Japan’s third largest city, I often feel Osaka doesn’t get enough credit, with many travelers skipping this hip city in favour of more famous Tokyo. Osaka is busy, youthful, and effortlessly cool. It’s also less than an hour from Kyoto (a city virtually all tourists visit) by train, so there’s no reason not to stop by. Dotonbori is a popular street in Osaka’s Namba ward, which is filled with restaurants, shops and bright neon signs. Osaka is one those places where visiting is less about seeing particular famous attractions, and more about soaking up the overall atmosphere. It’s also one of Japan’s best foodie cities, so don’t leave without trying some of the local specialties, including takoyaki (surprisingly delicious batter balls filled with octopus).
Have you ever been to Osaka?
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