Osaka is a great place for casual dates. I would especially like to highlight Bay-Town Osaka. This area lets you experience Osaka as the Capital of Water and also lets you explore the Japanese Otaku (geek) culture together with your loved one.
Are you and your partner into Japanese Otaku culture? Do you both like anime, manga or games?
Then, drop by the Maid Café: “CAFÉ DOLL” at Nipponbashi Ota Road. Here, cute maids will serve you!
When you enter the café, you will be cheerfully greeted with a ‘Welcome home!’ by girls dressed in cute maid outfits.
I recommend ordering the Oekaki Omuraisu or Drawing Omelette Rice (about 900 yen).
When I ordered it, I got an omelette with an adorable picture of a cat drawn with ketchup. A maid did the drawing – she was shy about her artistic skills, but I think it looks pretty good!
Right after the meal, I was served some maple tea (about additional 100 yen ). The slight sweetness was refreshing.
Besides food, there are popular anime goods sold in the café. The maid café is an interesting experience that you can share with your partner. It’s also a relaxing place to just hang out.
Do note that there’s an entry charge, depending on when you visit. A typical Café Time costs 500 yen per hour and comes with free flow of soft drinks.
(aka Ota-Road) 5-4-20 Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
If you both love shopping, you must visit Tempozan Marketplace!
Osaka is known for its abundance of Japanese sweets. As such, I would like to recommend “Megumi-ya”, a cheap sweets shop located on the second floor.
While you are there, try Dagashi – an old school snack popular among Japanese kids, which doesn’t cost much (around 100 yen). Adult patrons who want to reminisce the past come here to buy these snacks.
favorite Dagashi flavor is Honeycomb Toffee, also known as Caramella. It is
made by roasting baking soda and sugar until it forms into a plum shape. Do try
1-1-10 Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku,Osaka
Hungry? Discover Osaka’s cuisine at the brightly colored lantern-themed food town known as Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho.
This food floor draws a large crowd for its Okonomiyaki on Ramen and many other Osaka dishes. You’d be spoilt for choice here.
I recommend visiting “Sora”. This food stall sells Doteyaki (about 500 yen).
If you are not familiar with Doteyaki, let me explain. It is a delicacy in Osaka: slow stewed beef tendons, konjak jelly and Chikuwa (fish cake) are mixed together with sweet and spicy Dashi. It is then sprinkled with seven-flavoured chili powder seasoning. Pair it with beer (about 300 yen). They go so well together!
Another favorite food of mine (and also many locals) is Takoyaki, which is perfect for sharing with your partner. Go for the one at “Aizu-ya”. It’s the original Takoyaki stall and has been selling Takoyaki since 1933. No wonder it’s so delicious!
One bite and the dashi fish paste oozes out – just thinking of it makes my mouth water.
Come indulge in Osaka’s cuisine here!
Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho Food Town
Tempozan Marketplace 2F, 1-1-10, Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku,Osaka
A favorite dating spot among the locals is the Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN (entrance fee is about 2,300 yen).
The aquarium feels completely different at night from daytime. I recommend visiting at night, because that is when the building is lit up with a unique display that makes it look like a large coral reef!
The display changes into seven spheres of interactive colours – what a stunning sight!
Within the aquarium, paths are lit with the aquarium’s bluish light. As I checked out the fishes, I felt like I was at the bottom of the ocean or in a spaceship floating in outerspace.
Another reason why you should visit at night is because it is quieter as most families come in the day. To fully enjoy the ambiance, make your night visit on a weekday.
I think the illumination is most captivating in the Arctic Area. The ceiling is decorated with lights that look like floating ice, giving the Arctic Area a mysterious vibe. The aquarium on a weekday night is a really nice place for grownups to relax!
Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN
1-1-10 Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku, Osaka
One of the most romantic things to do, in my opinion, is to take the Ferris Wheel with someone special. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is 112.5 meters high and has a diameter of 100 meters. A ride costs about 800 yen per person and lasts for 15 minutes.
Not just couples, even kids love the light-ups on the Ferris Wheel. You’ll be captivated by the mysterious glow of the illumination.
are two types of gondolas you can choose from: the normal or the see-through. I
recommend the see-through so that you can enjoy the feeling of floating in the
air as the gondola is covered with transparent panels.
Of course, it also makes it easier for you to enjoy the dynamic night view of Osaka below. Looking from the top, the lights on the street below seem to shine like stars in the universe.
I didn’t know how beautiful the night view of Osaka is until I took the ride myself.
Whether you manage to get on the Ferris Wheel or just walk around it, it’ll make an equally romantic date!
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
3-11-8, Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka
Don’t you think Bay-Town Osaka is such a charming place?You can eat, shop, admire the beautiful scenery and have the exclusive opportunity to experience Otaku culture. What are you waiting for? Bring your partner and come to Osaka!
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