Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It is the metropolis that is currently in spotlight in transit. Osaka is an ancient 6th century city is the anti-capital of Japan. One can reach there from Tokyo in Shinkansen bullet train with the sights of Mt. Fuji. Osaka is a designated city and the capital city of Osaka Prefecture.
Osaka is about 500 miles to the west of Tokyo. It takes 3 hours and 45 minutes by bullet train to reach Osaka. The Harukas 300 observatory on the 60th floor of the Abenobashi Terminal building is a must do. Osaka Castle which is a Japanese style castle is a 16th century shogunate castle is the main historic landmark of Osaka. It is surrounded by a moat and cherry blossoms. It is peachy in true sense Shintennoji Temple and Sumiyoshi-taisha are Shinto shrines and are must dos.
Osaka is filled with neon lights on its shopping districts. Dotonbori is the must do shopping district with the structures of Old Osaka of courtyards and Buddhist temples. Osaka is popular for its izakaya bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Ebusibashi, Shinsaibashi, Midosuji and Amerikamura are other must do shopping districts.
Osaka is rightly called the Japan’s kitchen or tenka no daidokoro in Japanese. Some of the must eat Osaka street eats are takoyaki which are octopus fritters, okonomiyaki which is an omelette pancake with meats, seafood, noodles and kimchi, kushikatsu is a deep fried skewered vegetable dish with meats and quail eggs, kitsune udon is a thick noodle soup served with fried tofu and fugu fish dish only prepared by licensed fugu chefs.
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