Osaka, Japan has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I don’t know what it is but something about the Japanese culture excites me. Perhaps it’s the food, or their incessant obsession with cleanliness, or maybe the way they are so advanced with technology compared to North America. Whatever it is, it makes me want to go!
Being such an avid researcher when it comes to travel, I love to plan out itineraries in advance. While I do love to get lost every once in a while, I spend most of my time pouring over travel websites researching future destinations. This post is some research I’ve put together for a potential trip to Osaka (could be happening sooner than you think!).
Where to stay
I’m not typically one to stay in hostels or cheap places when I travel. I mean seriously I work 50+ hours a week for a reason right? I think if I were travelling to Osaka the best and most luxurious place to stay would be InterContinental Hotel Osaka. The hotel is located right near much of the city’s main attractions like the Umekita Garden. THe hotel also has a michelin-starred restaurant inside. Not sure if I could afford that but at least I could walk by and admire the people that are eating! Lastly, the hotels beds look super comfortable. I’m already a light sleeper when on vacation so having a comfortable bed is something that’s really important to me.
Visiting the top attractions
Osaka is really known for its food, nightlife and the modern architecture that surrounds the city. The city blends together technology with nature beautifully. Everything I’ve read says that visiting during Cherry Blossom season is one of the best times to go and visit. I can imagine why. One of the major attractions in Osaka is the Osaka Castle. The building was created in the 16th century and stands today surrounded by breathtaking plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Another popular site to see in Japan is the Dotonbori district. This strip is the entertainment and nightlife district along the Dotonbori canal. The massive bright billboards make it look just like a mini Times Square to me!
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When I visited Bali in 2013, I became obsessed with the Buddhist culture. The way of life is so peaceful, it just makes sense to me. Which is why I would definitely look to add the Shitenno-ji Buddhist Temple to my travel list for Osaka. Apparently it was built in 53 A.D., that fact alone blows my mind! I hate to admit it but I would probably want to visit Universal Studios Japan while I was there as well. I mean common, I can’t go all the way to the other side of the world without seeing how they do entertainment could I?
Eating in Osaka
According to the Japan Guide for Osaka, it’s rumoured that residents spend more on food than they do anything else. Um, sign me up! Seeing as I’m usually on some budget or other, eating in Osaka shouldn’t be too much of a problem as it’s pretty cheap. There are a number of local dishes to Osaka and while I consider myself moderately adventurous with food, I’m not sure I would try all of them. Takoyaki which is basically grilled and battered Octopus is something that I would definitely consider adding to my list though!
Have you visited Osaka, Japan? I would love to hear your thoughts on what I should do for my first visit!
*While this post was written by me it was sponsored. As always I would never post something I wouldn’t do or use myself!