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The Best of Osaka

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Nicknamed "Japan’s Kitchen" and known for its lively atmosphere and love of food, a visit to Osaka isn’t complete until you’ve sampled the famous street fare and wandered through the neon-lit nights. Don’t miss the takoyaki (fried octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), and look out for live music and karaoke.
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Japan, 〒540-0002 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Ōsakajō, 1−1
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Osaka Castle was originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, with construction begun in 1583. The plan to make it the fanciest castle in the country went so far as to cover the tower with gold leaf, but it wasn’t merely pretty: The castle held...

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Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Dotonburi, Osaka’s version of Times Square, is a high-energy, oft-crowded, and always-colorful stop. This area is all about food and you can easily stroll for hours sampling such Osaka street food as okonomiyaki savory pancakes and takoyaki fried...
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1-2 Hattoriryokuchi, Toyonaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 561-0873, Japan

Just outside Osaka is this open-air display of farmhouse types from around the country. The woodwork on these houses is incredible, and it’s fascinating to see how people adjusted to Japan’s widely varied climate: Everybody was ready...

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Japan, 〒542-0071 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Dōtonbori, 1 Chome−4−15
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Okonomiyaki is the epitome of Japanese soul food—a griddled pancake made of a mix of vegetables, egg, and meat or seafood, and topped with things like bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, nori, and ginger. The dish may have originated in Osaka, but it...
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1 Chome-6-19 Higashishinsaibashi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0083, Japan
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Splurging for an eight-course omakase, or chef's tasting menu, at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Osaka was entirely worth it. The array of dishes made the whole meal thrilling, and the presentation made it all the more memorable. We ate...
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Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−13, 大阪市中央区西心斎橋2丁目13−3
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Osaka is known for its outgoing inhabitants and Video Game Bar Space Station is no exception. This tiny space has a warm and welcoming staff and is full of both new and vintage video games for all. There’s no cover, just buy a drink and enjoy some...
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Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
For open mic all-night karaoke look no further than the Drunken Clam. The fun and friendly staff do a great job creating a cozy atmosphere where strangers quickly become friends. Whether you come to sing, drink, spectate, or all of the above, you’...
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2 Chome-2-22 Shinsaibashisuji, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0085, Japan

Shinsaibashi is sort of the heartbeat of Osaka: the intersection of two enormous streets busy with shops and restaurants, with a canal running through for extra scenic pleasure. This neighborhood has no interest in charming tourists, so it’s...