What to see and what to do on a “low cost” trip to Osaka

Japan is much more than Tokyo, there are also other metropolises that are highly visited by lovers of this oriental culture. Osaka for example, it is the third city in terms of population with two large urban centers: Minami and Kita. Of course, after having paid for the expensive flights, accommodation and having set aside the necessary money to eat during the visit to the city, there are many who are looking for the ‘low cost’ options to have fun and enjoy the experience without spending too much.

Osaka Castle

This is one of the most famous castles in Japan. It is a five-story building located in a public park from which you can see the castle without having to enter. The Nishinomaru gardens, around it, are beautiful in the spring for the cherry blossoms and only in this period it is worth paying the entrance, which costs 3 euros. An additional option is to visit the interior of the castle for another 5 euros to see the museum and the altar that are inside.

Nakanoshima park

East park located between the Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers it is a good option to relax surrounded by natural beauty in the city. During the flowering season, it offers a beautiful show of colorful flowers and has a good supply of street food stalls that are definitely worth a look.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

This is another park full of cherry trees which is worth visiting during the flowering season. Quiet outdoor activities such as biking, jogging, or just sitting on the grass and having a picnic can be done. You can also take boat trips on the river that crosses the park.

The beauty of the streets of Osaka

The truth is that you don’t have to pay to enjoy the best of the city. In its streets it is possible to appreciate the local culture, taste the typical dishes and admire all its beauty. At night, for example, Dotonbori pedestrian street It is not to be missed for its lights, its good atmosphere and the street food stalls and cheap places to eat.

The Shin Sekai neighborhood is also quite popular with visitors to the city, as its streets have many shops, illuminated signs and food stalls, some even open 24 hours a day. Also there is the Tsûten-kaku tower that is already more than 100 years old.

For lovers of certain subcultures, they are the neighborhoods of Americamura dedicated to American culture, it even has a small copy of the Statue of Liberty and the Nipponbashi Denden Town, an area dedicated especially to the otaku universe.

There are also two free-entry viewpoints to have a panoramic view of the city. They are the viewpoint located in the OMM Sky Garden, open between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and the viewpoint at ORIX Honmachi, which is only accessible on weekdays. There are also others such as the Umeda Sky Building, the Abeno Harukas, among others.

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