Osaka is a foodies dream, and whilst I am not one to share photos of food, I did plenty of other touristy things in our short time in Japan’s food capital.
The Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest in the world, even homing two whale sharks who are the undoubted stars of the show. There are also penguins, stingrays, otters, and a huge amount of different creatures housed in areas devoted to different geographical areas of the planet.
Osaka castle is a great place to observe cherry and plum blossoms in the surrounding gardens and take in areas of the city skyline. The castle itself is extremely crowded, so probably better to photograph it from the outer gardens unless you wish to shoot its details.
The Umeda Sky Building is an interesting example of architecture in Osaka. It has a great observation deck as well as access to the very top of the building, where you can take in great views of the Osaka skyline. At times there can be a queue for the lift that goes to the top, so if you’re keen to photograph the escalators without people on them, either get on first, or wait for the people on the lift to go up first. The escalator lasts about 50 seconds from memory to travel the full length.
Street scenes from around the famous dining area Dotonbori. Well worth a visit especially if your stomach is grumbling.
We would have liked to have seen more in Osaka, unfortunately after Tokyo we were pretty much sick for the rest of the trip! There are some great cherry blossom parks in Osaka as well as the Osaka Mint which opens for a week (just after we left) during the sakura season, which are well worth checking out.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about Osaka and Japan in general, be sure to read Ten ways traveling Japan surprised me, linked below.