A colourful city where the castle itself is modern
Umeda is the area around Osaka Station. Here you will find a large concentration of office buildings and shopping centers. Don’t miss the impressive 40-storey Umeda Sky Building with the so-called Floating Garden Observatory, built high up in the air between two buildings, which therefore seems to float in space. From here there is a fantastic view over the city – day and night. In the south of the city is Namba, a huge area with pedestrian streets and shops. Shinsaibashisuji and Dotombori streets have the best shopping. The neon lights of the Dotombori area make it a great place wander in the evening. Other sights include the reconstructed Osaka Castle, which has a splendid view of the city and, unusually, has been fitted with a lift to the top! Also visit the Shinsekai district, which has a feeling of Japan in the 1960s. If you’re looking for the latest in electronics or fashion, visit Nipponbashi (also called Den-Den Town) or Amerikamura. The city also has a nice aquarium, and an old tradition of puppet theatre that you can experience at the National Bunraku Theatre.
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One of the best things about Osaka is the food! The food culture here is quite the opposite of Kyoto. Here it’s not about subtle taste sensations, just delicious and satisfying food. The largest concentration of restaurants is found in the Kita Shinchi area south of Osaka Station, but everywhere there are delights, not least in the small side streets where the city’s stunning street kitchen thrives. Taste the local street food “takoyaki” – a kind of salty apple slices with cabbage, squid and delicious sauce – and “kushi katsu” – deep fried meat and vegetables on skewers.
Umeda and Namba
Osaka is divided into two main districts: Umeda and Namba.
Umeda is the central area with Osaka Station as its hub. The modern cityscape of huge office buildings and shopping centres shows the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of the vigourous, friendly Osaka peoeple.
Namba in the south of the city, has large shopping malls and designer boutiques, selling teenage fashions and the latest in clothing. The place to go to experience young, fashionable Osaka.
- From Tokyo Station to Shin Osaka Station by Bullet train (560km)(2h40min) or domestic flights from Haneda Airport to Kansai International Airport (KIX)
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