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Osaka

Osaka, a city known as the gastronomy kitchen of Japan, is a small understatement to the scale of the culinary scene that exists in Osaka. Experience Japanese/Western fusion at Fujiya 1935, a restaurant awarded with three stars in Michelin Guide of 2012. Using only seasonal vegetables, seafood, as well as meat only from Japan, Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara bring his cooking skills he received while training in Italy and Spain into his delectable Japanese cuisine.

Gorgeous dish such as Butterfish from Tokushima, 8-week aged Tajima Beef, to delightful dessert such as Spring Flowers and Herbs Mascarpone Chamomile Sorbet. Luxury gourmet is only half of the shine that Osaka brings, the other is in its local food. Tasty local food in Osaka are abundant, you would be wrong to think otherwise. Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and Kushikatsu stall lines up Dotonbori street. You would be wrong if Takoyaki, a small circular snack filled with octopus chunk can only be enjoyed with sweet sauce & mayonnaise. There are other fun variations such as Ponzu spring onion, takoyaki that are dipped in dashi soup as well as many other variations.

Culinary is not the only thing that exist in Osaka, places to visit are abundant as well! The famous Nanba street is one that comes to mind when talking about Osaka. The moment you arrive on Namba street be prepared to be dazzled by the neon lights, the food stalls that emits smell of delicious food, and the liveliness that defines Osaka.

For those who enjoys theme park, or families who have children's, Universal Studio Japan is a theme park not to be missed. Exciting rides, fun atmosphere as well as new attraction such The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ensure that the fun never stops. Another favorite for most Osaka residence and travelers alike is Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, featuring the largest aquarium tank in the world with breathtaking view of aquatic sea life. There are around 35,000 specimens that exist in the aquarium, from whale shark to giant spider crab. This is not just a normal aquarium in which it feels like you're watching the sea animals, but it is designed for you to feel as though you are playing together with the creatures of the sea.

 

Osaka place to visit
Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Osaka from the 39th floor of Umeda Sky Building, one of the city's most modern architectural structures. Finally Osaka Castle is one to not be missed. Known as the symbol of Osaka, the steep walls that is approximately 30 meter high is a replica of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's castle in 1583 that is to become the center of a new, unified Japan. The sheer height of the walls as well as the humongously wide moats makes for a grand sight that could not be matched by any other castle in Japan.

Editor's Choice

Best Restaurants

  1. Honkogetsu (Japanese "Kaisaeki" style)
  2. Kahara (Creative)
  3. Hajime (Modern French)
  4. Saeki (Sushi)
  5. Kamoshiya Kusumoto (Creative)

Best Hotels

  1. Nanten-en
  2. Hotel Osaka, Bay Hotel
  3. Imperial Hotel, Osaka
  4. Harmonie Embarassee
  5. Nanba Oriental Hotel

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