Going to touch down in Osaka anytime soon? Consider exploring some of the more interesting places in Umeda, the glamorous, more flamboyant side of the city. With high fashion shops and classy restaurants, Umeda will immerse you in that bright lights, big city feel while giving you access to some of the most interesting sites in the Kansai region, including Osaka’s 1,300-year-old Ohatsu Tenjin shrine.
Nakazakicho is a Japanese hipster paradise. One of the only neighbourhoods in Osaka spared from WWII bombing, this area was mostly run-down and ignored until around 10 years ago. Slowly, the traditional buildings were renovated, and trendy cafes and shops moved in. Nakazakicho is a dream for vintage lovers. This is one of the only areas in Osaka to have multiple fantastic vintage clothing and furniture stores. This is the perfect place to pick up a unique Japanese souvenir for that picky friend back home.