When it comes to the cutting edge in style, cultural attractions and mind-blowing technological wonders, Osaka is one of the premier destinations in the country, second only to the powerhouse capital city of Tokyo.
Osaka, the capital city of the Kansai region, is a necessary addition to any Japan trip: The city is, historically, the commercial capital of Japan and its economic might is apparent in the impressive office buildings and high rises sprouting up throughout the city. Though the grey, concrete appearance of the city leaves the eye a little sore, the pulsing nightlife of Osaka has locals and visitors alike mingling in the streets of Dotombori for late night karaoke sessions. Choruses of “Kampai!” (cheers) ring out into the streets until the wee hours of the morning and have visitors boarding their Osaka flights home exhausted and fulfilled.
What makes Osaka an ideal vacation destination is its ability to satisfy the five senses: Whether you’re admiring the soft feel of the fine silk kimonos for sale in Namba, enjoying the fragrant aroma wafting from the hanami trees during cherry blossom season, savoring every last bite of your takoyaki (octopus dumpling) dinner, ogling over the colorful creatures on display at the Aquarium or listening to the lively sidewalk chatter of Osaka after dark, your flight to Osaka is guaranteed to transport you to an unforgettable destination that’ll have you scrambling to extend your stay.