Osaka, Japan Feb. 28 Wed 11:43AM
Osaka is flashy, bright, and bustling. Osaka is at once, both a business center and a mecca of shopping centers and entertainment. Walking around in Osaka means there is never a shortage of things to do. The dazzling lights, shopping malls, delicious restaurants, and lively nightlife awaits you here.
One of Japan’s economic powerhouses, Osaka has been a flourishing port since the 5th century. It was one of the earliest gateways into Japan from Korea, China, and the Asian continent beyond. These exchanges led to advancement in knowledge and technology, as well as the beginnings of Buddhism in Japan. For centuries, Osaka served as an important point between the two ancient capitals, Kyoto and Nara in addition to its role of international exchange.
Today, it’s Japan’s second-largest city. Rather than a smaller version of Tokyo, Osaka holds its own- Osaka even has its own distinct dialect and cuisine. Fiercely original and fun, Osaka is the place to let loose and enjoy. Bright lights are synonymous with Osaka. It is a city that reminds of Japan's progress and Japan's future. Ideally situated next to Kyoto, Japan's link to its history, Osaka is gleefully situated in contrast. Warm people, rich culture, and opportunity for growth and change define Osaka.
Umeda Sky Building
Dotonbori is a famous tourist destination in the Namba district. There are many shopping centers, and many places to get delicious foods. The area is always bright, with neon signs lighting up the area at night making it a place where you can enjoy active nightlife. People who enjoy good eats and niche stores will appreciate Dotonbori.
|Umeda is the business district of Osaka with tall buildings and skyscrapers, completing the business vibe. Umeda is home to one of Osaka's most famous landmarks, the Umeda Sky Building with the famous floating garden. Those who like the cool and chic vibes of shopping districts with luxury stores or enjoy the sleek, fast-paced, and professional style of business districts will feel at home in Umeda.
|Osaka Castle is a popular destination for travelers as the castle is located within the citys' center, juxtaposing the historical with the modern perfectly. The castle itself has been renovated and updated with some modern technologies, although the exterior still is shaped in the traditional Japanese castle style.
When it comes to food - nowhere else in Japan does it like Osaka. Osaka is named “Japan’s Kitchen” for a reason. There are loads of delicious foods, and a speciality among Osaka tends to lean on the fried side! Of course there are many other good eats in Osaka, check out our Osaka food guide!