Things to Do and Places to Visit in Osaka in 2 Days

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Osaka in 2 Days

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Osaka, Japan: I only had two full days to explore Osaka, and as I was more interested in all the yummy food that Osaka has to offer than her attractions, I passed over some of the main attractions, i.e. the Osaka Castle and temples. Also, I wanted to explore the small neighborhoods and their charm rather than the crowded, touristy places. Here is a list of places to visit and things to…

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Food in Osaka: Where You Should and Should Not Eat

Food in Osaka: Where You Should and Should Not Eat

Food in Osaka: Did you know that as of December 2016, out of the top 18 cities with the most Michelin stars, 4 of them belong to Japan (Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo), with Tokyo taking first place (you can see the full list here)?  On top of that, Osaka is known as a huge gastronomic city, especially for street foods and cheap eats. As you can imagine, I had a long list of places I wanted to try in…

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Lodging in Osaka: Review of Hotel Hankyu International

Lodging in Osaka: Review of Hotel Hankyu International

Lodging in Osaka: Review of Hotel Hankyu International 19-19 Chayamachi, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0013, Japan Phone: +81 6-6377-2100 http://www-a.global.hankyu-hotel.com/hankyu-international/accommodation.html As this trip was a family reunion trip for the in-laws, I had to stay at the same hotel as the rest of the group. The family from Korea had already booked the Hankyu International Hotel (4.5 star hotel according to TripAdvisor), so my husband and I followed suit. Even though we could have looked for lodging that might have…

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Transportation from Kansai International Airport: Airport Shuttle to Hotel in Osaka

Transportation from Kansai International Airport: Airport Shuttle to Hotel in Osaka

Airport Transportation: There are two modes of transportation from the Kansai International Airport into Osaka city center: airport shuttle (called airport limousine bus) or the train. There are signs on the ceiling at the airport that direct you to the train station when you come out of customs.  The airport shuttle bus from KIX takes about 50-70 minutes depending on traffic and the one-way ticket costs 1,550 yen. Click here for information on KIX airport shuttle bus fare and timetables….

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Paris: The Plan (How I Planned for a 10-Day Trip to Paris)

Paris: The Plan (How I Planned for a 10-Day Trip to Paris)

Paris—The Plan: Due to the last minute nature of the trip, I didn’t get to plan as thoroughly as I would have liked to for the Paris trip. My husband was going to London area for work (Richmond Hills to be exact), so we decided for me to tag along so that we can take a mini-vacation in Paris for 9.5 days. The trip wasn’t finalized until about a week or two before departure due to my husband’s work schedule,…

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Story Time: The Most Obnoxious Eurostar Train Ride (from London to Paris)

Story Time: The Most Obnoxious Eurostar Train Ride (from London to Paris)

Okay, so the title should be something like, The Most Obnoxious Eurostar Train Passengers or How Not to Act Like Mad Monkeys on the Eurostar, but I couldn’t fit all those words into the title. Continuing from the Transportation from London to Paris post… The Eurostar train from London (St. Pancras International Station) to Paris (Gare du Nord) seemed to be sold-out as it was packed, and our seats were part of the 4 seats that faced each other with a table…

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Transportation from London to Paris–Riding the Eurostar

Transportation from London to Paris–Riding the Eurostar

From Richmond to St. Pancras International Station: Our journey to Paris started with an Uber ride from Richmond Hills to St. Pancras International Station in London. We had allotted plenty of time to get to the station, but we made it just in time to catch the train. Due to extremely heightened security after the Manchester terror attack, the traffic in city center was horrendous. We were told that this was the first time that the militia were brought into…

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Weather in Paris–End of May to Beginning of June 2017

Weather in Paris–End of May to Beginning of June 2017

Weather: The forecast changed multiple times leading up to the trip, but it promised a heatwave, sunny skies, cloudy skies, thunderstorms, and showers for our 10 day stay in Paris. The first 4 days in Paris were unbearably hot and humid, with temperatures hovering in upper 80’s to low 90’s (in Fahrenheit). Coming from dry Southern California, my husband and I had a difficult time getting used to heat + humidity + lack of A/C throughout Paris. It also didn’t…

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Transportation in Paris–How to Get Around Paris on Your Trip!

Transportation in Paris–How to Get Around Paris on Your Trip!

Transportation in Paris–How to Get Around Paris on Your Trip! Paris is known for being a walking city with impressive architecture, gardens, and views all throughout. To experience its fame and to get the most out of being in the city, I convinced my husband to walk to most places. The Health App on my husband’s iPhone attested to how much we walked during our trip, as we averaged 8-9 miles per day. If you’d rather take it easy or…

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Using the Metro to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using the Metro to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using the Metro to Get Around Paris: A very easy and affordable way to get around the city, there are many metro lines and stations throughout the city. In central Paris, there are 16 lines, numbered 1-14, with two secondary lines 3b and 7b. You can pick up a map from any of the customer service counters at any of the stations, or you can always do a quick internet search. We relied heavily on Google maps for planning our routes,…

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