Osaka is Japan’s third largest city, which has a unique identity characterized 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 malls, entertainment and nightlife venues, accessible via Namba and Shinsaibashi stations.

    What to see & do in Osaka

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    The list of things to do in Osaka is almost endless, from film-themed amusement parks to gigantic historic castles, entertainment districts, animal experiences, parks, historic sightseeing, shopping and dining. This vibrant commercial center and thriving metropolis is the home of the world-famous Osaka Castle, with its onsite museum tracing the city’s history. You can visit Universal Studios Japan to ride thrill rides, play games and interact with your... 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 Places to Go Shopping 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

    Useful information

    Information about Osaka covers what you need to know to make your travel experience a great one, from getting around to currency and special tips. When it comes to getting around, the Metro is the way to go. Public transportation passes include the JR Pass, ICOCA card, PASMO card and Suica card. At least once while here, you should take a boat trip down the canal that runs through the... Read more

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