Though most people think of Tokyo as Japan’s foremost vacation destination, the vibrant port city of Osaka casts its own seductive spell. The third largest city in Japan, Osaka is known as tenka no daidokoro, or “the nation’s kitchen.” It is a foodie’s paradise, thanks to its history as an epicenter for commerce and the distribution of goods like rice and produce throughout Japan.
Yes, the city’s rich and diverse cuisine is part of what makes it so Instagrammable, but Osaka gives Tokyo a run for its money thanks to an array of historic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods.
Ready to impress and induce envy in your Insta followers? Check out Osaka’s most photogenic sites below.