Osaka is Japan’s third largest and second most important city, home to good food, traditional performances and the famous Osaka Castle.
An important city in the Kansai region, Osaka is the business and commercial hub in this western region of Japan. But despite the high intensity that a modern urban Japanese city entails, Osaka is a charming city with plenty of culture and history on offer.
The city is the birthplace of bunraku, a traditional puppet show established in the 17th century during the Edo period. These large puppets are manouvered by three operators to express the human-like details of its characters. As it’s been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage, don’t miss a show at the National Bunraku Theatre when you’re in town.
Other tourist attractions include the Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium, Universal Studios, Mino Park and Shitennoji Temple, one of the oldest temples in Japan. The city is also home to the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, which is a source of pride for many locals.
Osaka’s vibrant nightlife is centred in Dotombori, a lively district filled with neon lights, street food, clubs, cinemas, bars and restaurants. Shopping is especially good in Osaka, especially in areas like Shinsaibashi, Amemura, Nipponbashi and Tenjinbashi-suhi.