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Japan’s third largest city, Osaka is a major economic hub with welcoming people, rich and varied food culture, flashing neon signs and a lot to see and do.
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Madeleine Stratton slips into the simple, austere style of luxury that is what traditional, high-end Japanese guesthouses are all about. That, and the extraordinary food.
Bunraku is a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre,which has been registered by UNESCO as a world intangible cultural asset. Bunraku performances can be watched at the National Bunraku Theatre in Osaka.
Filled with bars and restaurants, flashy Dotonbori is probably the best place to enjoy regional dishes.
Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) is one of Osaka’s specialties and one can tailor it to their own taste, including certain toppings and ingredients. This is reflected in the name with “okonomi” meaning “to one’s liking”.
Timeless, majestic, beautiful, a must see destination and the Castle Park is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Osaka in spring.
The Tenjin Matsuri festival, held at the Tenman Shrine in Osaka on 24 and 25 July, is one of the three great festivals of Japan and includes traditional performances, a night-time procession of about hundred illuminated boats and a firework display.