Osaka is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world with a population of about 2.5 million people. It is a good place to experience modern Japanese city life which is surpassed only by Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of Kansai region for many centuries and is an engaging and colorful city to visit. The people of city are outgoing and fun loving and they are not shy like Tokyoites. At night Osaka really comes into its own and the whole city is bustling with flashing neon lights, scrumptious street food and moving people which make it one of the most happening Japanese cities.
The city of Osaka is decked with endless expanses of concrete boxes, pinball parlors, elevated highways and architectural gems keep it interesting place to visit and enjoy your holidays. It is also known as “City of Food” where various tastes overflow everywhere. Today its food is not limited to Japanese food but expands to high class restaurants where top level chefs from all over the world display their culinary skills beyond boundaries in a pure Osaka style. So plan your holidays and fly to Osaka a city that manages to blend cosmopolitan hipness with country charm.
There are loads of reasons to visit Osaka. It has a logical grid system which is much easier to navigate and it is a much better city to cycle around. The food is exceptionally good to die for and the people of city are friendlier and easy going which makes the things easy for you.
Magnificent Kobe:- Kobe is located 70 kilometers west of Kyoto which was devastated by earthquake in 1995 , hasn’t managed to regain pre-quake status as Japan’s premier shipping port but has come back to life . Among major highlights of this reemerging city include a lively tourist Chinatown, a stunning fashion museum and a Harbor Land which is decked with restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas and hotels. But among all the major attraction the must visit is Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution which showcases various high-tech exhibits to document the brute force and devastation during earthquake.
Floating Garden Observatory:- Umeda Sky Building is a spectacular high rise building in Kita district of Osaka near Osaka and Umeda stations . This 173 meter tall building consists of two main towers which are connected with each other by Floating Garden Observatory on 39th floor offers great views of city. Try scrumptious food at Takimi-koji restaurant which is a replica of a Japanese street of early Showa Period is a good place to hang out and eat.
Osaka Castle and Park:-Osaka Castle is a recreation of 17th century castle that played an important role in unification of Japan. The castle has authentic looking exterior but modern interiors. Osaka Castle Park is a large pleasant park with views of Osaka Castle and its huge moats and castle walls. The park is a good place to go for picnics and on weekends does enjoy live performances of buskers. It is one of the best places in Osaka for cherry blossom viewing. Osaka Castle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Japan.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan:- Kaiyukan Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world with a theme of Pacific Ring of Fire. It has 27 tanks which are designed to make its visitors feel they are under the sea with fish. The tanks are constructed with 346 tons of acrylic glass that holds 10,941 tons of water. Large fishes even the whales and sharks are on display. It is a must for families with kids. So grab best deal discounted flights to Osaka and enjoy a great family-friendly holiday trip.
National Bunraku Theatre:- Bunraku is a traditional Japanese puppet theatre and is one of the best places of city to visit. The puppets are about 1.2 meters tall and each puppet is controlled by three people, the main puppeteer, right puppeteer and the left puppeteer. It can take years of practice to become a main puppeteer.
America Mura:- Situated near to Shinsaibashi shopping street , it is a large shopping and entertainment district which is quite popular with youngsters and foreign residents of Osaka . It is a great place similar to Harajuku in Tokyo.