Osaka

The scene in Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan, is as colorful and moving as in any other city.

The juxtaposition of old tradition and Japan’s iconic neon-washed cityscape is most vigorous in Osaka, a commercial hub that boasts the laurels of historical merchandise even today. Once you mingle with some locals at its delightful pubs, you will see that the people of Osaka have a sense of humor you won’t find anywhere else. It is the heart and soul of the Kansai region. Within its ever-developing modernity and cosmopolitan flair, Osaka harbors the age-old values of trade, culinary arts, and architecture.

Blissfully one with the emerald trees surrounding it, Osaka Castle is a calling card for the city. It is famous for the course-changing role it played in the recent history of Japan. A visit will reveal its architectural beauty as much as its historical value. While the relatively austere style of Japanese architecture is dominating the site, the picture-perfect tower and dazzling moats paint its main scene.

Not far from the castle is Kuromon food market, a must-visit attraction to witness Osaka’s true character. Food is subject to worship in the city, and it is most happening in this covered marketplace with around 150 shops. Fish and other seafood are the main goods. But, there are all sorts of things ornating the stalls, from fresh produce to sweets and clothes. Street food is delicious and exhilarating, yet, the culinary experience won’t be complete until you try some local dishes in the Dotombori district. Emerging every few minutes on the billboard-packed pedestrian walks, the restaurants are overwhelmingly inviting. You will have a hard time picking where to spend the night.

Places to see in Osaka

Osaka Castle

Kuromon Food Market

Dotombori District

Osaka Gallery

Tours visiting Osaka

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