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Toraya Store Namba, Osaka

Toraya Store Namba – Fabric Outlet, Osaka

After check-in to our hotel and having a short rest, we explored the area in-front of our hotel. One notable big retailer is BIC Camera and surrounding it are many other smaller businesses under roofed street similar to Shinsaibashi. One store of interest is Toraya Store Namba. It’s a fabric store we would like to check out and compare it to Nomura Tailor in Kyoto we had visited a few days earlier.

Toraya Store Namba, Osaka

Frontage of Toraya.

Toraya Store Namba, Osaka

The ‘Namba Center’ signboard right above Toraya.

Toraya Store Namba, Osaka

Location of Toraya from Red Roof Plus hotel.

Toraya is a corner lot shop at Namba Center diagonally behind BIC Camera having three floors. The first floor caters for fabrics, the second for quality & high-grade fabrics plus tailoring section and the third floor for sewing accessories. Fabrics varieties range from natural materials to chemically produced fiber materials. In-front of the store, they sell varieties of remnant fabrics which are on offer prices, difficult to resist.

Toraya Store Namba, Osaka

Fabrics at offer price sold outside.

Comparing Toraya to Nomura, they are way smaller due to the size of the shoplot itself. Toraya has three floors while Nomura has five with much larger floor space and equipped with elevator. While both stores has varieties, Nomura has more, notably in accessories. Due to the compact store and lesser varieties, wife did not wander around long and quickly paid for the small purchases. You can visit Toraya website here.

Red Roof Plus Hotel, Osaka

Red Roof Plus Namba, Osaka

After lunch we checked-into Red Roof Plus Namba hotel located along Sennichimae street. From the Midosuji Namba subway stop, it’s was a short 5 minutes walk. You can either walk on street level or through the shopping arcades underground which stretches from Namba station right to Nippombashi station. You can exit the underground by taking the staircase, escalator or elevator depending at which point you are.

Red Roof Plus Namba

Namba station to the left, Nippombashi station to the right.

Red Roof Plus Namba is located between Namba station and Nippombashi station which makes traveling to most of Osaka’s attractions easy. The hotel is a couple of minutes walk to Dotonbori, more specifically to the ‘Glico Man’ landmark and Ebisu bridge. BIC Camera is diagonally in-front of the hotel. Almost the whole frontage of the hotel on the ground floor is taken up by ‘Family Mart’ which makes getting necessities so convenient be it mineral water or SD card.

The hotel lobby is spacious and beg drop for later check-in was fast & efficiently handled. There is a currency exchange machine at the lobby and umbrellas are always available for free use by guests. Access to the hotel’s elevator and to your room is by your room key card. The room is modern and large with the bathroom and toilet in separate cubicle within it’s own compartment. With both our luggage opened, there is still room to walk freely. Although our room faces the main street, outside noise is effectively blocked. The air-cond is also a heater depending on which mode you chose. Being located in Japan’s 2nd largest city, it’s really value for money. Easily beats hands-down same class hotel in Europe. More info on Red Roof Plus here.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

Our twin bed room. Noise either from the street or hallway is effectively kept out.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

Comfortable twin beds.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

A fold down dressing mirror is in-front of the chair. Corner sofa to relax before sleeping.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

With shades drawn, the room will be totally dark. Water boiler and mini fridge in lower cabinet.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

Cups in drawer with glass top. First time seeing this. The room also has a large LCD TV.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

Separate cubicle for shower & toilet within it’s own compartment.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

Shower fittings and amenities.

Red Roof Plus Hotel Namba, Osaka

The wash basin outside the shower & toilet cubicle.

If you are catching a flight out of Itami airport and it coincide with rush hours, skip the subway and walk to Hotel Ichiei for the airport bus. It’s a 15 ~ 20 minutes slow walk and the bus stand is in-front of Hotel Ichiei main entrance. Alternatively, take a taxi for a short ride to Hotel Ichiei for around ¥700. Taxis are abundant in-front of BIC Camera opposite the hotel even in the early hours of the morning.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

Cafe Bintang – Halal Food Osaka

It was lunch time when we reached the end of Shinsaibashi shopping street and we headed for Cafe Bintang close to Uniqlo department store for lunch. It is an Indonesian restaurant serving halal Indonesian food. Located on 4F, Google map brought us right to the location of Cafe Bintang. It is however a little difficult to spot their small red coloured signboard with thin fonts amongst the other similar coloured signboards. Typical to Japan, the shoplot number is rarely displayed making it even harder to confirm your location. If not for the Indonesian flag (red/white) outside, it would have been a frustrating search for the Cafe worse, missed it altogether. But the flag’s red/white colour doesn’t really distinguish it as it blends with the other signboard too!

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

Entrance to the building with an Indonesian flag outside. You go up to 4F by elevator.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

Walking route from Ebisu Bridge, (in-front of the entrance to Shinsaibashi) to Cafe Bintang.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

These are the respective signboards of the tenants in the building. Look out for Cafe Bintang signboard.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

A little inside going to the elevator, you’ll see Cafe Bintang signboard again.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

At the elevator, you’ll see a different design signboard of Cafe Binatng.

As mentioned earlier, the Cafe is a little difficult to spot. Make sure you familiarise yourself with these two different signboards below to assist you to find the cafe. By the elevator, although there is a different designed signboard, it does not display which floor they are on. It’s on 4F.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

These are the two different signboards of Cafe Bintang you should look out for.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

Finally, we are inside Cafe Bintang’s dining area.

Their food menu for the main dish is rather limited but suffice for the hungry stomach. The food was nice and the authentic Indonesian taste we are accustomed was there. Our lunch for two cost less than ¥1,900 which is very reasonable taking into account you’re in Japan. Recommended. 👍 For more info, visit their site here.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

Menu for food. Not many varieties but suffice.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

The drinks menu. Don’t be embarrass to request for warm water.

Cafe Bintang, Osaka

Fried rice for me and white rice, fried chicken & vegs for wife.

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