Japan's third largest city, Osaka, is the unabashed anti-capital of Japan owing to unmissable differences in dialect (Kansai-ben dialect), cuisine and attitudes. Often called the Manchester of Japan for its gritty, industrial vibe, it was here that the conveyor belt sushi concept originated. Neon store fronts, elevated motorways, pinball parlours, markets, arcades and scenic riversides await those with a hotel in Osaka.
Why should I visit Osaka on my business trip?
There's lots to do in this city outide of working hours. Start with the Osaka Castle where locals picnic during cherry-blossom season. Osaka Museum of History offers good castle views and exhibitions on the city's history. The Peace Osaka Museum dedicates its exhibitions to the war atrocities committed by Japan, and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. With a 1800-year old history, Sumiyoshi Shrine beckons visitors with its sacred bridges and serene ponds. The Tsūtenkaku tower, meanwhile, symbolises the reconstruction of the city following WWII.
What business opportunities does Osaka present me with?
Being an economic hub, Osaka hosts business events as diverse as Beautyworld Japan West, the Japan International Welding Show, and Medical Japan. Knowledge Capital Congrés Convention Center, Osaka Merchandise Mart (OMM) and Intex Osaka International Exhibition Center are important venues. The city is a strategic hub for sea, land and river-canal transport networks, boasting an international and domestic airport. Overnight buses to Tokyo and other cities are available, as is the Osaka-Busan ferry if you fancy a quick hop if you need to do business in South Korea.
How do I enjoy my stay with a Hotel in Osaka-shi?
The city takes its performing arts seriously. After a hard day's work, unwind with an Enka performance, classical music or good ol' indie music. Traditional Japanese puppet theatre can be found at the National Bunraku Theater. Foodies take note: Osaka's motto is kuidaore (eat 'til you drop), and be sure to visit the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum that pays homage to the universal cup noodle. Business travellers can recharge their batteries at Spa World which offers gender-segregated spas, saunas and themed-pools. On an off-day, head to Japan's second largest theme park, Universal Studios Japan. Shop for clothing at Shinsaibashi, and for electronics at Nipponbashi and "Den-Den Town" shopping street. A hotel in Osaka serves you a memorable slice of Japan.