A Nightlife Tour with Drink Osaka

After a day in Hiroshima, I went back to Osaka. I met up with Rodney, a local guide from Dink Osaka that showed me some of Osaka’s hidden hot spots, unique restaurants, and cool bars. It was so much fun and I wouldn’t have found these awesome places without him! I highly recommend experiencing Osaka’s…

A Visit to Miyajima (Itsukushima)

After enjoying a delicious lunch of Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, I took the local train to Miyajimaguchi Pier to catch the ferry to the island of Itsukushima, popularly known as Miyajima. The small island in Hiroshima Bay is best known for friendly deer roaming around and the giant orange Great Torii Gate that marks the entrance to…

Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki

One of the best dishes I had during my time in Japan was the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki at a random restaurant around the corner from my hotel. The Hiroshima version of the savory pancake differs from the one I had in Kyoto because the ingredients are layered over the batter rather than mixed in with it,…

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum

One of the main reasons for going to Hiroshima was to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Located near my hotel, the large park is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. There are several memorial monuments devoted…

Off to Hiroshima: Bistro Paris Shokudo

After the Fukuoka Sumo Tournament, I made a minor change to my plans and headed to Hiroshima a day earlier since it was on the way back to Osaka. Hiroshima’s electric railway system makes it easy to get around. From Hiroshima station, I was a few stops away from the hotel. It was around 10pm…

Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament

I am a huge sports fan and always try to enjoy a sporting event while traveling, whether it’s a baseball game at Wrigley, a hockey game in Montreal, or muay thai fights in Thailand, I love experiencing local events with fellow fans. I was lucky enough to be in Japan during the Fukuoka Grand Sumo…

Kushikatsu Daruma Dotonbori

During my first night in Osaka I enjoyed the city’s famous street food snack of takoyaki and now it was time to try another iconic dish. I stopped by Kushikatsu Daruma on Dotonburi to enjoy kushikatsu or kushiage – deep-fried skewers of meat, seafood, and vegetables. There was a small line when I stepped inside….

Osaka Eats: Takoyaki and a Crab Dinner

Every region in Japan has their signature dish. One of Osaka’s most iconic dishes is takoyaki – round balls of dough filled with octopus, green onions, tempura flakes, and pickled ginger cooked in special grill molds and topped with a sweet savory sauce, tangy mayonnaise, green seaweed powder, and dried fish flakes. You’ll find takoyaki…