Osaka with Kids – Day 2 in Japan

Part of our free and easy family holiday to Japan was a trip to Osaka for 4 days. This wasn’t planned initially, else we would have flown straight into Osaka from Singapore instead of taking the JR from Tokyo to Osaka, wasting half a day on travelling. 

But we had no regrets with the addition to our itinerary as we had an amazing time in Osaka. It was a pity that we only had 2 full days in Osaka after factor in travelling time from Tokyo to Osaka and back. On hindsight, it would be ideal to have an additional day in Osaka since there’s plenty to do in Osaka with kids. 

Taking the JR from Tokyo to Osaka

We were up by 8 on Day 2 and made our way to Tokyo train station to catch the JR to Osaka. We couldn’t resist doing the touristy thing and bought a bento set after having a hard time deciding which to get.

Fancy bento sets that you can enjoy on the JR

Bentos sold at the train platform is a cheaper than those sold outside the train station

Bento set for our journey on the JR to Osaka

One thing I admire about the Japanese is their train efficiency and this should be the golden standard for every country, Singapore included. The train journey took 2.5 hours and I took the opportunity to finish the remainder of our itinerary while Sophie kept herself busy with a book and the iPad.

TIP: The trains are very punctual and leave on the dot. Do give yourselves ample time to get to the train station as the train station is huge and we needed to locate the correct entrance and platform to board the JR.

The JR has reserved and non reserve seats and if you’re traveling with company, it’s a good idea to reserve your seats in advance.

Seats in the reserved section of the JR

Osaka Castle

The Osaka castle is one of Japan’s most significant and famous landmark. This historical building is a striking contrast to the modern city where it sits on and there is a charm seeing the beauty of past and present in the castle which dates back to 1583. During the war it miraculously survived the city wide air raids and continues to stand today.

Highlights of Osaka Castle

  • While the highlight of the castle is the building, the Nishinomaru Garden, surrounding the castle also deserves a mention where locals can be seen cycling, jogging and having picnics in the tranquil nature.
  • Pay an entrance fee of 600 yen (children 15 years and below enter for free) to enter into the 8 storey castle tower. Take a lift or climb up to the 8th floor for a bird’s eye view of Osaka Castle Park and Osaka Plain from the top of the castle.

  • Audio guide rental in major languages are available on level 1
  • Inside the main castle tower is a museum where historical artifacts relating to the castle’s history are preserved and displayed such as paintings, samurai armour and much more. 
  • Be awed by the full scale replica of the Golden Tea Room
  • Learn about the life of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who built the Osaka Castle in miniature diorama
  • See a scale model of the original 16th century castle town

Experience wearing a samurai helmet and battle surcoat of a warlord at 500yen per person

Beating the heat with a grape flavoured ice cream

  • Take a break at the food kiosks after visiting the castle where they have takoyaki, ice cream, ramen, yakitori and many more options. Though matcha ice cream is a popular choice, Sophie highly recommends that you try the grape flavoured ice cream from the stall above.  
  • Catch street performances by buskers on weekends

We spent 2 hours at the Osaka Castle and its surrounding. But in my honest opinion, I felt that the entrance to castle tower can be skipped for those with younger kids since it may not interest kids very much them.

Getting to the Osaka Castle

  • The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line.
  • The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute, 160 yen ride from JR Osaka Station.

Kuromon Ichiba Market

One of the many streets inside Kuromon Ichiba Market

After the Osaka Castle,. we headed to Kuromon Ichiba Market (Black Gate Market) otherwise known as “Osaka’ s Kitchen” by locals.

With more than 190 years of history and tradition, Kuromon Ichiba Market, is popular among locals as a fresh food market specialising in seafood. But tourists have been finding their way there as stalls serve up freshly cooked food right on the spot at prices you’ll never find at restaurants.

We arrived there around half past 3 and was worried that the stalls may be closed. Thankfully most were still open and even Alexis who is usually not much of a foodie braved himself to try things like fresh uni and puffer fish sashimi!

We didn’t know which stall to order from and simply ordered from one that has seats available. After selecting our items, we passed them to the stall holder to prepare them.

Prawns, unagi, scallops, crabs, squid, all for your picking at the Kuromon Ichiba Market

Fresh oysters and uni

This is a must go for foodies and I’m glad Alexis and Sophie enjoyed the gastronomic experience where we feasted on grilled prawns and scallops, crab with macaroni and cheese which was Sophie’s favourite and even tried uni . This was actually my first time having it and it has a smooth and custard-like texture with a briny ocean tasted and oh so fresh!

Next we had chilled snow crab legs which was so fleshy and sweet and Sophie announced that we have found ourselves a winning dish! I grabbed the opportunity and hinted to Alexis that there’s plenty more snow crab dishes in Hokkaido and I think he’s sold! Haha.

Yes we ate puffer fish and lived to tell the tale! Our plate of puffer fish sashimi was thinly sliced and had a slightly chewy and gelatinous texture. Taste wise, it was noting like salmon sashimi and tasted more like like cuttlefish to me. It was served with a red pepper sauce, soya sauce and chives which gave it more flavour.

Sophie staking her claim on those snow crab legs!

Get into my tummy sushi!

Other Must Eat in Kuromon Ichiba Market

While Furomon Ichiba Market had a wide offering of fresh and grilled seafood, you don’t want to miss these must eat to have there.

Strawberry Diafuku 

Daifuku, is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi stuffed with sweet filling. At this stall, their strawberry daifuku comes in custard, red bean paste as well as chocolate.

Tuna

There were a number of tuna specialty stalls where they sold different parts of tuna from tuna belly, tuna cheek in the most intense deep red shade where they can be served up raw, or cooked.

Wagyu Beef

You’ll hardly imagine that wagyu beef can be found as  street food but I kid you not. I saw many queuing at a particuoar stall that’s not far from where we bought our diafuku and prices were very reasonable. But we were too full from all that food that we didn’t have it.

Baby Octopus

This was one item that I looked forward to try as there was a quail’s egg into the baby octopus!

Tamago

Rolls and rolls of tamago is bound to be a kids’ favourite.

Fruits

I’m sure you’ve seen extortionately priced fruits from our local supermarkets. You can get honey dew, white strawberries, ad kyoho grapes at a fraction of those prices here at the market. Sophie loved the kyoho grapes and was pleasantly surprised by the jelly-like texture and was delighted that the grape can be removed effortlessly from the skin.

Besides food, you can also find mom and pop shops and of course some rather touristy ones like these that sold Yukata for kids and in the cutest Hello Kitty print!

Getting to Furomon Ichiba Market 

Address: 2 542 0073, 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073, Japan
How to get to there:

  • The closet train station is Nippombashi Station. You’ll get there in about 5  minutes.
  • It’s also very close to Namba Station and is a 5 – 10 minute walk away.

Opening hours: Even though it’s a market, most shops will be fully open by 10am and close at 5pm. When we left about 4, many stall holders were packing up for the day.

Onsen hotel in Osaka – Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi Hot Spring

Before I end this post, I wanted to share about our choice of accommodation in Osaka.  I researched on onsen (hot spring) hotels after reading about Madeline’s experience and thought it would be cool to go to the hot spring every night. I shortlisted Dormy Inn Premium Namba and Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi and decided on the latter for it’s proximity to Dontonburi. 

Dontonburi, is a popular street in Osaka that earned a reputation for being a gourmet heaven and is pretty much a MUST GO.

Family mart on Level 1 of Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi hotel

Neighbourhood around the hotel

In addition, the hotel was also close to a few train stations that are within 10 mins walk. 

Our tiny room fitted a queen sized bed with very little walking space. As you can see from the photo, we barely had any room after settling our luggage.

But they do have more spacious rooms from what I see from their website which may be preferred if you’ve got more company.

Our stay came with daily breakfast where they offered a spread of local Japanese breakfast. In the evenings, they even serve soba for supper, perfect after a relaxing soak in the onsen. 

No photos allowed in the onsen naturally but you can refer to the hotel’s website for photos. According to Alexis, they have 3 pools in the male onsen. 

And if you’re wondering, kids are welcome in the hot spring. On the first night, Sophie was terribly shy watching the ladies undress and learning that she had to do likewise before going for a dip. But all her inhibitions faded once she got into the hot bath and it was the prefect end to our days for 3 nights in a row.

Address
Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−17-3′

 

Travelling to Japan soon?

More about our Japan holiday in the next post, on our amazing Universal Studio Japan experience and the most adorable Minion Town that just opened this year in April 22017.

If you’re heading to Japan soon, don’t miss my earlier Japan posts below.

 

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Our Free and Easy Family Holiday to Japan with kids

We’re just days away from July and already I’m reminiscing our family holiday in Japan during the June school holidays where we were there for 13 days. Our free and easy family holiday to Japan covered Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto and we had an amazing vacation as it proved to be such a kid friendly travel destination now that Sophie is 8 years old.

Hubby had always been against traveling to Japan due to radiation scares. But over the years, he slowly eased up to the idea of Japan because it’s such a beautiful country with so much to offer from cultural experiences, gourmet food, shopping and Disneyland theme parks! So when he got the chance to travel to Tokyo for work, he jumped at the opportunity and booked air tickets for us.

Now I tend to be horrible at completing my vacation blog entries, so I’m going to try my best to document our travelogues and hopefully it will serve as a helpful guide to those of you are planning to visit the Land of the Rising Sun too.

Since hubby is a theme park or rather roller coaster junkie, we made it a point to include both DisneyLand and DisneySea to our itinerary and added Universal Studios to our plans. That’s how Osaka came into the picture which turned out to be the best decision as we enjoyed it much more than Tokyo.

Day 1 in Tokyo

Looking all excited to board the plane to Japan

We took the morning flight at 8am with SQ and lucky for me, hubby graciously exchange our seats so I got to relax in Business Class where I managed to catch two movies, Hidden Figures (awesome movie by the way) and Jackie (Girl Power!).

I also got to enjoy a fancy breakfast of eggs benedict with salmon and hash brown while Sophie complained about her rather lack luster breakkie.

Fancy eggs benedict breakfast on SQ

Managed to lie down and catch a wink before we landed

When we landed at Haneda airport at 4pm after a 7 hour flight (Japan is one hour ahead of Singapore), we wasted no time and searched for the baggage delivery service counter so that we can deliver our luggage to the hotel that we’re staying in Osaka the next day.

We opted for JAL ABC and it cost 1,750 yen (approx S$22)  and I must say it was a breeze traveling “hands-free” between places without extra bulk especially when there’s so much walking to do. We brought along a day bag for a change of clothes,  toiletries and everything was kept to a minimum.

Luggage delivery service at Haneda Airport, Tokyo

As we bought our JR passes in advanced, we went to the JR counter to have them exchanged for physical passes. With our 7 days JR pass, it gave us free realm to travel from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto as well as the local JR trains.

We also purchased our local train tickets with little difficulties as we were assisted by staff who could speak English, no doubt in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Instructions on how to use the Japan Rail (JR) pass

Instructions on how to use the Japan Rail (JR) pass

Buying tickets for the local trains

From the airport, we took the Yamanote line and traveled to Tokyo Main Station where we booked an Airbnb apartment nearby for the first night. The first thing we did was to locate the JR Travel Service Center to reserve our seats to Osaka. It’s not necessary but for a 2.5 hour ride, we wanted to ensure maximum comfort  🙂

Exploring Tokyo Train station

I’ve heard how huge the Tokyo Train station is nevertheless I was still overwhelmed by the multiple exits, lanes and felt disoriented in a maze of shops. We finally settled on this Udon restaurant located on level 1 of Kitchen Street.

What to eat in Tokyo Station

This restaurant was was listed on the 2016 Michelin Guide, so we’re expecting it to wow us. We could only rely on photos to place our orders and I’m guessing that their specialty is the one with fishcake which is shown on their store front. Alexis ordered that while I had the beef and enoki mushroom tempura udon and their soup base was an interesting yuzu lemon base which we enjoyed very much. In fact, we forgot that it was acceptable to slurp our noodles and Sophie was so tickled to hear a chorus of satisfying slurps.

Shop front of the restaurant

Since it was still early, we explored the rest of Tokyo station and spotted shops that sold all kinds of snacks, food, with restaurants and cafes at every turn.

I remembered that there was a Character Street and asked a local for directions.

If there is one thing that I’ve taught Sophie and hubby on this trip, is to make your mouth useful and ask for directions as I’m sure the locals will be more than happy to assist with directions instead of fumbling with Google Maps. After all, human touch always scores one up, no?

Character Street in Tokyo Station

Character Street a long passageway filled with shops selling popular Japanese cartoon characters, like Hello Kitty, Totoro, One Piece or even Dragon Ball, remember this?

Hello Kitty in Character Street, Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station’s special item

But none of these characters interest Sophie, except POKEMON.

Super cute Pikachu!

Pikachu, so cute, how to eat chu?

So happy to find so many Pokemons in Tokyo Station

Sophie was contented looking at the toys and she was amazed by the number of Pokemon characters that are not from Pokemon Go. Their merchandise sure are cute and they have EVERYTHING from toys to stationery, apparel and accessories and even food!

Just before we headed back to our Airbnb, we saw the Calbee Plus shop and ordered a cup of freshly made jagabee potato sticks. It was so good and tasted so divinely sinful.

Calbee jagabee pencils. So kawaii!

The No. 1 recommendation by staff is the roasted seaweed in soya sauce

We wrapped up the night for a good rest as Osaka was waiting for us. Our first night at the Airbnb is nothing to raved about and I wouldn’t recommend it as it was a distance from the train station and was tiny even for Tokyo’s standard.

 

Heading to Japan soon?

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Red Riding Hood Musical in Mandarin 小红帽 {June Holidays Giveaway}

Red Riding Hood is such a classic that it needs no introduction. After a successful show in English, the SRT’s The Little Company is staging this timeless childhood fairy tale for little ones in Mandarin.

This is a fantastic opportunity to expose your kids to Mandarin the fun way. Red Riding Hood musical in mandarin promises to be an interactive and engaging production that will not surely disappoint. You can expect humour and witty dialogues as well as original catchy songs where your little ones will sing and move along to. 

Red Riding Hood Musical Synopsis

Red Riding Hood is an uplifting story about a brave girl named Red who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save Mother’s bakery from closing down.

Will she reach Grandma’s house in time? Or will the charming Big Bad Wolf distract her from her quest? Join Red on her adventure into the woods, where no one is what they seem!

 

Red Riding Hood will be staged from 20 July  to 1 September 2017.
So bring your whole family down for a fabulous time to watch the Red Riding Hood musical in Mandarin where they can learn the importance of family and learning from our elders!Red Riding Hood is recommended for children 5 years and up.

Ticketing Details
Tickets start from $25 onwards and you can book via Sistic.

Dates
20 July to 1 September 2017

Show Timing
Weekends & Public Holiday : 11am & 2pm
Weekdays : 10am

Venue
KC Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre
20 Merbau Road
Robertson Quay
Singapore 239035

– – – – – – – -– – – – – GIVEAWAY FOR A JUGGLING MUM READERS – – – – – – – – – – – –

Thanks to Singapore Repertory Company, you can win a set of family tickets for 4 to watch Red Riding Hood on 29 July, Saturday at 11am.

All you have to do is:
1) ‘LIKE’ our Facebook Page and ‘FOLLOW US’ to be the first to get notified of our next giveaway.
2) ‘SHARE’ this post and tag 2 other friends, “Hey friends, take part in this giveaway to catch Red Riding Mood musical in Mandarin”.

Complete both steps to be eligible for the giveaway.
ONE lucky winner will be drawn and announced on the blog and Facebook on 8 June, Thursday.

Good luck!

Please note:

  • Giveaway ends on 7 June, 23.59
  • Only readers residing in Singapore are eligible for this giveaway
  • Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond to email otherwise a new winner will be drawn
  • Tickets are non-transferable and date/time of show cannot be changed
  • All false FB accounts will be disqualified from the giveaway

 

*A Juggling Mom received complimentary tickets to Red Riding Hood. Images are used with credits to SRT.

Planning our Japan Summer Family Holiday

The first half of 2017 is almost over and I’m so glad that the June school holiday is here. I know I am so looking forward to it because it means I also get a well deserved break from coaching Sophie in the evenings after work. Of course, what we are looking forward to is our family vacation to Japan in June that’s finally happening!

Alexis has been striking Japan off our family vacation for years due to the radiation scares especially since we always travel with Sophie. But as much as I long to travel to Japan especially after seeing friends going there for holidays, I know it’s not worth arguing with Alexis about it, until a recent work trip that made him change his mind.

Newly weds then at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo

Japan here we come

So, we’ll be off to Japan in 2 weeks time, covering Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo and here are my top 10 tips on how we planned our Japan family holiday.

1.Booking our accommodation

Once we settled on the places we wanted to visit in Japan, we checked out our options, from hotels, ryokans and even Airbnb. In my research, I came across forums saying that Airbnb is illegal in Japan. If you don’t already know, Airbnb has recently gotten the green light to operate in Japan,  but I believe they are still awaiting for the legislation to be officially passed.

In any case, we decided to stay in a hotel. But not just any hotel, we choose a hotel with an onsen or hot spring for a more localised experience in Osaka since we’ll not be heading to Hakone on this trip. Never mind that it will be Summer in Japan, we are not going to let the chance slip for an immersive authentic onsen experience. Get my pun there 🙂

There are many hotels with onsens that boast of scenic views however they also tend to be far from the city. We managed to book the Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi Hot Spring  that is in the heart of Osaka, close to Dotonbori and received pretty good reviews from Trip Advisor.

For Tokyo, we booked the Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel as they are one of the 6 Tokyo Disney Resort hotel partners. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle to Maihama station where you can hop on the ‘Disney Resort line’ station for a train ride to Disneyland themeparks. Plus being Hilton Gold members, we get to enjoy a free upgrade with breakfast. Yipee!

2. Buy a JR pass in advance

As our Japan itinerary includes Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, buying a JR pass seems like the most natural thing as it gives us unlimited JR train rides including the bullet train aka Shinkansen.

In case you didn’t know, JR passes can only be purchased by tourists visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing and they can only buy them outside of Japan.

You can refer to this link for the list of authorised JR pass sales agents and we bought our 7 days passes from Klook, where we paid S$543 for two adults and one child.

Prices of JR passes as at May 2017 from www.jnto.org.sg

For those working around Tanjong Pager, you can also purchase your JR pass conveniently from the Japan Rail Cafe too.

I got to be honest that the trains system does intimate me and I am leaving Alexis to settle all matters relating to transportation. #divideandconqueror

3. Buy themepark tickets online

With choices like Disneyland, Disneysea and Universal Studio Japan, which do you choose?

Us in Tokyo Disneyland 11 years ago!

It’s impossible to skip any of them, and it’s DISNEYLAND you’re talking about, so of course we’re going to ALL 3. I think I may be even more excited than Sophie about Disneyland and I can so see myself with a popcorn bucket and donning a pair of Minnie ears already.

No doubt a visit to 3 theme parks will burn a big hole in the wallet, so a more cost effective way is to book our tickets with Klook. Not only do you save time, you also save money especially with their current Summer sale.

4. Plan your theme park visits

We take our theme park visits very very seriously and when we heard that queues can go as long as 3 hours, we know we have to be very strategic about it to maximise our day and money!

Needless to say, public holidays and weekends are going to be crazy crowded, so do try to plan your visits on off-peak or shoulder seasons. In addition, you want to make sure to check the Disneyland and crowd calendars here and here to find out the best days to visit. The calendars are updated daily and you’ll be pleased to know that the website is in English too.

Don’t forget to check out the theme park’s website for rides that may be closed for maintenance, the ones that has fast passes (for Disneyland and Disneysea), and download or print a copy of the map, so you can conqueror the theme parks and make the fullest of your day.

Running for the fastpass at Disneyland is mandatory and Alexis have also given instructions to wear comfortable running shoes so that we can make a dash for it. For USJ, you can consider purchasing the express passes so you can skip the long snaking queues.

5. Travel blogs

Travel blogs are such a helpful resource for our holiday planning. And for us, fellow parent bloggers are so important where they share their personal experiences and lets you in on what’s worth it and enjoyable for the family.

I’ve bookmarked these mummy blogger’s blogs for their Japan experience and you should too!

Life’s Tiny Miracles themepark guides are a MUST read- Universal Studio JapanDisneyland and Disneysea are a must read

madpsychmum on her recent trip to Osaka and her family even visited an instant ramen museum.

Sakura Haruka on exploring Ueno Park and Asakusa Hanayashiki Theme Park.

Bumble Bee Mum is the Japan expert and you can find all things on Japan on her blog.

The J Babies Tokyo diaries to Osaka Castle and Minoo Park in Osaka.

6. Watch Youtube channels

In addition to blog, watch vlogs or Youtube videos on Japan too and here are some of my favourite ones where they recommend everything from tourist attractions to must eat food, to shopping hauls, must buys from Japan, etc.

In fact, I’m inspired myself to start creating videos of our vacations.

7. Pocket wifi or Sim Card

Sim card or pocket wifi? I left it to Alexis to do his research and he managed to find us a good deal on Q100, where we paid $39 for 15 days that gives us 7.5GB worth of data over 15 days. Our hotels and Airbnb also provides wifi, so it should be more than sufficient for us.

8. Google translate app

11 years ago, we were worried about the language barrier in Japan. But fast forward a decade later, most Japanese understand some English and they have become more tourist friendly with English signage everywhere.

In addition, I also downloaded the Google Translate app onto my handphone and I’m so blown away by the technology. For greater accuracy, you can download your chosen language and here’s how it works when you choose the camera option and hover your handphone over Japanese words.

I’m hoping that this should be somewhat helpful when I’m at a Japanese restaurant or trying to by some Japanese cosmetics.

9. Shopping for skincare in Japan 

I know I wouldn’t be able to resist doing some shopping for cosmetics and skincare products when I’m in Japan but I recalled being utterly overwhelmed by the sheer choices they offered.

So this time, I’m doing my research beforehand and making a list of the products to stock up on as well as items that I want to try, like the Evita Beauty Whip Soap that dispenses into a rose!Hopefully with some planning, I’ll be more disciplined to stick to my shopping list and not overspend.

10. Travel diary

For this trip, I’ll be preparing a travel mini album to bring along for our vacation and hopefully that will fire up my creative juices to get scrapbooking again. Nothing beats recording those precious memories on paper to preserve everything we experienced and ensure they are not forgotten.

Plus it’s a great way for Sophie to learn some interesting facts and information on this trip which I’m sure will be memorable on its own too 🙂 

You can follow me on Instagram to see all the places that we’ll be visiting for our Japan family holiday and I hope to cover them together with our free and easy itinerary on the blog too.

Meanwhile, if you have places to recommend in Osaka and Tokyo, do drop me a note 🙂

Pretty sure I’ll go gaga over Hello Kitty everything in Japan!!!

Heading to Japan soon?

More about our Japan holiday in the posts below.

Enjoyed reading this post? Do like my Facebook page to get more family friendly travel updates. You can also follow me on Twitter (@Susankoh) or Instagram (@ajugglingmom) for more travel and parenting posts. See all the places that we visited on our Japan holiday with the hashtag #TaysinJapan

Family Run at The Music Run by AIA 2017

The Music Run by AIA returns for the 3rd year at Sentosa, Singapore and this year the atmosphere at the run was bigger and better!

Just like the past years, the venue for the Music Run by AIA was held at Sentosa island. Runners received complimentary entry via the monorail from Vivo City and it’s really the most convenient way to get there by public transport.

When we alighted at the Beach Station, we were welcomed by upbeat tempos and music from the Music Run village where runners could be seen streaming in for the pre-run activities.

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