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.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.
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