CITY OF THE RIS­ING FUN

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET OSAKA -

Ja­pan’s third-largest city is of­ten over­looked in favour of Tokyo and Ky­oto but there’s a rea­son to visit Osaka that goes be­yond its ma­jor sights. “Aussies are a ca­sual, fun-lov­ing bunch, and that’s ex­actly what Osaka is – fun!” says Harry Sar­gant, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager for In­sid­eJa­pan Tours. “Get your fill of tra­di­tional (and shh, per­haps a bit bor­ing) Ja­pan in Ky­oto, then head to Osaka to let your hair down, and re­mind your­self that you are on hol­i­day.

“Osaka is not about see­ing the sights. It is about strolling the maze of pedes­tri­anised streets, and sim­ply ab­sorb­ing the at­mos­phere.” And then, of course, there’s the food. “Osaka peo­ple are per­haps the world’s ul­ti­mate food­ies,” Harry says. “And not in a stuffy, Miche­lin-starred ex­clu­sive way. Osaka is all about hearty lo­cal food, made to be shared – oc­to­pus dumplings grabbed from a street stall, deep fried morsels on sticks while you throw back a few beers, and cook-it-your­self pan­cakes, con­tain­ing who-knows-what, but it still tastes great!”

When it comes to a place to lay your head, In­sid­eJa­pan Tours rec­om­mends these three ho­tels for all bud­gets.

CE­LESTE MITCHELL

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