Osaka-shi city life
Osaka has an active and more than interesting city life, since it hosts some touristic sites that are unique or, at least, rare. The city is guarded by the 17th century Osaka Castle, that is vintage and authentic on the outside, but modern in the interior.
Some of the mainstream and must-visit of them are the Shotengai shopping arcades, the National Bunraku Theatre with puppets, Shin-kabuki-za with enka concerts and Japanese dramas, The Symphony Hall, Nakanoshima Park, National Museum of Art and the Museum of Oriental Ceramics.
Events and festivals are regularly held in Osaka. The most popular of them are Tenjin Matsuri, Aizen Matsuri, the annual Osaka Asian Film Festival and the Osaka International Ladies Marathon. You may embark in a time-travel trip to the past when you visit the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses. The future waits in interconnected towers of the Umeda Sky Building, with its top “floating garden”.
When you want to take a closer look at Osaka’s beauties you can also admire the biggest owl in the world at the Owl Café, NGK Comedy Theatre, Universal Studios Japan, the virtual skydiving park of Umeda Joypolis Sega, Osaka Aquarium Kaykan, the Spa World or Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.
International atmosphere in Osaka-shi
Osaka is an international city that once was Japan’s largest urban area. Today, the city is also home to Koreans and Chinese, who even formed communities. Locals are warm and try to maintain a small-town atmosphere.
The people of Osaka are famous for their warmth and attention towards others and are always open to help and offer directions.
Osaka’s climate is influenced by its four distinct seasons, with mild winters and rare snowfalls and, humid springs, very warm summers and cool falls. Average temperatures are 9.3°C (49°F) in January and 35°C (95°F) in July and August.