LEAHTRAVELS: PRE-BIRTHDAY TRIP TO OSAKA JAPAN (SOLO TRAVELLER ITINERARY)

Last September 29 to October 3, I travelled solo again to celebrate my birthday in Osaka. Japan has always been on my travel bucket list, but I was too afraid to go because of all the earthquake news I’d hear every time I planned to visit. This year, as I celebrate my 32nd birthday, I swallowed my fears and booked a ticket to Osaka. This trip was one of the best solo trips I’ve ever done. I literally crossed-out everything on my itinerary and it felt so fulfilling.

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I only did a little research before my trip, because I wanted to surprise myself with new adventures and just enjoy getting lost. Yes, I’m that adventurous! 😀 Also, I think I traveled on a summer, because it was really hot at that time. I really didn’t care about the weather either… that’s how excited I was! I stayed in a simple hotel at Chuo-ku, a ten minute walk away from Osaka Castle. I booked my flight via Air Asia, hotel via Agoda, Universal Studios ticket and Kyoto one-day tour via Klook and the rest, I just DIY’d. It was really fun since this was also the first time I DIY’d the rest of my itinerary.

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Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan

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My checklist before going to Osaka!

Below is my five day itinerary:
DAY 1:
•Explored Dotonbori and ate Wagyu beef for dinner
•Went shopping at Don Quijote
(yup, I know it was too early to go shopping, but I’m just excited to visit Don Quijote)
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The best Wagyu Beef I’ve ever eaten!

DAY 2:
•Universal Studios Japan
•Went thrift store hunting
•Thrift shopping at Amerikamura
•Ate Kobe beef for dinner
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The most expensive Kobe Beef I’ve ever ordered!

DAY 3:
•Kyoto day tour
-Fushimi Inari Shrine (Tori Gates)
-Fushimi Inari-taisha
-Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Temple)
-Arashimaya (Bamboo Forest)
-Kiyomizu-dera
•Went shopping at Zara Home (since we don’t have Zara Home here in the Philippines)
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DAY 4:
•Visited Osaka Castle
•Explored Nara and fed some deers at Nara Park
•Went back to Dotonbori to see the Glico Man sign and did more shopping
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Nara Park

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Osaka Castle

 

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Glico Man sign at Dotonbori

DAY 5:
•Before my flight, I explored and shopped at Kansai Airport
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Kansai Airport

I hope I’ll find time and be able to film and post my Osaka Japan Haul on my Youtube channel, since I bought a lot of interesting finds and scored some designer pieces at the thrift store, but for now, check out my Osaka travel vlog below to see more! 🙂
Don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂
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Can’t wait to visit Tokyo, Japan next year! 🙂

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