Osaka is Japan’s second-largest city, and one of the world’s largest cities in terms of population. It has been constantly inhabited since ancient times and there are many interesting historical landmarks that are worth a visit, but nowadays the city is characterized by being modern and shiny. As with all of Japan, the costs in Osaka are high, and if you want to know where they are the highest, we have the list for you.
Shinsaibashi is the main shopping area of Osaka, and it will make you feel like you are in a large American city, as oposed to Asia. This is one of the most expensive areas in Osaka, filled with world famous brand stores, offices, bars and restaurants. The vibe of this district is very rich, clean and refined and it will certainly be your favourite spot, if you’re into shopping. Beyond that, this is a favourits spot for young people to hang out, and there are more than a few options for a night out in the area, despite shopping being the main appeal.
The Chuo Ward is also located in the center of Osaka and is home to the well-worth visit to Osaka castle. There are also a few parks and museums in this neighborhood that you might want to check out. Beyond that Chūō-ku is a popular district for diplomatic missions and offices of large companies, all of this adds to the affluence and allure to the area. It’s much more residential than Shinsaibashi, and a great spot to explore if you want to know what life in Japan is really like for the locals, albeit the more affluent ones.
Umeda is another major commercial hot-spot in Osaka, and also the place where the Osaka railway station is located. Due to its central location and good infrastructure, the neighborhood has been a favorite for investors, with the Umeda Sky Building and other imposing buildings all being located here. Beyond the offices and shops, this is a really popular place for people to live, largely due to the great connections to the rest of the city and Japan.