Dine out in Japan’s culinary capital
Japan’s third largest city, Osaka is renowned for its eating scene and prides itself on its gastronomic heritage. It’s often referred to as ‘the nation’s kitchen’. On our luxury Osaka holidays, you’ll also uncover a city bustling with galleries, international hotels and exciting post-modernist architecture.
Osaka is also prominent as a merchant city, dating back to Toyotomi Hideyoshi's building of Osaka Castle in 1586. He encouraged traders from other parts of Japan to settle in the city, which saw it grow quickly. In the 1920s and 1930s it became an industrial powerhouse. And its proximity to former capitals Kyoto and Nara meant it prospered as an important hub for land and water transport.
Many of Osaka’s historic monuments were destroyed in the WWII bombing raids, but the city today is an exciting place full of futuristic buildings. These days it’s known for its nightlife and exceptional cuisine. One of the best ways to experience the food scene is on a street food evening with expert local guides on a luxury Osaka tour.