On May 2018, My mom and I have been to Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. In the tour package that I bought, there was one free day. On that day, the guide would not take care us and we could choose to go anywhere we wanted to go. And, I chose to go shopping at Shinsaibashi and Dotonburi.
Actually we started my day trip at Kuromon Ichiba Market. Then, from the market we walked to Shinsaibashi and Dotonburi.
After stepping into this popular shopping area, I then saw Gachapon, a variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys popular in Japan and elsewhere. I have heard about it many times from my friends, but it was the first time I saw the machines through my eyes. I could not believe that there were so many machines that the big spaces were dedicated for them.
This area was full with restaurants and shops selling trendy stuffs. For me, comparing to Bangkok, Shinsaibashi is similar to Siam Square.
I loved that the restaurants there had big animal models in front of their restaurants telling people what they were selling. The photo below were taken in front of Takoyaki shops. Loved the big octopus!
Another one was the crab restaurant. You might have seen it before because this restaurant is popular. And, if you want to eat here, you need to book a seat in advance.
We walked until we saw Dotonburi river.
Then, I tried to find the Glico running man sign, the giant billboard which became one of the most well known landmarks in Osaka. Many people took photos with the sign.
The shopping street over there was well-organized. It looked clean and I loved the clear roof that protected customers from both sunshine and rain.
We spent time at Shisaibashi more than 5 hours and visited cafes when we felt tired.
I tried Takoyaki and it was the best one that I had tried. It was served hot and the taste was very very good (it was much better than Takoyaki in Bangkok).
And before leaving Shisaibashi, I was so hungry that I decided to try ramen.
And this was what I got from the shopping trip at Shinsaibashi and Dotonburi.
Baby products for my nephew.
Skin care products..this was just a part of what I bought.
Stationary… I got erasable pens. If you are a stationary lovers, I do recommend you to visit Tokyo hands. I spent more than an hour there.
All in all, it was a fun and tiring day. If you plan to go shopping and eating at Shinsaibashi and Dotonburi, I recommend you to go with a good pair of shoes and a backpack or big bag to carry things you buy back.