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Drink Coffee and Play with Owls

Drink Coffee and Play with Owls

You may have heard of the cat cafe (here and here), a trend that started in Japan and that has now taken the world by storm. But, have you heard of the Owl Cafe? In this latest plot twist to the "cute animal + coffee shop" formula, visitor..

Where to Eat Wagashi in Osaka

Where to Eat Wagashi in Osaka

Wagashi are traditional Japanese confectioneries, which evolved into an art form in Japan's ancient Imperial capital of Kyoto. Beautiful to the touch, sight, and smell, they are a feast for all the senses. The Japanese appreciation of the seaso..

Dining Tabi

Dining Tabi

Dining Tabi is an elegant addition to the chic Hiranomachi culinary scene, having opened its doors in 2014. It has a large selection of Sake which is perfectly matched with its superb Japanese inspired French dishes, masterminded by chef Tanaka since..

Places to stay

HOTEL MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka

HOTEL MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka

Hotel Mystays is a Japanese hotel group with an extensive network covering major cities all over Japan. On my visit to Osaka, I stayed at their Shin-Osaka property (there are another two Hotel Mystays situated downtown in Shinsaibashi). For its conve..

Hotel Inter-Continental Osaka

Hotel Inter-Continental Osaka

Do you remember when you first fell in love? What can you remember? The voice? The scent? Scent can be such an evocative sense, and at the Hotel Inter-continental Osaka, they really want you to fall in love with this five star hotel. Stepping into t..

HOTEL MYSTAYS Sakaisuji-Honmachi

HOTEL MYSTAYS Sakaisuji-Honmachi

Osaka is not a small city. It requires detailed planning to see its highlights in a limited time. At the same time, a convenient and comfortable place is needed to make the most of exploring the city. The answer to this is HOTEL MYSTAYS Sakaisuji-Hon..

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Modern Osaka

Modern Osaka

My first impression of Osaka was that it was very modern and spacious city. I stayed in a hotel that was very close to the Osaka Castle, so I took my first walk from there. I came too late to get inside, was told that it was very modern. Actually, I ..

Minions Theme Park Opens at USJ

Minions Theme Park Opens at USJ

Despicable Me! fans can rejoice as Universal Studios Japan unveiled yet another wonderful theme-park in April 2017, Minions Mayhem, as one of their latest additions. This yellow extravaganza includes a 3-D ride, minion-themed food bazaar and a mercha..

Osaka's Umeda Sky Building

Osaka's Umeda Sky Building

Alongside the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal and Sagrada Familia, Osaka's Sky Building was nominated in 2008 as one of The Times' Top 20 Buildings in the World. Even at an impressive 40 stories tall, it seems to dissolve gently into the sky. R..

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About osaka

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalOsaka
Population8,865,245
Area1904.99 sq. km

The center of western Japan and the home of Japanese comedy, Osaka is lively at all times, as the business district in Umeda, the shopping area of Shinsaibashi, and the neon-lit nightlife district of Dotonbori reflect the upbeat and friendly nature of the local people.

But if you're tired of the urbanity, Osaka Castle and the Expo Commemoration Park (which contains the National Museum of Ethnology and the iconic Tower of the Sun) ensure that you won't run out of things to do. And that's without even mentioning Universal Studios Japan.

Walking around the streets of Osaka can be a gastronomical experience, with many food stalls selling takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and other delicious fast foods and snacks. And if you have the luxury to splurge, have dinner at Kitcho, one of the most high class Japanese restaurants.

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