Holidays to Osaka, Japan

As Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, Osaka has all the modern conveniences and sites you’d expect from a bustling city, but it’s just as easy to escape the noise and hubbub by visiting its many historic sites. Chief among them is the constructed castle. Originally built in 1583 on two raised platforms, it’s had more than its fair share of bad luck, having been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The current version was renovated in 1997, but retains its centuries-old atmosphere.

To really understand the local psyche, it’s important to get to know more about the way in which Buddhism impacts on daily life. The ideal way to do so is by visiting one of Osaka’s many temples, including Shitennoji, Japan’s oldest Buddhist temple which was established in 593 AD by Prince Shotoku. It’s hard to believe, but that’s not the most ancient building in the city - that honour goes to Sumiyoshi taisha, a shrine constructed in 211 AD.

After sampling so many varied and rich experiences, perhaps it’s time to let your hair down at Dotonbori, the city’s premier tourist and nightlife area. The more adventurous should check out Shinsekai. Created in 1912 and inspired by landmarks in New York and Paris, this colourful district is home to blowfish restaurants and other eateries, while its Tsutenkaku Tower offers panoramic views of the entire city. It’s also located close to Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, so culture vultures can get their fix while in the area.

Osaka nestles in the mouth of the Yodo River in Osaka Bay, and it’s by the waterfront that the hugely popular Universal Studios resort can be found, as well as the 112 metre tall Tempozan Ferris Wheel. The latter is not the faint-hearted, but the views from the top have to be seen to be believed. 

Highlights

  • Explore the dramatic history of the picturesque Osaka Castle

  • Find your inner child at Universal Studios

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I’ve explored Japan extensively whilst living and working in Asia, and I love its contrasts of vibrant cities and beautiful national parks. My favourite memory is of relaxing in a traditional onsen (hot-spring bath) on my balcony, after a full day exploring the Japanese Alps and with a full stomach from a 6-course local dinner!

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Things to do in Osaka

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