Osaka Vacations

Heavily bombed during WWII, Osaka makes up in edibles what it lacks in architecture. An Osakan saying is kuidaore, or “eat yourself into ruin,” which you can do with okonomiyaki or self cooked food, block sushi,octopus dumplings, and much more. Nostalgic for those college dormitory days? Visit the Museum of Ramen where you can design your own ... Read more
flavor to take home with you. Eating aside, visit the Amemura shopping district incubates many Japanese trends by day or try karaoke or clubbing by night. Attractions like the Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle, and the Osaka-jo, a giant stadium, can be interesting, but Osaka is a city better explored and lived than briefly toured.

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  • Osaka Castle Park
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  • Universal Studios Japan
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  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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  • Dotonbori
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Anyone you talk to in Japan will tell you to go to Osaka if you want to be in gastro-heaven. Naturally, I zipped out of crowded Tokyo and took the 4-hour train ride to Osaka. The train requires a few transfers, but Osaka can also be reached by either domestic or international air travel. The trip is worth it for the best sushi in Japan, octopus balls (Takoyaki), and the vintage-retro vibe that fills the streets of Osaka. I visited in August 2017 when the humidity was at an all-time high; I recommend visiting in the early summer months or spring to avoid the heat.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Osaka should not be left out of the itinerary if you are nearby. We stopped in for a day trip from Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass. It's fairly easy to get around, and we made our way through the city with no problems. Osaka Castle was a highlight. Though I did not care so much for the bustle inside the castle, the surrounding area was very pleasant for a stroll.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Amazing city with lots of culture and flare. Although not as much bustle as Tokyo, Osaka has a lot of personality, great nightlife and a fun energy. One particularly unique quirk is the change in personality you might find here, people from Osaka seem to be much more outgoing and willing to engage with outsiders and tourists adding a lot more potential for fun cultural exchanges.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Osaka, like São Paulo in Brazil, is a business hub and a great foodie city, but it lacks the pizzaz of a Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo or Kyoto.

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They are never super packed nor long lines. The staff is friendly and Jenny remembers what you order- it's crazy. They have happy hours, and a cork fee. They only have 2 servers but you don't wait long for food. They have really great sushi and Chinese food.

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Apart from a visit to the castle, I would recommend going to the Tsutenkaku. It's a really interesting area. Also, go to the observation deck in the Umeda Building right next to the station.

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Samarinda, Indonesia

A city that would be able to bring me back to Japan simply because of its lively vibe and plenty choices of delicious dishes. One lovely city with a nice blend of modernization and traditional culture.

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Beijing, China

Wonderful!Good place for shopping and eating. This is a morden city but peaceful.

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London, UK

One of the biggest city in Japanese, it's awesome for shopping marina because it's not as crazy as Tokyo, but Osaka has pretty much all you want. It's called "天下厨房", which means the kitchen of the whole world. You will find tons of great restaurants, from seafood, sushi, noodles, beef, Japanese bbq, and so on. I love Osaka.

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Klang, Malaysia
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Osaka is main attractions of Japan to attract tourists from Malaysia. Now Japan offer no visa to Malaysian tourists and Air Asia also offers many hotels and fares discounts up to 50%. We considered to visit Osaka and Tokyo again.

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