Osaka is Japan's third largest city, and this long time capital of commerce is filled with down-to-earth citizens and neon-clad streetscapes. Located in the west of Japan, Osaka is most famous for great food and has also been known as the "nation's kitchen,” due to its fabulous restaurants and nightlife.
Osaka is the paradise for foodies and shopaholics. The phrase ‘kuidaore’ meaning one should eat until he drops, is heard so frequently here that it's almost the city motto. Osaka people take food seriously, and they have fun preparing it and eating it. Local delicacies include savoury pancakes and the ‘conveyor belt’ sushi was invented here. In addition, there are many specialty shops where you can buy both modern and traditional wares in this amazing city.
Osaka has a long history and in the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi decided Osaka should be the home for his castle. At this time the city nearly became Japan's capital! The castle today is one of the highlights to explore, not to mention the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyūkan, night-time scenery of the Dōtombori area, the retro stores of the Shin-Sekai neighbourhood and the tranquil open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses. But Osaka's real treasures are in its bustling street life in its arcades, markets and byways, and after dark Osaka really comes to life, when locals come out for tasty eats and good times.
The best time to visit Osaka is between March to August and especially in the spring, when the cherry blossom is in full bloom.
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