Famous for its friendly locals, delicious food and upbeat nightlife, Osaka is well worth a visit for the young and high-spirited, looking
to enjoy a nice meal and a few drinks.
With its down to earth ambience, many consider Osaka to be more accessible to visitors than other places in Japan.
And there is always the infamous Universal Studio Japan to pass the time.
PLACES TO VISIT
Osaka Castle (Main Image)
The donjon is five-tiered and nine-storied, and has large golden sea creature ornaments
shining on the rooftop. It is claimed that pure gold chasings
were set in the corridors. One of the charms of this castle is the beauty of its stone wall. Reportedly, there are 40,000 rocks in the wall
. Legend has it that powerful daimyo from all parts of Japan competed in carrying the large rocks to display their loyalty to the Toyotomi hegemon. The existing castle tower was built in 1931. It has five tiers and is approximately 40 m high. It is the symbol of Osaka
Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
Osaka Aquarium, is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka's bay area, and is one of Japan's most spectacular aquariums
and one of the largest in the World
. It introduces various forms of life inhabiting the Pacific Rim in a well organized and impressive way.
Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacifc Ocean, is nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, the aquarium's main attraction
. Visitors start their tour of the aquarium on the 8th floor and slowly spiral down floor by floor around the central tank
. Some of the tanks stretch over several floors, making it possible to observe the animals from different depths and perspectives.
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan was the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand to be built in Asia. Opened in March 2001 in the Osaka Bay Area, the theme park occupies an area of 39 hectares and is the most visited amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort
Universal Studios Japan currently has eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Lagoon, Waterworld, Amity Village and Universal Wonderland. Visitors are able to enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels
to thrilling roller coasters
, based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park
. In 2014, a Harry Potter related attraction is scheduled to be added.