Osaka City contains plenty of exiting places to visit. Not much of a surprise considering it's the third largest city in Japan with a population of roughly 2.7 million people. Osaka City is part of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, which is with roughly 13 million inhabitants, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. So needless to say, that there is an abundance of fun and interesting sites to visit in Osaka. And with the following article, you will get to know some of them.
The Castle is one of the town's landmarks. With its wealth of plum and cherry trees, the park surrounding Osaka Castle feels like a rural oasis surrounded by an urban concrete jungle. You can enjoy an awesome view over the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area from the observatory at the top level of the Castle. If you have only one site to visit, Osaka Castle is the place to go. Combi-tickets are sold for Osaka Castle and the Osaka Museum of History, which are a nice complement to each other.
Namba is the place to go if you want to experience a feeling of the typical Japanese lifestyle. You can even find an indoor fishing pond (click this link to see for yourself) amongst the hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. Most of them with extremely bright and colorful billboards. Just see for yourself at our Osaka Gallery. To get the best experience of Namba and to see the light signs in all their brightness, you should visit it in the evening, during and after dusk. One world of warning though: Be careful with the tourist traps at Namba. There are quite a lot of them.
Snus in Japan
It was a pleasant surprise to discover that two flavors of Swedish Snus are sold in Japan. They are called Zerostyle Snus Regular and Zerostyle Snus Mint. Both are sold in about 150 stores in Osaka City only. One of the big tobacco stores in Namba had it on display, which was where we have discovered it. For the rest of Japan http://www.rakuten.co.jp is a reliable source of Snus, which also sells Swedish Match products. Compared to Ettan Snus (the most sold brand in Sweden), Zerostyle Snus tastes very sweet and lacks the salty flavor, so it might take you some time getting used to it.
Abeno Harukas, a.k.a. Abenobashi Terminal Building, is Japans tallest skyscraper with a height of 300 meters. An observatory is located between the 58th and 60th of its 62 floors. Needless to say, that the view over the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area will take your breath away. The Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, with its guest rooms between the 38th and 55th floor, is a nice alternative to the observatory. The two pictures below show you what Osaka looks like from a guest room located at the 49th floor. And finally a bit of advice for our female readers: Abeno Harukas also houses Japans biggest department store. For maximum joy, grab yourself a limitless credit card and then go crazy. Real crazy!
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