Osaka! This port city on the main island of Honshu is Tokyo’s cheeky, party-loving little brother. It has a vibrant nightlife and great food scene all lit by plenty of neon. In the daytime, though, you can visit landmarks such as the picturesque Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market, or perhaps check out Universal Studios Japan. There are also plenty of interesting areas to explore, from the old-school Shinsekai to the ultra-hip America-mura. You could easily spend days wandering the hidden pockets of this city! Read on below for some of our favourite things about Osaka.  


Front Row Seats For Neon: A Dotonbori River Cruise

In 1612, an Osakan man by the name of Yasui Doton began work...
Daruma at Katsuō-ji

Daru-madness at О̄saka’s Katsuōji Temple.

Thousands of 'used' Daruma? Welcome to the mountain...
Den Den Town Osaka on Velvia 100

Back to the Futurism: It’s still the 1990’s in Osaka’s Den Den Town.

While many people will recognise Akihabara as Tokyo's centre for all things 'otaku', Osaka harbours its own, lesser-known tech-geek paradise. With its home-grown and grassroots atmosphere, Den Den Town is the embodiment of the best of the Dirty South.

Explore Osaka’s Shinsaibashisuji shopping street

The Shinsaibashi area of Osaka is well-known for its shopping options and is...
osaka castle tower

Osaka Castle: A Guide to the Park and Museum

Many of the world’s most famous and captivating cities have a single landmark...

How to Ride the Bullet Train in Japan

Riding the bullet train (also known as Shinkansen) is easily the most convenient...
Bars in Japan

All Shook Up at Osaka’s Elvis-themed Bar USAGI

It’s easy to let the night get away from you in Osaka; it's...

The Stages of Tokyo: A Guide to Traditional Tokyo Theater

Most theater fans both in Japan and abroad have heard of kabuki. The...

Great Osaka Indoor Activity: Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium)

Kaiyukan, or Osaka Aquarium, is one of the...