Osaka is a special city. As soon as you arrive you can easily tell things are completely different, which is what makes it so fun. Osaka is a bit more disorganized, a bit more hectic, and a bit louder. People will stand on the right side of the escalator, rather than the typical left, or simply stand on both sides. Subways will be filled with more chatter and the streets will feel colorful. It has its own distinct essence and is completely worth a visit.
Home to Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and many more attractions, this city is famous for its delicious street food, modern architecture, and amusing nightlife. Unfortunately, I was only able to travel to Osaka for one day due to work and other weekend plans. This is probably the case for most people, as vacation in Japan needs to be done efficiently and in a timely manner to be able to see the best of Japan in a short period of time. Even though time goes by fast when you’re having fun, these are the spots you will not want to miss!
1. Osaka Castle: The Osaka Castle is a renowned Japanese castle which is now a famous landmark. During the Azuchi-Momoyama period, this castle helped unify Japan. Visit this extraordinary castle surrounded by gardens and a museum for a peaceful walk and a kick of history!
2. Dotonbori Street: Dotonbori is a famous tourist spot where you will find all sorts of street food and shops. Walk down the street to spot the eccentric moving sculptures outside the restaurants and shops. Don’t forget to try their delicious takoyaki!
3. Tennoji District: Home to the Shitennoji Temple, one of the oldest temples in Japan, Tennoji district is full of must-see historical sites that you will not want to miss. This particular place in Osaka is full of cultural activities that will give you the true Japanese experience!
4. Namba Yasaka Shrine: This shrine is located in the Namba area of Osaka. It features a shrine with a giant lion’s head that is said to suck in the evil spirits and in turn gives out good luck. The architecture, while being traditional and retro, gives you a break from the beautifully hectic environment of Osaka!
5. Abeno Harukas: Abeno Harukas is the tallest building in Japan! Standing at 300 meters tall, this building serves a ton of purposes. It includes department stores, a hotel, offices, access to a nearby station, an art museum, and its greatest attraction, the observation deck. The observation deck has views of all of Osaka with a refreshing atmosphere of modernity and simplicity.