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Try a Taste of Tantalising Osaka

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Try a Taste of Tantalising Osaka

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You haven't fully explored Japan if you haven't made a visit to one of its great cities, Osaka. It's one of the world's biggest metropolitan areas, with a teeming population of almost 9 million.

Here's just some of what you can see and do around the city. Get ready to be caught up its undeniable buzz and charm!

Take in the history of the city 
Osaka is home to more than 1,400 years of history, so there's plenty for visitors to explore. 

Why not start with the beautiful blue-tinged Osaka Castle? This structure is one of the city's greatest and most powerful symbols. It features awe-inspiring gates and turrets, as well as an impressive outer moat. Aside from its solid structural design, there are amazing decorative touches, such as the ornamental dolphins, tiles and tigers adorning the roof. 

Nearby, you can visit the Osaka Museum of History to delve into the city's past. Through life-size reconstructions, scale models, multimedia and photographs, you'll get a great animated insight into how Osaka has developed from traditional to modern. 

If you want to know even more, check out the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. This features re-created buildings and streets inspired by days gone by. Walk the streets as they once were and soak in the history.

See the city's spiritual side
Pay a visit to one of the city's most beautiful shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha. This is dedicated to three gods said to protect Japan and those at sea. It also promotes poetry. Enjoy its elegant design, with features such as a gorgeous arched bridge and pond. 

Head just 90 minutes out of the city to experience the genuine village of Chihaya-akasaka. This is a quiet mountain village and a place of great spirituality. There are lovely thatch-roofed houses and a peaceful local way of life. The natural environment is incredibly serene, with lush forests, farmland and gently flowing rivers. Here, you can also see Mount Kongo, the highest mountain in Osaka. 

Savour the delicious cuisine
Osaka is also incredibly flavourful, with a whole host of delicious cuisine on offer. 

Embrace the local principle of 'kuidaore', which means eat 'til you drop! There are so many cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. What are some of the delicacies you can look forward to? 

Try kushikatsu, or deep fried skewers with a variety of meats and vegetables. Or how about okonomiyawki, a savoury pancake full of cabbage for something a bit different? Or you could opt for fried noodles, any variety of sushi you desire or even an eel dish if you're feeling adventurous. 

For fresh sushi, check out the sushi go-round Isono Ryotaro, which is consistently well-reviewed by visitors. You'll find this just a five minute walk from the Osaka Namba Station. For some great Chinese takeaway food incredibly popular in Osaka, check out 551 Horai. This is also located at Namba in the Chuo-ku district.

Discover Japan's pop culture
From colourful anime to manga and vibrant cosplay, Japan has a fascinating popular culture and you can discover it for yourself in Osaka.
This scene is particularly thriving during March, when the Nipponbashi Street Festa comes to town and showcases all things weird and wonderful in pop culture.

At any time of year, shopping street Osaka Nipponbashi is great to visit if you're interested in learning more about the country's pop culture, with plenty of animation, gaming and comic stores where the fans hang out. You'll see a lot of people dressed up, role playing and poring over collectibles in the shops. 

It's clear that Osaka has plenty to offer travellers, so make the most of what this diverse and exciting city dishes up. 
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