If the languid pace of Kyoto does little to stir your wanderlust, and a tour of Tokyo hardly sends shivers up your spine, Osaka may be the solution to your down-to-earth desires. Fancy yourself a foodie, a fan of fierce fusion and delicious heat? The winding restaurants and pocketed cuisine cut-outs will steal your resistance, addicting even the most discerning tastebuds to the authentic fare passed out by skilled gastronomic magicians.
Things to do in Osaka
1Walk the grounds of the striking Osaka Castle Park.
2Catch a show with a difference at the National Bunraku Theatre.
3Be dazzled by the lovely Sky Garden from the Umeda Sky Building.
4Trail slowly through the glorious Nagai Park.
5Expand your horizons in the Osaka Museum of History.
Tours that include Osaka
While it lacks the evanescent beauty of traditional Kyoto, visitors cannot help but be charmed by the steady, laid-back thrum of the streets, and a gentle buzz of the Dotombori night life. Meander this stylish city and shop, eat, drink and be merry, relaxing in the surrounding provinces and striking out to explore the signature Kansai region.
- Universal Studios
- Night life in Dotombori
- Explore the Kansai region
- Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
- Japan Mint Osaka Branch
Every journey has a beginning and there’s no better place to kick off your Osaka adventure than Dotonbori, an atmospheric delight lit by neon signs, moving billboards and a decidedly Bladerunner inspired aesthetic, transporting travellers into a fast paced zone of on-the-fly cafes and bars, shopping arcades and chattering markets.
After enjoying the surge of civilisation, leave the fast beat behind and visit the Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, an unspoken national treasure, illustrating pure Japan prior to the deluge of Buddhist temples. Though traditional Japan is scattered throughout Osaka, there’s a sight or two here to please everyone, from Universal Studios for the intrepid movie buff, to the fragrant peace of the Japan Mint Osaka Branch, surrounded by magical cherry blooms in Sakura season.
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