Tokyo and Osaka are quite different from one another and each offers things that the other doesn’t (although of course they do also share some similarities). So what is it about these cities that makes them the “crème de la crème” of Japanese cities and which one is for you?
The Nakagin Capsule Tower stood as the physical epitome of impermanence, detachment, and transformation so that every cubicle unit in the building could be unfastened, refastened (to another location) and modified according to the demands of the times.
Said to be one of the finest examples of Japanese architectural and design tradition in its purest form, Katsura Imperial Villa truly is a sight to behold for those who love architectural and traditional arts. As one of Japan’s most cherished treasures, a visit to Katsura is a truly enriching experience.
Whether you are a daredevil or not, Mishima Skywalk in Shizuoka provides spectacular views of Mount Fuji and the surrounding Suruga Bay. Should you go, a good time to visit the Mishima Skywalk is shortly before closing where the pedestrian footfall is low and the views of the multi-Hurd sunset are the best!
Religion is a cultural form of beliefs and practices to maintain a custom that started from the aged era. Japan, as well as the people, highly honors the ancient practices and culture. Japanese people are open to embracing other types of religions in the world. One of the oldest churches I have found was the Matsugamine Church in Utsunomiya City.
Osaka is an attractive modern city in Japan with an interesting mix of traditional buildings and modern architecture. It is famous for its relaxed down-to-earth people, sense of humour and colourful local dialect (known as Kansai-ben) and amazing food such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
Kobe, to me, is an extremely convenient city. Not only in the terms of transport, but for travellers as well. It is perfectly fine to come to Kobe not knowing how to speak Japanese. There might even be guides around the busiest station, Sannomiya, just to help you with sightseeing! Even maps are placed practically everywhere for anyone who is lost.
If there’s one thing the Japanese do well, it’s tall buildings. Japanese engineering and architectural expertise has given birth to some of the most amazing and awe-inspiring tall buildings in Asia.