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Osaka travel guide

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You're Going to Love Osaka

Often referred to as the "Venice of the East" due to its network of canals branching off the river Yodo, Osaka is Japan's third largest and most fun-loving city.

Osaka is the kind of destination that blends ancient history with ultra-modern attractions. On one day you could tour the ramparts of Osaka Castle and venerable temples before shopping for the latest electronics and riding the 100-meter-tall Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

Famous for the quality of its cuisine, Osaka will delight foodies, but it's just as enticing for nightlife fans thanks to neighborhoods like Umeda that never seem to sleep.

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When to Visit Osaka

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In April and May, the city is a blaze of color as the cherry trees blossom (and the locals make this an excuse for a week long Cherry Blossom Festival as well). Otherwise, the Tenjin Matsuri Festival in late July is a great time to go, as is October, when mild weather and sunshine make for great sightseeing conditions.

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Where to Stay in Osaka

Osaka is a busy tourist and commercial hub, so there's no shortage of hotels at all luxury levels. Some of the most opulent include the Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel, which is very handy for attractions in Umeda, the Swissotel Nankai Osaka in Namba. and Hotel Universal Port, which is right next to Universal Studios Japan. If you need somewhere cheaper, check out Osaka Guesthouse KOMA in the city center, which has friendly staff and affordable dorms.

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Shopping Streets

Osaka is an incredible place to shop and the city is dotted with markets, department stores and shopping malls. Shinsaibashi Suji is a good place to start (in between Umeda and Namba), offering apparel boutiques of all varieties. If you are looking for cutting-edge fashion, don't miss Amerikamura, and try to get to Tenjinbashi Suji as well (if only to marvel at its two-mile-long parade of stores).

Groceries and Other

Visitors to Osaka can save a lot of money by shopping at the city's supermarkets during their stay. Some of the best places to shop for groceries include Super Tamade (the cheapest stores) or Seijo Ishii, while the Kuromon Ichiba is a must-visit for gourmet food fans. In general, expect to pay around ¥700 for a gallon of milk and ¥310 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Osaka

Eating in Osaka is one of the main attractions and the options are almost endless, but there are some highlights that every foodie should explore. Endo Sushi (in the Central Fish Market) is the place to head for sushi, while Hanamaruken serves great value, delicious ramen. Every visitor should try Osaka's okonomiyaki pancakes at least once, and the best in town are probably served at Houzenji San Pei, while Kimukatsu offers superb (and quick) katsu chicken. Prices vary wildly, but in general a sit down meal will come to between ¥1,000 and ¥1,500.