Osaka is Japan’s second biggest city and the industrial heartland of the country. What Osaka lacks in sightseeing draw cards it makes up for with its flamboyance, fun loving people and amazing food. The unique Japanese youth culture is evident all around with colourful video game parlours and karaoke centres lining streets. Osaka also rivals Tokyo for the title of fashion centre of Japan, especially at the rather strange American village (America-mura). It is a crowded city with huge department stores and many bars and restaurants as well as a great place to pick up the latest gadgets and electronic goods.
Known as ‘Japan’s kitchen’, take a wander down Dotonbori, a red light district turned restaurant mecca, where amongst other things you can sample fugu (poisonous puffer fish) and tacoyaki (octopus balls).