|Above, interesting sign at the "foodie" section of Osaka, Dotonbori. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
If one is planning a trip to Japan, they should also try to include a visit to Osaka in their itinerary.
While it is a large city, it has a more relaxed and different vibe to it than Tokyo (but I enjoy them both). I visited Osaka a year ago and enjoyed it.
|Above, Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
To help a potential visitor to make up his or her mind about visiting Osaka, the Daily Express (U.K) has an article that just may be the convincing clincher.
It begins with:
What with Google Earth, YouTube and more travel blogs that you can shake a selfie stick at, it's rare for anywhere to come as a complete surprise these days.
Yet, despite all of the above - and what I quaintly imagined was some exhaustive research - Osaka did exactly that.
People I met in Tokyo had raised their eyebrows ever so slightly when I told them where I was travelling next.
Osaka, I was led gently to believe, was regarded as somewhat louche.
Given that this is Japan, where that could mean anything from loosening your tie to a full-scale Bacchanalian orgy, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
What I found, however, was an astonishing, vibrant, exciting city and the very warmest of welcomes.Godzilla fans can visit Osaka locations used in two movies, Godzilla Raids Again (1955) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).
To read more about Osaka, go here.