OsakangkayGanda Day 1- May 15, 2016

It is true that Japan is the land of the fastest internet. Free wifi though is limited to train stations, airports, coffee shops and maybe malls. I don’t know how stable the wifi are on those areas because I got myself a pocket wifi. I’m literally scared of getting lost (lost in translation included haha). My friends depended on me to navigate so a pocket wifi is a must. I rented one from Pupuru. I compared and found them the cheapest. With good reviews too. You order 3 days before your intended arrival for pick up at the airport or they can mail it at your hotel. I picked up ours at Kansai Intl airport post office as soon as we arrived. On the day of departure, just drop it off in the sealed envelope it came into in any red mailboxes at the airport or any convenience store that has one. Easy peasy. It lasted for like 9 hours a day. If you’re going to be out more than that, it helps to have a power bank with you. No to getting lost with Pupuru haha. Google maps and Hyperdia are the apps I used in navigating the trains and streets in Osaka and Kyoto. Google maps became my bff! Take note, English street signs in Japan is scarce.

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photo from Kansai One Pass website

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Japan’s train passes is as many and as confusing as their train lines. I was skeptical to get one at first. I couldn’t find one that works well with our itinerary. I said we might as well pay per ride. But last April, they introduced a new one for Kansai Region called Kansai One Pass.  Offered for limited time only which costs 3000 yen inclusive of 500 yen deposit, reloadable and refundable. It works to almost all train and bus lines in Kansai region except the Shinkansen and some areas going outside Kansai. Some tourist spots offers discount when you present it at the ticket counter. So if you’re going to Osaka and will tour most of Kansai area, I highly recommend this pass. You can get them at Nankai Railway or Jr Ticket office at KIX Airport Station 2/F Arrival Hall Terminal 1.

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Rinku Premium Outlet was a long debatable subject among us girls before this trip. Do we have to go on our first day? Is it even worth to go? Are the goods really cheap? How about we go on our last day instead? My friends will tell you that shopping is not my priority on any of my out of the country trips. Unless one was planned really as a shopping trip. It is last on my to do list and usually done at the end of the day, or on our last day, or if I still have extra pocket money left. But I’m all for friendship, goodwill and peace so I give in (with reservations lol 🙂 ) and include at least a day for shopping in our itinerary. We decided to drop by Rinku on our 1st day. First because it’s just 20 minutes away by bus from the airport.  It will cost us more in train fare since it was quite far from our airbnb place if we go back and forth and second because if we went on our last day, we might not have enough baggage space left hahaha.

Bus terminal to Rinku Premium Outlet is located at KIX Terminal 1 1st floor Arrival Hall north gate. Look for bus stop no. 12. Bus fare is Y200 per way payable in cash. Please prepare exact amount or if you just arrived like us and don’t have Y100 coins, you may give Y1000 and the bus driver will give you change. No bigger than Y1000 though.

Baggage lockers are available on every floor near the restroom for Y500 each. It is at their foodcourt where we had our first taste of authentic Japanese food lol. Selection was ok. Ramen of course is the first order of business.

Nothing caught my fancy at this outlet though. My friends bought rubber shoes at Nike. We didn’t really have time to go over every store.  Around 6pm we rode the train from Rinku Town station to Nippombashi station.

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I think our airbnb above Kuromon market deserves its own post. I will write about that next time. After checking in our things we head out to Dotonburi for dinner. And when in Dotonburi, you takoyaki 🙂 .

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Dinner was at this revolving sushi place called Daiki Suisan (infrontt of Creo-ru) Dotonburi. The sushi is priced per plate with differently colored plates corresponding to different price tiers (typically 150-500 yen per plate). Everything we tried here was good. Their green tea is so good too I bought 3 packs to bring home at Y300 per pack.

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A tourist must do what a tourist do, to pose with Glico Man 🙂 .

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That’s it for our first day in Osaka. Tune in for more of our Japan trip. Thanks for dropping by.

xoxo,

M

You can read more of our Japan trip here:

Osaka-Kyoto-Nara Trip Expenses and Itinerary

Where To Stay In Osaka.

Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (Japan)

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama District and geisha hunting in Gion

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Osaka-Kyoto-Nara May 15-19, 2016 Itinerary and Expenses

 

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This post is the what really happened in Japan itinerary 😉 . It is somehow identical to my planned itinerary except for those places we went to eat as we went by what feels like and what looks good at that moment. When we feel the growls of our tummy, it can’t be ignored anymore hahaha. I will elaborate on each day on a different blog posts so tune in to that 🙂  .

Day 1 – 655am Jetstar Flight out of Manila. 1155AM arrival at Kansai International Airport. We availed the new Kansai One Pass at Nankai Electric Railway (KIX Terminal 1 2/F) for Y3000 (reloadable). I ordered our Pupuru pocket wifi   at their website 3 days prior and I picked it up with no hassle at KIX post office (1/f near south gate). Bus ride to Rinku Premium outlet Y200 per way bus stop#12 KIX Terminal 1 1/f). Left luggage at Rinku locker Y500 for 3 hours. Lunch at Rinku Premium outlet foodcourt. Went around the outlet for 3 hours. Walked to Rinku station to ride the train going to Nippombashi station (45 mins train ride). Checked in at our airbnb inside Kuromon Market. Freshen up and walked to Dotonburi and Shinsaibashi area. Dinner was at revolving sushi in Dotonburi area named Daikisuisan.

Day 2 – Went around Kuromon Market. Breakfast on the go. Went to explore Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto. Stroll for 2-3 hours. Lunch on the go.  Afternoon was spent at Kinkakuji Temple. Stroll for 2 hours. Went back to Osaka. Ramen dinner at Ichiran Ramen along Dotonburi. Shopped at Daiso and Don Quixote.

Day 3 – Went to Kyoto to explore Fushimi Inari. 2-3 hours roundtrip to the top and back. Next stop was Kiyomizudera Temple, Higashiyama district and Gion district where we stalked some geisha.  Kyoto station for dinner at Isetan Foodcourt. Dropped by Bic Camera beside Kyoto station. Went back to Osaka.

Day 4 – Osaka Castle. Lunch at Creo-ru Dotonburi. Went to Nara Park. Dinner at our airbnb. Bought assorted sushi sets, beef, salad and fruits at Kuromon market.

Day 5 – Check out at 11am. Left luggage at airbnb. Left the boys at Bic Camera. Girls went for last minute shopping at Shinsaibashi area. Went back to airbnb at 2pm and ate lunch at Kuromon Market. At 4pm we hailed a taxi from Kuromon market Y650 to Namba OCAT bus terminal. Bus ride to KIX Y1050 per pax one way for 40 mins. Check in at Jetstar for 830pm flight out. Got a refund for our Kansai One pass at JR West line Terminal 1 2/f. Dinner and stroll around the airport before boarding. 1130pm arrived in Manila.

Expenses: Php34k per pax ALL IN!

Japan 2016 PDF file

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* I only paid Php200 as my travel tax because I’m a US Permanent resident. That’s why the total for the two of us is only Php1820.

 

xoxo,

M

You can read more of our Japan travelogue here:

Osakangkayganda Day 1 – May 15, 2016

Where To Stay In Osaka.

Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (Japan)

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama District and geisha hunting in Gion

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