Day 13 in Japan took me to Osaka, visiting Osaka Castle, sleeping in a capsule hotel and having dinner on the Dotonburi Riverfront.
We arrived in Osaka after taking a bullet train from Hiroshima and headed straight to Osaka Castle.
Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s oldest landmarks and played a major role in the unification of Japan in the sixteenth century. The castle based in the business district and when we walked through the buildings and found the gorgeous Osaka Castle. The castle tower is impressive, beautifully painted in white, green and gold and it looked particularly stunning amongst the cherry blossom trees. The castle has a lovely museum to look through but the real star of the site is the view from the top. It is so pretty and really interesting to see the city from the top.
Capsule hotel in Osaka
Next, we had to experience a capsule hotel in Japan and Osaka was one of the most perfect places in Japan to do this. We stayed at the Capsule hotel Astil Dotonboli which was a great place to stay. Capsule hotels are often used by people who work in the city during the week and are filled with smart workers trying to get some kip.
They are split in male and female dorms and each bed is a capsule so you get your own privacy. The whole hotel was clean and spotless, and once you got over the fact that there were pods to sleep in, it actually felt pretty normal.
Dinner at the Dotonburi Riverfront
Dotonburi is one of the most famous districts in Japan, known for its flashy billboards and popular nightlife. The Dotonburi Riverfront was previously a theatre district and now it is something between Times Square in New York and Piccadilly Circus. It was actually overwhelming to see, filled with tourists all marvelling at the adverts and getting their photos.
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We had a great time in Osaka and I wish I had spent more time in the city. Osaka is bright and full of colour and is a real mix between the historic and modern. I would highly recommend Osaka as a place to see in Japan and make sure you spend a few days there to really enjoy it.