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Areas/Seasons to Explore
A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do
Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto
Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan
Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!
Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto
The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park
Things to do in Kyoto
Visit Kobe for the day

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Things to do in Osaka

Ah, Osaka. Honestly one of our favourite cities in Japan! Osaka has the nickname of “tenka no daidokoro” - which means “nation's kitchen” or more worldly renowned as “The Kitchen of Japan”. Osaka is also renowned as the kitchen of the world by some people. If you're a foodie, you're in the right place!

Osaka is not just about food, however. In comparison, it is similar to Tokyo but has a much more of a local, friendly atmosphere. It is considered the second capital of Japan, due to its size, culture and population. It’s also very close to Kyoto and Kobe. 

Osaka has a fantastic atmosphere is one of the greatest cities in Japan! 

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Explore below for the best things to do in Osaka, from food to fun... Happy travels!

Things to do...

The locals guide on what to do in Osaka

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Take a day trip to Himeji

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Best Cafes in Osaka

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Where to eat in Osaka

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Best Ramen in Osaka

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The Ultimate Guide to Food in Osaka

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Osaka Temples and Shrines

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Osaka on a rainy day

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Explore the Washuzan Highland

29 Oct 2019

Washuzan Highland was once home to the Guinness World Record for the longest rollercoaster ride, an uninterrupted 1,050 laps on the Star Jet Line lasting just over 35 hours. Come explore this fascinating, slightly post-apocalyptic place with Kansai Local!

Taiyo Park

29 Oct 2019

Taiyo Park: Travel the Wonders of the World in this Eerie Theme Park A nursing home for the elderly and people with disabilities sits adjacent to a run down replica of the Great Wall of China. Welcome to Taiyo Park. Explore the Kansai Local guide to the spooky Taiyo Park!

Awaji volunteer trash pick up

01 Jul 2019

Single use plastic in Japan is a massive issue. A few friends and I organised a volunteer trash pick up with on the pretty island of Awaji.

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