Osaka is in a interesting position, geographically sitting only a short train ride over the river from the traditional beauty of Kyoto city. Osaka also parallels Tokyo as the point of reference for metropolitan lifestyle in Japan. Although visually, Osaka and Tokyo share a lot of similarities, and it shares a cosy geographical location with it's close neighbour Kyoto, the ambience of Osaka is truely unique.
We were in the city for a single day, and it's amazing what you can do with one day in a city this full of life.
Osaka has personality bursting from every oddball corner, every dive bar and every underground eatery.
Starting your day late isn't a problem in Osaka, because the city runs at full pace late into the night.
Baseball batting cages and a micro-onsen (a hot spring foot spa) placed on a bustling street corner set the pace for the day; everything was going to be unexpected and exciting.
Afternoon views from the sky garden gave us a second to breath and plan our next move.
Then, tucked away deep underground we got lucky and found a seat at a highly sought after, and tightly packed Japanese pizza spot.
As the sun sunk behind the skyline we found a corner to ourselves in a cocktail bar that charges 200¥ per meticulously made cocktail from their vast library of options.
Ending the night with a slightly slurred, slightly blurred walk through the neon frenzy of donbouri. We snuck away toward home through back alleys, dodging temptation and shying away from the welcoming warm glow of the late night noodle bars. Finally back at our accomodation exhausted and feeling satisfied with our single day in Osaka.