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Osaka Travel Guide

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Best of Osaka

3 days in Osaka
3 days in Osaka

A bustling, multicultural city, Osaka is best known for its unique cuisine, castle, and port--one of the first to open to the outside world after the end of Japan's isolation. In three days, you can visit the top historic attractions and take in some of the luxuries of modern life in this economic capital.

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Family-friendly Osaka

Osaka for young kids
Osaka for young kids

With a theme park or animal attraction for every day of the week, Osaka has plenty of activities to keep children busy and entertained during their visit.

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Osaka on a budget

Osaka on a budget
Osaka on a budget

Historically an immigrant city, Osaka's affordable food and attractions welcome budget travelers, who can visit the city's most beloved shrines for free and enjoy local specialties from vendors on historic streets.

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Insiders' Osaka

Osaka off the beaten path
Osaka off the beaten path

Osaka itself is a bit off the beaten path for travelers, generally skipped over in favor of nearby Kyoto, so it's easy to find unique attractions, from a museum dedicated to instant noodles to a building transformed into a vertical garden.

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Getaways from Osaka

Daytrips from Osaka
Daytrips from Osaka

Between the historic imperial capital Kyoto and ancient Nara, Osaka is well-placed for day trips to major historic sites as well as natural attractions.

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Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

Osaka-jo (Castle) is widely known as an emblem of the power and fortune of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (a Daimyo, or powerful territorial Lord). In 1583 Hideyoshi began construction on the former site of...

Castles of the Kansai Region.
Castles of the Kansai Region.

Dating from the Late 15th Century through to the early 16th Century, castle construction in Japan was at it's peak.They were built to guard important or strategic sites, such as ports,river-crossings...

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Best Of

Explore Osaka and Kyoto in a week (Arvind M, Apr 29, 2013)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes
This is the Japans, Pilot (mlicious, Oct 28, 2007)
3.0 of 5 stars 5 Votes
Around The Globe (DebbieDaq, Jan 2, 2010)
0.0 of 5 stars 0 Votes

Recent Trip

Recent Japan Itinerary (Tunaidi, Sep 10, 2013)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Japan Countryside in 12 days (Tracy H, Apr 13, 2013)
3.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
3.0 of 5 stars 1 Vote