Pachinko Parlours are widespread in Japan and it is comparable to the slot machines. Completely deafening when you enter a parlour and I was very intrigued why the Japanese love to gamble on Pachinko machines. A fascinating experience!
Kuromon Ichiba Market - The market has a total length of close to 600 meters with 170 shops, the vast majority of which specialise in the freshest and best quality meat, vegetables, eggs and other ingredients from around the country and abroad
The food is phenomenal – if only we had larger stomachs to fit in errryyyythanng we wanted to try! The seafood is much larger than what we’re used to in the UK and very cheap! 300Yen (equivalent to £2) for 3 enormous oysters! Very delicious and sweet. There is a whole array and variety of quirky and interesting foods and snacks. I literally tried to bought anything that I could to fit in my suitcase to bring home!
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Silk Kimonoes – there is a very good store within the Kuromon market which sells second hand authentic real silk kimonos which would normally costs hundreds of pounds to buy brand new. I managed to pick up 2 different kimonos with belts as both came to just a little £50!
Japanese Cheesecake is da bomb! I am not usually a fan of cheesecakes however, the Japanese version is blimin’ awesome. Not at all sickly and creamy like the UK and US counterparts. The Japanese cheesecake has an elegant flavor, uniquely soft and has a melting texture with reduced sweetness. Oh it’s like heaven on a plate! A must try!
Plastic Food Menu - how can plastic look so delicious, right!? Many of the Japan eateries display plastic replicas of their food in the window display to give people an idea of what they’re ordering. Looks just like the real thang!
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street is dedicated to crockery and homeware. We stocked up on a few essential cookware items to bring back to the UK. The street has a vast array of kitchen/home/pottery/homeware/cutlery that you can choose from. Osaka is called the "Kitchen of the world"
Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade – several long strips of boutique and specialist shops as well as the usual retail chains and labels. A shopping haven! Definitely have a good mooch around if you have enough time on your hands!
Dotonbori – runs parallel to the Canal and another tourist destination. It has such a vibe to this area and is a haven for foodies and shoppers! At night, it is lit with hundreds of neon lights and signs including the famous Glico running man and the Kani Doraku crab!