Things to do in Osaka


Get Your Bearings in Osaka

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Take It or Leave It: If you are in town in March, the Osaka Grand Sumo Tournament is well worth trying to get a ticket for; it's a great glimpse into Japanese tradition and one of the biggest local events of the year.

Avoid: If at all possible, avoid coming here during the Golden Week national holiday period from the end of April through the first week of May. Hotels tend to be booked solid and rates at a premium.

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Be Sure to Sample: Okonomiyaki and takoyaki.

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Avoid: Yakuza stripper bars. While most foreigners will not even be allowed in these, the ones that do entice single men tend to be big bucks ripoff joints and not worth messing with.

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Best Local Souvenir: Yukata/kimono, chopsticks, frozen takoyaki.

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