Top 5: Osaka.

I really enjoyed Osaka. It’s well located, has a good mix of past and present, and is easy to get round thanks to its efficient and vast subway system. Though it’s hard, I’ve decided to pick out my top 5 favourite things about Osaka. In no particular order:

Dotombori.

This is the infamous “neon dream” of Osaka. Sporting a plethora of bright neon and LED advertisement boards, it sits in Osaka’s heart and is a must-visit when dark falls. You can also enjoy a Ferris wheel by the river, and a fuck ton of amazing restaurants and street food vendors.

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Osaka Castle.

This might seem like a cliche, but I don’t care. Osaka Castle is stunning. It was the first Japanese castle (on the mainland at least) that I visited, and it did not disappoint. Traditional architecture, pristine grounds, and a beautiful on-site temple means it embodies a lot of what I love about Japan.

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Shittenoji Temple.

One of Osaka’s best known temples, its distinctive pagoda towers above the grounds. It has several smaller temples within, all of which can be visited. It’s a little further out but worth the trip. The grounds are peaceful and well kept, and the architecture is beautiful.

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Namba Walks.

This is an underground shopping district connected to Namba train station, one of Osaka’s main interchanges. It’s a brilliant way to make use of what would otherwise be dead space, plus it has a great selection of shops and eateries.

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Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine.

Last but not least, is the incredible Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, a Shinto place of worship. It’s distinct red/orange woodwork, smattering of shrines, lanterns, and its tranquil grounds make it one of my favourites. I particularly enjoyed the little neko shrine, complete with neko statues you can buy and dedicate (I opted to bring mine home to show my cat).

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Anyone else visited Osaka? Please share your top 5!

Happy and safe travels,

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