Best things to do in Osaka
Essential city info, articles & travel tips from our local hosts
Famed as the culinary city of Japan, there are more things to do in Osaka than the local passion of “kuidaore” (eat till you drop). This intoxicating city exudes uniqueness, retro-charm, and modern flair. Its easy-going locals are famous for their brash sense of humor and their taste for the good things in life so it’s no surprise that many visitors prefer it over Tokyo. The downtown Dotonmbori area where gigantic billboards and dazzling neon lights dominate the skyline. The old downtown district of Shinsekai epitomizes the vibe of the city and here you’ll find great cheap eateries, retro shops, and many other surprises. There are also plenty of things to do to satisfy your thirst for culture like visiting the Edo period Osaka castle or the dreamy Hozenji temple. But of course, no Osaka experience will be complete without trying out local dishes like kushikatsu, okonomiyaki, and takoyaki to your heart’s content.