Osaka city is situated in the Kansai region on Hunsho Island in Japan. It is sandwiched to the north by Kyoto, Wakayama to the south and Nara in the east. Osaka is a great place to experience a large, modern Japanese city in all its glory and for significantly less money
I love Osaka, and I am sure many others do. It is the second largest Japan’s metropolitan area and has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries now. I recommend you to have a trip to Osaka, why? Everything about the city is incredible, from the atmosphere, the weather, the food, the shopping and its attractions. Osaka is the Japans testament that not all places with millions of residents are lawless and chaotic. The lively city consists of incredible infrastructures, stylish hotels, well-edited shops and stupefying clean streets. Besides, the city is packed with friendly, hospitable, helpful, disciplined, and easygoing Japanese who are at ease with foreign visitors. Indeed, it is probably the easiest city in Japan to have a good time in comparison to any other city in Japan. Hence, if you are planning to visit Japan, you owe it to yourself to spend time in Osaka since it is always a gratifying and a pleasant place.
Best time to visit Osaka
Osaka is a one-year round destination, hence you will not run out of reasons to visit the city irrespective of the season. This is so because the majority of Osaka’s attractions are indoors and within an urban setting hence any time is the best time to pay a visit. However, if you would like to see the cherry blossoms, then you need to visit in Spring which is between March and may, for those hoping to see and catch the colors of Autumn should consider the time between October to November. Besides, food lovers should consider visiting Osaka in winter the time between December and February since they will find the blowfish which are the crab and the fugu which are the quintessential Winter dishes for the Japanese and are favored by cold weather.
Wonderful places to visit while in Osaka city
1. Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi
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This is the heart of Osaka city. Shinsaibashi is the city’s premier for shopping while Dotonbori is for eating. Visiting Osaka without making a stop here can only be compared to visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Dotonbori comprises of an incredible number of restaurants where you are served with the delicious Japanese Ramen and takoyaki
2. Nara Deer Park, Nara National Museum, and Todaiji Temple
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This is the best place to be, where you find Nara’s tame deer which can be at times aggressive if you act like you want to feed them. Here, deer will bow for tourists to be fed. After visiting the National park, you can go straight to the Nara National Museum and the Todaiji Temple which are within the vicinity which are the prominent places that are worth to visit
3. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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It is one of Japan’s most impressive aquariums. If you love sea creatures, you would really enjoy at the world under the sea. The aquarium is located in the Tempozan Harbor village of Osaka’s bay area.
4. Universal Studios Japan
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It is one of the four studios in the world. The house of Hello Kitty makes this one different from the rest. Here there are a lot of exciting attractions that will make you feel a kid again. Besides, you will get a chance to enjoy the Spiderman and The Harry Potter
5. Kuromon Ichiba Market
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It is nicknamed as the Osaka’s kitchen. It is the place where many of the city’s chef purchase their cooking ingredients. Besides, it is a home of the freshest and delicious seafood that you have ever tasted
6. Umeda Sky Building
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This is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of Osaka in the Floating Garden Observatory. It is 173 meters above the ground atop the ultramodern Umeda Sky Building thus gives the viewers a 360 degrees’ panoramic vista of the entire city.
If you are planning to go for a trip, I would recommend that you try out Osaka in Japanese as one of your options so that you can enjoy the best meals, best tourist attractions and other incredible things that the city possess.