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Daigaku Festival at Ikune Shrine

Daigaku Festival at Ikune Shrine

The Daigaku festival takes place in late July every year at the Ikune Shrine in Osaka. Like other matsuri, it’s a lively community event with street food stalls and children’s games accompanying the traditional elements. The eponymous dai..

Tenjin Matsuri

Tenjin Matsuri

Tenjin Matsuri (天神祭) is one of the most symbolic water and light festivals in Osaka, also ranked as one of the three greatest festivals in Japan, held annually on 24th–25th of July. Tenjin is 'god of the sky' and Matsuri is festival in ..

Yodogawa Fireworks Festival

Yodogawa Fireworks Festival

An excited crowd clad in their best Yukatas, the smell of grilled sausages from the street vendors, sounds of excitement and thrill from kids sitting on their parents’ shoulder, anxiously waiting for the next masterpiece painted on the dark sum..

Areas

Sakai City

Sakai City

Sakai is a bustling city in Osaka prefecture brimming with scenic parks, keyhole-shaped burial mounds, and temples. Just under an hour away from Osaka city, Sakai, also well-known for its quality knives, is perfect for visitors as its attractions are relatively close to each other. Japan’s lar..

Osaka City

Osaka City

Osaka city needs no introductions. As a major tourist hub in Japan, Osaka rivals Tokyo in terms of attractions and food. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with Universal Studios Osaka, Osaka Aquarium, and Osaka Castle all vying for their attention. And that is only the tip of the iceberg for an Osa..

Dining

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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Standard Bookstore Chayamachi

Standard Bookstore Chayamachi

Everyone loves a good read, and at Standard Bookstore Chayamachi they get this too. The bookstore, which is divided into three sections - books, cafe, and gifts - and features one of the best collections of books on special interest topics that you&#..

Kansai Airport to Shin Osaka

Kansai Airport to Shin Osaka

There are no bullet trains from Kansai Airport to Shin Osaka. While I can hear your disappointment as I write this, there are other options that are just as comfortable. If money is not an issue, the fastest and most relaxing way is to use Japan Rail..

Nambar 10 Sports Bar

Nambar 10 Sports Bar

It is Saturday night and you are looking for somewhere to have some fun. Somewhere you can have a few laughs, a beer and a game or two between jokes or reminiscing over the big day or week you had. Why not come to Nambar 10, inside the Swissotel comp..

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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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