From Kansai International Airport, we had to take the bus and travel to Fukushima, Osaka and reached Guesthouse U-en. It was a cheaper accommodation compared to a hotel but we enjoyed a traditional Japanese tatami room, with common pantry, but with separate toilet and bath for female and male guests. We also found out that other guests accommodated are Koreans, Americans, Brits and Japanese. It was also near the train station and other tourist spots in Osaka.
The next day we went to Universal Studios in Osaka. There were very long queues in each of the rides so we decided to experience a few rides since we still want to explore other places in Osaka. We enjoyed the highly immersive high-speed roller coaster ride with Spiderman, the boat ride that encountered the fierce teeth of Jaws, and lastly, watched the 4D presentation of Sesame Street (though we thought it was Shrek’s Adventures but we were an hour early so we had to enjoy what’s currently showing). Then the parade of the stars came next.
The Jurassic Park attraction of the park is still in construction so we had to leave that part of the theme park and just enjoyed watching the shows on the street, rummaging through the toys and gift items in the gift shops and of course trying cute and uniquely-packaged food available in the food stalls and restaurants all-over the place.
Since I was able to tour and visit Universal Studios Singapore – where I loved seeing the set of The Mummy in Egypt, I can say that Japan’s Universal Studios has fewer attractions and it’s smaller. But it’s also nice that I was able to see what it has to offer. By the way, one of its most visited parts is the set of Harry Potter, but we chose not to visit that place.
Afterwards, we went back to the guest house to rest for a bit and got ready to visit another tourist spot. But before that, we went to a nearby food house to have dinner. I enjoyed the alfa-alfa and the vegetable salad as well as the miso soup. The fried chicken nuggets and the tenderloin plus the cups of rice and tea quenched my hunger. 🙂
Since we’re already full, we can now walk to our last destination for the day – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory. It was really fascinating to see Osaka at night on top of the Observatory. Although I’m also afraid of heights – that fear dissipated as I looked at the sparkling lights of Osaka Prefecture.
After feasting our eyes, it’s now time to go back to the guest house on foot. Yep, since it’s only a few blocks from the guest house we were able to save on taxi fare. I enjoyed the walk since that side of Osaka is really peaceful at night. I loved seeing commuter bicycles properly arranged and parked at designated places, vending machines conveniently placed for the thirsty or hungry pedestrian, tidy streets with properly placed signs, the peaceful surroundings, and of course, well-disciplined Japanese men and women on their bicycles or walking fast-paced but diligently following traffic signs to reach home.
Because of the long walk, I had a long and dreamless sleep.
The next part of this post is about: the Osaka Museum of Natural History, Nagai Botanical Garden and our Trip to Kyoto