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All along for this Japan trip, I owed Nicole a lots as she really done well with this trip. She booked the accommodation, plan the itinerary, give information and advise to me in order to apply for visa and lots more. Oh ya! I had lots of my friends comment and enquiry regarding Japan trip which I think I will share and post it soon.

During our stay in Osaka, Nicole booked budget hostel/guesthouse for backpackers like us. wink

J-Hoppers is the name and it is located in 3 minutes away from JR Fukushima Station. It is so near that we no need to worry about the time consuming from the hostel to the train station. Besides that, our favourite stopby convenience stores was nearby there too. “7-Eleven is the spot” like what Teriyaki Boyz sang in the Tokyo Drift song. Without 7-Evelen, I can’t imagine how can we survive after our first night dinner experience when we arrived Osaka.

Besides the train staion, Umeda Sky Building is also just 15 minutes walk from J-Hoppers.

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Located on the quiet shopping street standing lots of restaurant and bars side by side.

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Lobby of the hostel
This is where their reception, welcoming us by their friendly and warm staff.
They even provide lots of flyer for you to get up-to-date local travel information and if you can’t find the info you want, ask their staff. [Pics from their homepage]

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The well and fully-equiped self-catering kitchen

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Double decked that me and Nicole slept; Me at the top while Nicole at the bottom

Nicole booked the mixed dormitory which fix 6 person in 1 room. It cost 2,500¥ per person for a night. What I like about this hostel was free access to their WiFi using our own gadget. No worry about connecting with my family and friends and back in Malaysia.

Another tips for those who plan to Japan; Nicole and I unable to call back home during our 8 days trip in Japan. So, it is better for you to search for the accommodation that provide free WiFi access.

If you are staying in budget hostel, besides the room, the other part that you would like to know is whether the toilet is clean or not. But for J-Hoppers, you do not have to worry too much because it is awesomely clean and warm too. ◡‿◡

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Clockwise: Lavatory with dryer, toilet with heated seat (this is so cool until I don’t feel like want go outmrgreen) and showers room with heater. (This pic is not mine too)

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The unique bed curtain. Nicole is busy packing as we are about to leave.

We stayed for 3 nights and we are the only 2 gals in the mixed dormitory eek…All along our stay, we being accompanion by the 4 Caucasians guys. Some from France, some from Australia. On our first night, there was one French guy invite us to join him for dinner but i refuse. Better take pre-caution. But on the next day, that French guy had been checked out from the room. Sometimes I regret for rejecting him because I can have a French guy friend and he can become my tour guide on my upcoming trip to France. ❤‿❤ [Day dreaming again]

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Besides Osaka, J-Hoppers also have branches in other cities; Kyoto, Hiroshima Trad and Hida Takayama. And if you stay any of their branches for more than 10 times (if not mistaken), you will get 1 night for free…

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Fukushima Station

So if you plan to holiday in Japan and overnight in Osaka, do check out their homepage http://j-hoppers.com/index.htm for a pleasure and comfort stay.
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Dotonbori
Dotonbori is a downtown district located in the area along the Dotonbori River which starts from Nipponbashi (bridge) to Dotonboribashi (bridge). At night time, it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanised signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign.

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The neon signs shine brightly in the dark

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Finally, we saw the Glico Running Man

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Huge model crab

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Sex machine? I wonder what is the purpose?


America-Mura, Shinsaibaishi Shopping Centre and Dotonbori is all along in one street which called Minami, one of the Osaka’s two major cities centers.
Then after, Nicole and I heading back to our hostel to put all of our shopping grabs before visiting our final pitstop . Yeah, both of us shopping lots especially on cosmetic products. It is more cheaper when comes to Shiseido brand, as this is their local products.

Umeda Sky Building
The 173 meter tall building consists of two main towers is a spectacular high rise building in the Kita district of Osaka.

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Stands upon 173 meter tall, it features a rooftop observatory, The Floating Garden on the 39th Floor.

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The open air observatory offers a great and spectacular night view of Osaka City.

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Besides as an observatory deck, it is also a romantic place for the couple to hang out.
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Large love frame
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How to get there: The Umeda Sky Building is a 10-15 minute walk from Osaka and Umeda Stations.

Floating Garden Observatory:

Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:30 (entrance until 22:00)
Admission fee: 700 yen
Nicole and I managed to get the admission ticket for 500 yen by purchase it from our hostel. biggrin

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Osaka – formerly known as Naniwa. Its part of Kansai region, besides Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

The places Nicole and I been to when we were in Osaka:

Osaka Castle
This is a classic style of the Japanese castle. Osaka Castle is Osaka’s famous landmark and the symbol of the city. The castle even features museum where you can see historical artifact.

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Sakura-mon (Gate) Osaka Castle

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The magnificent of Osaka Castle

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The station we stopby to Osaka Castle but actually the nearby station is Osakajokeon

Castle Tower
Opening hours : 9:00 am – 5.00 pm
Admission : 600 yen

How to get there: The recommended approach to Osaka Castle is through Otemon Gate at the park’s southwestern corner. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line. The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokeo on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute and 160 yen ride from JR Osaka Station.

Shinsekai
Means “New World” in English, is a district that was developed before the war but then neglected in the decades afterwards.

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Tsutenkaku Tower

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In Shinsekai, you will noticed there is a lots of Billiken – cham doll which looks alike elf created by American art teacher. It believes that Billiken has three kinds of luck – good, better and best.

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Besides Billiken, Shinsekai also noted for Osaka’s local delicacies such Takoyaki – octopus ball and Okonomiyaki – Japanese savoury pancake. Osaka is the first city where Takoyaki being popularised by a street vendor.

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Left side is varieties of Takoyaki and right side is Okonomiyaki.
We decided to try on Takoyaki.

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Vendor machine to order the foods you want. Put your money and press the button on the foods you want. Come out the ticket and pass to the people in counter. That’s so cool.

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Takoyaki – It is so delicious. Soft from the inside and outside too..

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Few fugu (blowfish) restaurant in Shinsekai.

America-Mura
America Village, a center of youth culture in Osaka. A place full with lots of casual stores with sporting unique fashions.

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Triangle Park

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Shinsaibashi
A shopping haven in Osaka. Shinsaibashi Shopping Center is the largest shopping area in Osaka which extends 580 meters in a north-south direction and approximately 180 stores including old-established shops, department stores, and those selling major brand products stand next to each other.

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A unique and vibrant shopping experience area

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We spend most of our time shopping in Shinsaibashi. Well, that’s we are ladies. Next, will continue with our Osaka at Night Time. Sayonara.

Finally, done with another travel post. Took me whole day to finish this post.

>Do you know how much it cost per person to have dinner in Japan?

So, this is the small shop me and my friend went it.
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The ambiance of the little tiny shop.
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The lady who do all by herself. Serve the customers, cook the dishes, etc…
When we start to order, looks like there is a communication barrier. My friend and I speak in English and the lady who served us speak in Japanese with no little knowledge of speaking in English. Luckily I know a few Japanese foods, so I ordered “Tori Katsu Don” but the lady said she only have “Tori Karaage”. I know that by the way as TTM always brought me to Japanese restaurant. Thanks TTM!

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Tori Karaage (fried cutlet chicken).
A bowl of rice, 4-5 pieces of chicken, soup and a cold “sky juice”
Then, how much it cost?
1200 yen per person which approximate RM45.

This prove that Japan is one of the most expensive city to live on.

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However, we do enjoy the dinner. Travelling oo… It’s like that one lah..


  • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
  • Diana Diane Teo: >CathJ and ladymariah - Thanks so much! =)
  • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli