Osaka just might be my favorite city in the world. Of course, I really like Kyoto too, so let’s say that Osaka and Kyoto are two of the top three and I won’t bother to narrow it down from there. I love that there are so many neighborhoods with so many different things to do and see. The bright neon lights in Dotombori back up to the quiet, Kyoto-esque Hozenji Yokocho alley. Plus, there’s great food to be found everywhere. Here are some of my favorite photos from our spring break trip (and two from our New Year’s trip that I couldn’t help sneaking into this set).
We arrived in Osaka on the 23rd after Himeji (about and hour and 10 minutes away by the express local train) and checked into our hotel, a business hotel in Juso. After that, we went to Namba to find some dinner and enjoy the nighttime lights. Everyone was feeling tired, so we headed back to the hotel pretty early. In the morning it was back to Namba to check out the scenery in Dotombori, Ebisubashi, and Hozenji Yokocho alley before heading off for Kyoto for the next few days.
Dotombori and Ebisubashi area: Glica sign behind Ebisubashi – Kuidaore – Dotombori River
Rows of lanterns – rows of bicycles – a quiet side street
Close-ups from Hozenji Yokocho alley – Sugidama: the cedar bough ball of a sake shop
Lanterns at Mizukake Fudomyo – Juso area at night – rice straw, lanterns, and incense at Mizukake Fudomyo