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‘The People Are So Kind!’ 5 Things About Osaka That Shocked Tourists

Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi Other Shopping

In 2018, the number of foreign tourists visiting Osaka exceeded the record high of 11.42 million. And of these Osaka visitors, a number have experienced some surprising moments when shopping around the city! Many things that might be fairly normal to people who live in Japan can come as a shock to visitors from overseas. Here, we interview tourists from France who share their surprising experiences when shopping in Osaka. *The following article reflects the personal opinions and impressions of the interviewees based on their past trips to Osaka.

Kyoto Glamping Guide: GRAX in Rurikei Onsen - Lavish BBQ and How Springs in the Utmost Comfort!

kyoto Suburbs Unique Hotels

GRAX PREMIUM CAMP RESORT Kyoto Rurikei is located in Rurikei Onsen in Nantan City, in the central part of Kyoto Prefecture. About an hour's drive from the Kyoto city center, it is acclaimed for providing a relaxing and luxurious glamping experience. We visited it in order to write this report about it.

Ise Restaurants Guide: 5 Local Japanese Delicacies You'll Crave After Visiting Ise Jingu Shrine!

Ise, Toba, Shima Other Japanese Food

Ise Jingu in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, is one of the foremost tourist spots in the world. Home to Japan’s greatest deity Amaterasu and a variety of traditional Japanese structures, it pulls in crowds day after day. Now, virtually everyone who visits Ise Jingu goes to Okage Yokocho either before or after they pay their respects in the shrine. The street has a variety of Ise restaurants, many of which offer local Ise cuisine, making it a spot you can enjoy all day. If you’re here to visit Ise Jingu, we’ve got five great spots to dine in for you.

Osaka Gastronomy Guide: Revealing the Sensation of World-Famous Takoyaki in Osaka!

Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi Okonomiyaki, Monja & Takoyaki

I recently went to the Dotonbori Konamon Museum with my kids, a place that's been open since 2011 and very popular with tourists, to enjoy takoyaki, the soul food of Osaka, with all five senses. A dojo where takoyaki is hand-cooked on copper plates, a warehouse where takoyaki sample models are made, and an exhibition panel that teaches the history of Dotonbori and konamon culture... and of course, takoyaki. To Kansai locals, takoyaki is a specialty, yet I was surprised about all the many unexpected discoveries I made here.

Sannomiya Station Guide: Here's How to Get Around the Maze of Kobe's Train Hub!

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Other Sightseeing

Sannomiya Station is your first point of call when traveling to Kobe! With access to various locations via five transportation methods, the JR Line, Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, Kobe Municipal Subway, and Port Liner (Port Island Line), this station is considered the hub of Kobe. It's great that you can move between stations without even going outside via the underground shopping route. However, Sannomiya Station can be complicated, and it can be easy to get lost if you are unfamiliar with the routes. So today, we would like to introduce Sannomiya Station and how to navigate it, including best transfer routes to other railways and how to get to tourist attractions with ease.

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