Things to do in Osaka
The vibrant yin to Tokyo's refined yang, the waterfront city of Osaka is bright, brash and bold. It's also one of Japan's largest cities, with this sprawling metropolis lying at the heart of the densely-populated Kansai region.
Well known for its street food, Osaka's countless outdoor yatai (food stalls) are the perfect place to sample some authentic takoyaki (wheat balls). Typically filled with minced octopus, this local delicacy is the specialty of a city renowned for its high-quality cuisine.
However, Osaka is about much more than just food. Osaka Castle is one of the most iconic attractions in Japan, while the Tempozan Ferris Wheel offers sweeping views over a waterfront that makes Osaka one of the most vibrant port cities in the world.
Add to the mix Universal Studios Japan and the world-famous Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and you have the recipe for a rollicking time in one of Japan's most exciting destinations.