As the second biggest metropolitan city in Japan after Tokyo, Osaka offers endless exciting activities in stark contrast to the traditional Kyoto, the neighboring ancient capital. The quality of food in Osaka has been proved by the phrase “kuidaore”, meaning the Osakans spend money on food until they go bankrupt. The great combination of upscale shopping districts and thrift stores will find you whatever you are after. Being the capital of Japanese comedy, the locals are quite open-minded and always looking for a laugh. You will soon find something to like about them even though not understanding the Japanese.
Eat your way through Osaka. From okonomiyaki (savory pancake) and takoyaki (octopus ball) to kushikatu (deep fried skewer) and ramen noodles, experience the down to earth local foods in the Shinsekai district. Be spoiled in a multi course unagi eel dinner in a private Michelin registered restaurant. Check out a stunning cityscape from Abeno Harukas, Japan’s tallest building. Find quality Japan-made products in upscale department stores in Umeda, Namba and more.