Osaka from above may look like another crowded and generic big city, but spend some time shopping, relaxing, touring and eating and you’ll see like we did that this city has lots of character. It can be too overwhelming to try and see it all, so plan on two to three days and see if some of the things we chose to do excite you:
Indulge in luxury accommodations:
The St Regis was our place to stay during our trip. It is housed in a skyscraper and the butler service was impeccable. There were wonderful afternoon cocktails too. Views of the city stretch for miles in these penthouse style rooms.
The Conrad hotel is another enviable address in the city and it comes with delightful hospitality. Its biggest attraction is the rooftop bar: 40 Skybar and Lounge which is serving signature cocktails and city panoramas.
Festival tower West Is an art hub which features everything from trending sculpture and painting to the novelties of traditional Japanese décor and homes.
Festival Tower East is more of a performance art hub with musical production and traveling shows of all sort constantly hosted.
National Museum of Art is actually fully underground and its quite unusual. The architecture is lovely and the rotating exhibitions are always a curios lot.
Shinsaibashi is the mall to check out in the city. It is a skyscraper of international and local brands. There are restaurants, import grocery stores and specialty shops that could take the whole day to see.
Nipponbashi is the electronics mecca of the city. Here you can find parts and parcels of any gizmo you can think of. It is a fast paced and surreal shopping experience especially because it is also home to Osaka’s wacky cosplay culture.
Tenjinbashi-suji Shōtengai is a marvel to browse as it is the longest straight and covered shopping arcade in Japan going on for 2.6km. The arcade runs along Tenjinbashi-suji street and is accessible from several subway stations.
Osaka Castle: This is a centuries old edifice that shows some of the city’s imperial prestige, most of which was wiped out during the war. It is surrounded by lovely gardens and monuments.
Spa World: It is really a theme park of wellness and if you like steam rooms and saunas (like we do) this is probably the most unique place in the world to try every sort of relaxing bath and scrub.