Osaka

Spotlight on Osaka

Standout architecture, food and art in Japan's second biggest city. Words by DANIELLE DEMETRIOU

Osaka, Japan’s second biggest city, has long been synonymous with delicious food, down-to-earth residents, great shopping districts and lively nightlife. Now it’s also home to Japan’s tallest twin tower development.

Osaka - Tenjinbashi-suji shopping stree
Credit: Osaka Government Tourism Bureau/JNTO

The 200-metre-tall Nakanoshima Festival City complex (the first tower opened in 2012, the second in April 2017), not only has restaurants, shops, offices and a concert hall – it’s also home to the city’s newest luxury hotel: Conrad Osaka (conradosaka.com).

The hotel, which opened in June, crowns the upper levels of the cloud-brushing 40-storey west tower, with scenic city and mountain views.

Conrad Osaka KURA restaurant

A few minutes away on foot is the subterranean National Museum of Art (nmao.go.jp). From 18 July until 15 October, in addition to a high-profile 16th century Dutch masters exhibition, it will showcase a selection of recently acquired contemporary art, including plenty of homegrown Japanese talent.

Japan, Honshu, Kansai, Osaka, National Museum of Art
Credit: Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo/Argusphoto

A visit to Osaka is never complete without at least one memorable meal. Head to the restaurant Again, recently crowned with a Michelin star for its creative kushiage – skewers of meat and vegetables deep-fried in plant oil. The fried egg and hamburger curry skewer is a particular highlight.

Cathay Pacific flies to Osaka from Hong Kong 42 times per week, including seven flights via Taipei.

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