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Sweet Japan: The Secret Behind Osaka's Insanely Popular MADAME SHINCO Desserts!

Osaka Suburbs Other Cafes and Sweets

MADAME SHINCO is well-known for their Baumkuchen, which is also popular by mail-order. Most people associate current chairwoman Madame Shinko with bright pink colors and leopard print designs. Today, I visited the Madame Shinco Main Branch in Minoh, Osaka to enjoy their limited edition sweets as well as a live performance that can only be seen here! I even got to learn about the real President Shinko herself.

Things to do on Awaji Island: Enjoy a beach BBQ at Awaji Island’s stylish campsite!

Awaji Island, Maiko Food Entertainment

How will you spend the holidays with family and friends in the coming season? One fun way that comes to mind is to enjoy a barbecue during your travel. While going to the mountains or riverside is of course fun, having a barbecue at the beach watching the gentle ocean waves is also exceptionally fine. Recently we heard about a stylish campsite on Awaji Island that has been the talk of the town because it is convenient even for a day trip from Osaka or Kobe, so we decided to check it out.

Japanese Foodies Recommend: Top Restaurants Around Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle, Tenmabashi, Kyobashi Izakaya

Osaka Castle is often bustling with international tourists. When you’re walking around the castle park and the castle’s tenshu tower, you’re going to get hungry and thirsty. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, but you’ve come all the way to Japan to go sightseeing. You want the best restaurant, one where you can eat all sorts of great food and enjoy beer and sake, don’t you? Well, let’s hear what a local writer has to say about these two great restaurants, with one being for daytime excursions and the other being perfect for dinner.

Visiting the Giant Buddha of Nara - A First-Timer's Complete Guide to Todai-ji Temple

Nara, Ikoma, Tenri Cultural Heritage Sites

Todai-ji is a temple complex in Nara known for its Daibutsuyo style of architecture. It is one of the largest sightseeing spots in all of Kansai and full of so many highlights that some would argue there's no point in going to Nara if you miss visiting the temple. Take your time touring of not only the temple's grand edifices, such as the Great South Gate and the Great Buddha Hall, but also the many halls and the museum, to enjoy all that Todai-ji has to offer.

Complete Osaka Metro Map: Complete Guide to Osaka’s Trains & Subways

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Other Sightseeing

The general way of getting around Osaka for sightseeing is the train. You’ll be mainly taking the train to get to Kyoto, Kobe, and other areas, too. There are a variety of lines, belonging both to JR and other private railways, so knowing which train goes where will help you put together an effective plan.

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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