My first trip to Japan! I was very nervous. I probably knew, at max, five Japanese words. I had no data on my phone. I had to take screen shots of the Google Map routes to find my ways around. This is one of those trips where I had to solely rely on my instinct… Very exciting!

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Japanese airport. There were a few English translations, but not enough! Waiting for the train to come to take me to the main Kansai airport station.

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My subway ride to Namba station from Kansai station (Airport express). Namba station is one of the two biggest stations (other being Umeda).

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Namba station. It’s connected to the Namba mall.

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My walk to the Fuku Hostel. Had no idea whether I was walking in the right direction…

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Phew! Finally got here. Fortunately, I was in the right direction all along… This is the first-floor entrance to the hostel that I will be staying in, Fuku hostel. It’s one street below Dotonburi, and close to three subway stations!

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The hostel is located on the third floor of the building.

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The common area/reception. It’s way too clean for me…

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This is the room. It looks a little different than other hostels I’ve been in. The beds are tiny and you have a small place to store your luggage. The inside felt too cluttered but got used to it after laying down for 10 minutes.

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My very first meal in Japan, Gyukatsu. One of the staffs at the hostel recommended this restaurant. I don’t remember the name (it was only in Japanese), but the food was amazing!

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Random bars around. There were no sitting tables, but only standing area.

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The area that I was in had lots of Pachinko (Slot machines). Was tempting, but realized I still have three more days left in Japan with limited money…

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My first step into Dotonbori! Michelin Guide Takoyaki place. 500 yen for 8 pieces of Takoyaki and another 500 yen for my favorite beer, Asahi! Takoyaki was good, but I think there are better places.

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Apparently some famous dumpling place. Did not want to be part of the line…

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Dotonbori street

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My first selfie attempt in Japan. Man, was it awkward… The pimple under my nose definitely did not make the awkwardness any better!

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Dotonbori river

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The famous Glico Man sign! Probably one of few pictures that resemble Dotonbori. Lots of billboards and TV screens… Blinds me. Apparently, the company behind the ad, Ezaki Glico, are a confectionery manufacturer based in the city, best known for their caramel candy and Pocky pretzel snacks.

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Don Quijote, duty-free shop. Lots of cheap goods. However, the inside is very cluttered and have way too many people. I probably lasted a good ten seconds there…

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People were eating some Japanese barbecue on the boat… Should’ve asked them to pull over 🙂

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After a long tour through Dotonbori, I decided to treat myself to some warm sake at the bar right across from my hostel. Loved it!

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Tako-wasabi, one of my favorite Japanese appetizers…

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And that’s it! My first night in Japan. Time to rest up to enjoy a full day of walking tomorrow. See you again tomorrow Osaka!