An alluring destination in Japan that boasts both a modern lifestyle and traditional aesthetics.
Japan has always been known as a country of fascinating contradictions. It’s conservative yet quirky, it holds tight to traditions while also being ultra-modern at the same time, and Osaka is one of the cities that charmingly exudes these polar juxtapositions.
While there are many international flights into Osaka, we suggest you fly into Tokyo and take the shinkansen – bullet train – to experience Japan’s technology and infrastructure at their finest.
What to Do
As you arrive in Osaka, take it easy and bask in the city’s atmosphere from 170 metres above the ground at the Umeda Sky Building. The top of the building comprises an observation platform shaped like a doughnut offering an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city.
When the sun has set, head to the famous Dotonbori district, home to countless bars, restaurants and cafés. Dotonbori is a sight to behold in the evening as the striking cacophony of neon signs and lights creates one of Japan’s iconic urban landscapes. Get lost in the maze of paths and alleyways and find yourself mesmerised by the ambience.
Spare a day to go on a shopping spree. Osaka boasts two famed shopping streets, Shinsaibashi and Tenjinbashi-Suji. You can basically find everything at these two strips, from clothes to household items, shoes, books, souvenirs and handicrafts, as well as cafés to grab a drink or a bite. Speaking of food, don’t leave Osaka without trying the okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style savoury pancake topped with various Japanese delicacies.
Osaka is also home to the world-renowned Universal Studios Japan, a massive, fun theme park perfect for the whole family. That being said, the city also has an enchanting historical side that showcases Japan’s strong traditions and culture. Check out Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple to take a peek into Japan’s history.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a complete package of sophistication and stellar service, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is a perfect choice. Located in the city centre’s prominent Umeda district, the hotel combines Japanese aesthetics and British flair, resulting in one of the most impressive accommodations in the world. Facilities include Michelin-starred La Baie French restaurant.
Another excellent choice is Conrad Osaka. Residing on the highest floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower, which hosts shops, restaurants and an art museum, the hotel offers a clear view of the city from the top. Located between Dojima and Tosabori rivers, the hotel also takes pride on the water and city views that are visible from all guest rooms and public spaces.
Last but not least is InterContinental Osaka, strategically located near Osaka station and smackdab in one of the city’s liveliest dining and shopping destinations. Part of the IHG hospitality brand, InterContinental Osaka has applies the IHG Clean Promise to maintain high levels of cleanliness and safety for the wellbeing and comfort of guests and staff.