OHAYO OSAKA!

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Amazing architecture, exciting city buzz and hearty street food – Japan’s second largest metropolitan, Osaka, will not cease to excite. Here are the things to add to your itinerary for a memorable holiday.

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SEE One of the most famous spots in Osaka, the Osaka Castle (Osakajo) was built between 1583 and 1585 by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi who ruled over Japan at that time. The current castle tower is a reconstruction of its remains after the bombing raids of World War 2 and stands tall in the midst of modern Osaka as a stunning city symbol. It’s a place for history buffs (there are eight floors of displays related to the castle’s history) as well as nature lovers (the castle park extends over two square kilometres and contains grassy lawns, plum, peach and cherry blossom groves as well as the popular Nishinomaru Garden). If you’re visiting in early April, the castle park is one of Osaka’s most popular hanami spots during the cherry blossom season.

DO Japan is known for its seafood markets and at Osaka, the place to check out is the Kuromon Market. This covered public market stretches around 600 metres and has about 150 shops that predominantly sell fish, meat and produce as well as other Japanese goodies like traditional sweets and souvenirs. Even if you’re not up for a meal of fresh seafood here (but why not!), it’s worth visiting to soak up the environment and to see the live action of a buzzing market.

SHOP Bright lights, shopping galore, food feasts – it has to be at the Dotonbori district where you’ll find the best shopping and eating in Osaka. To shop till you drop, head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street where eight blocks of retail heaven await. Shopkeepers and merchants have been plying their trade here since the 1600s and while traditional kabuki theatres are no longer here, the street is packed with shops where customers walk in and out getting a hold of Osaka’s best goods. There are shops to suit every budget and taste, and if you’re tired from all that shopping, the endless choices of cafes and restaurants are exactly the break you need from your retail therapy. While here, make sure you take that obligatory touristy selfie at the Dotonbori Bridge over the 400-year-old canal. Just look out for the iconic Glico Man!

STAY Aside from the excellent customer service you’ll get at the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel (miyakohotels.ne.jp), you can also enjoy unparalleled views over the city with the hotel located on the top floors of Japan’s tallest building, the Abeno Harukas. Gaze outside the large floor-to-ceiling windows for that pinch-me-now moment with the amazing city scene below. Bonus: The hotel is conveniently located in the city for you to go sightseeing and hit the theme parks such as Tsutenkaku and Universal Studios Japan.

 

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