November last year, I went to Osaka. Believe it or not, it was the first time I step foot in Japan, I’ve always heard it is an amazing place with great food and lovely people. That was probably why I waited till this long to go to Japan. I knew I will love it no matter, so I wanted to explore other places first.

Why Osaka and not Tokyo?

I have this weird thing or habit to visit the other cities as my first city to visit for a new country rather than the capital. Not quite sure why exactly, mainly to do with the time i’ve got to spend. I usually go for short trips out of Hong Kong these days because of work commitment, and at that time I felt that I would probably need more time for Tokyo.

We took an early flight to Osaka and arrived very hungry! and of course, we had to start our trip with all the good food in Osaka.

Our first meal was at this place that serve the famous grilled beef (crumbed) on stone. Gyukatsu. Tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside. It was an amazing first meal of the trip. Suggest you guys to either go early or later, not at the prime lunch or dinner time. We arrived at the hotel at around 3pm by the time we got to the restaurant, we got a table easy! And we weren’t the only one. Here is the link for the restaurant that we went, Gyukatsu.

Streets of Osaka

Now, let’s talk about the food

During this short 3 day weekend trip to Osaka, we did a lot of damage to our bellies…from barbecue meats, udon, omakase, cute japanese street food to matcha ice cream. I am still trying to recover from all the food I ate. Here’s only a little part of them.

Street food of Osaka 1
Street food of Osaka 2
Beef Udon
Tea Ice Cream

Kyoto…such beautiful serene place

We took a day trip out to Kyoto to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the place was floaded with people but i know why. It was amazing and the perfect instagramable place to take photos. It is definitely a must see if it is your first time there. I know it can be crowded, it is more crowded at the beginning of the trail, suggest to keep walking on the trail to the upper most. The area has less people and way easier to take the “perfect photo”.

Fushimi-Inari, Kyoto
Fushimi-Inari, Kyoto
Photo of myself :)

This Osaka trip was only a taster of Japan, there will be more for me to explore! Need to make full use of the benefit of the distance while I still live in Hong Kong.