to explore while in Osaka. We decided to spend our afternoon walking around that area, especially along the famous Dotonboru Street. A good thing is to do is to wait until dark to see all the neons litting up.

Keep an eye to spot the Glico man! (hint: easily spotted in the image below)

Dotonbori street
Dotonbori street

Where to eat

Chibo
A good place to have an authentic Okonomiyaki in Osaka. There are many different flavours, including sets for 2 people with very competitive prices. We ordered one of these sets, which included two pancakes, Japanese omelet and salad. Yummy!

Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two.
Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two.

Ichiran Kyoto
This is a curious ramen house. You order from a vending machine, then one of the waiters takes you to a booth (that’s right, so cool), and your food is served from a small window in front of you. Check here photos from my experience there. Ah, of course, needless to say their ramen deserves more than a single visit to be fully appreciated.

Ichiran ramen bowl.
Ichiran ramen bowl.

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Chibo Okonomiyaki | Osaka

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Chibo entrance
Chibo entrance

Okonomiyaki is a must try while in Japan; for the uninitiated: the dish consists of a savoury pancake mixed with cabbage, topped with a large variety of ingredients, and finally cooked on a hot grill. You can find places that allow you to cook it by yourself (like on my visit to Tsurujiro Okonomiyaki) or, you can also find places like Chibo where the food is served already cooked and you just keep it warm using the grill on your table.

Either experience is fine, in my opinion, what really matters is to take into consideration the flavour, and regarding this one, Chibo got the crown!

My order

There are plenty of options in their menu, with a huge variety of okonomiyaki flavours. We decided to go with Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two, which consists of:

  • Hiroshima yaki: Pork, cuttlefish, prawn, scallops, and noodles.
  • Dotonbori yaki: Pork, beef tendon stew, cuttlefish, prawn, and cheese.
  • Chibo’s salad.
  • Omelet wrapped pork.
Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two.
Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two.
Hiroshima yaki - Pork, cuttlefish, prawn, scallops, and noodles.
Hiroshima yaki – Pork, cuttlefish, prawn, scallops, and noodles.
Dotonbori yaki - Pork, beef tendon stew, cuttlefish, prawn, and cheese.
Dotonbori yaki – Pork, beef tendon stew, cuttlefish, prawn, and cheese.
Chibo's salad.
Chibo’s salad.
Omelet wrapped around pork.
Omelet wrapped pork.

As I said before, they bring the okonomiyaki already cooked and you use the grill on your table only to keep it warm, different from other places that allow you to cook by your own, which is very fun actually. Anyways, in case you seat at the counter, it’s possible to see the chefs preparing it in front of you.

In addition, it is a very good sized serving, both of us (hubby and I) ate everything until full, and of course, it was delicious! we liked everything, especially that pork omelette.

The verdict

In case you are an okonomiyaki fan spending some time in Osaka, I would highly recommend you to visit Chibo. The service is good, staff are friendly and food delicious! Also, the combo for two meal is very cost effective comparing to one single serve.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate in English.

Bill: 3840 Yen (A$45.00)

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/LaLeWT6kmFz

More information: www.chibo.com/en