The Japanese city, Osaka, is sometimes referred to as the "Venice of the East," a nod to the network of canals and waterways that surround and flow through the city, which sits on the Yodo River delta. An Osaka timeshare vacation will reveal a rich history dating back to the beginnings of the Japanese Emperors. The city remains the nation’s second-largest economic center behind Tokyo, which replaced it as the Imperial capital.
When choosing an Osaka timeshare resale, it is important to consider the city's two hubs. The Minami is better known for its shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. If you are looking to join the nightlife, a variety of rooftop cocktail lounges, karaoke joints, and live music options are available. Kita, the northern downtown region, is primarily the business center of Osaka.
Rich History and Culture
Osaka Castle is one of the most popular tourist sites in the area. It was built in 1586 and for many years was the tallest castle in Japan, although it has been destroyed and rebuilt twice, most recently in 1931. Shitenno-Ji, a five-story Buddhist temple, and Pagoda, also has a rich history and is considered the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, although it too has been remodeled and reconstructed over the centuries.
An Osaka timeshare holiday also provides many favorite destinations for families. Perhaps the most popular is Universal Studios Japan, a theme park featuring major international and Japanese pop culture icons. Families will also want to visit Tennoji Park and Zoo, Osaka's largest green space, known for its blossoming cherry blossoms every spring, a variety of African animals such as lions, hippos, giraffes, and elephants, and greenhouses filled with fragrant exotic flowers. Finally, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is always worth a visit to see 27 large aquatic habitats depicting the Pacific Ocean, Antarctica, and even the Great Barrier Reef.
Fabulous Views of the City
For stunning views by day or by night, take a ride on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. This giant Ferris Wheel lights up at night and offers spectacular Port Osaka harbor views, especially if you choose a special glass-bottomed Ferris Wheel seat. For stationary overviews of the city, you can go to the observation decks on Tsutenkaku, the distinctive tower in the city center, and the Kobe Port Tower, a 108-meter red steel structure farther from the city center.
If you want to explore in the off-season, you'll want to plan your trip for the fall or winter months. Spring and summer are the two busiest seasons in Osaka.