Monday, April 9, 2018

Food and Accommodation in Osaka ✯ Have the Best Time in Osaka: Osaka Hotel Near Namba + Osaka Food Diary ✯ CANDEO Hotel Osaka Namba


The best and closest hotel to Osaka Namba
+
Recommended Osaka Food Spots
Kuromon Ichiba Market, Namba, Torame Yokocho, and more!!!


Japan's Leading Tourist City

OSAKA

Osaka, the most popular sightseeing spot for Westerners, 
is a vibrant city 365 days a year.
It's said that Osaka residents are similar to people in our country rather than in Tokyo because they are more outspoken and less introverted.



OSAKA
A City Where the Past and Present Coexists 
One of the reasons that foreign tourists are attracted to the Osaka area is that we can enjoy both past and present.
You can enjoy the ruins like Osaka Castle, Dotonbori Dotonbori, Universal Amusement Park Universal Studios and so on.



A Great Place to Walk around and Eat
You can also enjoy various street foods such as "Don Quixote" and "Takoyaki" that Koreans are looking for during their trip to Japan.



Where to Stay in Osaka
The Best Hotel to be Near all the Action 
in Downtown Osaka
Osaka is now experiencing a "shortage of rooms"
when foreign tourists are crowded.
Therefore, if you do not prepare in advance, you may experience a misfortune to stay in a shabby place at a higher price than others.

This time JAPANKURU wants to share a hotel that we really enjoyed in Osaka 
that made our time in Osaka that much better.


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Great Hotel to Stay at when Traveling in Osaka
CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA NAMBA
In fact,
CANDEO is a large hotel company that operates hotels in various parts of Japan.
The Osaka Nanba branch just recently opened in July 2017.
Almost all of Japan's hotels are kept in tip-top shape,
but man were we blown away by the beautiful lobby.

Since the hotel is located in Namba, 
which can be considered as the center of Osaka city, 
it's in the best possible location for traveling!
It was super easy to go out, explore, 
come back and relax in the room for a bit,
then go out for some Osaka nightlife🎶





CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA NAMBA
🏢 2-2-5 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Check-in: 3pm  Check-out: 11am
☎ 06-6212-2200
🚃 Nipponbashi Station - 3min walk
or
On the Midosuji Subway Line:
Namba Station - 10min walk  or
Shinsaibashi Station - 10min walk 


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🛌Get a Good Nights Sleep😴
Rooms
Executive Deluxe King Room(L) & Twin Room(R) w City View
There are a wide variety of rooms here,
but we wanted a view of Osaka so we stayed in the Executive type rooms.

Up to 5 people can stay in both the rooms with the deluxe king and twin,
but if it's adults we would recommend 3 people 
(which is what we did, 3 in one room and 2 in another).
We were impressed with how open and spacious the rooms were
for being in the heart of downtown Osaka.

Executive Deluxe King Room w City View
Room: 18m²~18.5m²
Bed: 2,200mm x 2


Executive Twin Room w City View
Room: 18~19
Bed: 1,100mm x 2


All of the rooms come with a sofa,
but the Executive rooms include sheets and a pillow to turn the sofa into a bed.
It was super quick to set it up,
so that's what we did for the room with 3 people.


🍒Make or Break🍩
Breakfast
For many Westerners at least,
a hotel's breakfast menu can make or break the overall rating of the hotel.
Even nice hotels in Japan still manage to have primarily Japanese styled breakfasts making it difficult for some people to find anything appetizing.
We loved the breakfast buffet at CANDEO though. 
It had the perfect blend of what you would imagine some Asian countries wouldwant to eat for breakfast as well as Westerners. 

This is only one side of the eating area,
it's really much bigger!




Breakfast
⏰7am~10:30
💴Adults: 1800yen, 6-11 years: 1000yen, 5 and↓: Free



Living Large🛁
SKY SPA
Located on the 17th floor of the hotel is the "SKY SPA",
which is the most satisfying part of staying at CANDEO HOTELS NAMBA.

The men and women hot springs are separated 
and this area is only available for hotel guests.
Any time of the day is a beautiful sight,
but as you would expect, the night is the most breathtaking.

There are both indoor and outdoor baths,
and the men have a dry sauna whereas the women have a mist. 

It is said that people with tattoos aren't allowed,
however, we saw many other people with tattoos.

Just be prepared.
We double checked with the staff though
and they said if you have like a bandage to cover it/them
that was ok.


SKY SPA
⏰ 3pm~11am the following day



🛅Other Services👍

Luggage Storage
Guests are provided with a free luggage storage room at 
CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA NAMBA.
When you arrive earlier than the hotel check-in time
or you can check out of your room but have time before you leave to your next destination, you can leave your suitcase(s) and tour around Osaka hassle-free!.



Foreign Currency Exchange
Japan is starting credit/debit card friendly,
but believe it or not there are still a BIG MAJORITY of places 
where you can only pay with cash💸 
It can be difficult to know how much cash to bring on an international trip
so having this currency exchange machine helps just in case.




Search Nearby Tourist Info
You can get sightseeing information around the hotel 
through a large touch panel installed in the ground floor lobby.
If you don't have an idea of where you're going next
this touch panel map helps.



Bus to&from Kansai International Airport
For those who are going to or coming from Kansai Airport,
there is a bus that will take you that is close to the hotel!

3 min walk from the hotel is shopping and dining mall Doton Plaza. 
There a shuttle service is provided for those that who want it.
Most people take this bus from Kansai Airport,
getting dropped off at Doton Plaza and going to the hotel,
but the opposite is just as convenient! 

Shuttle Bus
💴 Adult: 1200yen, Child: 600yen, Toddler: 300yen, Baby: Free


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🥞It's Ok, We're on Vaca🐙
Osaka Food Diary



Station Square Parlor DOTON
DOTON PLAZA
This is Doton Plaza⇧!
If you look to the left and see the tallest building,
that's CANDEO HOTEL OSAKA NAMBA!!
Close, right!?!?

There are all sorts of shops and restaurants inside Doton Plaza,
but there was one place in particular on the first floor that caught our attention.

watch the video above! ^-^
Your mouth will water for sure!!
🥞Macadamia nut cream pancakes for 980yen🥞


After the pancakes,
we had to get a little sumo action in.


DOTON PLAZA
🏢2-15-10, Shimanouchi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Business hours: 9am~8:30pm (varies according to store)
Restaurants & cafes: 7am~11pm
☎ 06-6212-6162



Kuromon Ichiba Market
黒門市場
Kuromon Ichiba Market is one of the main food markets in Osaka, Japan, right in the Namba area. 
What makes this area so popular amoung Japanese and foreigners alike
is that it's a place that specializes in street food. 
You can find other things sold here,
but the food (primarily seafood) is the main attraction here!

I cook fresh seafood such as seashells and crabs in front of you,
and I can not pass it.
If you are going to visit the Kuromon market, I recommend you to leave it empty.




Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場)
🏢2-3-2, Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka



gram
Jiggly Japanese fluffy pancakes have been all over social media lately.
After seeing videos of a particular cafe's pancakes,
we had to go there for ourselves!

Cafe "gram" only makes 20 servings three times a day, 
so we were really lucky to get in!!
We recommend making a reservation if possible.


🥞Premium pancakes 950yen

Osaka Shinsaibashi is the first store in Japan, 
and stores are now available all over Japan!



gram Nipponbashi Store
(gramパンケーキ日本橋店)
🏢3-8-25, Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
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Guenpin Fugu
It's always fun eating something you can't normally eat at home.
In this case, pufferfish.
Nearby was a Japanese tiger pufferfish restaurant
that served pufferfish in all different kinds of ways.
It was our first time ever actually trying pufferfish by itself,

and since they had it in all sorts of variations,
we tried them all!

The most common is mega thinly sliced pufferfish sashimi ("tessa" on the menu).
It was almost as if nothing was there, it's sliced so thin.

Apparently, rather than taking one slice at a time,
Japanese people scoop a bunch with their chopsticks at once then eat.
There was also pufferfish hot pot ("tecchiri" on the menu),
fried pufferfish, pufferfish sushi, and pufferfish BBQ 

(we actually didn't try the BBQ ^-^;; ).
All of it was good,
but maybe the sushi and hot pot were our favorites.
The fried pufferfish was difficult to eat due to all the bones.

Fugu, or pufferfish/blowfish contains a lot of protein and collagen,
so while living dangerously,

you're actually eating something pretty healthy! 
Japanese restaurants can't serve blowfish without a proper liscence,
so there really is no need to worry🐡♡


Guenpin Fugu (玄品ふぐ)
🏢1-21-4, Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Business hours: 11:30~10pm
📞06-6634-2929




Torame Yokocho
(虎目横丁)
This place was probably our most FAVORITE in Osaka!!!
This was many of our first time ever hearing about Torame ("Tiger's Eye")
Yokocho, and probably 99% of the customers were Japanese.
So we figured many other people don't know about this place,

and since we had such a great time
there's NO WAY we were going to leave this place out!

Torame Yokocho is a semi-spacious place that has various of Japanese food, particularly Osaka food, stalls inside.
You are just surrounded by great people, 

having a great time, with great food and drinks!!
Don't worry about deciding which stall to sit at,
as long as you find a seat 
you are able to order from any of the restaurant stalls in the place.
Just bring the number coin that is at the stall where you are sitting
to whichever restaurant you want to order from,

and that restaurant will bring your order to you!

Next time we go to Osaka,
we are DEFINITELY coming back here!!!!!


Torame Yokocho (虎目横丁)
🏢2-3-15, Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Business hours: 11:30~10pm
🚃 On the Midosuji Subway LineNamba Station - 5min walk  
or
Sennichimae Subway Line: Nipponbashi Station - 3min walk 





Anywhere we went
it only took about 15 mins to get back to our hotel!!!
We're telling ya,
when traveling to Osaka,
CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA NAMBA is really the best place to stay.




CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA NAMBA
🏢 2-2-5 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Check-in: 3pm  Check-out: 11am
☎ 06-6212-2200
🚃 Nipponbashi Station - 3min walk
or
On the Midosuji Subway Line:
Namba Station - 10min walk  or
Shinsaibashi Station - 10min walk 

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