One of the best things that could happen if you are fond of traveling is when your company decided to do the team building overseas. You get the perks of discounted flights and accommodation, free dinner, and the fun moments with your colleagues. Here are some of the highlights of my trip to Osaka and Kyoto, with the Pfx peeps.
Osaka is one of the two “urban prefectures” of Japan located in the Kansai region. The city is known for modern Japanese architecture, a wide selection of sumptuous foods, unique attractions and boisterous night scenes.
Half Day: Endless Train Journey & A Night of Foodie
From Kansai Airport, the most convenient way to Osaka is by train. There are 2 types of trains you can choose from to reach Namba Station:
- Nankai Airport Express – regular commuter train costs about 900 yen; 45mins to Namba Station
- The Rapi:t (pronounced as Rapid) – reserved seating train costs about 1,400 yen; under 30mins to Namba Station
See: Kansai Airport Access Information
We were divided into three groups. Each group has a designated AirBnb accomodation. Of course, mandatory selfies will not be missed.
We’ve reached our destination past 6 o’clock, just in time for team dinner. Our accommodation is very convenient to the train station, food places like the famous Dotonbori street and also the premiere shopping area of Shinsaibashi Arcade. We had our team dinner at one of Dotobori landmarks, the Kani Doraku well-known for serving all kinds of crab.
There’s no other way to end our first night in Osaka than mimicing the famous Glico Running Man pose and a random statue along Dotonbori street.
Osaka Castle Museum
Built in 1853, Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most renowned landmarks and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century. The castle is surrounded by marvelous stone walls, citadels and moats. There’s an admission fee of 600 yen for those who would like to enter the museum.
The castle has an observation deck where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Osaka Castle Park, high-rise buildings, and the gardens in the distance are truly breath-taking.
An epic jump shot is a must!