As the second largest city in Japan, Osaka is often compared to the capital city Tokyo—both popular travelling destinations in Japan. Despite some similarities, Osaka possesses a unique urban atmosphere, and only by being there can you explore and experience the uniqueness of Kansai.
Osaka is diverse, and people from all walks of life can enjoy in many different ways. If you are visiting Osaka for the first time, you can enjoy fashion in the Umeda business district, visit Osaka Castle Park to see the variations of Shogunate, and have the best time in USJ Universal Studios!
On your second trip to Osaka, visit Abeno Harukas for stunning views of the city, relax in Minoh Hot Spring to lift your spirits, or spend a day wandering around Tsutenkaku and taking in the old town culture. All these scenic spots make up the exclusive charm of a dynamic and colorful Osaka.
Of course, as the second largest city in Japan, local delicacies and shopping are the mainstays of an Osaka tour. Almost all Japanese dishes can be found in Dotonbori, and there are numerous Japanese delicacies and special Kansai snacks to try. Shoppers can go to Umeda where one can find the three known department stores: Hankyu, Hanshin and Daimaru. You can also visit Shinsaibashi, where you can find cosmeceuticals and countless specialties and souvenirs. You can never stop shopping in Osaka!
The scenery in Osaka is worth exploring in the changing of seasons. In spring, Osaka Castle, Nishinomaru Garden and Osaka Mint are some of the best choices for viewing sakura. In summer, Tenmangu and Yodogawa Riverside Park are bustling with summer festivities and fireworks. In autumn, Kyuanji and Osaka Expo’70 Commemorative Park are beautifully dressed in red leaves. In winter, Sumiyoshi taisha and Katsuouji are crowded with joyful people for hatsumoude—or the very first shrine visit of the New Year. Indeed, the beauty and fun that Osaka offers throughout the year is best enjoyed in person.