Took a cab from USJ to Hotel Mystays Shinsaibashi due to time constraints, heavy luggage and with an elderly in tow. We couldn't allow an entire afternoon to be wasted on riding the subway to Osaka then google-mapping our way towards the bustling Shinsaibashi neighborhood asking for directions.
As per TaxiFareFinder, fare estimate is pegged at 4,306 JPY. My utmost regard to Japanese taxi drivers for being GPS efficient, respectful and highly professional. Tipping is not encouraged in their country and I refuse to do so despite his wonderful service because it might be indifferent for him. True enough, actual fare was below the estimate at 3,640 JPY or PHP 1,700.
Delighted that our hotel is smacked right in the middle of the busy shopping Shinsaibashi area. We can shop to our hearts content with stores just a stone throw away. Yahoooo!
Triple sharing room Php 8,054/night. Excludes breakfast but location is everything!
Awed by swanky hotel amenities
This is where dreams are made of! (tee-hee) The largest shopping area in Osaka. Endless boutique and specialty shops are located in a covered walk way enticing both locals and tourists.
Not to miss and should be on top of your list is Pablo's Cheesecake. It has gained a cult following indicative of the store's long queues out of their dreamy cheesecake. Every component was pierced together brilliantly. Aside from the original medium/rare flavor, try the Matcha Azuki as well.
Rummaging the streets of Shinsaibashi in my blue floral Yukata
It's such a breathe of fresh air strolling around on this neighborhood knowing how safe you are in the middle of the night. Everyone was tourist friendly to boot!
You'll find dedicated bicycle parking almost everywhere. Amazing how many people don't lock their bikes up. Honestly rules!
If Shinsaibashi is for glitzy and galmour shopping, Dotonbori is Osaka's kitchen for restaurants and food. Watch out for my next post on Dotonbori.