Osaka, Japan

Ōsaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and the... more

Osaka, Japan

Ōsaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio.

Osaka's most famous shopping district is Shinsaibashi, which offers a mix of huge department stores, high-end Western designer stores, and independent boutiques ranging from very cheap to very expensive. Within Shinsaibashi, the Amerika-mura, often shortened to "Amemura") or "American Village" area is particularly popular among young people, and is often said to be the source of most youth fashion trends in Japan. Near Amerika-mura,Horie is shopping street of mainly Japanese brands shops. The many shops in Umeda are also popular among trendy locals, particularly in the Hep Five and Hep Navio buildings adjacent to Hankyu Umeda Station, although these shops tend to be too expensive to captivate most tourists' interest. In this area, new shopping buildings have been constructed recently. For example, the“E-ma” buildings next to Hanshin department store, and “Nu-Chayamachi”, opened in October 2005 near Hankyu Umeda station.

The widest selection of restaurants is in Osaka's main entertainment districts, with the highest concentration of all in the Umeda and Dotombori areas.

Even in a nation of obsessive gourmands Osaka is known as an excellent place to eat, exemplified by the Osakan maxim kuidaore, "eat yourself into ruin". The best place for trying out kuidaore is probably Dōtonbori and neighboring Hōzenji-yokochō or Soemon-cho, the whole area containing nearly nothing but one restaurant after another.

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Locals will confirm that Mimiu's is the best place to go for udon sukiyaki, a traditional Japanese noodle stew with cabbage, clams, eel, yams and other varying seasonal ingredients like shiitake mushrooms and mitsuba.

Have the whole city as a backdrop to a romantic Italian dinner or lunchtime buffet at this 35th-floor Osaka restaurant. Sip a martini cocktail at the Hilton Osaka hotel and enjoy the stunning views. 

If you're looking for serious dancing and powerful techno, then you've found the spot. Club Karma, known for its high-energy buzz, offers popular rock 'n roll, drum 'n bass, and new wave techno weekend events that attract popular DJs from throughout...

  Club Quattro is we were fixing the Japanese music scene that continues to deliver without regard to national and international genre, the live music of high quality consistently and enjoy in the club style live "good", "good music" from the be...

Boasting two large rooms, one of which is non-smoking, Murphys' traditional Irish atmosphere attracts an eclectic mix of Japanese and Western clientele. The friendly international staff provide a warm welcome for locals and new visitors alike, while...

Restaurant Cui-daore. One of the most famous restaurants in Osaka. Japanese Full Course (Kaiseki) and Sukiyaki are specialties. Also on offer are Japanese set menus and Western-style dishes. Parties are welcome.

  The era of the banjaras (gipsy) has been recreated a race of rajasthan origin consisting of trader's and maharaja's. The banjaras were known for their zest for good living and their hearty appetite for good food.

La Baie offers creative, contemporary and traditional French delicacies prepared using only the finest seasonal ingredients. Recipient of Michelin Star and 5-spoon & fork by Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2012 Exceptional shellfish and meat di...

The Chef's recommended menu includes marinated mackerel laden with sweet tomato sauce, lobster with truffle sauce, linguine with oysters, pappardelle chicken smothered in cabbage sauce and chestnut tiramisu bordered by caramel ice cream.

One-star restaurant has won three consecutive years 2010-2012 in the Michelin Guide. Tianjin, China-born king chef serves Cantonese cuisine with seasonal ingredients and plenty of luxury food on the concept of "same source food medicine", the body r...

Things do to in Osaka

Featuring the largest aquarium tank in the world, Osaka Aquarium displays a breathtaking view of aquatic life. Favorites among the 15 natural habitats and 35,000 specimens are the Japanese Forest, whale shark, Arctic penguins and giant spider crab. 

The Shitennoji Temple site is the oldest in Japan, with the original temple being constructed in 593. In addition to the Main Golden Hall, visitors will find a five-story pagoda, turtle sanctuary and aged stone gate dating as far back as 1294.

  Osaka Castle Museum has a large variety of historical materials and the screen displays well-designed for all visitors including children. The diorama on the 7th floor contains 19 scenes from the life of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, karakuri Taikok...

Osaka city museum of fine arts opened in May 1936. Although the museum is presently located inside Tennoji Park, the property used to belong to the Sumitomo family for their main house, and was later donated to the city of Osaka together with a gard...

HEP Five, a shopping complex with specialty shops geared for young people, boasts Kita’s newest symbol: a bright red Ferris wheel on its roof. From an air conditioned gondola at the top of the wheel 106 meters above the ground, you can get a splendi...

Our Museum collects, studies, conserves, exhibits and interprets oriental ceramics with a basis of our valuable collection including the world-renowned “Ataka Collection”, donated by the twenty-one companies of the Sumitomo Group to the City of Osak...

Located on the outskirts of the Osaka Castle grounds, this museum brings to life the city's 1400-year history. Each floor details a different period of Osaka's history beginning with the most recent and moving upward to ancient exhibits on the museu...

he 40th top floor of the floating garden and the rooftop are the Floating Garden Observatory where you can enjoy the sky and panoramic views. Deserving its fantastic name, the observation facilities display the maximum attractiveness of a skyscraper...

The park opened on March 31, 2001. Universal Studios Japan reached the milestone of attracting the first 10 million visitors faster than any other theme park in the world. The park is similar to Universal Orlando Resort, since it also contains sel...

Osaka Nightlife

If you're looking for serious dancing and powerful techno, then you've found the spot. Club Karma, known for its high-energy buzz, offers popular rock 'n roll, drum 'n bass, and new wave techno weekend events that attract popular DJs from throughout...

  Club Quattro is we were fixing the Japanese music scene that continues to deliver without regard to national and international genre, the live music of high quality consistently and enjoy in the club style live "good", "good music" from the be...

Boasting two large rooms, one of which is non-smoking, Murphys' traditional Irish atmosphere attracts an eclectic mix of Japanese and Western clientele. The friendly international staff provide a warm welcome for locals and new visitors alike, while...

Osaka Dining

Locals will confirm that Mimiu's is the best place to go for udon sukiyaki, a traditional Japanese noodle stew with cabbage, clams, eel, yams and other varying seasonal ingredients like shiitake mushrooms and mitsuba.

Have the whole city as a backdrop to a romantic Italian dinner or lunchtime buffet at this 35th-floor Osaka restaurant. Sip a martini cocktail at the Hilton Osaka hotel and enjoy the stunning views. 

Restaurant Cui-daore. One of the most famous restaurants in Osaka. Japanese Full Course (Kaiseki) and Sukiyaki are specialties. Also on offer are Japanese set menus and Western-style dishes. Parties are welcome.

  The era of the banjaras (gipsy) has been recreated a race of rajasthan origin consisting of trader's and maharaja's. The banjaras were known for their zest for good living and their hearty appetite for good food.

La Baie offers creative, contemporary and traditional French delicacies prepared using only the finest seasonal ingredients. Recipient of Michelin Star and 5-spoon & fork by Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2012 Exceptional shellfish and meat di...

The Chef's recommended menu includes marinated mackerel laden with sweet tomato sauce, lobster with truffle sauce, linguine with oysters, pappardelle chicken smothered in cabbage sauce and chestnut tiramisu bordered by caramel ice cream.

One-star restaurant has won three consecutive years 2010-2012 in the Michelin Guide. Tianjin, China-born king chef serves Cantonese cuisine with seasonal ingredients and plenty of luxury food on the concept of "same source food medicine", the body r...