Winding down to the last leg of the trip, after returning from Kyoto, we stayed at one of Osaka’s most luxurious hotels, Swissotel Nankai.

Located at the heart of Namba, its proximity to key entertainment areas ensured every last second was time well spent – shopping at the nearby Takashimaya department store & food hall, exploring all the awesome tableware & kitchenware and other foodie stuff at Sennichimae Doguya-suji and eating up at Dotonbori.

But what was most spectacular about Swissotel Nankai was the view.

This is the view from our room on level 31.

View from level 31 of Swissotel Nankai Osaka

View from level 31 of Swissotel Nankai Osaka

View from level 31 of Swissotel Nankai Osaka

View from level 31 of Swissotel Nankai Osaka

And here is us with cocktails at Sky Bar on the top floor, level 36… (Unfortunately at the time we were there in September, we had just missed the million dollar renovations which were completed in November!)

Sky Bar at Swissotel Nankai Osaka

Girls at Sky Bar, Swissotel Nankai Osaka

Swissotel Nankai was the perfect spot to overlook the dazzling view of the city and to indulge in the luxuries that five star accommodation offers.

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Swissotel Nankai, Osaka
大阪府大阪市中央区難波 5-1-60
Above Namba station, Osaka, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6646-1111


I can’t express how amazing the shopping strip at Sennichimae Doguya-suji is! As mentioned above, here you’ll find shop after shop, selling things such as cutlery, hardware and
tableware, kitchenware, plastic food replicas, lanterns, aprons and any other Japanese foodie item you could ever want!

Shopping for foodie stuff, tableware, utensils and kitchenware at Sennichimae Doguya-suji in Osaka, Japan

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Sennichimae Doguya-suji
Close to Namba station of Subway, Nankai, Kintetsu & JR Lines.
From Namba Takashimaya Department Store, go one block east on Nankai-dori, then turn right for another one block. The following narrow street with roof is the Doguya-suji.


I don’t think the next two need any introduction as they’re probably on every visitor’s itinerary already… hehe 🙂

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Osaka Takashimaya
〒542-8510 5-1-5 Namba Chuo-ku Osaka
5-1-5 Namba Chou-Ku Osaka



Dotombori near Shinsaibashi


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Chuo-ku Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.