Travel: Investigate Osaka, Japan’s no. 2 a lot less frenetic metropolis

This is the electric powered district, Osaka’s version of Tokyo’s Shibuya, with huge neon signs almost everywhere you look, a bridge in excess of water that is a accumulating spot for all the people today who want to pose in entrance of the symptoms. Just one particular indication will get them each time. The giant functioning guy of Glico, the Japanese candy maker greatest recognised for Pocky treats. Persons appreciate to pose with their arms prolonged, to emulate the managing man. The bridge prospects to a back-street recognised for its street foods.



This is wherever you get two local delicacies: the Takoyaki, a fried octopus ball and Okonomiyaki, a pancake like food items which is topped with meat and sauces. It is not really hard to figure out exactly where to get them: vendors sit under big symptoms of octopuses, crabs and the like. (You are going to also come across a lot of Izakaya’s (bars with food stuff) complete dining places and knick knack outlets in Namba.



Not precisely a picture opp, but an practical experience. The jiggly cheesecake created by the Rikuro bakery fresh everyday is an only in Osaka deal with, marketed at a single of the 12 areas for the baker, and people today stand on extensive lines to choose it up. It is rather a unique flavor.

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Umeda Sky & Harukas


To capture a killer overhead shot of Osaka, way increased than you could ever get from a drone, pay back 1500 yen and acquire the elevator to the top rated of two properties. Umeda Sky can take you up just in excess of 40 tales, when the Harukus creating goes up 60 flights. Nonetheless, you can capture a free see from the 16th story deck as very well, which is a lot substantial. I favor the watch from Umeda, and it is extra centrally found, right in the vicinity of the Osaka station, which is the place most trains direct to and ship you to join to other parts of the town.

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Osaka Castle

In all probability the next most important tourist accumulating in the city, immediately after Dotonbori, an previous historic castle relationship back again to the 1600s that was rebuilt in the 1930s. Substantial crowds gather here to pose in entrance of it and street performers entertain the crowds. If you want the shot, get here early, and stand by the moat to capture the reflection of the castle in the h2o.

Expo 70

The aged Expo Park, (“Expo ’70 Banpaku Kinen Kōen” in Japanese) is on the web page of the previous World’s Honest from 1970. (The Expo is coming back in 2025 to Osaka, but will be in a new site.) The park has a museum, foods stalls and a cafe, and a big statue, the Tower of the Sunshine, regarded the image of Expo ’70.

For my money, the websites were being all genuinely outstanding, but my beloved aspect of traveling to Osaka was touring the backstreets and meeting locals. I’ll be back again at you with a lot more on that portion of the visit. Thanks for reading, seeing and listening!


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