Our First Day in Japan! Visiting Osaka First Impressions

Good morning. Good morning guys from Japan. From Japan. So this is our first full day here. Yes. We arrived last night absolutely knackered. Jet lagged. So we ended up sleeping in. Like we had two different sleeps. Like we woke up in the middle of the night
we were on our computers and now we needed a second sleep and now it is like almost 10
am. Ten thirty? I think it is 10 in the morning. Yeah. So we’re like a little bit confused. A little bit dazed but we figured let’s go
get some food. Yes. This is going to be brunch I guess. Brunch. And the plan today is to just wander around. Yeah. See what Osaka is all about. Yeah, basically this is going to be our first
impressions of Japan. First impressions of Japan. Our first full day here in Japan. There we go. Super excited. Let’s get it started. Food! So this is something that I’m finding interesting
already. In this street you have these vending machines
just put in some coinage. Yeah and they are everywhere.Get yourself
a drink. They are everywhere. And it looks like cold drinks. I wonder if these are heated. No those are cold coffees. Cold coffees. Yeah. There you go but I think we need something
more substantial. I could probably use a cold coffee with a
big infusion of caffeine. A jolt. This isn’t a bad idea if you are like on your
way to work. Yeah. And you are running late you just grab a coffee
from here. Especially if you don’t have time to brew
one at home you just grab a cold coffee to go. Look. With lots of caffeine. There is black and cafe au lait. Interesting. We are also just noticing a lot of people
riding their bikes which for me is so unusual to see in a city. I would expect everyone to get around by metro
but no you see people in like business suits riding their bikes. People doing groceries riding their bikes. And there is lots of bike racks as well so
I think this is a common mode of transportation. Pretty cheap as well. So when we first arrived like we did a little
walk around our neighborhood and we didn’t see a grocery store nearby just some convenience
stores but look it is right here. We found it. And Sam loves a supermarket. So here we go. Something called Sokanbicha. This looks interesting. So what did we get? Alright so we’ve decided to eat at family
mart because the restaurants were just not open. We walked around for a while. Yeah and it is always fun to eat at a convenience
store. So we’re going to have what we thought we
were having last night. Remember the pork cutlet that turned out to
be fish. This should be pork cutlet. Yeah. With melted cheese. Right. And then we got some sushi. So this looks really good too. And some tea. This is Oolong tea. And all 3 of those came to just over a thousand
Yen which is actually slightly under ten US dollars. Okay let’s try this. So opening this up. It looks so nice and warm. And something else I found just now guys. Oh wow. A second container. So it doesn’t get soggy. They separate the rice from the meat. So you can decide how to eat them. Interesting. So I’m going to grab a little rice. Oh wow. It is thick. Thick on there. Okay. Grab a bit of that. Working those chopsticks. Mmmm. It has got a bit of a sweet sauce. Yeah lots of gravy on it. Yeah. It is really good. Have it with a bit of rice. Mmmm. It is going to be a good lunch. Good stuff. Alright guys. Time for sushi. This was my pick. When in Japan. When in Japan. Mmmm. A one biter. A one biter. This is pretty good for convenience store
sushi. Yeah. I’m really liking it. Are you? Mmmhmm. Wow. Okay so now that we’ve had some food we are
just walking to the metro station. And we are thinking of visiting Osaka Castle
because why not. Okay so here we go. First press the English button. Ticket. I think it is subway. Oh one ticket. Uh huh. Then you press which line is it on? Good question. Oh we are on the Nagohori line. Okay. But I can’t find it. Haha. This is interesting. Haha. We have finally figured out our mistake. We need to put money in first. So let’s try this again. A big problem is like I have lots of Canadian
coins. Very smart. Not my smartest moment. Okay so hopefully here we go again. English. Ticket. One ticket. Subway. And now it says please insert money. No the coins go in there. Oh right here. Yeah. Oh yes it is working. They take 10s. They take 50s. Oh and this is how we figure out the price. It says here 230. There we go. So the price is right here. Now we know. Now we know how it works. We figured it out. Oh my gosh. It is actually pretty simple. Watch this. This is going to make our lives so much easier. This should be the exact amount. There you go. Look and then you can press over here. This is the fare button. 230. Check that out guys. Excellent so we’ve got a ticket for one person. We’ve got a ticket. Now we’re going to do the whole thing again. So when it comes to buying tickets we also
have this massive map and shows you the fare for each station. Because based on where you are going you pay
a certain price and it is all in Japanese but it is also number coated so then when
you come over here you find your stations name and there is also a little number next
to it. For example we are going to Osaka Business
Park N21. Osaka Castle. Prrr. Is that a purring cat? Haha. It is or a pigeon. Haha. Anyways continuing with first impressions
we’ve made it to the park. Yeah. What is a it called? Osaka Castle Park. Yes. Osaka Castle Business Park that is where we
got off. That is where it is. Um but yeah something we’ve noticed is that
it is very quiet here. Yeah. Not just in the park but the city in general. We noticed there is very little noise pollution. Yeah. Like even when people are out and about no
one is being rowdy. Everyone is just soft spoken and there is
a sense of tranquility even though we’re in a big city. Yeah that is really true. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be
more busy and crowded. Yeah. But it has been kind of a nice surprise so
far. I mean we are heading to Tokyo soon and I’m
sure we’ll get our dose of that. Our impressions may change. Yes. It will definitely be more crowded there. But yeah so far it has been quieter. I’ve also noticed um like I don’t think we
are experiencing as much culture shock as someone who has never been to Asia before
would in Japan. Yes. Because we have spent considerable time in
Korea and Taiwan, Hong Kong. I’ve been to Shanghai. So there is definitely some similarities. Mmmhmm. But um so far we are loving it. We are loving the nature too. There is a lot of green spaces. Yes. I even noticed in some back alleys while we
were walking this morning that people were like tending to little gardens and things. Like even in like areas where there doesn’t
even appear to be any space for these gardens but you just notice a lot of greenery. Pockets. Yeah. Just little Oasis. Oasises? Oasis. Yeah. I don’t think that is a word. Probably not. Haha. Anyways we’ve been really enjoying it so far
and yeah this is just the start. The update is we are going back to the apartment
for a little nap. And then we’ll head out later in the afternoon. I’m not sure what we’ll do yet. We made it to Co Co Curry. We sure did. And they have a very extensive menu. Like it was they have the classic ones like
with the pork cutlet. The chicken and beef. Then they have all of these like variations
too. Which is interesting. Hot dogs. There was a burger that was oozing out cheese. There is fried chicken. I forget where that one is. Yeah. Look at all of these different ones. You can even go vegetables if you want. Yes. And this is the Japanese curry not an Indian
curry. And this is something I really want to point
out. It is really really cool. Is you can choose the amount of rice you want. Yeah. So this is the base rice. 300 grams. But if you are hungry you can go for 400g. Super hungry 500g. And it shows the price increase. Yeah. And so I’m being a little mindful of my belly
so I actually went down a level. My is -51 to get 200 grams. Yeah. Yeah. And then you can also choose your spice. Oh yeah you sure can. So if you want to spice it up you pay extra
but they have up to level 10 spice. That must be insane. Wow. Yeah and then at the bottom you can also choose
your meat. Yep. So if you want to build your own curry you
can. Customize it. I think we’re going to come back here another
day and like do a dedicated we’ll do a full dedicated video for this for sure. So this is what I went for. I went for more of a soupy curry as opposed
to the classic. And it comes with noodles. There is beautiful eggs. Like look at the colour. Wow. How do they get it so orange inside. That is cool. Look at that egg. And yeah it comes with a bit of minced meat. I believe that is pork with a bit of spice. Cabbage. Bean sprouts. Haha. Lots of yummy stuff. Mmmhmm. Going on there. Tasty? So hot. So hot. And you are eating too much. Big bites. I really like this. So now time to introduce you to Sam’s dish. Try to time the pork cutlet here. Look at that. I’m just bathing it in copious amounts of
gravy. The curry gravy they left me. This is so cool. Break one of these in half. And I got chopsticks but Sam got the spoon
because there is just so much gravy there is no way I can use chopsticks. This gravy is awesome. Mmmm. Oh my goodness I’ve been craving this for
such a long time. This is one of my favourite Japanese meals
to be honest. And like just the amount of gravy that they’ve
given. It is so rich and wonderful. And it is just this is just awesome. I’m really in my happy place. And you know what? Since we’ve started eating I’ve really like
I’ve woken up. That is awesome. Like jet lag is temporarily gone. Yeah for like a half an hour I’ve just been
struggling to get up. And then now that we went for a walk, we had
some food I feel so much better. So this is this was a really good idea. Something we’d recommend to you if you have
jetlag is just try to fight through it. Try to stay up. Stay awake and try to get on schedule. Okay let’s talk about more first impressions
of Japan. Oh yeah especially in regards to dining. In regards to dining we’ve actually found
it to be a little cheaper here than what we thought. Yeah. Like we had this idea that it is going to
be so expensive in Japan and it is going to be like the Switzerland or Norway of Asia. It just hasn’t been so far. Um I mean we’ve had some good budget meals. Our lunch costs 10 bucks. A little bit less. For 2 people. For instance this wonderful little meal which
came with complimentary water I should add. It came to a grand total of 1512 Yen which
at the moment is 13.70 US dollars. Mmhmm. So divide that by two and also factor in that
you don’t tip here in Japan. It is totally not part of the culture. And um in fact we have a funny story about
that when we went to Bishkek we went to a Japanese restaurant yeah and we were going
to leave a tip there. And they are like no we do not take tips. This is a Japanese restaurant. Yes. And so yeah so this is the final bill. We’re going to go pay that and then I think
we ate everything. Look at that. Yeah we did. And I think we’ll waddle back um to the apartment
but I think I’m going to pick up some groceries on the way. We’re going to call it a day. So how about your first impressions in Japan? First impressions. It has been good. Yeah. It has been an exciting day. It has. And yeah I can’t believe we still have two
months ahead of us here in Japan. I know. It is crazy. And I think like considering it was our first
day in Japan and we were fighting jet lag I think we did a really cool. Not we did a really cool job. I think we saw and did quite a bit. We had some nice food. We walked around our neighborhood. So yeah it was just a great start to our trip. And we are excited to do a whole lot more. So stay tuned. There is going to be a tonne of food and travel
videos from Japan. See you in the next video. See you guys. Bye.

100 Replies to “Our First Day in Japan! Visiting Osaka First Impressions”

  1. Hey, I plan on traveling to Tokyo for 5 days with couple friends at the end of October, I have heard radiation levels might be a concern, what have you guys learned about that?

  2. We recommend that you purchase an IC card. ICOCA, SUICA.
    500 yen, but it can be refunded. It can be used for food and drink by charging.

  3. Love the vending machines in Japan. One way to tell if drinks are hot or cold is by looking at the color or the labels where the prices are. Blue label= cold, red = hot. Same at convenience stores

  4. なぜ今まで一度も日本に来た事が無かったのか気になります。

  5. Hello guys! Come visit us in Korea again. The weather is nice and cool. Leaves are starting to change. Beautiful autumn season is perfect time for you to rediscover Korea and enjoy some delicious Korean food. Airfares are super super cheap from Japan to Korea on LCC's like Jeju Air or T'way.

  6. What a great video to start your Japan adventure, really enjoyed it and can’t wait for more . I live in London and I can tell you japan is cheaper and when people like myself thought it was so so expensive it’s actually a myth. Great work guys 👍🇬🇧

  7. The best part , Eating Sushi in Japan !, Thanks for uploading The video , I have enjoyed it , I Love to visit Japan too someday.

  8. Japan is an amazing country to just explore and everywhere you turn there's good food. I look forward to your upcoming videos, especially Tokyo!

  9. I was gonna say I too was shocked at how cheap sushi and other food is there. If you get a chance go to Takashimaya food court near Shinjuku Station. It's a luxury food paradise and around 5pm, all the Toro sushi etc is half off. The desserts and everything are amazing

  10. Welcome to Japan!!! Saw your video before my trip to Madrid this Summer. And I’m so happy you are travelling Japan! Yes, the foods – there are tons of options and you can eat cheap. Food is the only thing I miss about Japan whenever I'm abroad. As a Japanese I would recommend Nagasaki. SF, Lisbon and Nagasaki are quite similar they have fantastic views. Please enjoy and have a safe trip. 東京の動画楽しみにしてます。日本のファンより。

  11. Thank you for visiting Japan! I hope you to enjoy your trip!日本にお越しいただきありがとうございます!素敵な旅になりますように!

  12. For the transportation, it is convenient to use the ICOCA card or Suica or PASMO card, that can be used in train, subway, bus and inclusive for payment in any shops like convenience store.

  13. Most of things are a lot cheaper in supermarket than convenience store.
    We all Japanese know that.
    Have a great time in Japan!

  14. Since you are in Japan, I bet you are going to eat lot of ramen. I wish you could do a video about why Japanese slurp when they eat ramen.
    I really  get sick of people saying when you eat Ramen, slurping is a compliment to the chef but that is totally wrong. 
    Here are the reasons why japanese slurp when they eat ramen.
    1.Ramen is burning hot. If you eat slowly it will burn your lips. By slurping, you will be able to eat instantly so it will prevent from burns.
    2.Once you lift your ramen with your chopstick from the bowl,the broth starts running down your ramen. If you eat slowly, all the tasty broth will be gone. By slurping,you will be able to enjoy your ramen and the broth. 
    3.Ramen soaks the broth very fast so the texture will change if you eat slowly. By slurping, you will be able to eat it very fast.
    I myself is not a big fan of hearing other people slurping but it's the best way to eat it.

  15. This next trip to Japan will be our 5th trip . First 2 times was just Tokyo then we found HyperDia and worked out how and when what trains go where so many Shinkansens latter from Aomori in the north west to Akita and Takayama to Hiroshima in the south and loved every bit of it from the hotels airbnb's next is Okinawa and staying in a traditional Japanese Ryokan .with Breakfast and dinner provided .

  16. What a great video……..I am sure you will enjoy Japan given how clean and how courteous the locals are. I went there once 16 yrs ago for three days, it was awesome…….have fun

  17. Guys when in Tokyo you should go to Nagiya in Yoyogi (Shibuya). It's a little yakitori bar and they've got GREAT food! Try the 'Mt. Fuji Soup' with cold Asahi.

  18. Hey guys! Great first impressions video. Re: the vending machines, below each drink it had a blue label with cold (つめたい、tsumetai) written in Japanese. Red labels have atatakai (あたたかい) written on them, meaning hot. But your vending machine didn't have any hot drinks.

    Someone else mentioned buying an IC card or ICOCA. It costs ¥2000 and includes ¥1500 of credit to use. ¥500 acts as a deposit on the card which gets refunded when you return it. Way more convenient than buying tickets each time. And they can also be used in other major cities.

    Coco Curry House is amazing! The thing about Japanese chain restaurants is that they're amazing! Other chains I recommend are Sukiya for beef rice bowls and Ichiran Ramen for the best ramen!

    By the way, I'm a travel vlogger that lives in Osaka! Let me know if you guys need any help with anything else Japan-related or even show you around. 🙂

  19. Osaka must be an interesting and "quiet" city to visit. I have been so desperate to get out of the Bullshit City a.k.a., Toronto for some time. I just want to go back to Vancouver or Japan or back to the West Coast. Just not here. Was it really hard to get by without speaking or understanding Japanese? Looking forward to more uploads from Japan!

  20. … just keep bringing 'em on … I have watched a few vloggers who have been resident in Japan for a while now, including from Oz , but I must say you are off to a great start … must admit I am a little biased toward you two … BTW , you can actually get hot coffee and other hot drinks from those vending machines , they are a huge part of modern Japanese culture …. ( sorry for the spoiler 😉 )

  21. I love you guys been following since HK Macau days you were spot on for Tim Ho Wan we loved it we will be going to Japan too next month Osaka / Kyoto /Tokyo be safe will be watching all your content

  22. wow Sam's lost a lot of weight! must be so hard being food and travel You tubers to stay healthy. amazing work

  23. You guys gained a new sub in me! I find your vlog series so unpretentious and a breath of fresh air for travel blogs…actually informative both in cultural and practical aspects. Love this channel!

  24. Great video guys! You can also get a reloadable metro card called Suica or IC card. You can also use it in Tokyo and at some convinience store as a prepaid cash card. Hope you find this helpful! Safe travels!

  25. awesome! While you're in that part of town, definitely try out Ramen Tarou in Sannomiya. Sannomiya is my favorite city in Japan. Ramen Tarou is the best! Get their Cheese Curry Tomato Soup Ramen.

  26. I’m glad you love Osaka! I hope you can make it to Nara and Kyoto because those are amazing cities too! I have been to Japan 8 times already and went to many prefectures! I still can’t get enough of the beautiful scenery, amazing food and wonderful people. I come from Philippines which is why it’s convenient for me to go to Japan a lot. Taste as much food as you can and don’t be afraid to talk to people there because they are really helpful.

  27. Japanese people are so innovative, they think of everything, very cool 👍 I cannot wait for the day that I experience it first hand. Thanks so much for the great videos with so much detail 🤗

  28. 「大阪第一印象を訪ねる」→「大阪訪問の第一印象」

  29. Hi there! I’m a new subscriber, as of this morning. ☺️ I love that you’re both going to be visiting Japan for a while. I’m of Japanese descent, and was blessed to be able to spend 3 months there, when I was a young child. I have tons of family there. Hoping to visit again in a few years. Meanwhile, I’ll get to follow you both through your adventures. I hope you’ll get to visit Nikko, especially during this time of the year. Edo Wonderland (Edomura) in Nikko is an amazing theme park that depicts the life and culture of the Edo period. Every employee is dressed in period clothing. They have ninja and samurai shows. I think you can even dress up in a ninja outfit, and put on a kimono as well. I highly recommend a visit, if you can. Thanks for sharing your trip! Looking forward to watching your other videos!

  30. Use transportation card and enjoy discounts, Pitapa in Osaka and Suica or Pasmo in Tokyo, you can get it at the ticket machines, also can use it at fast foods and convenience stores. No need to buy tickets, just one tap! It's so convenient! 🙂

  31. 일본은 조용합니다. 사람들이 조용하게 말하고, 거리에는 작은 자동차가 낮은 속도로 조용히 달립니다. 심지어 상점가도 조용합니다. 외부로 음악을 트는 행위는 하지 않습니다. 일본에서 가장 시끄러운 것은 까마귀의 울음소리입니다.

  32. The metro and train system in Osaka are relatively simple (too complicate for me though) compare with Tokyo system, basically I lost every time in Tokyo. Luckily I can read Chinese character, thats make life easier. One more thing, the ticket machines, vending machines etc etc, they look old, but they always work, thats Japan~~!!!

  33. Ever since I came back from japan, I think about it everyday.. don’t forget to try the gyudon chains Sukiya or Yoshinoya and don’t be afraid to try random things at the convenience stores, they’re always the best ones!

  34. Hey Audrey and Sam firstly love your videos. I miss Japan so so I am in the process of relocating there. Secondly FYI they gave Sam a spoon for his curry and rice not because it was to soupy but because that is how you eat curry rice 🍛 in Japan. You do not use chopsticks.

  35. Only in Japan convenience store is so convenience. I can't wait to visit Japan. The most awesome beautiful country in the planet. I love Japan! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🇯🇵

  36. Tôi cảm ơn các vị khách nước ngoài đến việt nam đi du lịch tham quan đất nước tôi , nhưng tài xế việt nam nuôi được vợ con là nhờ vào tiền phục vụ quý khách mấy ngày qua , vậy mà tài xế chúng tôi không nhận được tiền đó khi đưa quý vị ra sân bay , hay kêt thúc tại khách sạn

  37. 誰かもう書いてるかもしれないけど、2段に分かれているカツ丼の弁当は、先に電子レンジで温めて、それからカツをご飯の上に乗せて食べてください。

  38. あら、日本は始めてですか?ようこそいらっしゃいました。ソカンビチャ?爽健美茶?ソウケンビチャね。おお~スーパー玉出!北海道民の私でも名前だけは知ってる有名マーケット(笑)カレーも坦々麺も日本食・・・言われてみればそうかもね。

  39. I cannot Englisch


    thank you ( ᴗ͈ˬᴗ͈)◞❤︎*˚

  40. 百貨店の食料品売り場には行かれましたか?

  41. use this app….and prepaid card…then no need figure out in front of tiketing machine.


  42. I really enjoyed your video since I’m from Osaka. But I wanted you to try more authentic Osakan local foods at the local restaurants. Because it’s even more cheaper and healthy. We consider food in supermarkets or convenience store are bit too greasy and salty and not healthy because they cooked them several hours ago. And also we don’t think that restaurants like to buy tickets in advance are good. And what is more Osaka locals don’t eat foods around Dotonbori. 🙂 So please try to find local restaurants next time.

  43. je me demande si ces vidéos de vlog sont suffisantes pour visiter le japon ou d'autres pays?…. j'avais appris que le plupart des japonais sont pas si sympa avec les étrangers portant plusieurs personne me disent le contraire sur YT….
    I wonder if these vlog videos are enough to visit Japan or other countries? …. I had learned that most of the Japanese are not so friendly with foreigners yet many people tell me the opposite about them in YT

  44. Your videos almost always have such a mellow vibe which I appreciate. Jet lag or not. You DID do a good job, Sam. This was a great video. Japanese curry looks comforting, a little like Asian poutine (sorry 🇨🇦).

  45. I know for iOS and I think maybe android you can add SUICA cards to the wallet app. So you can refill the SUICA card on your phone and just tap in and tap out. I have my SUICA registered to my iPhone which also gets you back the ¥500 deposit you pay for getting the card in the first place.

  46. You can buy rail tickets for 2 or more persons at once u just click the image that indicates how many persons at the left side of the machine. But I think you might have gathered it now how to use those ticket vending machines .☺️
    I’m glad you have found the best way and cheaper way to enjoy Japan. It’s truly expensive but if you find a way to live wisely it is really a wonderful country and one of a kind😃Enjoy your stay👍🎶

  47. Hola soy fans de ustedes los siguo desde que vi sus vídeos argentinos me encanta la familia de ella es muy agradable verlos disfrutar en familia les deseo muchos éxitos 😊

  48. Nice video…very peaceful country..Japanese people have their own peaceful culture….Japan is simply the best..Everything is clean,people don't smoke every where,no crime to speak of..The Japanese people are the best,friendly,very helpful ,polite…How lucky it would be to live in a country like this…
    Love this country & people…I've been Japan last year for 7 days…if i have a opportunity I'd like to visit there again and again …
    Thank you for uploading this beautiful video…
    Do more videos…like to see more places in beautiful Japan..

  49. I don't know why, but watching you guys traveling is so comfortable. And I am watching it from Taiwan, where I live. Hope you guys visit Taiwan next time.

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