Vibrant, modern and colourful, Osaka has a reputation as a place to have fun. The straight-talking inhabitants of this bustling port and commercial hub may work hard, but they also know how to play hard, which means dazzling nightlife and an impressive culinary scene that has earned the city the nickname of ‘the nation’s kitchen’.
Diving into the city’s gourmet culture is a must, whether that’s in one of almost a hundred Michelin-starred restaurants, at a wildly popular street stall or in the teeming central market with its eye-popping displays of unfamiliar ingredients. So, too, is experiencing the futuristic, full-beam, amped-up nightscape of the entertainment district with its skyscraper-high neon signs and wall-to-wall bars, games arcades, clubs and theatres.
In such an ever-changing metropolis, it can be tricky to keep track of where’s hot and where’s not. Our Japan gurus can connect you with clued-up local guides to create your ideal Osaka visit.