Planning Your Trip to Osaka in 2020

Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is often compared to neighboring Kyoto, which seems to be more vibrant and bustling than itself. As a result, many travelers go straight to Kyoto or Tokyo and bypass Osaka altogether. This is a big mistake, and I believe that Osaka should be the first Japanese city you visit. Let’s delve into why.

Amazing Food

Sashimi in Osaka, Japan
A plate of sashimi

If you love eating, there are nearly 140 Michelin-star eateries all over Osaka. You can stuff yourself silly because at every restaurant renowned chefs make it a mission to serve you mouth-watering delicacies. They offer a variety of cuisines, from the famous traditional Japanese multi-course dinner kaiseki to classic dishes such as yakitori, an assortment of grilled meat and veggies. You can also find interesting food such as fried maple leaves served at Minoo National Park. The dish is so unique that many travelers make this a must-try.

Friendly locals

Derek Freal partying with D.O, head rapper of the Japanese hip-hop group Motha Fuckerz
One of the locals I happened to make friends with was D.O, head rapper of the Japanese hip-hop group Motha Fuckerz. Yes, seriously — this photo is from D.O.’s VIP birthday party back in 2008 while I was living in Japan.

The locals in Osaka are amicable and helpful. They own family dinners and food stalls that are hygienic and sanitary. You might be worried about how the people will receive you. In this city, the chances are you will come across a friendly local easily, who will be more than happy to guide and show you to your destination. In Osaka, English and Japanese are the main languages of communication.

Sights and scenery

Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan
Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan

When it comes to landmarks and scenery, Osaka has no shortage of sights to see. Shitennoji Temple is one of the most beautiful in the region. It is also among the oldest temples, preserving many of Japan’s cultures. Most of the grounds in the temple are free to enter, but some have a fee. For those who prefer shopping over history, there are also modern shopping malls like Amerura, which is a park and a mall in one. If you want to have some laid-back fun in an Americanized park, this is the place to visit 😉

Osaka Castle is absolutely amazing and a definite must-visit
Osaka Castle is absolutely amazing

Another place to visit would be Osaka Castle. If you have been here, the site is a jewel every visit. If you have not, it be a sight for your adventurous soul. The details and construction of the castle are not only educative but have calming tranquility too. The orchard, flowers, and the gate are stunning and outstanding.

Drinks and fun

Dotonbori beer on tap in Osaka, Japan
Plenty of Dotonbori beer on tap (source)

When it comes to letting loose and having fun, you should try out the well-crafted beer at Shochikuza Theatre. The beer brewed in the city is refreshing, and you can enjoy drama, songs, and dance all at the same time. Combine this unique yet well-blending pair of tofu and beer for a native Osaka feel. Furthermore, Osaka is among the few places that has the famous Japanese beer Dotonbori on tap.

Getting to Osaka

Dotonbori Canal in Osaka
Dotonbori Canal in Osaka

So, if you ever find yourself in need of a Singapore to Osaka flight, there are many airlines to consider. They differ in fare rates, types of tickets, and services. Also, it matters whether you are visiting Osaka for business, pleasure, or both. Regardless of your reason, the best airline is one that should put your safety and comfort first. There are several such airlines like Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, just to mention a few.

Osaka is the second-largest city in Japan, and it can be quite confusing to first time visitors. However, if you decide to take a leap of faith, you will enjoy an Osaka experience consisting of beautiful scenery, delicious cuisines, and friendly interactions with locals that will exceed all expectations.

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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

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