. Everyone says a view from up there is superb, and it may be worth trying on the next time I visit Umeda.
Anyway, I had another thing to do in Umeda: tasting takoyaki
(octopus ball, Osaka's speciality). It was not the first time for me to try takoyaki
in Umeda, so I knew where a good takoyaki
parlor was. I decided to play it safe to try takoyaki
there again. The parlor Hanadako was located at the entrance of the New Umeda Food Street. I ordered takoyaki with green onion and mayo last time, so this time I tried another topping, that was soy sauce with citrus juice. Both of them were good, but if I had to choose, I would take green onion and mayo topping.
How to make takoyaki Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHDmVhShE80&feature=related
At Hanadako, you can see a cook make takoyaki
. This video is for home cooks.
I changed buses at Umeda on my way to Kochi. I visited Umeda several times, so I was quite familiar with the station and its neighbourhood. I stayed there only one hour, but I visited a few places as I had planned. Probably, the most popular tourist attraction of Umeda seemed to be Umeda Sky Building (aka Floating Garden Observatory), which has an observatory on the 39th floor where you can enjoy a view of Osaka. However, the admission costs JPY 700 and I didn't like it. I looked for an alternative for the building and it was Breeze Tower, which was built in 2008 close to the Osaka Station Sakurabashi Gate. I was interested only in a view from the observation room on the 33rd floor, so I just headed there as soon as I arrived at Osaka. A view from there was good, but visitors had to view a cityscape through a window, which also made it difficult to take a good picture. That must be a big difference between Umeda Sky Building and Breeze Tower. From the observation deck of Umeda Sky Building, you are able to look over the city of Osaka directly