Osaka: A Complete and Unique Travel Experience in Japan

Cherry Blossoms, Osaka, Japan

Japan has been at the top of my travel wish list since I was a kid. I grew up reading “Shogun,” watching anime, and taking karate lessons. To say that I have a travel crush would be pretty accurate. One of the places I want to explore the most in Japan is Osaka. Depending on the time of day, Osaka is the second or third largest city in Japan in terms of population. Its size isn’t what makes Osaka an amazing destination, though. Take a closer look at Osaka’s great mix of unique attractions and traditional activities.

Discover the History and Culture

Osaka, Castle view

Image via Flickr by Yoshikazu TADAKA

There are two ways to discover the culture and history of Osaka. You can take the museum route, which includes the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, the Osaka Museum of History, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and the Osaka Science Museum.

As an alternative, you can stay in business apartments and can experience the historic and cultural landmarks of the city. Start at Osaka Castle, then make your way to the Tsuyuno shrine and pray for everlasting love. Sumiyoshitaisha, one of Japan’s oldest shrines, is also a must, along with Shitennoji Temple. For a full experience of Osaka, stop by the Municipal Wholesale Market and sample some Japanese beers at the Asahi Beer Factory.

Luxury Roundup: Dining, Shopping, and Relaxation

Osaka city view, Japan

Photo via Flickr by uphey

When it comes to fine dining, spa experiences, luxury shopping, you have to start in the heart of the city. Try some octopus dumplings, deep-fried pork, or the world-famous okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake, at any of the restaurants in the Kita ward’s commercial district.

Just try any of the shopping malls surrounding the InterContinental Osaka, from Grand Front Osaka to ALBi, and you won’t be disappointed. ALBi has everything from clothing and jewelry to a butcher shop and a traditional sweets store. It even includes an art gallery, DMO ARTS, and a nightclub. If you want to join the hip, young crowds, head over to Ame-Mura, the American Town, to explore the 3,000 shops or stop at one of the bars or restaurants.

Fun and Entertainment

Busy street, Osaka, Japan

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No trip is ever complete without a proper dose of entertainment. When in Osaka, enjoy the outstanding city views from the Hep Five Ferris Wheel next to Osaka Station. The Umeda Sky Building’s Floating Garden Observatory is perfect for panoramic views of the city from the 39th floor. Make Universal Studios Japan your next dose of fun, followed by the Osaka Aquarium with its giant spider crab and whale shark.

Unmatched Natural Beauty

Osaka Castle Moat, Japan

Image by via Flickr Francisco Anzola

The mouth of the Yodo river and Osaka Bay give the city plenty of beautiful scenery. While the reds and yellows of Osaka’s fall foliage are gorgeous, spring is the most popular season here. Osaka is known for its natural display of delicate beauty during cherry blossom season. Visit in late March to catch the blossoms, and check this schedule to make sure you’re on time.

Cherry Blossoms, Osaka, Japan

Image via Flickr by shogo4406

Whether you prefer the culture, the history, the scenic views, or the lively atmosphere, Osaka is a unique travel destination that should be at the top of your travel wish list. And on top of that, apartments in Japan are easy to find.

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11 Comment to “Osaka: A Complete and Unique Travel Experience in Japan”

  1. I was in Japan this summer but didn’t have time to fit Osaka into my itinerary. Hope to do so next time… Will use the tips on your post!

  2. Sanket D. says:

    Is this also where the pink blossom festival happens? I seem to recognize some of the pictures, but can’t be sure. Japan does get quite overlooked as a destination, doesn’t it? Hopefully it will pick up in the coming years!

  3. I’d love to visit Japan too. Same here, I grew up watching anime and other Japanese cartoons. It’s such a huge influence in my life. It’s lovely to see both sides of Japan – city and nature.

  4. George says:

    Osaka seems to be an interesting city to visit. You mention the “scenic views” in your post, do you have any good recommendations if one would like to capture some photographs?

  5. Corinne says:

    We were just recently in Osaka and I was pleasantly surprised. The castle grounds are stunning, and who doesn’t love the food? I would go back in a heartbeat!

  6. blair villanueva says:

    Osaka is a must visit when you are in Japan. Even the locals can’t help but raving this place. And who could resist those beautiful well-curated gardens and castles.

  7. Indrani says:

    Japan is another dream destination for me. Not a fan of octopus dishes but definitely keen to eat Japanese pancakes. I will time my visit to capture the cherry blossoms.

  8. Bhushavali says:

    My friend is visiting Osaka this year. I really hope I’d be able to visit Japan as well. I totally adore Cherry Blossoms and I’ve done a series of print designs long back with cherry blossom motifs! Yoda river looks so picturesque as well!

  9. EG III says:

    Your images make me miss Japan even more. I lived there in for 3 years and Osaka was definitely one of my favorite cites to visit. Another benefit is it’s close proximity to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

  10. Oh, those blossoms! That has got to be the singularly most important motivator for me to visit Japan. Seriously.

  11. Vaisakhi says:

    I love japan! The culture the whole ‘community history’ and it is such a pretty country. You have described Osaka just the way it is. 🙂

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