I can’t believe we’re actually doing this!
I’ve never been this deep into the blogging realm. Couple of my friends back in Sydney made one (fashion, lifestyle, photography) and I really thought that it’s pretty cool to share your passion through writing *hint hint I wanna do it too!*. The idea lingered for quite a while, prioritized last due to work and stuff, but finally I am now ready to commit sharing my stories thanks to Iris and Marissa who are also super excited on creating this blog!
When I say my stories they would most likely be a) travel, b) food, c) travel, and d) food. I’ve been really blessed to be able to experience holiday in so many countries and explore all things yummy, so hopefully this blog can be your go-to whenever you have that little “where should I go next” or “what should I eat this weekend” question in the back of your mind 😉
Enough with my rambling, let’s get down to business: travel post from my recent trip to Japan. First up, Osaka!
Since I went with my family (well for most of my trip), mine will be a family friendly one. You know that kind when Dad was feeling too cold and wanted to warm himself in the nearest coffee shop or minimart available, when your Mom’s feet was pretty sore and all she wanted is to go back to the hotel, have some nap etc. etc. Nevertheless, when I created my itinerary for Osaka I only have three *touristy* spots that I wanted to go in two days: Osaka Castle, Universal Studio (only for Wizarding World of Harry Potter because I’m not the type to put myself on a flying dinosaur or a back-flip roller coaster) and Dotonbori. That being said, this itinerary is in no way intense and you can really take your time to just chill out.
Osaka Castle (Osakajokoen)
It’s quite a huge complex to explore and if you just want to relax, have a slow-paced walk, this is definitely a must. Entrance fee to the castle (which is actually a multiple floors museum) is JPY600 if you are interested in Japanese History and they have opening hours of 9AM – 5PM. We came a bit late – arrived there at around 5PM and hence did not get the chance to get in (oh well I’m not a big fan of Oda Nobunaga so it’s fine). Instead we just wander around the park and had an awesome takoyaki.
Universal Studio Japan – Wizarding World of Harry Potter
For this we have pre-purchased our ticket in Jakarta, but it’s only for the USJ entrance and not for Wizarding World of Harry Potter. One day studio pass will cost you JPY7,600 but if you’re going to pre-purchased via travel agent in your home country the price may varies slightly due to currency reason (and probably the agent’s margin).
I don’t really like going to amusement park during local holiday season. Really, the queue is somewhat very disturbing. I saw Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey queue and the expected time to actually try 5 minutes ride (in Japanese audio, for God’s sake!) was 4 hours! *shudder* So I only went for castle sightseeing and it’s good enough for me. However, in order to walk around the Wizarding World during peak, there is this timed entry system where you will be assigned specific 1 hour to start entering the area, but how long you want to be there is really up to you. As an example, I was assigned to enter between 11-12PM and left at around 4PM. Do come early if you want to enter the area as fast as possible!
We went here for some shopping and quick dinner. Also, we got a tip from father and son duo from Indonesia that we met randomly at subway – they said Starbucks in Dotonbori offer various Japanese special edition tumbler. Unfortunately Mom was too tired to check it out and we head back to the hotel instead.
….. and that’s a wrap for Osaka! Great city, lots of fun stuff to do. I’ll be posting on Kyoto next week so stay tune 😀