Udon is the perfect combination of a delicious dashi (made from kelp and tiny fish) and soft, chewy noodles which slide easily down. Each region in Japan has its own variation on udon, but Osaka’s quintessential version achieves an exquisite balance of dashi, noodles, and toppings. Among the trio of components, though, it is dashi which enjoys center stage. The Kanto region relies on katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings) to create dashi. In Kansai, however, the key combination is konbu (dried kelp) plus niboshi (small dried fish such as mackerel and sardine). The finishing touch to a fragrant Kansai dashi is achieved by adding usukuchi (light) soy sauce. A variety of […]

Ashiharabashi Up Market

Find interesting and original handmade crafts, ‘Made in Japan’, Fresh fruits and vegetables, Craft Beer and Organic Wine, Light meals and delicious street foods, and enjoy live musical performances. This is a unique market, that leads to regional branding that is green, healthy, positive and best of all located in central Osaka, only bicycle distance from Namba.

Busy & Crowded Japan

2019 Holidays and observances in Japan Japan is a highly populated country with set holidays that are followed by most companies. These dates and vacation days are known to have many travelers all off work at the same time. In order to inform guests looking at hotels in Osaka or Japan may be interested in avoiding these busy national holidays or at least understand them. Click on any holiday name to learn more about any of the days. Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type 1 Jan Tuesday New Year’s Day National holiday 2 Jan Wednesday January 2 Bank Holiday Bank holiday 3 Jan Thursday January 3 Bank Holiday Bank holiday […]

How To Purchase A Train Ticket (at KIX)

Please visit the ticket-vending self serve machines. Please push the upper right icon, touch screen, to change the language to English. If you want to purchase more than one ticket, please push the button that indicates the number of your group. Please touch the upper icon “Purchase ticket”. Please look at the fare table and check the fare to your destination. Enter the number or touch the icon that indicates the price of your fare per traveller. Followed by inserting cash, some machines require to inserting money before fare options are listed. Please receive the change and train ticket.

Osaka Castle

This Castle is a beautiful symbol of Osaka and one of the greatest castles in Japan. I personally spent many hours in the evening relaxing in the park. The castle was built in 1583 by the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the one of the most famous unifying warlords of Japanese history. The park surrounding the castle is especially popular to visit during cherry blossom season. Don’t forget your camera!