Osaka, Japan

Osaka is situated in the Kansai region of Japan and the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. It is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. Osaka is also known as the “nation’s kitchen,” and served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period.

Major Attractions:

  • Amemura-It is a hub for young hipsters to shop, drink or just hang out.
  • Nambayasaka Shrine-It is a great place for photo-op and a chance to experience unique local culture.
  • Den Den Town-Meaning Electric Town is a spot to shop best and the most affordable electronic goods.

Hotels:

  • Hotel Granvia Osaka-A 3-star hotel located at Umeda Kita-Ku, offering free Wi-Fi.
  • RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka-A 4-star hotel near Nakanoshima station, making the location perfect for both business and sightseeing.
  • Hotel Universal Port- The hotel is located at Osaka bayside. Rooms are spacious and Wi-Fi usage is complimentary free.

Restaurants: 

  • Fujiya-A Spanish restaurant serving seasonal vegetables, meat and sea food.
  • Mizuno-It is the oldest okonomiyaki(Japanese pancake) restaurant in Osaka. 
  • Zuboraya-It is one of the landmarks of Osaka. It uses globefish directly from the fish market and you can enjoy tasty rice porridge to finish off the meal.
  • Saeki-It is the number one sushi restaurant in Osaka boasting of a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere.

Foods

  • Takoyaki- It is a classic Osaka snack made with simple ingredients and is extremely tasty.
  • Okonomiyaki-It is one of the most popular dishes in Osaka. A savory pancake.
  • Fugu- Fugu or blowfish is a special delicacy usually eaten raw.

Travel Info:

The main international gateway to Osaka is Kansai International Airport. If planning by train, Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen trains arrive at Shin-Osaka station. There are also many day and overnight buses running between Osaka and other locations throughout Japan.