Osaka Day Two – Osaka Castle, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Hotel Hillarys, Dotonburi, Shinsaibashi

I chose the Hotel Keihan Tenmabashi for its proximity to Osaka Castle. It’s a 5-10 minute stroll to the Castle from the hotel and we headed there right after a breakfast of yummy strawberries and cherry tomatoes. [See the post on Day One]

Beautiful sakura! 😀

Osaka Castle Sakura

Osaka Castle

In front of Osaka Castle

Spotted: someone’s wishes for good health, success at work, to meet a good man and have $ to get married! 😀

Wishing for a good man

Osaka Castle Sakura x Me

I love him ‘cos he makes me laugh! XD

Osaka Castle Sakura x Derek


Osaka Castle flowers

With the Osaka Unlimited Pass we had bought at the airport, we received free entry into the Osaka Castle Museum (which would otherwise cost 600 yen). Osaka Castle is open from 9am to 5pm, and there’s a (costume) photo opportunity available within for 300 yen per pax.

Osaka Castle Photo Opportunity

With the Osaka Unlimited Pass, we also visited a restaurant offering 10% discount with every 1000 yen spent. We ordered a Udon + Katsu bowl which cost 1050 yen, and which tasted SO delicious! Ok, just about everything in Japan tastes good, so…

Osaka Castle Udon + Katsu Bowl

Then a spot of shopping.

I went delirious with joy when I spotted a store selling a “value pack” of goodies – a Hello Kitty stationery set which costs just 500 yen. It was a great deal because the individual items within were being sold separately for 420 yen! If you are a Hello Kitty fan, you must be NUTS not to buy the pack. 😀

It even comes with Hello Kitty poker cards! LOL

Hello Kitty stationery pack

Hello Kitty Phone Accessory

Hello Kitty Sakura Socks

From Tenmabashi Station, we then took the train to Higashi Umeda Station, walked to the Hankyu Umeda Station, then boarded the train to Ikeda Station. From there, it was a short walk to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum. [To get there from the station, exit right, go down the stairs then take another right. If in doubt, just ask the traffic warden or any passerby – apparently the museum is quite famous!]

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

At the museum, you will be shocked at the long line of people waiting to enter the cup decorating area. There are actually classes being conducted upstairs but prior booking is required so I did not get a chance to make my own ramen noodles. 😦

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum ramen class

Queue inside Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Inside Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Apparently, I’ve been doing the pose all wrong. Must learn from this little girl:

Kid posing inside Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Second Kid posing inside Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

I paid 300 yen for a cup, right out of a vending machine, no less. And while I doodled, the fiance had a good nap! 😀

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum cup vending machine

And tadah, my creation!

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum my cup creation

Then it was time to get the instant noodles into the cup – I believe it took 8 turns of the wheel but kids had a lot of fun here!

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum noodles into cup

Then choose your preferred soup base and toppings.

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum ramen ingredients

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum choosing ramen ingredients

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum my ramen toppings

Then get it sealed, vacuum packed and put the cup into an inflatable (sling) bag. And you may parade your creation down the street back to the subway. 😛

Don’t do this if you have to board a plane later ah!

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum my cup noodles

Throw your coins into this machine and get your train tickets. I don’t quite remember how it works already!

Train Ticket Machine

After the ramen museum, we headed over to Hotel Hillarys [Namba Station, Takashimaya store exit], which is quite a hit with Singaporeans. It is not uncommon to hear Singlish in the lobby and drink bar area!

Hotel Hillarys drinks bar

Hotel Hillarys comics

Hotel Hillarys shampoo bar

Hotel Hillarys hotel room

I LOVE the toilet!

Hotel Hillarys toilet

Apparently, Hillarys is popular because of the FREE DRINKS (yes, you read that right!), free choice of toiletries, free comic books, and I believe free bicycle rental too. They were even nice enough to give us a room upgrade, but kept us on the same floor as the lobby and drink bar. So we walked out in our pyjamas to get free flow drinks – very convenient, ya? 😀

You can also sign up to be a Hillarys member to get better room rates for 2 nights’ stay or more. They’ll also give you free breakfast!

Hotel Hillarys price list

After checking in, we headed to Dotonburi and Shinsaibashi.

Kani Doraku

The famous Kani Doraku!

Outside Kani Doraku

Cute erm… Waiter? Mascot? Dinner? XD

Cute japanese waiter

No prizes for guessing what this place sells:

Sushi place

Since everyone was posing for pictures here, I made him volunteer. Ha!


I found my… twin?


Dinner was at Saizeriya, which we enjoyed! We visit Saizeriya in Singapore, so we know their food’s yummy. We spotted a Sushi Zanmai outlet but we were already very full. Will have to visit Sushi Zanmai next time! Osaka, I’ll be back!

Our dinner at Saizeriya:

Saizeriya Dinner

As for shopping, the fiance brought me to a used goods store (I never thought I’d buy anything there). And I found an Adidas jacket that looks brand-new. And at 1600 yen, it seemed like quite a steal so I bought it.

Adidas jacket

On the way back to the hotel, I also bought a tweed jacket for mum at only 500 yen, and two pairs of pretty socks at 60 yen a pair. <- Crazy price, I know. Two other ladies “digging” in the sale bin with me were chatting about how they can never find such cheap socks in Singapore. I pretended to be Japanese and quickly went to make payment. 😀 Singaporeans – we can never walk away from a good bargain.

Supper: green tea + hot chocolate from the hotel’s drinks bar, and snacks we bought –


Hotel Hillarys also provides free breakfast buns, at the drinks bar – again, great thing to stay on the same level: just walk out, get some, come back in and sleep some more 😉

Hotel Hillarys breakfast buns

And that’s Day Two of my Japan trip.

Day Three: Kuromon Market, Kani Doraku, Tombori River Cruise, HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, Umeda Sky Building, Floating Garden Observatory


10 thoughts on “Osaka Day Two – Osaka Castle, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Hotel Hillarys, Dotonburi, Shinsaibashi

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  3. It looks like you had a great day! We were recently in Osaka but it looks like there are many things I missed….like the noodle museum. 😦 I guess I will just have to go back. 🙂 Love the Hello Kitty pictures too. I bought some of those socks. 🙂

  4. hi wanna ask if it was difficult getting from Higashi Umeda Station to the Hankyu Umeda Station? Are they signs around that will lead us to the station?

    • Hi Serene,

      This was sometime back so I don’t remember the details. There are many helpful signs everywhere, but if you still need help, approach the friendly station staff.

  5. Hi, could you please let me know how did you manage to book Hotel Hillarys?

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