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Hotel Review: Osaka's Airport Hotel - Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

It was an early morning flight out of Kansai to Manila for us; And the worrier Mama in me (too scared to be late for our flight), made me decide to book our last night in Osaka at the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

This hotel is a full service hotel, connected to Kansai Airport Terminal I.  It is near impossible to miss your flight from here (And if you are a sound sleeper, you can make use of a wake-up call just to make sure).  From Kansai Terminal I, building take the lift to the 2nd floor and take Exit D or E.

Hotel Nikko will just be in front of you,

And directed to the hotel lobby on the ground floor.
Check in was easy.  It took me only a minute or so and was immediately handed out our room keys.

Our room for our last night in Osaka is a Super Triple Room about 29sqm in size.
It fits three semi-double sized bed and comes with an air-humidifier and flat-screen TV.  There is also a complimentary wifi, but I prefer using the one I rented via Klook, which was a lot faster than the complimen…

Hotel Review ~ Hotel Keihan Universal City

Hotel Keihan Universal City is one of the 6 Official Hotels of Universal Studio Japan (USJ).
We have decided to stay here for a night on the day of our USJ visit. I figured we would be too tired after touring the park and staying at a nearby hotel would be convenient.

I booked Hotel Keihan Universal City via Agoda, I scored a good deal as there was an ongoing promo at time of my booking.

We love staying at Official Theme Park hotels, the nearness and convenience is worth the extra bucks.  Hotel Keihan Universal City is located at the Universal Studio Walk and is literally just a few steps away USJ's main gate.  

(See here our USJ escapade: UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN)

Hotel Keihan is a Hollywood-Cinema themed hotel. 

The check-in counter resembled a movie ticketing box (cool!).

The check-in was fast and easy, we were in-and-out the hotel lobby in 5 minutes (We just dropped our luggage and headed to USJ).  We left our luggage here. When we got back from our day frolicking at USJ, we only nee…

DAY 6 ~ Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan is one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums, world-renowned for its innovative presentation of aquatic animals in large tanks recreated natural environment, such as: Japan Forest Aleutian IslandMonterey BayGulf of PanamaEcuador Rain ForestAntarticaTasman SeaGreat barrier reefPacific OceanSeto Inland SeaCoast of ChileCook StraightIcy, snow-clad Antarctica.

Easiest way from USJ going to Kaiyukan is via the shuttle ferry Captain Line. The Captain Line dock at the Universal City Port is about 5 minutes walk from USJ.  Travel time from the Universal City Port to Kaiyukan would take another 10 minutes. 

Mandatory pictorial with Kaiyukan's Giant Ferris Wheel

The long line of tourists queuing for Kaiyukan Entrance Tickets... so glad we bought ours at Captain Line boarding gates.
My youngest went wild talking photos and videos of the aquatic animals inside the park.  He was amazed to see different extrinsic animals. This place is on top of my family's list in Osaka.

DAY 5~ Universal Studio Japan (Saying Hello to Mr Harry Potter)

The moment I have confirmed our flight to Osaka ~ I have allotted a day for Universal Studio Japan (USJ).   Me and hubby were so excited to see Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHOP), but alas our 2004 and 2008 born children cannot seem to understand our enthusiasm and fascination of the WWOHP.
So, we got busy and introduced to our kids ~ Harry Potter the child who lived. We bought the complete DVD and book collection of the well loved wizard boy.

Our mission was a success as we've managed to convert our tweeners into HP fans in no time.

Universal Studio is just 25 minutes away by train from the AirBnb Naniwa-ku condominium we were staying at. We thought travel would be easy ~ thinking we finally got the hang of Osaka's intricate subway and train system. Oh yeah, real easy until we've realized we boarded the wrong platform and were heading the opposite direction (haha, it added about 30 minutes to our travel time). 

We were so thankful, there was this sweet father and daughte…