Osaka, Japan – Day 11 * Kushikatsu & the Juiciest Chicken in Osaka? By Mark Weins

 

On Day 11, we were back in Osaka after a quick trip to Kyoto, and we woke up to do some sightseeing, and to eat some more delicious Japanese food in Osaka.

00:23 Shitennoji Temple – To start our day in Osaka, we first headed over to the Shitennoji Temple, one of the oldest and most well known temples in Osaka. We walked around for a few minutes, but unfortunately the lookout point that I wanted to see was under construction, so couldn’t go inside, but it was still nice to visit.

2:19 Kushikatsu Daruma (串カツだるま) – The area of Shinsekai in Osaka is known throughout the city for a Japanese food called kushikatsu, a homegrown Osaka creation. One of the most famous restaurants is Kushikatsu Daruma (串カツだるま), and since there was no line, we decided to give it a try. I didn’t think I was going to like kushikatsu all that much, but I have to admit that it was pretty good – all sorts of deep fried items on stick, with a delicious dipping sauce.

7:08 Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社) – After kushikatsu and walking around the Shinsekai area for a while, we caught the tram to Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社) temple. One of the most famous things there is the bridge, which was beautiful. I would highly recommend visiting Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社) when you visit Osaka, Japan.

9:32 Conveyor belt sushi – For lunch we headed back to Osaka and to Namba Station, and we had a quick meal at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Plates were 129 JPY, and overall it was good. I think most people go for the quick sushi, and it’s pretty fun.

12:18 Dotonbori (道頓堀) – After doing some work back at our apartment for a few hours, we headed back out into Osaka, and did some walking around and sightseeing at Dotonbori (道頓堀), one of the most famous area of Osaka.

12:56 Osaka Ohsho – King of Gyoza – Before having dinner, we had a plate of gyoza at Osaka Ohsho – King of Gyoza, right in Dotonbori, which was pretty good.

14:05 Ikkaku (一鶴 心斎橋店) – For dinner we headed to a restaurant called Ikkaku (一鶴 心斎橋店), right in the Shinsaibashi area. They specialize in chicken, and they have both old and young chicken which you can choose from. We got both types of chicken, and I think the young chicken might have been the juiciest chicken in Osaka. It was amazing, a bit salty, but incredibly flavorful.

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