As the second largest city in Japan, Osaka is often compared to the capital city Tokyo—both popular travelling destinations in Japan. But some would venture to say that the Osaka has a more lively urban atmosphere that is unique to Kansai.
Local delicacies and shopping are the mainstays of an Osaka tour. If you’re visiting the city for the first time, Dotonbori is an excellent place to sample Kansai’s wonderful flavors. Drop by Osaka Castle Park to see the variations of Shogunate. Also, save at least a day to enjoy the facilities at USJ Universal Studios!
The scenery in Osaka is worth exploring in the changing of seasons. In spring, Osaka Castle’s Nishinomaru Garden is one of the best choices for viewing sakura. In summer, Tenmangu is bustling with summer festivities. 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 visiting the shrine in celebration of the new year.
If Osaka is Japan’s kitchen, then the lively Dotonbori district is where people go to dine. The bustling strip offers the best of Kansai street food and cuisine as well as ample shopping opportunities. To find respite, Osaka Castle Park is a landmark and an 100-hectare park in the heart of the city.
Osaka has four seasons, and while the city is great for a visit throughout the year, spring and autumn are the peak seasons.
This four-day itinerary is a well-balanced mix of culture, entertainment, shopping and, of course, dining in some of Osaka’s most iconic neighborhoods.
Kansai International Airport (KIA) located in Izumisano City is the main airport serving Osaka, Kyoto and the entire Kansai region. From there, JR trains and airport buses provide the most direct access into Osaka.
Osaka is famous as the place to go to “eat till you drop”. Okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and fried skewers are some of Osaka’s signature street foods.
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