Osaka is Japan’s third largest city, which has a unique identity characterised by a penchant for good food and lively fun. The 16th-century merchant city grew into an industrial powerhouse in the 20th century and has nowadays been transforming into a progressive modern arts hub. A plethora of galleries and futuristic architecture have been popping up, most prominently, the landmark Umeda Sky Building with its 2 towers linked by a sky bridge. 

    Osaka is home to some of Japan’s most interesting cultural attractions, including the National Bunraku Theatre which shows extraordinary traditional puppet shows. The city is roughly divided into 2 centres, north and south, and is easily navigable. Kita (north) Osaka is the main business district, accessible from Osaka and Umeda stations. Minami (south) Osaka is home to many shopping centres, entertainment and nightlife venues, accessible via Namba and Shinsaibashi stations.

    What to see & do in Osaka

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    Osaka is an energetic city with so much happening along its boisterous streets. The huge city has 2 centres – Umeda in the north and Namba in the south. You will find the same frenetic energy clustered around both stations. If you want to slow things down, head to one of the many city parks or even Osaka Castle, one of the finest examples of Japanese feudal architecture still standing today... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Osaka

    Many famous dishes from Japanese cuisine originated in Osaka, and it’s said that you can eat better here than anywhere in the country. Osaka is a place where food doesn’t need to be fancy to be enjoyed. Dishes like okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), takoyaki (octopus balls), kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables) are great examples of the casual but delicious snacks and meals waiting for you in Osaka. Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Osaka

    • 10 Best Shopping Areas in Osaka

      Osaka was historically a merchant city and has a reputation for good quality merchandise for all budgets. Plus, it has a population that loves to shop. From the warrens of underground shopping malls to the quaint high street boutiques, shopping in Osaka presents a wealth of diversity in terms of settings and products. The historic downtown area is full of...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Osaka

    Osaka has an amazing nightlife, with something for everyone to enjoy. Head to Shinsaibashi street for the best selection of cool bars and clubs, neon-lit scenes, and a hive of activity all night long. This is the central thoroughfare of an area called America-mura (American Village) owing to the many foreign influences that have shaped the region. Umeda is another popular area for nightlife in Osaka, with many... Read more

    • 5 Amazing Nightlife Experiences in Osaka

      Osaka is known as being a city of people who love good food and good fun. There are countless nightspots to discover, from high-class cocktail bars to grungy live houses to tiny, hole-in-the-wall whiskey bars. If you're looking for something a little more cultured to do of an evening in Osaka, consider a visit to the...

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