On our Day 7 was the most tiring day heart pumping day for me — well mostly because of all the walking around and because we were high up most of the time – overlooking the city from either a tall building or from a ferris wheel — x2!!!
We bought the Osaka Amazing Day Pass. for the city tour and it was totally worth it! If we compute all the train rides we had for the day and the entrance fees altogether we did save a lot. ❤ ❤ ❤
The Osaka amazing day pass is worth 2500 Yen for 1-day and 3,300 Yen for the 2-day option. It allows tourists to avail of unlimited bus and train rides for 24 (or 48) hours; free entrance to over 30 tourist sites and major attractions and discounts on shops and other facilities. There is a comprehensive user guide that comes with the pass and some sample tour guide that tourists can follow.
We did a modified version of the Superb View Tour. Here’s a summary of the beautiful places we’ve visited. If you want to see the different tour offerings, I’d suggest you go to this link.
- Umeda Sky Building must be one of the most beautiful skyscrapers I’ve seen so far. There’s an escalator bridge connecting the entrance building to the main observatory – it was the scariest escalator ride we’ve experienced ever. It was a good decision to visit in the morning because there are not much visitors yet, most people would normally go there late afternoon. I’m sure the view would have been lovely with the sunset but it was still as wonderful in the morning. ^_^
- HEP Five Ferris Wheel. This was an unplanned stop but since it was just a few mins walk from Umeda, we decided to give it a try. HEP Five is actually a shopping mall but it’s more popular because of it’s huge red Ferris wheel with another panoramic view of the city.
- Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is probably one of the most underrated of all the stops we’ve been to. It tries to replicate a piece of Osaka in the late Edo period, there were model houses and shops that allows visitors to see how Japanese people live in the past. My favorite however are the miniature models of the city and the streets and how the Japanese people built and rebuilt their communities.
- Osaka Castle is the most beautiful castle we’ve visited in the entire trip and it also carries a lot of history with it. It was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who is regarded as Japan’s second “great unifier” after Oda Nobunaga. The castle survived a number of destruction (by war and nature), has gone through a number of reconstruction and is now standing beautifully as one of Osaka’s main tourist attraction.
- Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel. This is another unplanned stop because we missed the Sta. Maria Day Cruise by a few minutes. Tempozan is actually one of the largest ferris wheels in the world.
- Osaka Prefectural Government Buildingis the 2nd tallest building in Osaka, and is third tallest in Japan, after the Harukas (also in Osaka) and the Yokohama Tower (Tokyo). It has an observation deck that offers a great view of the city.
…so yes, it was tiring that day! ^_^
Day 7 – Itinerary