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Piece of Peace Exhibition

Piece of Peace Exhibition

Nov 20th - Dec 12th

The Piece of Peace Exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO explores a number of World Heritage listed destinations, made from Lego bricks...

7 ¥600
Lantern Night Osaka

Lantern Night Osaka

Dec 17th - Dec 19th

Osaka's annual lantern night event takes place for three days during December, and it sees thousands of LED lanterns coloring..

1 ¥4,500
Osaka Hikari-Renaissance Light-up

Osaka Hikari-Renaissance Light-up

Dec 14th - Dec 25th

The main attraction during Christmas in Osaka is the projection mapping light show "Shining Art Wall" at the Nakanoshima Library...

2 Free

Where to eat in Osaka

Bear Paw Cafe

Bear Paw Cafe

Kim

On first glances, Osaka's newly-opened Bear Paw Cafe may seem like a cute gimmick, but it's much more than that.

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Meiji Chocolate Factory

Meiji Chocolate Factory

Noriko Duck

Located between Osaka and Kyoto on the JR Kyoto line, it features the world’s biggest chocolate hued bar next to the train tra..

3

Places to stay in Osaka

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Gary Luscombe

Amami Onsen Nanten-en is a traditional ryokan inn hidden deep within the Osaka countryside. Immersed in history and culture, boasting..

5

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Mount Iwawaki

Mount Iwawaki

Gary Luscombe

A simple hike on the southern border of Osaka Prefecture. Mount Iwawaki is a great place to escape to escape the city, especially..

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Streetcars of Osaka

Streetcars of Osaka

Bonson Lam

Whether you are taking tea with the famed housewives of Sakai, or coming experiencing a sword into plowshare moment at the Bicycle..

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About Osaka

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Population 8,865,245
Area 1904.99 km²

The center of western Japan and the home of Japanese comedy, Osaka Prefecture (大阪府, Ōsaka-fu) is lively at all times, as the business district in Umeda, the shopping area of Shinsaibashi, and the neon-lit nightlife district of Dotonbori reflect the upbeat and friendly nature of the local people.

But if you’re tired of the urbanity, Osaka Castle and the Expo Commemoration Park (which contains the National Museum of Ethnology and the iconic Tower of the Sun) ensure that you won’t run out of things to do. And that’s without even mentioning Universal Studios Japan.

Walking around the streets of Osaka can be a gastronomical experience, with many food stalls selling takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and other delicious fast foods and snacks. And if you have the luxury to splurge, have dinner at Kitcho, one of the most high class Japanese restaurants. 

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