Last July 15, I was at Shangri-La Plaza Mall for Eiga Sai (Japanese Film Festival) with Ana and Ava when I receive a message asking if I can go to Osaka on July 19. I checked my schedule and I only have one event that week so I immediately said yes. HAHA! I’ve been to Osaka a lot of times before because I lived there but I haven’t really explored it to be honest. When you live in a certain place, do you get the feeling that you don’t want to travel around just yet since it’s just there anyway? It’s so funny because this trip brought me to a lot of places in Osaka (we also had a short stopover in Taiwan haha) that I’ve never been before.
Our flight was 7:30am, July 19th, via Philippine Airlines (PAL). It has an hour stopover in Taipei so our estimated time of arrival in Kansai International Airport (KIX) is around 2:35pm. It’s a long ride compared to the normal 3.5 hours direct flight from Manila to Osaka but I WAS SUPER EXCITED because I’ve never been to Taipei! I really wanted to go, I swear.
We had two inflight meals. Breakfast was served when we were bound to Taipei and another one when we were going to Osaka. I’m really thankful for it because I don’t have a credit card so I can’t buy anything in Taipei if I get hungry. I chose the meal with rice so I’ll feel full.
There are also free water stations in Taiwan Taoyuan Airport just in case you get thirsty.
Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
While we are heading to Umeda Sky Building, we chanced upon the practice of Tenjin Matsuri / Festival, one of the top 3 festivals in Japan (along with Gion Matsuri of Kyoto and Kanda Matsuri of Tokyo). It is usually held during the 3rd /4th week of July every year.
Umeda Sky Building
Would you believe that it’s actually my first time going in this building? I usually just pass this by since there is a stopover here for night bus going to Tokyo and vice versa (+ other destinations). I can still remember arriving here at around 6:00 am and just directly going home because I’m too tired from traveling. It takes about 8-10 hours via night bus from Tokyo to Osaka but I thought it’s so convenient to be on a night bus if you need your day time.
For me, it’s best to go before sunset (for the romantic ambience) until night time!
The Showa period-inspired basement of Umeda Sky Building
Tanabata decors outside the Umeda Sky Building
Tanabata means evening of seventh. That’s why they celebrate it every year on the 7th day of the 7th month. It is also known as the Star Festival.
We were guided by a JTB Japan staff during this visit so it was faster and easier. After visiting Umeda Sky Building, we went to Dotonbori for dinner. I’ll show you more about it on my next blog post since this seems to be a lengthy one already. Haha! Let me know if you have any questions!