Osaka is the third largest city in Japan, with over 2.5 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and west Japan. It’s also one of the most popular cities in Japan to visit along with Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt. Fuji.
The city offers vibrant atmosphere with a variety of entertainments, especially after dark with the iconic neon lights and extravaganza night life.
One of the most famous things about Osaka is its regional dishes, such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. There is even a word to describe how we should spend time in Osaka, which is “KUIDAORE” (means “Eat till you drop”). The best spots to enjoy Osaka’s local food is vendors you can often spot on the streets who offer fresh, delicious and cheap snacks.
As the city used to be called “The Nation’s Kitchen”, great shopping option is offered with numbers of new shopping malls which have been built in past years.
Moreover, the city has one of world’s greatest amusement parks, Universal Studio Japan, great castle from Edo Period, Osaka Castle and many other attractions. Let’s take a look at our travel list of Osaka’s most popular areas with best highlights.
Osaka Major Areas
Located in a center of the city, the symbolic castle has been standing for nearly 500 years with a well preserved condition.
Southern downtown of the city, offers great “eat till you drop” dining option. It’s best known for its flashy neon lights and night life.
At north of Dotonbori area, Shinsaibashi is a great area for shopping. Numbers of large department stores and a long shopping arcade are located here.
Osaka’s old down town area where retro and nostalgic atmosphere still remains. Great area to try local dishes.
UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN
The world’s top amusement park, Universal Studio Japan is located at Bay area of Osaka. Visitors can easily spend a whole day at this pleasure land.
Step out from the busy streets of Dotonbori area, Hozenji Yokocho is a narrow and old fashioned Izakaya alley where numbers of small restaurants and bars line.