Japan: Ósaka – A Supermodern City with Great Charm – VIDEO
Initially, I arrived to Osaka from Kyoto whici is nearby. I wanted to get closer to the international airport I had departed from. Eventually, I was really glad that I took two entire days for this city. Apart from dozens of skyscrapers, offices, and shopping malls I discovered many back alleys, great bars, and mostly a lot of thins unthinkable for an European and a whole lot of different things than in other parts of Japan.
Local castle is one of the main attraction in the castle. It was demolished in 1868. It was rebuilt in 1931, damaged during the WWII, and again repaired. The visit is worth it. The view over the beautiful parks around is amazing
Ósaka is a place of great entertainment, food, shopping, and night life. Some chefs and journalists specializing in gastronomy even say that Osaka should be called the food capital of the world. Why not. Bangkok is at the top of this list for me. However, Osaka is serious competition though. Moreover, it became famous for its great wuality sake.
Go to districts Dōtonbori, Namba, Shinsaibashi, Umeda or Shinsekai to fully enjoy food, drinks, and night life. The best shopping experience is in Den Den Town. there you can buy all the electronics you can or (can't) imagine. Umeda is the district with the largest shiopping malls.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is
one of the largest attractions in Osaka. There are 14 large fish tanks. The largest one holds whale shark. Moreover, it is the second largest fish tank in the world with 5400 tuns of water. Near to it, there is a huge Ferris wheel which takes you up to 112 meters.
It was the best experience for me to watch local noisy life, young and hippie Japanese and many unbelievable thins happening around that couldn't even take place in Europe. Rose, hairy boots with hare ears and nose; girly costumes from Disney cartoons, large shining billboards, people waving with restuarant ads, tiny shrines between skyscrapers, bottles of saké displayed on the street, restaurants with only 4 seats, green matcha Kit-Kat, subway dispatchers, lampions, lampoons... Go and see for yourselves. Japan will surprisly all the time
Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš
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