If you are looking for affordable places to eat in Japan, one such place is Yoshinoya. They are open 24-hours a day and have affordable and quick service.
We sometimes visit it for breakfast so we can get our natto fix satisfied. Our family loves natto!
After breakfast, I visited Sennichimae Doguyasuji street. Sennichimae Doguyasuji (which roughly translates as Cooking Tools Street) is a shopping arcade that sells cooking tools and equipment. I love browsing things for the kitchen and spent a while on this street. My children understandably were not as interested as I was and they walked back to the hotel while I looked in the area.
After kitchen street, my travel group met me so we could all go shopping at Daiso, Donki, and CanDo–all great places to find affordable trinkets and omiyage. It was a slightly rainy day that day and we borrowed umbrellas from the hotel so we could walk around without getting drenched. My daughter was on a mission to get soft clay from Daiso. (<a href="http://DAISO Soft Clay All colors and Original Plastic modeling tool 4 piece set“>Check out the clay on Amazon.)
After shopping, we met my Osaka relatives at a shabu shabu restaurant called Kin no Buta (Golden Pig) located at the Hotel Nikko. Not only was the food delicious but it felt so nice to reconnect with my cousin, aunty, and uncle. We always have a good time together.
After dinner, we met back up with our travel group and again visited our favorite izakaya. By this time, we had made friends with our cute and friendly server and took pictures with her! Living Hilo Style in Osaka.