Osaka, the magnificent port city and commercial centre. Rich culture, busy modern streets, excellent local cuisine and street foods are only the beginning.
When arriving, a great first stop is a tourist information centre, to grab a map and any extra info on sightseeing you might have been after. These centres are found in Kansai Airport or the major train stations of Osaka and Namba.
With its central location in Japan, Osaka is a fantastic place to start an adventure in Japan. It makes a great base to launch day trips from also, with places like Hiroshima and Nara easy train rides away. Taking this approach means you can leave your baggage in one place for longer, saving lugging it through airports and train stations over and over again. This was the approach I took, and it made for a very fun but comfortable 6 nights. With equal time spent in the city itself, and surrounding attractions in the area.
Full of wonderful sights, Osaka has something for everybody. A personal highlight was simply walking the streets, turning down colourful alleys, full of restaurants, bars and shops. This kind of exploring can occupy entire days. A great place to travel with a family also, especially with Universal Studios Japan on hand to entertain for an entire day or more. You can also take a cruise through the harbour on the Santa Maria sight-seeing boat!
Definitely check out some of these highlights also;
- Osaka Castle
- Kaiyukan Aquarium
Japan is a food loving country, and Osaka is no exception. A city with an abundance of options and a passion for it. I found myself eating noodles of some variety almost daily, often going in for a second bowl because I just couldn’t get enough of the delicious food.
Make sure to try these local favourites;
- Sushi & Sashimi
Osaka is full of shopping malls, and you can find everything you could ever want in almost any part of town. Make sure to carry your passport with you, as you can get anything tax free in many shops if you present it. Along with this, many places I entered, especially large electronics stores offered an extra 8% discount for using a Visa card. The savvy shopper can come away with some very good deals!
I hope this quick intro to Osaka was helpful. This is the first of a series with Tweet World Travel all about touring in Japan. Keep an eye out for the rest very soon!
Thanks for reading!