is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture, as well as the second-largest metropolitan region in Japan
. Osaka forms a large part of the commercial center of Honshu Island, Japan, and remains one of the largest port cities in the region. Osaka is famous for its rich culture, lively and vibrant nightlife, an outstanding modern skyscraper cityscape, and very delicious street delicacies.
The primary historical landmark of Osaka is the Osaka Castle, constructed in the sixteenth century. Over time, the Osaka Castle has undergone renovations and replenishing to make it iconic and outstanding as it is today. Around the castle, there is a scenic view of plum, cherry blossoms, and peach trees within a stunning moat view. Another attractive spot is the Sumiyoshi-Taisha, which is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.
Enjoy memorable dining at the Dotonbori District, complete in beautiful neon lighting. The eateries in the area have been designed sea-themed interiors attractively, even more striking. The octopus dumplings locally referred to as takoyaki, as well as the savory pancakes, known as okonomiyaki, dominate the local delicacies.
After savoring the tasty dishes, visit the close by shopping stalls and fashionable boutiques of Shinsaibashi for an unforgettable shopping experience. There is more; the Osaka aquarium will give you the illusion of being in the ocean with its well-done Pacific Ocean recreational themes. Enjoy the movie-themed Universal Studios Park for even more fun. The Umeda Sky Building is the ultimate place to visit in Osaka, complete with outdoor observation areas and clear glass elevators from which viewing the entire city is simply stunning.
When to visit Osaka
, Osaka has the best treats with the Golden week celebrations amid pleasant weather. August
, and December
also offer fantastic opportunities to tour Osaka. The winters are mild and mostly tolerable, the summers are quite warm and humid, and there is a rainy season between March and July
cherry blossom festival in April is one of the best events to attend in Osaka. The Tianjin Festival, with all the pomp, music, and puppets, happens in July, and it features shrine parades, boat processions, and eventually, the hand-clapping to close up the ceremony.